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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Sybo, Aug 31, 2020.
Every guitar I have bought and played since the early 80's has always had me thinking " what would I do if this was my only guitar ..
If there was No Fender ? My R 8 VOS would be the one .
Like the one in your avatar? What is it?
I would say a Les Paul, but without Fender's competition it might have never been designed... that goes for pretty much every other solid body you can imagine, including the Strat.
Maybe a Gretsch 6120? I would throw a 335 out there, but I think the 335 has a lot of Les Paul DNA in there.
Kind of an interesting butterfly effect thought experiment.
Xaviere XV-950 hollowbody. One of my least expensive but this is an incredible guitar, love it. The Retrotron Nashville pickups are bright, chimey and clear. The neck is very comfortable. Someone put this together on a very good day.
Do what Roy Nichols did....
I guess I would get an LP junior and hope it kinda sounded like a tele.
A world without fender is a world I don’t want to know !!
I was also thinking Bigsby!
But as for what I could actually afford, probably:
Well, before that I would contact the sheriff's department. Then, I'd call my insurance company.
Thank you, those have bothered me for years, had no idea what they did
Other than telecasters, this LP "junior special" is the guitar that I've most used when playing out due to its reliability in terms of tuning and tone. It's definitely my easiest guitar to dial in tone-wise - it's almost hard to not get a good sound out of it:
That's the Mike Stern 1611? Fabulous guitar; if only it had a slightly fatter neck...
Gretsch semi-hollow with Bigsby and single coils, like my G5622T, no doubt. Possibly a Falcon for the scale-length if I could afford one. And if we assume that Fender went on to make everything else they did, I'd definitely have a Strat kicking around. They may be the Tele's ugly younger brother, but it's hard to deny their utility.
Wish it were it's the identical looking MS311 much cheaper but still a great guitar.
I always loved Chevy small blocks and big blocks because all the parts were interchangeable.
Bolt on any new or used one.
Spun crank bearing?
Plenty of replacement cranks.
Need more displacement?
Bore the block and get a longer stroke crank.
Need more hp?
Get heads with bigger porting, a higher lift cam and a better flowing intake etc.
Sorry buddy you're stuck with the configuration.
If there was no Fender I might make my own parts guitars.
I started pretty young modding stuff, pretty much any and all wood or metal every day items got altered.
Mostly for practical reasons, we had no extra money and back then virtually everything was made to last.
Bicycle parts form the dump were a great learning platform.
I recall learning that copper pipe was not as strong as steel for making bike frame parts!
Fixing broken stuff often required fabbing parts.
I got sent out to fix basic stuff on the family car by maybe the age of seven?
Rust was the big car killer and scraps of metal got hammered hack sawed filed drilled and generally abused into vaguely similar shapes and bolted under the car. The usual soup cans for rusted exhaust?
I recall buying pre rusted bits of exhaust systems at the junkyard often, then one day finding out a new muffler only cost $30.
Then I would ask to go in the back room at the auto parts store looking for sections of pipe that looked pretty close.
Most of my cars were oddballs they didn't have exhaust parts for, imports like (British) Austin, (German) Opel, (German) Capri, VW.
But even my older US vehicles tended to get blank stares at the parts stores when I wanted exhaust parts.
Same with the house that always had problems.
Toys as well of course, who doesn't take apart and modify Christmas gifts after a week or so of playing with them?
My first actually useful electric was a parts Fender with only the neck being original.
So if there was no Fender I might make my own.
Only no Telecaster?
OK I've been butchering Strats for 35+ years, easy enough to bend them to my will...
I guess I'd play and modify (or otherwise butcher) any number of
Harmony/Silvertone guitars, if I had no other choices.
But the limited availability of replacement or interchangeable parts
would make this a lot less fun.
that's easy...a Strat