The Acid Test - new guitars vs vintage according to Marty Stuart

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  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    "I get charmed by new guitars when I walk into guitar shops. I sometimes buy one because they look so pretty and sound so good in the store. All is well until I put the new guitar on stage in the middle of the band, next to my 1952 Esquire and 1954 Telecaster. It's then that I realize that there truly is no comparison. It's also unfair to compare, because vintage instruments have had a long time to come into their own."

    - MARTY STUART
     
  2. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Well...he would know.
    But, everything has to be new at some time.
    You can be the one to give a new guitar it's age and experience. Something to be said for that.
     
  3. Nelg

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    Most of us don't have a choice, but I'll trust Marty on this one.
     
  4. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's

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    With all due respect, "I like these ones more because I like these ones more."

    Well, ok.
     
  5. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think that with a lot of Love and care, the new Gutars will come in to their own.
    Sadly, I will be long gone when they do.

    If you get a New Guitar, treat like you want to play it 50 years from now.
     
  6. boris bubbanov

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    Well, I don't know what I would do if Country Music didn't, at least, have Marty........

    But I'm gonna say something controversial: I think his recorded music sounds like it was made with fairly new instruments. There's a sort of bright and shiny aspect to it that lifts me up and gives me new energy. By comparison, Johnny Cash's records sound like they were made with grungy old instruments.

    Anyway, it gets me to thinking that in the end, it really is the player and not the instrument.
     
  7. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

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    If I had his resources I might feel the same way.

    Whatever works for you though, and whatever inspires you to make music.
     
  8. Toto'sDad

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    Okay, did the '52, and '54 sound like doo doo when they were new? Were they twenty years old when they opened up? forty? Will they sound twice as good in fifty years? The last time I saw Marty, Kenny was playing what I've been told was a Mike Campbell signature Tele, and if a guitar can sound any better than that, it sure would surprise me.
     
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    The confirmation biasing is superior on electric guitars that were made in the 1950's.
     
  10. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    The vintage guitars I've got really only sound good in certain situations - my old Tele sounds great doing straight country, but not so good doing anything else.

    My new stuff sounds much better for most of the gigs I do, because they can cover a lot more tonal ground. That's not to say I don't love my old Tele, it's a great guitar. But different jobs require different tools.

    - D
     
  11. monkeybanana

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    He’s a fantastic player and has a bunch of museum worthy instruments (as he should) he performs with. But just YouTube Jack Pearson with his Squier. A lot of it is in our head and I am guilty too. If I didn’t like mojo I would have more money in the bank.
     
  12. DougM

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    Isn't it Marty "Stuart", not "Stewart"? If you're going to quote someone, try to get their name right. Otherwise, how do I know that your quote isn't just as inaccurate?
     
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    100% agreed. I really believe that any decent instrument deserves to be treated respectfully and that with attention and care some of them can mature into even better playing instruments after a few years...particularly if they're played regularly.
     
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    According to Wikipedia, Kenny mostly plays Teles made by Floyd Cassista......subject to change in a heartbeat.
     
  15. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    I'm sure you know that is a matter of production and engineering, as well as the recording equipment used.
     
  16. Peegoo

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    Who knew Marty Stuart's publicist was a member here?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    :)
     
  17. boris bubbanov

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    I'm just intrigued that Stuart's genuine middle name is Marty, and not Martin.

    But that's Philadelphia, MS for you.
     
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  18. rze99

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    Oops a daisy.

    Fixed

    thanks!
     
  19. Mike Eskimo

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    One of my best buddies is a “Larry.”

    And that’s what it says on his birth certificate ! :lol:


    Marty’s tone with Clarence is one of THE best guitar tones I’ve ever heard. Either pickup. Come to think of it, it’s pretty similar with the other guitar too.
     
  20. reactor99

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    I think he's named after Marty Robbins.
    He and the Superlatives are simply amazing
     
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