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My keepers... share yours!
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:03:10 PM »
So, after years of saving up for gear, trading and selling stuff, purchasing equipment that was plain awesome or bad and lots of time spent on the internet that would have been better invested in actual playing I finally arrived somewhat at a point where I have all I need. Sure, G.A.S. is always there and temptation to upgrade or trade is always lingering somewhere in the back of my head, but in the last 6 months I got rid of all my guitars I didn't need or haven't used. Now I'm down to 10 stringed instruments, 5 electrics, 2 basses, 2 acoustics and one western guitar.

Now those would be my first electric, a cheap Silvertone Paul Stanley signature I will never sell purely out of sentimental value, a custom built Strat I got for my 18th birthday, a Gibson LP Studio I got in a trade, a Jackson Elite Randy Rhoads that was a steal, an Ibanez Soundgear bass I got in a trade and use for recording, my granddads 1962 Framus Hollywood that's been restored and will be back in my hands soon, his Höfner Violin Bass that'll see my luthier next, two cheap acoustics I got as a gift from friends that wanted to learn guitar but gave up along the way and a Samick Western with a piezo pickup I got for another birthday.

I owned a 93 Jackson Fusion that was a great guitar but got no play time, a 2010 Jackson DK2M that was played a lot but had some build flaws I couldn't gel with, a very cool japanese Jackson SLSMG that I bought purely out of an old desire of wanting to own one back in the day cause the guitar player from This or the Apocalypse had one, a Stagg SG copy I got as a youngster cause I was a total Angus Young fan (store owner overcharged me on the guitar, the quality was soo bad it should have ended up as fire wood, sold it for 100 bucks including a hardcase to a total beginner and don't feel bad, at least he'll get the money back if he ever sells the case) and an Ibanez RG 350MZ that was very comfortable to play but sounded like cr@p. I also got an old beat up Kramer Pacer Imperial as a gift from a friend, restoring the guitar would have been lots of money so I salvaged the hardware and sold it to a guy who is collecting old Kramers to put them back to former glory.

So after all I'm down to 3 electrics that I'm fond of (4 if you count in the Framus I'll get back soon, gonna open up a thread once I get my hands on her). My custom Strat, my LP Studio and my Randy Rhoads.

The Strat was a love/hate relationship for the longest time. Back when dad comissioned her I was a pure metalhead, all into pointy guitars, active pickups, floyd rose bridges and all that jive. Dad said the only thing I may decide on is what pickup configuration I want. So of course I said HSS so I could play mah metal. The luthier talked me out of the Floyd because he said it would be a hassle. I'm glad he did. After all I was only playing for 2 years and had no experience with gear whatsoever. Dad specified a maple neck and the strat shape because he knew you could always swap pickguards. I'm glad he did, because I finally love everything about the instrument. My initial hassle was that the Duesenberg Humbucker the luthier put in wasn't evil sounding enough and although the guitar felt like pure heaven to play I tried out loads of humbuckers in there over the years to be dissapointed every time, the guitar is bright and has very little low end, so for metal applications it never seemed to work. Eventually I gave up on trying to turn her into a metal machine and tried a SSS configuration. I went with 3 EMG SAs (cause I can't live with the hum) and the SPC middle boost. Surprise, surprise. The SAs in conjunction with the SPC dimed gave me the metal sound I was looking for all the years. Sure, you still have a bit more twang than with a humbucker but surprisingly suddenly the instrument had all the thickness I was looking for and couldn't find. Now that I don't play as much metal anymore and settled on lots of blues and rock I'm probably gonna throw in a DiMarzio Area set. Wish BKP would offer noiseless single coils but oh well. You can't have it all, right?

Next up the Gibson LP Studio. This was a trade. And the guitar looks beat up and ugly, mostly because the original owner attacked the finish with sandpaper to make her look reliced I guess. On the backside you have a huge spot where you see the bare wood. And she's a plain jane, black satin finish. But oh the sound, the feel and playability. Gave the RG350MZ away and an ENGL particle board 412 with V60s, got the Studio, 150 bucks and the Gibson case. Never looked back. She came with EMGs the guy put in there, a 81/60 set. Got a 57/66 as a replacement to try out and whilst it's a lot better than the previous combination I'm gonna order a Mule set or go with a Riff Raff/Mule combo since again I play more blues and laid back styles these days. Action is also ridiculously low after a fret job.

And finally my Jackson Randy Rhoads Elite FSR. This one gets the least playing time at the moment and I have contemplated on selling her a few times, but seeing how this is the only instrument dedicated for all the Metallica, Megadeth, Sylosis and Revocation songs I play here and there I'm set on keeping her. I got her for 500 bucks and still have no clue why my local music shop was selling her for that price. I think new they retailed at around 1400 bucks. Last series to come out of Japan before Jackson moved to Mexico/Indonesia. Quartersawn maple neckthrough, ebony fretboard, alder wings, stainless steel frets, OFR. Action is as low as it gets and bends never fret out. Feels smooth as glass. Gonna treat her to the 57/66 set I have in the LP right now. As said, she's my dedicated guitar for all things heavy.

So this has been a wall of text, me sharing some of my stories with guitars I had and now have as my ultimate keepers. I'd love to hear some of your stories, how many guitars have you sold/bought/traded? On which ones did you settle and why? Do you have any you never play but can't get rid of? Did you sell any and regretted it afterwards? Do tell!



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Re: My keepers... share yours!
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 04:53:25 AM »
Interesting thread.  I haven't ever gotten rid of a guitar since I've been very choosy since the beginning.  I've equipped all four electric guitars with electronic upgrades and Bare Knuckle Pickups.  Each guitar has something that is unique and really awesome about them.

Out of all my guitars, the Gibson Les Paul Standard and the Godin Redline III record the best but they all sound awesome.

My Godin LG is a favourite for live because of it's versatility and how huge it sounds.  The Ibanez RG7421 is another great little guitar which I also prefer live and for teaching.  The guitar sounds great and is super fun to play.  I may upgrade it further in the future but we will see. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017, 11:49:16 PM »
I quite like your idea of sharing the story behind your guitars. So here goes...

I have 3 acoustic guitars and now 4 electric ones, with a PRS SE just joining the club yesterday. While I have been playing around a bit to find the right amp, I have stuck with all the guitars I bought, so far. Here is why:

My first ever guitar was black Corean dreadnought. It is the one that endure the painful process of learning to play from scratch (painful for anyone within earshot). Only recently when I used it on holiday back in France have I fully realised how sub-standard it is. It served its purpose and I probably won't get rid of it because it was my first ever guitar... and it wouldn't sell for much anyway. These days, I think you can get a lot better for your money so if my sons want to take on playing the guitar I'll find them something more inspiring and probably cheaper than what my parents paid when they got this one for me.

First electric guitar in 1995 was an Epiphone Les Paul Classic. I remember at the time, within my budget in the local guitar shop I had the choice between the bird's eye maple veneer or gold top... I wasn't into gold top at the time so... I was very much into Slash's music though, which is why I was going for a LP. It is a descent piece of gear. The only big let down were the pickups, which led to the acquisition of my second electric guitar. Since, though I have upgraded the pickup twice. I first went for a set of Seymour Duncan '59, as part of an overhaul exercise I had commissioned from a luthier. I was keen to have the option to split the coil, but I was a bit disappointed when I realise that instead of fitting the 4 conductors version of the pups, he, quite skillfully I have to admit, opened up the coils to tap them with an added wire. It had all to do with his line of supply and the fact that he was running with Dimarzio. Anyway, the poor guitar was not done with wiring botched jobs as I decided to replace the '59s with a MQs. Moving into single coil territory, I decided to shield the control cavity. I made such a mess that the guitar has remained silent for a long time. I have now brought it to a professional who should be able to get it back in working order... Can't wait to get it back. It is my open C tuning à la Soundgarden which I will use to play the slide, so while the guitar itself is not the most inspiring, it has its purpose... and a claim to being my first electric...

Second electric guitar was a Gibson LP Studio in wine red. I just bought this guitar because it was a Gibson, so it was bound to be better than the Epiphone right and because it was just gorgeous. It had been taunting me for months on the Gibson wall of the local shop. So when I gathered enough dough to buy it it was a dream come true. Now, back in the days I didn't really have much know how in terms of gear assessment and I got lucky as it is a good sounding guitar. It has been my main guitar for a long while so it is not much that the guitar suited my playing as it shaped my playing. For a long time it just fitted me like a glove. The vintage hot pickups actually suited my playing style at the time: hard rock and punk. It now sports a MQ in the neck and a Mule in the bridge. Brilliant combination. I have done all the mods on this guitar myself and it has turned quite alright.

For my Erasmus year, I didn't really have the opportunity to bring a guitar with me. But while out I decided to buy one. Small budget but I managed to score a very good one for the price, a Freshman dreadnought with a cutaway. I love this guitar. Unfortunately it is still at my parents place right now. Not sure when an opportunity will come along to get it home. It is projecting masterfully when tuned in standard C. Yes; I really need to bring it home.

Fast forward a few years and I have become a much more confident player. So I have for the first time been able to make a very considerate buy. I wanted a Telecaster as I felt playing one would help me improve my playing. I had tried a good number of Am Tele, with my preference homing towards the ash bodied one. When Fender revamped their Am range, they changed the neck finish from the nice satin spec, which was one of the feature I really enjoyed on the Tele, to a thicker gloss, more alike to what I have with the LPs. So I rushed to the shop to see if I could score an old one before they run out of the discontinued version. I couldn't score an ash body one but still got a nice sounding one with a clearance price tag... so couldn't really complain. I enjoy the way it plays and the unplugged sound. After installing a set of Boss pups and a four way switch for a in series option, the electrified sound is quite pleasing as well.

When my first son was born, I was keen to play music for him. An amplified sound didn't really feel appropriate and I had no acoustic guitar at home. Both my acoustic are still in France. I wanted something smaller and more sweet sounding than a dreadnought. I had a budget of about £300 prior to be introduced to the limited range Martin guitars with ply neck. I did some research at the time and while it looked like the use of engineered wood in a guitar was frown upon, I didn't really care as the sound and feel were well above anything else in a similar price range, and very inspiring. The material may not be noble but the Martin craftsmanship oozes through every joints of the guitar... Even came with a soundhole pickup!

Finally, in the past year I have discovered and started to appreciate more and more Jane's Addiction and Dave Navarro's sound and playing. So I have been hitching to try out a PRS to see if this could be a guitar for me. SE was going to be the way and a Custom 24 is virtually a Dave signature model without the white / black paint. By this time, my training had become almost in-existent; so when I finally decided to head for a guitar shop, it seemed like it could be a good incentive to get back into it, if it turned out to be my thing. Turns out they have the new 2017 range out and it is getting very good reviews. So there I was yesterday. The first one I picked up did feel like a solidly built guitar but it wasn't quite doing it for me. The second one I picked was a fancy maple finish one. It was good looking but this was not going to be a consideration in my choice. First, off the peg, it felt noticeably heavier. Second thing I noticed, the neck had a satin finish instead of the gloss finish the previous one had. I first tried it unplugged before plugging it in a Marshall JVM. I was blown away. I unplugged the beast and thought I would try a few more before making any rash decision. Every single one had its own flavour, which was interesting. But the natural maple one was the one. So that makes the fourth electric guitar in the collection.
'17 PRS SE Custom 24 - stock
'07 Fender MIA Tele - The Boss set
'96 Gibson LP studio - MQn, The Mule b
'95 Epi LP classic - MQs


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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 03:08:54 PM »
Nice one Jazz Rock, had fun reading through your story. And good for you that you got it always right!  :smiley:

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 02:13:43 AM »
Oh man, you have a Framus?  I'd love a Wolf Hoffmann signature V


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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 04:44:57 PM »
Dave, it's a 1962 Hollywood Model (Framus reissued those a few years back) that I got from my Grandpa. Not comparable to nowadays modern Framus line up, very vintage worn out old school guitar :)


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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 08:38:54 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 11:03:39 PM »
2000 Les Paul Standard fitted with 10th Anniversaries. PRS Bernie Marsden fitted with Mississippi Queen(bridge) and a Mule(neck).
Gibson 2000 Honeyburst Standard/10th Anniversaries
Bernie Marsden PRS SE/Miss.Queen/Mule.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2018, 10:14:32 AM »
Guitar wise I sold off my Les Pauls as I was constantly a/b'ing the SG against them and it was doing my head in. Decided to just focus on the one guitar which my dad bought me for my 21st birthday. Took me a while to learn to love it and a long time to find the right bridge pickup for it (ended up not being a BKP) but I really love it now. Technically I do have my old strat copy but it's so awful I don't really count it as a proper guitar since it never gets played!
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2019, 05:16:23 PM »

69 Custom
I'm not letting this go.
I've regretted letting lots of guitar go ,that I wish I still had.