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Although my ability to play an instrument, let alone a guitar, is less than that of a brick, I do like guitars and guitar music. It ranges from the raw blues by Rory Gallagher, to the virtuosity of Edward (Eddy) Lodewijk van Halen to the incredible talent of Stochelo Rosenberg (Rosenberg Trio). The latter performed with his two brothers in a junior talent show on Dutch television in the seventies and even then his talent was more than evident. The most striking fact is that he and his brothers cannot read music. They learn by listening and play every piece by heart. Their style is 'Jazz Manouche', made famous by the incomparable Jean 'DJango' Reinhardt, gipsy Jazz so to speak.

I could name dozens of 'Guitar Gods' but I won't but all of them possess that one intrinsic quality that sometimes makes me jealous: the seemingly uncanny easy in the way they play. Effortless.

I will post some examples of guitars I like later on. I just did some searching and I was baffled by the fact you can pick up a Telecaster clone starting from 89 Euro! Yes, probably made in China and rubbish in the eyes and ears of a real guitar player but it would make a nice display on the wall of any living room or man cave :D (Oh, the blasphemy :D).
 

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I've been tempted to send a guitar to a specialist who ages or "relics" them. It is hollow and superficial to artificially age an instrument, yet when I see his results, I must admit I get a little tempted. You even choose the level of aging.

All my guitars have some imperfections, some really worn, but I did the wear and tear so the scars are more endearing. I can't bring myself to do it.

Yet here's a newer Tele Deluxe "relic'd" by him:





 

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If you do a couple of stadium gigs, it will get ‘stage worn’ for free :D
 

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Enricosonic:
You fan boys are killing me with these awesome guitar pics.
At 82 I imagine I'm waay oder'n most of you. Dad gifted
me my 1st axe in 1949. It was a 1946 Kalamazoo Arch Top,
F hole. I hated that guitar with a passion. Without telling
him I flipped it for my 1st Martin. Now I'm a happy camper
Over that 71 year span I've owned all kinds of acoustics.

Presently I play bluegrass acoustic bass guitar. Plus a Martin
DRS1 solid Supelle dred. And a recently acquired Epiphone
AJ (Advanced Jumbo) 45S (S for spruce) Both have great
sustain and action is great. Neither have strings over 2mm
above the 12th fret (80,000ths i.e.)

As I was telling Tom, barely have time to tend to my watches
anymore.
 

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:happy0065: :smile1: Yowza, yeah, it's easy to see how guitars can take hypnotize
you with their beauty, craftsmanship, and seemingly infinite types, and
models. I mean there are so many kinds, and so many brands, and then
there is the history of those companies, and of course all of the epic
players ! It's pretty incredible actually. ..Can see why you guys love
the hobby.

It's similar to watches in so many ways, and really is extraordinary
to learn about. ..Thanks so so much, and hope you keep them coming. :clap2:
 

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MY CURRENT GUITAR COLLECTION

One made in China, One made in Japan, Two made in England, One made in Paris France -
The amps, pedals, cables, and mixers are in another photo.
 

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One of my favourite guitar players is Rory Gallagher, I own almost all of his albums. I was introduced to his music in High School. I was member of the 'Blues' camp, the other was 'Disco' :D. We're talking ca. 1975 here. Faded jeans, t-shirt, plaid shirt and worn (square nosed) Western boots was the general attire. And semi-long, often greasy, hair :eek:.

The guitar he used almost all of his life is a 1961 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster with some modifications. In later pictures from that era (and on album covers) it can be seen the guitar is heavily worn.

The Fender Custom shop created replicas of that guitar, using the original for reference (see below). Because I'm absolutely no guitar player I have a hard time grasping the sentence "... one of the most coveted guitars of all time ...'. Playing a replica doesn't turn one into Rory Gallagher (or Jimi Hendrix, they sell replicas of one of his guitars as well). It's like having a replica of a Kandinsky on your living room wall, everyone knows it's not real. Perhaps for the die hard Rory fan who wants to own absolutely everything related to him? (It's priced at 4K, so you must really, really be a fan :D).






Caption courtesy of Fender:

Fender Custom Shop designers met Donal Gallagher, brother of late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, in Los Angeles in 1997 and received one of the most coveted guitars of all time - Gallagher’s heavily worn 1961 Stratocaster® guitar. Fender initially built 40 replicas for European sale, but was subsequently besieged with requests for more. The Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster guitar is an exact replica of that revered instrument, down to the extremely worn Three-color Sunburst alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It even has five Sperzel® tuners and one Gotoh® tuner, and the 12th-fret dot marker is white plastic rather than the original clay. It also features three custom-wound '60s single-coil pickups, aged chrome hardware, 21 medium jumbo frets and a synthetic bone nut. Our homage to a true and truly missed master.
 

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... Because I'm absolutely no guitar player I have a hard time grasping the sentence "... one of the most coveted guitars of all time ...'. Playing a replica doesn't turn one into Rory Gallagher (or Jimi Hendrix, they sell replicas of one of his guitars as well). It's like having a replica of a Kandinsky on your living room wall, everyone knows it's not real. Perhaps for the die hard Rory fan who wants to own absolutely everything related to him? (It's priced at 4K, so you must really, really be a fan :D).
I assume the folks who buy these replicas of Rory, Jimi, SRV, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, etc. are all extreme superfans and almost never guitarists. And that's cool, if they want a faithful recreation of an instrument their musical hero played, which has been studied and then faithfully recreated by the original manufacturer, in this case Fender, more power to them.

Still I can't help but imagine the nerdy conversation about it... "Okay... you can open your eyes now... this, my friend is exactly, down to the minute detail, the Stratocaster with which Rory Gallagher plied his trade!"
 

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Here's my only Martin... the diminutive Backpacker. A "travel" guitar. About 27 years old:









Extremely well-made little thing, but not a ton of projection of course. Basically a portable guitar neck to noodle around on.
 

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Here's a Tacoma JM-9 jumbo. Solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. This one is from 1992, built 30 miles south of Seattle in, yes, Tacoma WA. Later in 2004, Fender would acquire the brand only to kill it in 2008. Like most solid-wood acoustics, it just gets better with age.



 

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One of my favourite guitar players is Rory Gallagher, I own almost all of his albums. I was introduced to his music in High School. I was member of the 'Blues' camp, the other was 'Disco' :D. We're talking ca. 1975 here. Faded jeans, t-shirt, plaid shirt and worn (square nosed) Western boots was the general attire. And semi-long, often greasy, hair :eek:.

The guitar he used almost all of his life is a 1961 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster with some modifications. In later pictures from that era (and on album covers) it can be seen the guitar is heavily worn.

The Fender Custom shop created replicas of that guitar, using the original for reference (see below). Because I'm absolutely no guitar player I have a hard time grasping the sentence "... one of the most coveted guitars of all time ...'. Playing a replica doesn't turn one into Rory Gallagher (or Jimi Hendrix, they sell replicas of one of his guitars as well). It's like having a replica of a Kandinsky on your living room wall, everyone knows it's not real. Perhaps for the die hard Rory fan who wants to own absolutely everything related to him? (It's priced at 4K, so you must really, really be a fan :D).
He played a Tele Deluxe too sometimes in the studio. I'm a Rory fan too, one of the reasons I bought a Deluxe. That and the fact that it didn't cost me 4K :D



 

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Enricosonic:
You fan boys are killing me with these awesome guitar pics.
At 82 I imagine I'm waay oder'n most of you. Dad gifted
me my 1st axe in 1949. It was a 1946 Kalamazoo Arch Top,
F hole. I hated that guitar with a passion. Without telling
him I flipped it for my 1st Martin. Now I'm a happy camper
Over that 71 year span I've owned all kinds of acoustics.

Presently I play bluegrass acoustic bass guitar. Plus a Martin
DRS1 solid Supelle dred. And a recently acquired Epiphone
AJ (Advanced Jumbo) 45S (S for spruce) Both have great
sustain and action is great. Neither have strings over 2mm
above the 12th fret (80,000ths i.e.)

As I was telling Tom, barely have time to tend to my watches
anymore.
Is this the DRS1? I'd like to know how it compares to your vintage Martin, which isn't a fair fight... but still. Got a young budding guitarist in the family.

 

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A D'Angelico semi-hollow body with P-90 pickups. Complete with fancy pants headstock.




This is exactly the style of guitar I like very much. I've been swooning over this one for a while but I can't play any instrument, let alone a guitar. But they are works of art for sure.


 

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The White Falcon. I like those too except for the gold hardware, which is actually rather fitting, just not for me. The G6120T with the "G" branded into the lower bout, I think you posted somewhere some time ago is one I've always had a hankering for.
 

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The White Falcon. I like those too except for the gold hardware, which is actually rather fitting, just not for me. The G6120T with the "G" branded into the lower bout, I think you posted somewhere some time ago is one I've always had a hankering for.
Perhaps the ‘Chet Atkins Relic’ edition is something for you? ;) It’s only 10K over here :D
 
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