I once had a 70s California country rock band erroneously booked into a hard-core honky tonk, and during "Lyin' Eyes," flesh-eating redneck zombies tore through the chicken wire to attack our singing drummer.
I fought them off, swinging my 10 lb CBS Tele Custom like a warhammer, and went on to play "A Horse With No Name" without even re-tuning. There was, however, a half-rotted tooth stuck in the bridge. I left it. Love a relic.
My Epi Masterbilt took a faceplant last fall at an outdoor gig. A big gust of wind from behind toppled it off it's stand. The guitar was completely uninjured as it landed on some cords and the Snark took all the impact at the headstock (I glued it back together and it works fine).
Must've been some event teleup, nice fix!
GregWV..glad to hear all is well
I had just bought my first tele in 1972. Brand new Thinline. I had a house gig at the time and the only thing different about this particular night was that I'd brought the new guitar. Started the gig without a chance to dial in a sound.
I turned around, between songs, to tweak my amp and same thing happened to me as you just described. My precious new tele hit the deck.
My bandmate at the time was an older guy (actually, he was probably younger then than I am now !) who didn't get excited about anything. He looked over and, deadpanned into the mic, "I see that JDC's new guitar just took a nap".
I didn't know whether to be mad at him for taking it so lightly or to laugh my a$$ off, because it was (in retrospect) pretty funny.
Did it put the Tim pedal out of its misery?The drummer was adjusting/moving the kick and knocked over my Tele. It fell face down on to my pedal board. I saw it all- in slow motion. The bass player screamed. And I heard. Couple of "Oh no's!". It made a dreadful sound as the neck slammed into my Tim pedal.
I picked 'er up expecting some sort of terrible gouge or a dent in the fretboard. To my surprise I couldn't find a scratch on the guitar. I played a G chord and the only damage appeared to be that the low E string was out of tune. I've heard similar stories with not so happy endings.
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