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Sold my dream guitar today

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rad1, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have myself lusted after a 335. However, each time I play one I just don't like the feel of the guitar against my body. The same can be said of a Casino: I just don't like it. The neck can be great. People say that a Tele separates the men from the boys but I say the 335 does. (Yes, I am admitting I'm not man enough for a 335.). I don't get great tones from a 335. It reveals every flaw in my playing technique and ability.
    So I've ended my intention to own a 335.
    I may go for a Gretsch but I fear I will have the reaction in terms of feel.
    I was a committed Tele addict. In fact, I should have been committed to a psychiatric facility for all the money and time I spent chasing Telecasters. I have two custom shop Teles that are great guitars. Unfortunately, I've lost that loving feeling about both of them. I'm back to being a Strat guy. I still like my Teles but I don't love them.
    Perhaps in a year or two I'll rediscover their magic.
    BTW, my Teles are all me and I didn't mod a thing. I handpicked what I wanted from the Custom shop: color, frets, pickups, keys, radius, body wood. I'd never mod them myself. I have been tempted to have an experienced luthier put a humbucker in the neck position of my 63 NOS Tele.
     
  2. fender_freak

    fender_freak Tele-Meister

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    I have a hard time selling guitars even if I don't play them. Some are purely sentimental, but others I just keep because I figure things come in waves and I'll be back to them soon enough. Probably why I have 22 or 23 guitars....easy to loose track!
     
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  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    YMMV, JMHO, all of that. But when I realised I did actually need a hollowbody guitar, I went in expecting either to come back with a tele Thi line or a 335. Instead I came home with a gretsch. I really preferred the gretsch to the other two, so don't wipe it out just yet.
     
  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I had a beautiful 1999 Gibson R9 Les Paul reissue.
    It met all my requirements.
    It was light, had a beautiful, edge to edge tight ribbon curl maple top, and a gorgeous Duane Allman-esque darkburst finish.
    It was the most expensive guitar I ever bought, at $3,200.
    I bought it second hand, in 2005.
    I had it for about 10 years.
    I gigged with it about 5 times.
    In other words, I never used it.
    I gig all the time, and it just never seemed to fit the gigs I was doing.
    I sold it, after 10 years of just looking at it, and never really missed it.
    I have two reissue Pauls now, a 56 gold top and a 54 Custom.
    I don't really gig with them, either.
    I do love LPs, but they seem to sound best in the hands of others.
    I really want a 68 Custom.
    The real thing is now financially out of the question.
    Maybe I'll search for a (great) reissue, if I can find one.
    Thanks for listening.
     
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  5. scottser

    scottser Friend of Leo's

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    i've had so many guitars but i can't get rid of my squier p90 custom. i have 3 electrics now, and while i'll drag out the others every now and then - a tele standard and a vintage les paul copy - the custom seems to find its way back on the stand and everything seems normal again.
    i had a nice chinese 335 copy, neck played lovely but i just couldn't get along with it either. single coils and p90s to me sound nicer and sweeter than humbuckers.
     
  6. Humbuster

    Humbuster Tele-Meister

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    I feel your pain.
    I have owned and loved many 335s, but as a smaller guy,the big body, especially as I get older is no longer comfortable.
    Down to Tele (ASAT) and a Les Paul.

    Just something about a Tele style that feels just "right".
     
  7. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    HENCE THE MEMPHIS ES-339 SATIN. Best purchase of gibson, /humbucker guitar I have ever made
     
  8. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oh I haven't rules it out yet. I once owned a beautiful Am Dlx Thinline Tele but it sounds nothing like an ES335 or a Gretsch. I never thought the Cabronita sounded like a Gretsch either.
    I once tried an ES339 and a more rare 336 because of the small body but they don't really sound like a 335 either.
    IMO nothing sounds like a hollow or semi-hollow body Gretsch. I will give it a try soon.
     
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  9. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The memphis 339 satin sounds EXACTLY like a 335, sorry.
     
  10. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have an R8. It's beautiful with just a hint of flame on the edges. It's a VOS which is a much more authentic aged look IMO than most Fender relics or closet classics.
    Like you I love to look at it but it's not a go to guitar. I infrequently play for some Knopfler stuff and Peter Green type blues.
    I can't bear to part with it but I probably will at some point. It's not light. It's a beast.
     
  11. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Maybe to you but not to me. I'm an old dude who has probably lost some of his hearing in different frequency ranges, LOL.
    I think they have a more Les Paul sound than an ES335.
    Tone is in the ear of the listener.
     
  12. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    burnt - Initially I had your impression too. THe guitar was more direct, louder, more solidsbody sounding

    I had the genius idea to lower me the pickups some ....& bam. Exactly like my 335-345s, no ifs or buts :)
     
  13. horax

    horax Tele-Afflicted

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    It's weird how the most expensive guitars in my collection rarely get used
     
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    My problem is that I've sold guitars and then didn't realize that they were my dream guitar until after I've sold them.
     
  15. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Not to everyone...


    @burntfrijoles, if size is the only issue, consider the Collings I-35 LC. Nice used ones show up regularly on Reverb.
     
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  16. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    My 335 story:
    In 1969, out behind a bar that my band had just played for, a guy came up to me while I was loading my stuff in the van. He was carrying a guitar case, which he placed on the ground and opened. It was a well used 335, sort of transparent brown, with a lot of finish cracking. He said he needed cash and asked what I could give him.
    Since he was also drunk, and I thought kidding, I pulled a twenty from my wallet and offered it, not thinking he would take it.
    Long story short, he took the bill and walked back to his car.
    I was really into my Tele at the time, so just put the 335 in the van and sort of ignored it. What I was thinking was that the guy would realized what he had done and would come looking for it. Since we played that bar frequently, I always brought the 335 along on those particular jobs. Just in case.
    Well, I never saw the guy again, but a few months later somebody made an offer for the Gibson (around $400) and I let it go. I put the cash toward a Super Reverb.
     
  17. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    What's your mailing address? I found a boot on a stick, on eBay... :lol:

    Great story.
     
  18. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ummm bad decisions on both counts?

    Then again who of us didn't make them [emoji6]
     
  19. Big Steve

    Big Steve Tele-Holic

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    Great story. I hope the new guy loves it. I have had a few ES335's and ES333's that I never really bonded with. I finally found an amazing Epi Dot after trying a ton of them. I paid $300. Then I started modifying away. I reshaped the neck a little, put in OX4 pickups, new pots, caps and a Compton aluminium bridge. In short, I ended up with a 335 type guitar with all of the components on it that I wanted. I love it and it will be a forever guitar for me. It is truly the ES335 tone I have always heard in my head.

    You never know which guitars you will connect with. I have owned plenty of high priced stuff that didn't work for me.
     
  20. Ed P

    Ed P Friend of Leo's

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    My thoughts, exactly!
     
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