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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by John BNY, May 11, 2019.

  1. Rozman62

    Rozman62 Well-Known Member

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    Took his car for a joy ride when I was 15. He didn't like it so took it out on my L6S. I was stupid for pulling that circus stunt but the discipline was not called for. He was a dick. Whenever I see a post on a L6S it always read it as it reminds me of this lost guitar. I almost bought a 76 black Std LP but the L6S won out. The LP had a crack in it and wasn't sure if it was in the finish or deeper. I was a kid and got talked into the L6S by my older bro. Just as well as the LP would have ended up in 2 pcs. My '71 LP custom I sold in the early 80's is the one guitar I regret letting go. Bought for $450. Worth about $4500 today.
     
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    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    I dunno, that LP probably would not have broke like that, those things are tough.....
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Damm I did break my sons BB gun for shooting the neighbor kid in the shin.
     
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  4. axe4me

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    Way back when in the last century, there was Bath Music in Brooklyn, NY.

    Phil & Marion Castellano were the owners and they were WONDERFUL people.

    They were the ma & pa store that treated us kids in a loving/caring way.

    Numerous times thay helped me and my friends out when no one would look our way.

    God has blessed us with such kind people and he's enjoying their presence now.
     
  5. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I showed my 1969 Gibson ES 335 to my luthier today.

    He said, "don't ever take that guitar out, just keep it home and look at it".

    I thought of that scene in Spinal Tap.

     
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  6. John BNY

    John BNY Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Hilarious. The movie is genius.
     
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  7. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

     
  8. Lo-Tek

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    I never understood that mind set. I figure they’re meant to be played.
     
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  9. axe4me

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    My 1969 335 is the benchmark of clean.

    It's amazing that I'm the original owner and it cost me $250.00 back in 1969.
     
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    Lo-Tek Well-Known Member

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    So do you at least play it around the house or does it really just get looked at?
     
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  11. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I play it.

    I think of Spinal Tap though...................

     
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  12. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I was interested in this used orange Guild electric hollow body guitar at the Boston, GC.

    I telephoned them and spoke to Benny (their guitar dept manager then).

    I picked Beny's brain with numerous questions and told him that I'll drive up from Howell, NJ to check it out.

    It was about 250 miles one way.

    Anyway, I get to the Boston, GC.

    Benny didn't know I was coming even though I told him I was driving up from Howell.

    So, I check out the Guild.

    Benny misrepresented this guitar.

    The Guild was nothing that I was told.

    The metal bridge base was angled wrong and both E strings fell off the fretboard.

    Benny tells me his tech can take care of it.

    The bridge base is metal and was casted wrong.

    It need a new metal bridge base.

    Come on, don't BS me.

    He also tells me, "look at the flame"............"Nice??"

    Well, I'm not buying a guitar based on flame.......BTW, the flame was marginal and cloudy.

    Benny, them tells me....."check out what we have in the store".

    IMO, who cares what's in this dept store?

    I drove 250 miles for one guitar that was not what I was told it would be.

    Hell, I drove to Falls Church, Va, for a trade that worked, why not this?

    I was duped.

    If it doesn't play well, I'm not buying it.

    Sales men do what they do and, if they're being honest, they'll be zero issues.

    I left with nothing.

    I'll drive the miles, and I'm there for a specific piece, but please don't BS me.
     
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    Years ago i found the G&L Nighthawk in a pawn shop. It needed a fret job and i have had it since early nineties. Last night found out it is one of 23 made by G&L before they changed the name to Skyhawk. It was never my favorite guitar but one i plan to keep. Up until i returned to playing marshall no other amp seemed to wake this monster up until the Jcm 900 landed. Hendrix , Srv tones for days. Love this thing.
     
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    That actually sounds quite sensible and moderate
     
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    I found an ad about a 900 which “had issues” so I go down to check it.

    Passed on the head but took the slant. So he says, are you interested in any pedals and I go Sure whatcha got.. none interested me.

    “What about Jackson USA guitars?”

    Zoink? Whuh-

    Oh. Which one you got?
    Oh. The model I want.
    Ferrari Red. Oh.
    Original G&G Quality HSC. Oh.
    Original owner. Uh huh.

    Some of you 12-steppers may call that a Divine Intervention when you’re in a right place / right time.

    I call that the new favorite. I could elaborate about the price, hardware, condition, rarity and other argument-triggering details no one I tell finds believable so I won’t do it here.

    But I wanted to share how it happened: by just being friendly, enjoying some afternoon conversation with someone in need who knows I had money, and not blowing the guy off.

    Used to be in LA guitar players were competitive jerks to each other, but I always tried to be helpful and kind.

    Be nice for a change to your gear sellers; it never fails me, and we can’t take it with us when we croak
     
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    Back around 1990 or was it the mid 90's?..............I was talking on the phone with my good buddy Norm, of Norm's Music in Brooklyn, NY.

    I asked him about the 1971 Gibson Model 58 Les Paul Gold Top he had in stock.

    Norm said yes and, if I want it, he'll charge me $750.00.:facepalm:

    Time to drive to Brooklyn.

    I bought it.

    My guitar buddies told me I paid too much.

    $750??!!:fingersx:

    I still have it.

    I've since put the Les Paul autographed pickguard back on it.

    71 LP Gold Top.jpg
     
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  18. John BNY

    John BNY Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    That was a great investment. It looks mint.
     
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  19. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    In the mid 90's, buddy at GC called me in for a cool find.

    It seems that this guy got an advance from a record deal and ordered a bunch of guitars.

    He overspent and ordered this Gretsch Sparkle Jet and didn't have enough $'s to pay the balance.

    This Gretsch may be a one off.

    It's Fender owned Gretsch.

    I paid the $500 balance and the G6129 was mine.

    Gretsch 6129 pic 1.jpg
     
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