Keepers! the instruments you can't let go

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by LACampbell. esq, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. LACampbell. esq

    LACampbell. esq Tele-Meister

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    I try out and turn over a fair amount of instruments, but these are some instruments that I love that I just can't see getting rid of.

    Left to right
    Top Row
    1930s Musical Electronics Inc Amp
    1920s Regal Tenor Guitar (current project)
    1952 National Amp
    1965 Hagstrom Viking
    1960s Sound Projects R200b
    1930s Regal made Lap steel
    1958 National Bolero
    1960s Hagstrom "26" amp
    (also pictured and handy, but not a lifelong friend is a lafayette echo verb)
    bottom row
    1983 Wurlitzer 200a
    1965 kent/fender electric 12 string
    1970s Helpinstill Roadmaster

    Not pictured (in storage 4000 miles away)
    1952 National Dynamic Lap Steel
    1972 Fender mustang bass (my first musical instrument)

    Do you have some keepers?
     
  2. SynMike

    SynMike Tele-Meister

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    I have about 40 instruments. Here are the 3 I love the most.

    Sequential Circuits Pro One:

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    Roland Jupiter-8:

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    Black Paisley:

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  3. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a lot of stuff now that I don't see myself selling for a long time, but the last one to go is going to be my 1985 Guild D-50, which has been with me for almost 25 years, most of which was before I knew how to properly take care of an acoustic guitar. It's taken care of me much better than I've taken care of it.
     
  4. Boomhauer

    Boomhauer Friend of Leo's

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    My first guitar...even though it sat rarely played for the better part of 9 years. A surprisingly nice Peavey acoustic that my parents bought me for Christmas.

    And, my Noah Franklin Telecaster...my wife bought it for me on our honeymoon, and I upgraded the pickups with a 60's-wound set made in the city we met in.

    My parts-strat and Rockaudio tele, while awesome in their own rights, are honestly expendable. I don't get the warm tinglies from playing them, for various reasons.
     
  5. KeithJ

    KeithJ Tele-Meister

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    The Oceana prototype made by Mr Paul Rhoney!
    (I didn't take this picture, but this is one instrument I'll never let go of!)
     

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  6. Danomo

    Danomo Tele-Holic

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    Well, I had a few I said I'd never get rid of because of who gave them to me (and/or when they gave them to me), but the reasoning behind that has had a paradigm shift, so most bets are off on what I would let go.

    This is my keep list today:
    Fender JP-90 Bass
    Epi ES-339 Ultra
    2014 Squier '51
    Blacktop Tele
     

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  7. mux164

    mux164 Tele-Meister

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    That paisley looks so killer.
     
  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

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    Here's what I have now:
    (I've already sold about 26 guitars and basses
    this year. I sold the one's that I did not need,and I still need a few more to find homes)

    ** = Keepers

    Tube Amps:

    '64 Fender Vibroverb PTP Repro w/Torres Gain Mod
    '65 Fender Blonde Twin Reverb (Conversion)
    '66 Fender Pro Reverb **
    '66 Fender Princeton Reverb **
    '73 Fender SF Deluxe Reverb **
    '73 Fender Vibro Champ **
    '75 Fender Champ **
    '76 Fender Vibrolux Reverb **
    '84 Boogie MKIIC+ 60 watt combo **
    '84 Boogie MKIIC+ Simul-Class loaded **
    Bubinga/Wicker combo
    '06 Sewell Texaverb 100 Head & 2x12 cab
    '07 Sewell Texaverb 25 load w/ G12H30
    '08 Brown Note D'Lite 44 "ODE" Head
    '10 Hermida 1x12 openback G12H-30 loaded

    Solid State Amps:
    '85 Gallien - Krueger ML 250
    '86 Gallien - Krueger Ml 250
    '88 Gallien - Krueger Backline 100


    Bass Amps:
    '08 Roland Cube 100 combo

    Guitars:

    '63 Gibson ES-330 TDC w/ Bigsby **
    '70 Gibson Cherry ES-335 **
    '71 Gibson SG Deluxe w/ Bigsby **
    '72 Fender Tele Custom **
    '75 Fender Mocha Strat **
    '76 Electra MPC X-310 Black LP copy
    '77 Gibson Wine Les Paul Deluxe **
    '78 Fender Tele Tobacco Sunburst **
    '79 Fender Antigua Strat **
    '80 Gibson Les Paul Standard (59RI) **
    Quilted Sunburst "Jimmy Wallace"
    '80 Gibson Cream Explorer **
    '83 Gibson Cherry ES-335 **
    '87 Fender Strat Tobacco Sunburst
    '88 Paul Reed Smith standard 24 "David Grissom" Goldtop **
    '89 Gibson Heritage Cherry Sunburst LP Standard **
    '90 Fender 50's RI Strat "Blackie" **
    '91 Fender 50's RI Tele Candy Apple
    '99 Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic **
    Cajun Red Quilt
    '00 Epiphone G-400 LE Korina SG **
    '01 Gibson Les Paul DC Amber Quilt **
    '09 Fender LTD. ED. Am. Std. Daphne Blue Strat
    '09 PRS DGT Sunburst
    '10 Fender Olympic White Am. Standard
    '12 Fender Candy Cola Am. Standard
    '13 Reverend Oceanside Green Jetstream 390


    Classical and Acoustic Guitars:

    '49 Martin A Style Mandolin **
    '65 Gibson LG-0 **
    '77 Takamine F-340S
    '78 Gibson Gospel **
    '80 Sigma DM-3
    '83 Yamaha G-231 II Classical
    '98 Baby Taylor
    '98 Takamine F470SS Koa
    '01 Takamine CD-132SC Classical/Electric w/DSP
    '03 Yamaha CG171SF Classical Flamenco
    '03 Taylor Jumbo Custom Acoustic/Electric **
    '04 Ramirez 1-E Classical **
    '05 Taylor 414-CE L10 Fall Limited
    '09 Breedlove Roots OM/SR acoustic/electric
    '12 Taylor GS Mini



    Basses:
    '74 Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst/Maple Neck **
    '90 Fender MIJ '57 RI Vintage White Precision Bass **
     
  9. ME262

    ME262 Tele-Holic

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    I'm keeping my guitars forever, but assuming there is a zombie apocalypse or something, this is the one that will be found in my cold dead hands.

    Ibanez 2651 -78

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  10. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My '69 tele I bought new. Still the best sounding tele to me.
     

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  11. Obsessed

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    My '81 Yamaha SG800S in "oil stain". My finest built guitar by far and it was a model never exported to the U.S. The push/push coil taps are especially sweet sounding. I bought it used from a dealer in Japan.
     

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  12. Obsessed

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    With an original pick guard that I got later:
     

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  13. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Keepers-

    Acoustics-

    '14 Martin 000 MMV
    '77 Guild D25 Bluegrass
    '66 Gibson C1E Classical ( Friend's Dad's)
    '74 Alvarez 5055 (J200 clone) (Dad's)
    60s Tele-Star slope shoulder (Grand Dad's)
    '01 Harper Custom Studio Jumbo

    Electrics-

    '13 Gibson Les Paul Signature T
    '13 Fender FSR "Rustic Ash" Telecaster
    '93 Charvel TTX
    '03 Harper Custom "Texas Tele"
    '11 CGC LP Jr. DC
    '12 CGC LP Spc. DC
    '15 CGC Spruce topped V

    Amps-

    Mid 90's Mesa Boogie DC2- left to me by a friend who lost a brutal battle with cancer

    '15 Dirty Town DT18 head. The very first finished production head ever to be released. Serial number 004. I did a lot of the testing on the prototypes, so I kind of think of it as my signature model. It's also the only purple one that will ever be made. If these guys can keep their **** together, they've got a winner here. This amp is nothing short of fabulous.

    '0? Egnater Tweaker 15. Dumb little amp to label a "keeper", but it sounds incredible and has been reliable to a fault. It cost me $200 used. I'd never be able to get anything nearly as cool for that kind of money again. So it's a keeper.

    Bass-

    '93 Jackson Concert EX

    Guitar that hangs around, survives every sell off, is about as generic and un-special as anything can be, yet I just can't part with it-

    Takamine ESN10C

    It never freaks out at humidity or lack of it. It doesn't seem to care about temperature or climate at all. It sounds like a particularly thin and dull cardboard box unplugged. Sounds fantastic plugged in. Never feeds back, no matter how loud the stage is. Ok, I guess it's a keeper.
     
  14. Tidepoolbay

    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

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    All of them! Here are some.

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  15. LACampbell. esq

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    seems like the oceana might have gotten some inspiration from the supro sahara
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  16. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Guitars come and go with me but over the years there's two that I've always kept.

    My 1989 Squier Strat "The Veteran" and my early eighties Peavey T-15 "Yoko"
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    I owned the Strat since buying it new in 1991 and the Peavey in 1995 both guitars have had their share of modifications. And I only restored them properly very recently and thus have rediscovered them.

    And my most recent NGD also has all the hall marks on what makes a guitar a keeper for me.
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    My Yamaha SJ-180 just plays and feels so good, the moment I got it I wrote two new songs.
     
  17. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If I could have let go of it then it's probably already gone or will be very soon. The rest are still on the list. :D
     
  18. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    '03 National VS deluxe (steel, single cone)
    '08 Gibson Melody Maker (2 pickup)
    '08 Baja Telecaster

    I can cover a lot of territory with these three instruments. Played lots of gigs with the MM and Baja- they turn a lot of other guitars into expendable luxuries.
     
  19. ThreePeace

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    My 65 Silvertone 1446...

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  20. KeithJ

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    Campbel: Absolutely, yes. Paul has made a bunch of changes to it, probably most noticeable is the offset waist of it. He can do really any configuration of pickups and styles, too. I just saw that he made a bass IV model for a guy, and he does semi-hollow and hollow body versions that I dream about. The guy does absolutely gorgeous work! :)
     
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