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At last, my old #1 is back

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jimmy Owen, May 16, 2018.

  1. Jimmy Owen

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    It’s a 72 Goldtop Standard that I bought used at The Music Loft in Durham, NC, sometime around 76 or 77. Had to trade a Jr and borrow some coin from my best friend (I paid him back). I ate a lot of ramen for a while—I was working at minimum wage part time and gigging weekends.

    For around a decade, Goldie was my # 1, a perfect match for the blues/rock I was playing. I’d wanted a 68 Deluxe when I was a kid, but couldn’t mow enough lawns. So this guitar and I were sort of fated to be together.

    I wore the frets off it. And it also got heavier as I got older. I found myself reaching for my backup guitar (first a tele, then a bluesbird, then a strat). The case got dusty. Then I started gigging as an acoustic guitarist.

    I kept intending to get it refretted, but life intervened. Til last week, when I toted it to American Guitar Boutique in Phenix City, Alabama. Tim did a stellar job—it hasn’t played this well in decades. I was so stoked to get it back that I was shaking.

    My old band plays a reunion gig in late June. Guess which guitar is going?

    Looks to be Raleigh’s “Free Advice” around 1980.
     
  2. Mr Ridesglide

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    Outstanding! Congratulations -
     
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  3. MilwMark

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    Very cool. Enjoy.
     
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    A story with a happy ending .
     
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    Nice!:cool:
     
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    :cool:
     
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    I know what it's like to do without your #1 for a long while... mine has been in "surgery" for about 5yrs.

    Her day is coming though.

    Congrats on getting it up and playing again, nothing quite like getting reunited with an old friend.
     
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  8. soulgeezer

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    You mean you didn't pay extra for the relic job?... ;)
     
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    Good for you, it's great to hear a story like that. I wish my old D-18 would suddenly appear from somewhere. I had it for 44 years, then let it get away. I reckon when a guy says he's gonna keep something forever, he ain't done it until he's dead. I NEVER thought I would let that box get away.... But I did.
     
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    A friend of mine who is one of our patrons here at work, told me a story about how all of his music stuff was stolen from his house while he was on vacation about 25yrs ago, he said they got absolutely everything except for his pre-war Martin D-28. Said he hasn't even played it since.

    Kinda broke my heart that lovely instrument isn't being put to use... I tried convincing him to pull it out and play, because that's what it deserves.
     
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    If he has a playable, or even an unplayable pre-war D-28, he's got a pretty good retirement package sitting in his closet!
     
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  12. WetBandit

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    He is already retired... long ago. He is 82 or 83yrs old.

    His Dad traded a D-18 for that D-28...now that's a smoking deal if you ask me LOL.

    Then his dad gave it to him.
     
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    Cool story and really cool guitar!
     
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  14. Jimmy Owen

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    When I bought it, it was pristine. I don’t know how it got so worn. ;-)
     
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    That's called honest wear and it is something to be proud of!!!!!
     
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    Cool axe, I notice that it has the trim rings around the P90s.
    I had a mid 70s Goldtop with the mini humbuckers, I sold it long ago .
     
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  17. Jimmy Owen

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    Good eye, Ringo.

    The trim rings are an odd feature. The only other 72 I ever saw didn’t have ‘em. But even some Deluxes from that year have ‘em around the mounting rings of their minis.

    It’s got Gibson embossed on the covers, like all 72s I’ve seen.

    See Neil Finn’s—he still plays it some. It’s a Deluxe with the odd rings around his mounting rings.

    Gibson being Gibson.
     
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  18. Ringo

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    I didn't notice the embossed pickup covers, I had a 72 335 with embossed humbucker covers, they only did that in 71-72 IIRC.
    I love the sound of those older P90 Les Pauls, great guitars. A friend of mine had a 53 Goldtop that he sold a few years ago.
     
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    Nice! I bought my first guitar at the Music Loft in Durham in the summer of 1996.
     
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  20. Jimmy Owen

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    Yep. Many late nights at various road houses, letting it roll, baby, roll.
     
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