My Keepers... Share Yours!

GuitarIV

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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 [email protected] 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!


Cheers

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-GIBSON SG GOTHIC-
-GIBSON MM ALL AMERICAN II-

-and I gotta keep um seperated, them jealous bitches grab each others G-String's, trying to make sure the other is out of tune, seems I will only love one at a time, they wouldn't go for the 3-some!!! then let the fight begin!!
 

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I've yet to be able to have a good keeper. I thought I would never let my Martin go, suprise mortgage payment took care of that. I said I would never let go of my LP custom, ever but the car needing new tires handled that one.. I've still got my RG1570 which I plan to keep but we'll see how it goes. I've been out of work with an injury on a low work comp fixed income for 3 years now, so that has put a major dent in my gear collection..

I do still have my 1995 Epiphone LP100 which my parents got me for christmas in '95, and also my 1996 Ibanez IC300 which I bought new. Those are sentimental and will never leave but truth be told, neither one is very good. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get a couple of high end axes to keep.
 

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I've very carefully selected the stuff I have so it's all keepers. The GAS bug hasn't bitten me in a long time. Knock on wood....
 

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I've very carefully selected the stuff I have so it's all keepers. The GAS bug hasn't bitten me in a long time. Knock on wood....


Like you, I have a lot of keepers.

Still have gas though.

I've been blessed where I get to gig at least 2x a week.

I'm playing with quality musicians too.

I'm not afraid to play with people who are better than me.

My ego gets stroked because of the talent pool I'm meeting. :>)

Actually, I'm envious.

On a side note, my wife and I vacation in our motor home.

We've travelled to many states (in the US) and, through the forums, I jammed with and met loads of fine people.

Hopefully, I'll (we'll) meet some of you.
 

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I waded through four teles over the years - I sold the last one at the recent Dallas show. I am a slow learner - I like the idea and look of a tele - I don't like how they play.

One tele was stolen in '88 and a Charvel Model 4 replaced it as it had a very [surprisingly coming off a Fender] similar neck. Still have that one. Wailed on it tonight through a 2555X and v30's - yum yum.

Picked up a midgrade Jackson for the neck and hardware and built a body for it. Weighs twelve pounds and sustains very well. A keeper - I'm a sucker for my own creations.

Got into my first LP standard ['13] last year - I fell prey to Gibson's asymmetrical neck [new in 2013] which got me over the part of the LP I thought I hated - the 'big' neck. Then I found the real bonding problem - no tummy cut. By now I have worn a dent in my chest [I sit down 90%] and the LP now feels normal. Found a 96 plain top LP Standard that plays like butter so I suspect the '13 will go down the road.

I find myself with more amps than guitars or pedals - a trend I suspect won't change soon.

Russ
 

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well I know right off the bat that there's some cork sniffin' high falutin' jackwagon that's going to say "but that's an Epiphone",not that that moron would have a clue.....
High output REAL 57's (15.3 & 9.8) w/ Martin 6 String 50's Ind. wired internals & 16/1 Grovers.. can nail Randy,Gary,& Jimi (yeah,Jimi recorded on a lot of Gibsons...) but she's my Mahogany/Alder topped baby-
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then there's the freebie donor beatup Washburn BT-2 Maverick i totally redid including some serious body repair that sound like a cross between a Gibson Junior & an SG w/ much better body weight & balance-
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the original body was beat to death & missing everything-

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then there's the '94 Peavey Fury rescue bass-
had to fix everything & straighten the neck over 4 months w/ hot lamps & soaking-
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I still call it the Black Rat bass-
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I have a bunch of guitars, including those pictured here. Though I play all of them, and have no desire or need to sell, the only ones that I'll never part with are the Les Paul Standard, the LP 59 reissue, and the Carvin. The heritage burst Standard is my workhorse guitar that I grab for nearly every gig; the 59 reissue is just a special guitar; and the Carvin (the blue jean burst on the left) I had custom made to my spec.
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MIJs here, all from Fuji-Gen Gakki. '87 Ibanez Roadstar II RG120, a keeper 'cos it was the step-up axe I needed to really get into it. '81 Greco Super Real EGF850, has the pickups from the '82 Greco Mint Collection EGC68-80 (Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silvers showed up cheap on ebay for this one). '93 Fender Japan ST-62 Strat, 57-62 custom 'guard, Callaham full bridge and trem block
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Sweet axes you got there guys, keep 'em coming! :D
 

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Goddamn. that tele is NICE! My collection is pretty scant in terms of keepers. I have mostly squiers and epis. I like them all and if I could only have one it'd probably be either the first sqier I bought or the 335 dot. The dot is set for slide so the action is a little high but I can't be without a 335. that's just wrong.
 

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MIJs here, all from Fuji-Gen Gakki. '87 Ibanez Roadstar II RG120, a keeper 'cos it was the step-up axe I needed to really get into it. '81 Greco Super Real EGF850, has the pickups from the '82 Greco Mint Collection EGC68-80 (Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silvers showed up cheap on ebay for this one). '93 Fender Japan ST-62 Strat, 57-62 custom 'guard, Callaham full bridge and trem block
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Love those Grecos!
 

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I WISH I had kept my very first guitar, a 1984 Ibanez Destroyer DT-155 but I foolishly traded it in for next to nothing when I bought my second guitar - and my first "keeper" - my white 1991 Charvel 475 Deluxe. Being a product of the 80s, I had loved Charvels & Jacksons for years and once I was out of school and making a little money (and I mean a LITTLE!) I finally bought one. It's not worth nearly as much as my other guitars, but it's irreplaceable to me and is definitely "the one I would grab first if there was a fire":

The other two "keepers" are my 1998 Ebony Les Paul Standard (2nd from the right) which was my first Les Paul (after having wanted one since before I even started playing!) and my 2011 Vintage Sunburst Les Paul Classic (the one on the left) which is my favorite guitar for feel & sound - it's the one I reach for the most and fits my sound and style like a glove. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my other two Les Pauls, but they're relatively "replaceable" compared to my "keepers" - (sorry I don't have separate pics of the keepers):
 

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I have a bunch of guitars, including those pictured here. Though I play all of them, and have no desire or need to sell, the only ones that I'll never part with are the Les Paul Standard, the LP 59 reissue, and the Carvin. The heritage burst Standard is my workhorse guitar that I grab for nearly every gig; the 59 reissue is just a special guitar; and the Carvin (the blue jean burst on the left) I had custom made to my spec.
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-is it just me, or the guitar stand, photo shop,bizarre never seen before phenome showing the heart and soul of a guitar,.. Or the STANDARD looks like the biggest guitar in the room..
 

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Keepers....I'm really close to keeping all of them. If I had to really choose or pare it down, which I don't....

The new LP Classic stays for sure. Love it, it's my first Gibby.
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I also would never give up my first guitar, a MIJ Goya L6-S copy. Plays so nice, low action, fast neck. Was my left arm for a lotta years.

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So versatile, so rock n roll...the Mockingbird.

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My Artist. This one I would keep too, the beautiful finish, everything is wood including the binding. Except PU covers. Sweet.
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Although I love my Bubinga S Series, I really like this guy too and he's harder to find.

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Probably the last one I'd HAVE to keep would be my Yamaha RGX 612. The boss got it used for me many years ago. Nice design, a super guitar and has some sentimental value.

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But let's face it, I'm likely to keep all the rest. Period. Maybe even find more. They all get played at some point.
 

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-OK LES PAUL dudes-(don't have to say Gibson on it)-weight & body construction, bonus points for long tennon LP"s
 

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