First off, I would like to apologize to people who have not had their comments posted. Right now, there are 417 comments I need to go through and get approved. The reason I don’t have autopoast here is because blogs tend to get a lot of spam and I don’t want to have that here.
Anyway, this entry is going to be a little different in that I’m not going to doing a review. I’m just going to show some of my guitar collection.
This is a really cool first or second year Fender Stratocaster. I’m not sure if it’s a 1954 or 1955, but it’s got the big knobs, the weird pickup covers and the football switch. It has had a five way switch added and it’s kind of beat up, but it’s a really neat guitar.
Next to it is a Fender Deluxe map from the same time period. It’s a great sounding box. I have my Quinn HBS in the picture because I’m friends with Shad and Karin and it’s a neat petal!
This is a really clean 1965 Mosrite Ventures model. I got this guitar from a concert promoter in Japan. I have been a big fan of The Ventures since I was about 10 and always wanted one of these.
I have read that they’re hard to play, but I don’t have any issues with it. The fiddle sounds great for all types of music and has great action and super hot pickups. There are a lot of copies of these, but the bridge and pickups are usually wrong and they never sound correct.
These guitars were the first to come standard with Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings. I use heavier strings on most guitars, but the EBSS work amazing on this. They stay in tune and allow you to raise and lower whole chords.
This is an exceptionally clean 1957 Gretsch 6120. I found this one in an antiques store. It came with a 6160 map, the cowboy case, strap and all the paperwork. This one was played about two or three times a year and always kept in the case.
I have heard the bullshit opinions about the new ones being better or about how these all need neck resets. As someone who owns a ton of reissue Gretsch guitars I can tell you that (as usual) the forum idiots don’t want to believe their knockoff isn’t the real thing. This guitar just sounds like so many classic records and looks super cool!
This is my 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard. This isn’t one of those reissue jobs, this is an old one. There really isn’t a whole lot to say about this one that hasn’t been said already. I have a few of these old ones (the gold and the sunburst) and they’re really nice guitars.
I bought this one for about $20,000 in the mid-1990s with part of an advance on some publishing royalties. Everyone thought I was crazy, but it’s a super fun to play fiddle!
I have this one plugged into a 1965 Fender Tremolux/Marshall 1936.
This here is a 1956 Gibson Les Paul. It’s really kind of a mess and it has reissue knobs on it. I played this for a long time and it has a great clean sound. I think the P-90s are great clean sounding pickups and a lot of people only use them for loud rock.
The paint is kind of falling off, but it’s still neat.
Here is my 1959 Martin 00-21. This is just like the one Bob Dylan played during Rolling Thunder. I found this one in a guitar store when I was just out of college. It cost me about $1000, which was cheap for this but a ton of cabbage for me at the time.
This one has the 12 fret neck and slotted headstock which I think makes it look really cool. If you play fingerstyle this one is hard to beat! It’s also all Brazilian rosewood.
I had the neck reset a couple years ago and it has super low action and stays in tune right up the neck.
This one I got in case I ever go to dental, law or medical school. It was given to me by the good d00dez at PRS here in Maryland. I was down there and asked if they had one that had a big neck, birdies and low output pickups (or Pups!1!).
I mainly wanted one for a joke, but it’s actually pretty cool if you expect it to be a PRS and not a Gibson. I don’t play it all that much, but it’s fun to show people. It is really pretty, but isn’t quite on par with my Ed Roman Quicksilver guitars. This is one of the Artist models IIRC.