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Autograph guitars

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Berek Halfhand, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Berek Halfhand

    Berek Halfhand Tele-Meister

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    I answered the question "Who is the best guitar player you've seen live?" in another thread. My answer was Phil Keaggy, and I mentioned how nice he was to talk to and that he signed my "autograph guitar".

    Caused me to share this pic of said guitar. It's a cheap Hohner dreadnaught with a laminated top that started to bow, so wasn't worth fixing. Repair guy said "It's a hanger now".

    From left to right, top to bottom:

    Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Nanci Griffith, Lady A (Antebellum), Kevin Gordon, Phil Keaggy, Love and Theft (when they were still 3), Kate Campbell (first to sign), Kevin Montgomery, Vince Bell.

    Anyone else care to share?

    -bh
     

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  2. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    No-one - and I mean absolutely no-one - is taking a Sharpie near any of my guitars! :eek:
     
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I have a nice, comfortable, wide leather strap with a ton of autographs on it.
    It's covered in songwriter's signatures, all signed with a Sharpie.
    Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze), Freddy Powers, Radney Foster, Charlie Musselwhite, James McMurtry, Ian McLagan, Kevin Welsh, Freedy Johnston, Bill Carter, Bruce Robison, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3), Nick Curran,
    Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bobby Whitlock,
    Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, and a lot of my songwriting friends have signed it.
    I use the strap on my acoustic all the time, so the signatures are worn and faded.
    I printed the names of the signers on the inside of the strap.
    An old girlfriend gave me the strap, so it has tons of sentimental value, for me.
     
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  4. Berek Halfhand

    Berek Halfhand Tele-Meister

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    That's very cool. Some great names there.
     
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  5. TeleTexas

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    I have a camo acoustic with Ted Nugent's autograph and stick figure art on it. No pic handy tho, sorry.
     
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    I'm with KevinB, go write on your own guitars, leave mine alone. I not an autograph hound so I find the whole concept very strange.
     
  7. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Agreed
     
  8. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    My first 4-pup guitar Becky ( a strat, sorry) had quite a few signatures on it before I was relieve of it.


    Eric Johnson ( outside a music store called Arnold and Morgan)
    James Burton ( Great Southwest guitar show)
    Tommy Tedesko (GSW guitar show)
    Steve Morse (A&M clinic in late 80's)
    Ray Flacke (A&M clinic in late 80's)
    Jimmy Orlander ( Diamond Rio show at local festival mid 90's)

    Sorry, I have no pix of this guitar where you can actually see any of them...[emoji17]
     
  9. DonM

    DonM Friend of Leo's

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    Nobody's writing on any of mine either. The guitar strap-thing is a good idea.
     
  10. uriah1

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    For display only like posters. Neat to hang . Cymbals too
     
  11. Hammerhead

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    Mark Knopfler strat signed by Mark Knopfler.

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    Les Paul signed by Les Paul.
     
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    I've always wondered why people do that.
     
  13. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

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    Great use for an otherwise unusable guitar. I'd love to have one hanging in my music room. Don't think I'd do that with any of my players, though.
     
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    I agree if the guitar is unusable why not get signatures makes all great conversation piece
     
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    I appreciate all philosophies on guitar ownership but as far as I'm concerned all 16 of my instruments are only a compound of wood, steel and electronics, not premature babies. I don't cry if they get chipped or scratched; as long as there's no structural damage I'm quite happy with the way they look. Only my two Telecasters have any real value but they get treated the same as the others. I'd be very pleased to have them autographed.
    I guess I'm in a minority though. :)
     
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    Not really an autograph, more of a... well, I don't know what. There was a pawn shop in a neighboring town that was crammed full of stuff. Nothing ever seemed to sell, and nothing new ever seemed to come in. After decades of doing whatever they did, they closed, and held a series of online auctions to sell off the inventory. I bid on a number of things, and won three items, among them a '71 Guild F30 that needed some TLC. When I went to pay and pick up my stuff, there was the Guild in a ratty old chipboard case. I opened it up, and my first thought was, "Oh, that guitar." I remembered it hanging high up on the wall, somebody had written in big bold letters across the top 'I hate you!" Great.

    It ended well, it took a lot of very careful cleaning and polishing, but the guitar turned into a beauty. If you hold it at just the right angle you can still make out where the lovely sentiment used to be.
     
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    While I do think the Les Paul and Mark Knopfler signatures are kinda alright, I'm not into anyone signing my guitars either. Plus it's usually someone from some band you've never heard of or Kid Rock or something. In that case please lower the price accordingly so I can refinish the guitar.

    Having said that, I'll gladly write my name on your stuff for a paltry $50 apiece.
     
  18. gtech

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    I bring or buy a CD for that when I really want an autograph...
     
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    Whadya do if the cops show up and someone else's name is on your guitar. Okay buddy, get your behind in that uber out there with the red lights on top of it 'til we find out who really owns this thing.
     
  20. Toto'sDad

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    I have a buddy who writes his name on EVERYTHING he owns. It's like a disease, he buys something, he pulls over along side the road on the way home, gets out his sharpie and writes his first and last name on it. I wonder is he afraid he'll forget it's his on the way home.
     
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