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

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  1. Nick Fanis

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    I am holding a 63 and a 72 as I write these words... (and I've played and owned many vintage Fenders from the 50s,60s & 70s)

    Hmmm....same CHEAP 3 saddle bridge,same CHEAP wonky tuners,same CHEAP microphonic pickups and same CHEAP 3 piece bodies that are quite heavy and not exactly "tonewood" material....the necks are nice though but I don't see anything "better" in them compared to my newer teles...

    Oh BTW you can easily PARK 2 pickup trucks :lol: in the 63's NECK POCKET GAP....
     
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    Marty will never sell Clarence, I'm willing to bet on that.
     
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    I hesitate to ask, but what are you typing with?
     
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    I built my telebass replica out of pine :)
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    And it's a fine looking instrument. :)
     
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    I don't know about that . . Check my web page.... Pine's been very very good for me... and those that now own one of my BarnBusters...:p

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    That cracked me up!
     
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    I've had some classic guitars ( 63 Gibson melodymaker and 65 Gibson SG to name a few and they all have their quirks about them. Some were good and some were awful. Tone is in the hands and technique. Chet could get his sound out of a $15.00 Sears Gene Autry copy. Just sayin. Marty is the real deal and I have been a fan of his since he played with the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe.
     
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    Not trying to be a wise guy but could you please define "come into their own". I've got some very old guitars and I'm thinking that if I could come to understand what that actually means perhaps I could start enjoying it.:(
     
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    My #1 for quite a long time was a $10 Craigslist find- a strat copy with a good solid neck. I dropped some secondhand Duncans, leveled the frets, and it gets the job done. It's not pretty but it's good enough for who it's for.
     
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    When I played my ‘65 Danelectro for the first time in 1985, it sounded like a**. I’m glad I kept it, though, ‘cuz now when I play it, it sounds like a cool retro funk machine. I’m not sure what has aged/changed on the guitar, but somewhere in the hours and hours of time I have spent playing it (and others), the instrument has improved its tone. :D

    I am glad we have had this conversation, though; in the years I have been on TDPRI, I have often wondered why we never discuss the pros/cons of vintage vs new guitars.
     
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    Have no fear he is a happily married man. I often wondered if he has scars or something going on with his neck myself.
     
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    I dont think anyone is disadvantaged by using a new instrument. The allure of vintage is great to be sure. But this is a truly 1st world problem!
     
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    When did Marty say this?
    I've seen him use and back new boutique Telecasters for his superlatives.

    I love Marty but have to disagree with him on this.
     
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    That's pretty cool when you think about it.
     
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    Exactly.

    Me Squier does OK, after all my venue is my bedroom.
     
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    I found someone else that supports Kenny was playing an MC Signature Tele.



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    When I saw them play here in L.A. a couple of months ago, Marty mentioned that Kenny was playing the Mike Campbell signature Tele, which I believe is the one we're talking about (M.C. was in the audience that evening AND he produced the Marty Stuart/Fabulous Superlatives' latest and greatest "Way Out West.")

    With Kenny at the wheel, I'm tellin' you that thing is a hoss!

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    Mostly commenting to point out the irony in the title, since Marty once found a tab of acid in the guitar.

    Also, that guitar sounds amazing. (That's me playing it in my profile picture.) I don't care if it's old or new, it just sounds awesome.

    He's also said in the past the past that the Ronson Esquire always sounded good, but really starts to scream when he tunes it up a 1/2 step.

    My guess is that, given enough time to figure out the idiosyncrasies of any guitar, new or old, he'd hit on something he likes, but, why bother when he's got known commodities?
     
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