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Show your main squeeze!

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by rjmmusic, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. rjmmusic

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    Not your significant other, your guitar (or guitars!)

    I kind of have a revolving door for amps and guitars (I'm kind of a gear slut), but my Ruokangas has been with me for a few years now and is my favorite to play. Almost sold it recently, but fortunately came to my senses before it was too late.
     

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    I'm hard-pressed to choose - I love all four of my JS100s equally. If I had to pick, I guess I'd go for Snowy - it's the first one I got, back in early 2005. Despite it being a 2003 model, and thus probably sat on a shelf in a warehouse for over a year, it arrived perfectly set up and in tune. It didn't take me long to adopt the model as "my" guitar, selling my acoustic and my two Ibanez 7-strings fairly quickly to add to my JS100 family. Beastie came next, later in '05 (also a new, 2004 model), followed by Newbie in late 2006 (picked up cheap on the 'bay with dodgy pink PAF Pros and an Ibanez hard case that I sold to a friend). I battled with Chewie, a 1995 model (great neck, but lousy bridge) for a couple of years until Barry came into my life in summer 2009.

    I've done plenty of upgrade work on them all (pickups, pots, etc), and I do my own setup work. In my band Voyager Project, we tune down to D, so Snowy and Barry are downtuned and strung with 10s. Obviously for teaching and church work etc I need guitars in standard tuning, so Beastie and Newbie are tuned standard and strung with 9s. At some point I'm tempted to stick DiMarzio Breeds in Snowy, because I love the way they sound on Beastie - while the FRED and PAF Joe that are in it are great pickups, they aren't really my kind of sound for most of the work I do. The other two have a D-Sonic and an Air Norton, which is an awesome combination.

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    From Left - Right: Snowy, Beastie, Newbie, Barry (click for larger images)
     
  3. nsleik

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    In December of 2008, someone going too fast for conditions spun out-of-control and totaled my car during a Chicago snowstorm. Luckily I wasn’t hurt, but (as can be expected) I was rather upset. After receiving my insurance check, I decided to grieve (as musicians do) by heading straight to the closest music store -- “Just to look”, of course.

    Long story short… It was the crash that united myself with my “Main squeeze”: A 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus. The storeowner took pity upon my story and sold it to me for a ridiculously low price. Sadly (he must of known), his store closed only two weeks later.

    Since that day, some upgrades have been done. The bridge and tailpiece have been replaced with TonePros locking bridge and aluminum tailpiece. The guitar has been professionally refretted for extended playing room (beyond the usual limits of the neck’s binding). A bone nut was installed. It’s been completely rewired & shielded using only premium quality wiring and parts. And last but (definitely) not least, the Gibson ceramic tone caps have been replaced with authentic 1959 “Bumblebee” paper-in-oil caps.

    This guitar has tons of MOJO and is a player!

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  4. Bozie

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    Here is my Heilo made for me by Adrian Hamilton of Ash Custom Works here in NZ.

    Amazing, best guitar I have ever owned and I still love it after 6 years and countless church services/gigs/concerts/shows/musical theatre. It stands up in most every genre you can play on electric and that would normally mean that a guitar has no voice of its own, but this is a very articulate instrument with great character. It just happens to be super versatile too.

    The hat and glasses are on because it was outside, mid summer, and we have no ozone. No intention to mimic Mr Satriani!
     

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    Petrucci! Those are cool guitars. I've thought about buying one many times. Never pulled the trigger, though.
     
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    I like DT and JP, but he's far from my favorite. I would say he's a strong influence though.
    The guitar is amazingly versatile. The piezo bridge is fun as well, but there's that issue of introducing ground loops being connected to a guitar amp and a pa system at the same time.

    I don't like the models with the shield inlays. I prefer the straight dots. I don't think they do that anymore, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Just come across this thread and felt the need to share ...

    So, my fave squeeze, and has been for almost 20 years, is my vintage Strat:

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    It's a 1962, and although I still have all the original bits, in order for it to be a playable work-horse instrument it's needed new machine heads & wammy. I've also swapped out the pups for some Kinmans which are gorgeous (the original single coils need totally rewinding and probably dipping given how noisy they are anywhere near electrical equipment, but I'm too nervious to mess with them so the Kinmans are a compromise, although as I say, certainly not a bad one ...).

    Funny story about this guitar: I've always been a Strat guy and some years ago had the misfortune to have a mid-70's Strat and a Tom Anderson 'Super Strat' stolen from the back of a van after a gig (ouch ...!). I decided to pool the insurance money I got on both to buy what I'd always really wanted - a vintage 62 Strat (I'd played a couple and for me they were the definitive Strat with the perfect neck profile). So I spent several months playing any 62's I could get my hands on and quickly discovered that price & playability bore no relation to each other - some uber-costly 'museam piece' guitars sounded awful or played horribly, whereas other more affordable 'shows its age' guitars were great. As soon as I picked up this one it felt totally different from any of the others I'd played. Problem was I really didn't want sunburst (I was hankering after white or blue) so I kept going back to various dealers trying other 62's in order to convince myself to get something else ...! But it was no use - deep down I just knew this one was my guitar and try as I might I couldn't change my mind, nothing else compared; somehow I just connected with it and that was that. I can't even really explain what the difference was - there were plenty of other great guitars, some in much better condition and sounding & playing great. But this one just FELT different, like it was somehow meant to be (and no, I'm not superstitious or in any way New Agey, etc - I'm a total down-to-earth pragmatist ... what can I tell you ...?! That's just how it was ...!)

    I still have other Strat's (a Suhr and a heavily fiddled-wtih late 70's Fender) but my go-to & just-can't-put-down guitar has become my 62. And I suspect now it always will be ...
     
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    My 2007 5A Quilt Tangerine Burst Custom Shop Les Paul, stock
     

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    tmp_28447-20160602_080522-1406256491.jpg tmp_28447-20160602_080522-1406256491.jpg My two favorites: the first was a MIM Tele, but I think the only original parts are the body and neck. Super versatile. The second is a parts casters built from Warmoth parts (Lollar Supro Lap Steel pup.) tmp_28447-20160602_080522-1406256491.jpg tmp_28447-20160524_181447-85999040.jpg
     
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    2014 studio LP with FR trem and grovers. The pic doesnt do justice. The wood grain looks incredible, so i had to go clear protector route. Taking a classic style and 'ruining it' with new tech and upgrades is just my style. My girl Solis is multinational, but her soul is american. Titanium where it counts, brass block and "dream guitars" polished. Im a drummer anyhow, so nuts and bolts dont scare me. Someday I'll play guitar well enuff to earn her respect.

    holy crap thats sexy!
     
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    Blue Strat.jpg Gray Strat.jpg 2013 PRS.jpg 50's reissue Strat.jpg These are my main guitars. The ones that I use the most are the Blue Warmoth with a chambered body, quarter sawn maple scalloped neck and PRS 59/09 pickups, the gray Warmoth Strat with a mahogany body and flame maple on top, maple/rosewood neck with PRS 59/09 bridge pickup,Suhr V60 single coil pickups and an Ilitch hum cancelling system. A 2013 PRS Custom 24 with 59/09 pickups and a 54' Reissue Fender Strat with a Warmoth maple/rosewood neck and 50's Lindy Fralin pickups and an Ilitch hum canceling pickups. The one I used the most is the Blue Warmoth Strat and the 54' Reissue they sound and feel incredible. The 2013 PRS sounds the best out of all of them but it won't stay in tune! I use PRS 59/09 pickups on 3 of my guitars because to my ear they sound amazing! I have other guitars but these are the ones that I use all the time.
     
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    Here is my new main squeeze, a Tribe New Orleans. I didn't start off wanting it to be my main guitar, but I just wanted a telecaster type as that was the only in primary whole in the collection. However, once I got it plugged into the system it responded better than any of my other guitars and the sounds that I got from it made my bandmembers demand I convert it to my main guitar.
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    My 1st Telecaster Of soon to be many....
     

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    Some of my axes. I gig them all.
    That's a 1965 Stratocaster - the sunburst one. The other Strats are Custom Shop except for the far right which is a 1987 Kinman Blueprint.
     

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    [​IMG]Some more of my axes (custom builds):
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    My 1969 Gold Top - sounds absolutely KILLER!
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    Didn't you ever dream of dating triplets?? Life is good...


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