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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cali Dude, Jan 16, 2021.
Lately, its been my Gretsch Jet
My mistake! The only acoustic I have experienced personally that came close to the tone of my 82 year-old Martin D18 was a mid 50s Guild F55B. The old New Jersey and Rhode Island Guilds were phenomenal instruments.
I love this one. My late wife became an enabler when her income went up. She bought me a Martin dread and two mandolins. She also talked me into a couple amps and a Gibson LP Special (which replaced an Epiphone she had talked me into years earlier). She might have been the best wife ever.
Gretsch Corvette, for when I'm not feelin like a tele, but still want some twang.
I luvvs me some HiLoTrons ! Very similar to a tele twang.
Best of all - The neck on this babe is more bat-like than any Gibson I've ever held.
Burns vibratos can be kinda finicky, but this one works fine once it's dialed in.
Weighing around 6.8 lbs it's a pure pleasure to play all day.
An old F55? Good lord, you've been to the mountain!
(And it was a smart mistake. That black binding is a fooler.)
I think I'm as old as the mountain! That F55B passed through my hands in about 1975. There was a piano/organ dealership in Arlington, TX where I lived. They had taken the F55 in trade and really didn't know what they had. Since I was going down to Austin to visit my cousin, I volunteered to take it to Guitar Ressurection, where I sold it for the store, taking a percentage for myself. I would have loved to kept it, but the price was $600 in 1975 dollars, far more than I could afford at the time, but it was a fabulous guitar. Eventually, I heard it sold to the owner of Heart O' Texas Music in Waco. Of course, I had my 1939 Martin D18 to console me! Some more pics of the old WWII veteran (first owner bought it right after Pearl Harbor, joined the Navy, and lugged it all over the Pacific Theater).
CBS Stratocasters, right handed, strung lefty and played upside down...
Wow! That's something really awesome you have there. Love it.
Very cool vintage guitars you have there!
Thanks! I've had it for 47+ years, senioritywise it outranks my wife by 5 years. If it came to a choice between 'em, I'd have to choose her. The Martin ain't much to cuddle up with on a cold winter's night, although it has a great warm tone!
There are non-Tele guitars?
My J45, but if were talking electrics then I'd have to say I've been enjoying my Epi Casino lately.
An interesting aside about the old Martin: I had heard that the original owner of the guitar had passed away in the early '80s. Out of curiosity, I Googled his name and found out he lived until 2010 and passed at the age of 96!
How do you like the Tone Master?
When it's not my '52 Tele it's my '56 Strat.
1956 Strat by Bill posted Feb 8, 2006 at 10:09 PM
Some how Tele related but my old-hard tail Strat.