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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Kloun, Jan 25, 2019.
I'll play by the rules.
If there were a fire, and I could only save one guitar, I would purposely walk out with no guitar at all, and let them all burn to cinders, along with the rest of the house and all my gear and amps.
Then I would have a blast rebuilding the house with the insurance money, and letting the insurance company pay me handsomely to replace all my guitars and gear.
What a fun and interesting concept;
A new beginning.
A fresh start, with all new guitars and amps and stuff.
Thanks for the prompt, Kloun.
I like how this conversation turned from a negative to a very big positive!
My Paul Beard Gold Tone. The rest of the guitars I bought or made and can do so again. However on one birthday 8 years ago my wife told me to close my eyes, and she plopped this guitar in my lap. Totally unsuspected and out of the blue.
well, it's pretty small, and not a guitar -- but if I could take only one instrument it would have to be this 1929 Martin Mando that I inherited from my Uncle
Question: wife got out safely first, yes?
I love my Gibsons, Fenders and PRS but it would have to be the one I built when I went to Luuthiery School...
Love it when you show er. I'd play that thing for days!
I'd grab my Martin OM-28 Vintage, because it would be more difficult (and expensive) to replace, than any of my electric guitars. That said... I have to admit enjoying playing my electrics more than the acoustics.
It would have to be my '52 LP conversion. It's the one that I could not replace or build. MOJO!. That being said I would definitely cry over the others. And we haven't discussed amps.
Wife has two hands so she’d better be carrying two guitars as she’s being escorted out safely by yours truly and two more guitars
Then I’d drink a whole lot of water and pee out the fire, saving all of my other instruments in the most macho show of manliness I can think of.
^^Well, you got me there. Peeing out a fire would be pretty damn manly!
This thread's variation on the "just one guitar" theme got my attention because in the early morning hours of May 6, 2010, there was a fire at my house. I've told the story before, but here it is again...
I had cooked in my BBQ pit the evening before, on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Unbeknownst to me, an ember had escaped from the pit and was smoldering among the dropped dry pecan catkins on the ground next to the hurricane fence. Stoked during the night by the winds, it ignited the decorative bamboo on the fence and traveled to the porch. That melted down several plastic containers, which then served as an accelerant. The fire engulfed the porch and made its way into the attic. My wife woke up to the sound of glass breaking. She sleepily thought the cat had knocked something over and got up to investigate, only to discover the fire. She called out to me, and I placed the 9-1-1 call at 4:55 am. We then went out the front door to go around back, thinking we could put out the fire ourselves. Once outside, we could see how extensive the fire was, and I realized that I couldn't go back in for anything, guitars included.
As I watched the firefighters battling the blazes from the front lawn of the neighbor's home directly across from us, suddenly I saw two firefighters walk out of my front door, carrying two of my guitars (the ones that happened to be on stands in the living room). As they came up and handed them to me, I was dumbfounded. They asked, "Do you have any more?" Still quite taken aback, all I could say was, "Well...yeah!" They then asked me where they were, and I told them. They then proceeded to go back into the burning house and retrieve my other guitars. As they brought the rest to me (I just had five guitars at the time), I was again just blown away. I said, "One of you guys must be a player!"
So, Kloun, your imaginary scenario was quite real for me, and all of my guitars were saved. But I guess that doesn't answer your question of which one guitar I would choose to save if I could only save one. It would be my 1983 Japanese vintage Hohner G-940. Why? Several reasons...
1. It is a great sounding and great playing guitar. All solid woods (spruce top, mahogany sides, ebony fretboard), with maple binding and inlays.
2. It is the guitar I'm most sentimental about. It was a gift. Well, the money to buy it was a gift, I picked it out. A group of friends, including my best friend of 50 years, collected $600 for me to buy a guitar after the neck on my old one was accidentally snapped off. According to the online inflation calculator of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that would be $1,541 today. Quite a gift!
3. Besides the fact that it was a gift, I'm sentimental about it because I've had it for nearly 36 years. It was my only guitar from 1983 to the year 2000. It's literally been with me halfway around the world and back. Two of my three children learned to play on it. My best friend's son played it.
Yeah, it is the one I would snatch from the fire...and it has been!
Great story LGO. The banjo my luthier made after the loss of the first in his workshop fire is wonderful, but I still regret losing the one he made first, even though I never played it and only saw photos. So good that your instruments were saved.
I wonder if some of the reliance on insurance payouts expressed in this thread might be optimistic. Do check your policies.
This is what you can be left with.
I have an OO-28G myself. 1961. But I guess I'd have to save my 52 reissue Tele my wife got me for Christmas back in 2003.
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It would have to be my new American Performer Strat. Of all the Strats and other models that I've owned over the decades, this one is the best. The neck is just right, the jumbo frets make bends and vibrato much easier than smaller frets, and the new Yosemite pickups sound spectacular, with a great vintage vibe, and plenty of chimey, glassy goodness that only the best Strat pickups have. Since I got it I can't play anything else. The modern take on vintage style tuners is awesome, and the push/pull pot on the second tone control activates the neck pickup when the five way is on position one and two so you get all seven combinations. And you have the first tone control on the neck and middle, and the second one on the bridge pickup. It's the most perfectly executed Strat that I've ever played.
My 1983 Strings and Things Bluesmaster, not too many of them made.
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Those grisly photos speak volumes. Glad it was a workshop fire, not a house fire.
So, if we're sharing fire pics, I'll show some of mine. This first one was taken years after the fire, for obvious reasons. These are dry catkins (along with some twigs and dry leaves) that fall from our big pecan tree in the back yard. This is what that escaped ember smoldered in all night.
Here is a shot of the BBQ pit and the decorative bamboo on our hurricane fence, plus a charred corner of the porch.
From some angles, it didn't look as bad as it was. Because the fire got up into the attic, the roof was a total loss. Here are pics from a few days later, as the roof was starting to come down.
I spoke of my guitars earlier, but not my amps. I lost one to the fire, but the others, while suffering smoke and water damage, made it through the fire. Here are the survivors: Peavey Bandits, a Studio Pro, Envoy 110s, a Crate TX50D "Limo" and my Boss ME-70 multi-effects pedal.
Here are the guitars that I had at the time of the fire, pics taken before the fire. I've already showed the Hohner G-940, but here it is again on the right in a group shot, with my Crafter FX570 acoustic/electric on the left and my Logan Custom mahogany tele in the middle.
I also had another Logan Custom tele, the actual prototype of Bob Logan's "Logo" thinline.
The last of the five I had in 2010 is my Breedlove Atlas AD25/SMe.
In addition to those five coming out of the fire, in a way, another guitar came out of it too. In the process demolition afterward, I salvaged as much of the lumber as I could. Our house was built by a family member in 1935-36, so there was old growth construction grade lumber to be salvaged. The roofing joists were made of Douglas Fir, the exterior and interior walls were of ship-lap construction, and made of planks of Long Leaf Pine. Usable LLP was especially plentiful, since all the walls were made from the stuff. I repurposed back into the rebuild a lot of the LLP, but I also sent some to Bob Logan, and he made a tele style guitar out of it. Of course, since it came through the fire and it's a telecaster style, I call it my "Firecaster." It has Bill Lawrence Keystone tele pickups in it, and a 5-way switch (Bill Lawrence wiring).