What was the best guitar you bought this year?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Blazer, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Abu Twangy

    Abu Twangy Friend of Leo's

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    Although I bought a couple of decent guitars this year, the best instrument I bought this year was a bass.

    I was a full time bassplayer years ago and played mostly Fender Jazz Basses, modified Fender Musicmasters and even had a Bass VI for awhile. I never owned or wanted to own a Precision.

    I found a 1982 MIJ SQ Squier Precision in a local pawn shop that had some honest wear on it. It had a sunburst sen ash body and was much lighter than my current Jazz basses. And dispite the modest quality electronics it sounded great. So I swapped my #2 bass, a MIM Fender Jazz bass, for it.

    It is nice to have that classic Precision "thump"
     
  2. Bobb2

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    Tough call. I bought three guitars this year. A 62 Gretsch Tennessean, Ric 330/12 and a Ric 360/6.The black Gretsch was purchased Oct/11 All great guitars and unique to what others are using.

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  3. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    Lots of beautiful guitars!
     
  4. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That Tennie looks quite like mine - a '61 that I bought a year ago this week.

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    I didn't technically 'buy' any guitars this year. I did trade a MIM Strat for an Epi Firebird Studio, which I love. Now if I can only find a gig bag big enough to carry it around in!

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  5. beep.click

    beep.click Poster Extraordinaire

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  6. Blinky

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    Guild Gad D125. All solid mahogany. Great tone for strumming, especially the older 60's folk tunes.
     
  7. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

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    A Very Merry Christmas to everyone!

    I waited until today to see if Santa might perhaps leave a '59 LP 'burst under the tree - with my name on it. The old guy didn't I'm afraid, so I'll go count my pieces of coal and double check the bag of dirt instead. Bah Humbug ... :(

    On a more serious note, this year saw the acquisition of a 'used' '06 R8 VOS 'Iced tea' Plain top LP, which is possibly the nicest playing LP I own or have ever owned. I also managed to snag a CS Limited Edition '51 Nocaster Relic. This too is really a heck of a nice guitar.

    I refuse to part with either, so they must share the "best guitar bought this year award" .... and yes, I am a very spoilt brat. :D

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  8. wallis222

    wallis222 Tele-Afflicted

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    PV '52

    6.5lbs of Tele perfection.
     

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  9. jc93230

    jc93230 Tele-Holic

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    Will have to wait till later this week to pick. New guitar is not here yet.
     
  10. Warm Gums

    Warm Gums Friend of Leo's

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    Toss up between a '70s Ovation and a 80's Yamaha classical
    Both were bought for little money with the intention to flip. Both sound excellent, andI ended up selling "better" guitars and putting a little $$ in the pocket for the holidays.
    Win win!
     
  11. Jeranhound

    Jeranhound Tele-Meister

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    Probably cheating, since it's all I got this year, but my Encore copy of the gibson L6. $200 off of GC's vintage wall. I think it's Korean, judging by an auction I saw for an Encore Tele or strat copy on ebay.

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    I eventually want to replace the switching system with the 6 way rotary of an L6 and to put in a mids knob instead of the usual trebel tone control.
     
  12. andrenighthound

    andrenighthound Tele-Afflicted

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    I finally got my dream guitar! A 2012 Les Paul Goldtop Deluxe!

    Mini humbuckers are killer! Super happy with my "Goldie"
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  13. DrumBob

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    Only bought three, but Epiphone '56 Goldtop for $349 is the best. Really. This thing plays, looks and feels great. The pickups are OK, but I might swap them out for something else. Lots of P90 chopices out there. Maybe Lollars or Fralins. Personally, I still think Gibson makes a great P90.
     
  14. Lunchie

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    I will break it down in 3 categories.

    1. "Best" guitar - 86 MIJ Fender Strat w/ System 1 ~ $450
    2. Best Deal - Takamine C132S for $125 in a pawn shop ~ run about $900 new.
    3. One I play the most - mid 80's MIJ Squier Strat w/ System 1 ~ $200
     

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  15. akukulich

    akukulich Tele-Meister

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    Lots of Gretsch guitars in this thread and I'll add one more. Just agreed yesterday to buy a Gretsch G6120DS. I've been looking for a 6120 with single coil Dynasonics and I finally pulled the trigger on one.
     
  16. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

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    This one!

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  17. jglenn

    jglenn Tele-Afflicted

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    I got a really nice Ibanez semi,that a shop re did completely,bone nut,new buckers,all pots and wiring,for 350.00 with case at the local guitar show,sadly in the process of selling it to a friend,so I can get my first LP Junior from another friend,hopefully by years end! But these Ibanez axes can be really nice players with a little set up work,and a new part or two,highly recomended.
     
  18. harleysr

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    Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus

    Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Quite iconic. Lovely to play.
     

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  19. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Yes they do. I don't think Lollars or Fralins are any better than the new stock Gibson P90's. Different, but not necessarily better.
     
  20. gionnio

    gionnio Tele-Meister

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    I bought a refinished J45. It's been around the block quite a few times and looks like hell. The bridge, tuners, and frets have been replaced and the braces have been reglued by a couple of really good bay area luthiers. The tapered headstock and post script logo mark it as a late 40's build, and the feel of the neck and sound quality are out of this world! I've shown it to a couple of guitar-playing friends who wrinkle their noses and frown until they play it, then drop their jaws and ask me to let them know first if I ever decide to sell it.

    It's a keeper...

    I wish I knew how to post a pic, and if I ever learn how I'll add one.
     
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