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Old 08-29-22, 01:00 PM
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I actually like how they sound after they loose some of that initial metallic brightness. I've got several guitars that I kind of "cycle" through so strings last me - lets just say a long time. I try to remember to write down the date and kind of strings on a piece of paper or the string packaging when I change them and leave it in the case so I know when the last time I changed them was.
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1971 SG Standard. She's been through the wars. Headstock break, control cavity break (completely off, then reglued). It has just an absolutely huge amount of scrapes, bumps, gouges, scratches, dings, checks, wear, and more. Great guitar. And yep I'm a lefty so I play it upside down.
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Intonation must not be great though with that right handed bridge.
That's usually what stops me when I find a great deal on a right handed guitar.



My not so vintage 2013 Standard in the early morning sunshine
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I've probably put about a half dozen righty SGs into 'lefty' mode and most come out okay. There are a few that don't, sometimes it's close.

On this particular guitar, I was lucky in that someone stuck an old brass Alembic bridge on it in place of the original abr style, and it gives a lot more room for adjustment. So while it does not aesthetically do the guitar justice, it makes up for it with the intonation.
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1934 Kalamazoo KG-11
Spruce, mahogany. and Brazilian rosewood. Ebony nut.

It's had it's neck reset, a bridge replacement, a brace replacement, and a full refret. Tuners are Golden Age replacements. I'm using a custom gauge set of nickel wounds. The top has a small amount of old tension warping near the waist around the sound hole on the treble side.. She's stable now. Lacquer is crazed and scuffed throughout. I appreciate it's past repairs and parts replacements because I couldn't afford to get into a "nicer" prewar Gibson otherwise. A real comfy V neck profile. It's light as a feather. Crazy volume projection and responsive to a light touch when needed. Deep bass with a focused midrange and a quick resonate decay. This guitar begs me to play it. It fits any mood I'm in. And it smells nice too!


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Here's my homebuilt partscaster, a Tele inspired by a photo of a '59 Esquire in A.R. Duchossoir's Telecaster book, code name "Gin Soaked Boy".








It's an alder body bought on eBay, with a Warmoth maple neck with Indian Rosewood fretboard. I gave it both forearm and (modest) belly cuts, used a neck plate that allowed me to contour that corner at the body/neck transition, recessed the string ferrules. I don't have a shop full of tools (though my building has a drill press that was invaluable), nor a place to do spraying. So I went with milk paint on the body (mixed cream and yellow) and finished everything with Tung Oil -- won't do that again, because the cure time is a pain. For some reason, the milk paint/tung combination resulted in a fair amount of "variegation" in the color -- more emphatic in the photos than in person, I think. But it also has a charming sort of craquelure to it up close (see last photo); so it's serviceable and pleasing to me anyway. Next time I'm thinking I'll use shellac, since it cures very fast, and I'd like to try the French polish technique.

Used quality hardware throughout: Rutters bridge with compensated saddles, bone nut, Hipshot open-gear tuners, Lollar '52 traditional pickups; and have wired them 4-way (neck, both in series, both in ||, bridge). Considered using stacked pots to separate tone and volume controls for each pickup, and have the hardware for that, but want to get some playing under my belt before going there.

I'm a poor player, and I have no stage to strut and fret on, and just a cast-off Blues Junior to play through, that my "flown the coop" son has left here. Currently have as amp-projects a Tweed Deluxe cabinet made by John Mergili in Spokane (covered but not finished at my request; I'll use shellac on that), two Jensen alnico speakers (8" and 10", and they'll both fit) and chassis, components, and hardware for both a 5F2-A and a 5E3 (Tweed Princeton and Deluxe). One of those will inhabit the Deluxe cab, and one will go into a very nice pine head cabinet I designed, built by Wm. Rohrs (Armadillo-Works on eBay) in MD.

I also have several other guitar projects in mind, and have both bodies and necks waiting for those. One is a set of Firebird humbucker pickups, with Tune-o-matic bridge (ABR-1) on a Fender Jaguar body (cut down to be more Tele-sized) and a Musikraft neck with a Gibson-style tilt-back head, but 6 inline. Others are a pair of Thinline bodies.

I'd really like to have an acoustic to play, but nice ones are so expensive. There's another cast-off here, a mahogany student-grade Martin DM that was my son's first guitar, but I hate playing it because of the dreadnought bulk. We have a student classical guitar (my spouse's) that's nice enough, and sounds good to me, but I'd really prefer a steel-string. I "designed" a version of a Gibson L-0 with x-bracing and a slot-head neck years and years ago, and my cousin the guitar builder said he'd build it. So far as I know, it's about 75-80% complete, but I don't have very much hope that I'll ever see it finished. Body is myrtle, top old European Spruce that I've had since the '80s, and the neck (underway but no photos) Honduras Mahogany, ditto. The top is not visually very prepossessing, but my cousin is excited about its "tap tones" -- we'll see. I have a pair of Adirondack Spruce top pieces in my closet too, in case I have to make one myself to finally get one.






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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
I've probably put about a half dozen righty SGs into 'lefty' mode and most come out okay. There are a few that don't, sometimes it's close.

On this particular guitar, I was lucky in that someone stuck an old brass Alembic bridge on it in place of the original abr style, and it gives a lot more room for adjustment. So while it does not aesthetically do the guitar justice, it makes up for it with the intonation.
Ok, you just made me pick up a right handed Captain Kirk Douglas SG Custom..........

Just to make sure I'll find a lefty version in the near future
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Old 10-16-22, 04:13 PM
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1924 Gibson A Junior Snakehead mandolin. I try to play jazz on it.

1960 Gibson L50 acoustic archtop. Jazz and anything else I can think of.
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Soon my new friends, soon. I have so many guitars. The closest thing I have to a C&V guitar is my Grandfather's '74 Telecaster Deluxe. But I have crazy 60's Japanese guitars and partscasters Tele and Strat styled as well as offsets and and and...
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This looked like some interesting jigs made


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Here's a few of mine.
'52 ES-125


'67 X500


'95 ES-175


'82 Ibanez FA-100
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Originally Posted by Mackers
Ok, you just made me pick up a right handed Captain Kirk Douglas SG Custom..........

Just to make sure I'll find a lefty version in the near future

Haha, yes!!! Was it the blue? I usually have a harder time with 3 pickup guitars (well, 3 humbuckers, that is) but the wonderful thing about a batwing SG is that you can remove a 3rd pickup and just change the pickguard. Heck, you could change it to a 1-pickup guitar even. Still, the KD Sig is a classy guitar. I've been moving a little more away from official 'Gibson' SGs ever since building my own neck through SG. SGs should have been a neck through design from the beginning, as the early history of the SG neck joint redesign well shows. A few years back, Gibson actually did build a neck through SG, but it was some sort of 12-string Firebird-ish monstrosity, that I'm sure set records for the fastest neck dive ever. Still, with all the shortcomings, I'm a huge fan of SGs. Was the first guitar I really fell in love with.


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73 thinline tele given to me last year. I gig with this one when hum is an issue.
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Not vintage. Probably never a classic… but perfect for me. 2016 Breedlove premier jumbo. Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides.

Vintage. Probably not high end enough to be classic. 60s harmony tenor that I found at goodwill. Solid wood back and sides, with tighter and nicer looking grain than me Breedlove.
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RIP Jeff Beck.
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RIP Jeff Beck.
I know. Such a visionary cerebral guitarist.

I love all things Beck but the stuff he did with the Yardbirds was so sublimely edgy.
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Stumbled onto this thread tonight; fittingly with Jeff Beck's passing. I'm not a guitarist but a decent guitarist dating back to those same years turned me onto the musical instrument that works for me and that I now love. He also turned me onto the grand master of that musical style. That guitarist - Johnny Winter. Played harmonica on one song on his breakout Progressive Blues Experiment album. I went out and bought one. And the bible on blues harp playing. Bending notes was, for me, easy. Thought I was playing the blues until I went to see the master Johnny Winter said we had to see if we wanted to hear the real blues - Muddy Waters. That was life changing. And I knew when I walked out I had to learn this language of the blues. (Almost a decade later, I got to see them together. And three decades after that I got to thank Johnny Winter in person. At Muddy Waters, he lit up!)

It was years before I finally got a bullet mic and several more before I bought a Peavey Chorus amp. Bettered the tone a lot with an ART 1 tube preamp. 15 years ago I went custom tube, a 12 W, 12" tweed. (I like that alliteration!) Simple but the real sound. Then I stumbled on a Victorilux at a price that would never be seen again. Not a blues amp but man does it sound good! (And it has power, 3 10" speakers and volume. Feedback free around those guitar amps.) Discovered that same ART preamp nicely "bluesified" the sound with no drawbacks. Last week I finally received that preamp's younger, more talented sister, the studio version. I can finally now play though either amp and my PA, get good harp sound on all three and have all three running so I can play what's appropriate for that song. Happy camper.

So here and sharing and hoping my guitar amp only qualifies me to speak. If not, ban me, moderators.
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The P-Bass has a neck date stamp the same year and month I was born…September 1968. It is all-original. This bass was a 40th birthday present to myself.

The Strat and Tele started as late-‘90s Highway 1 Series (US made instrument). Both have had some parts upgraded/changed. On the Strat, only the body and a few bits of hardware are original. The original neck had an issue with the truss rod and was replaced.



I haven’t touched any of my instruments (10 total) in WAY too long.
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My son and I. I'm playing a 73 thinline someone repainted red. He has a parts caster.
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So, this one is classic and vintage. Got it as a trade for my early goodsell unibox amp. 1975 M. Sakurai no5, cedar top and EIR back and sides. It sounds better than it looks.




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Is this a C&V Guitar **********

I recently acquired this Fender strat body and neck very cheaply - apparently a '1958 40 year anniversary reissue' from Fender Custom Shop in 1998, according to the serial number. The neck and fretboard are just beautiful to play. I had a spare loaded pickguard floating around with dual Ironworx 'Hot Slag' humbuckers and a coil split wired in, so put the two together with a strat bridge and tuners from previous upgrades on earlier guitars and now have a 'bargain basement' strat that is a joy to own! Does it qualify as C&V though?
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One of the greatest, Mark Knopfler, is selling much of his collection.

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