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Post by Meadows on Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:25 pm

So guys, just a bit of something for the crack of it (Mrs Meadows is killing the TV) , What's your current "Go to Guitar", the one that's always there by the side of the couch, the dust collector out of it's case that just sits right in your hand....?????

Kicking off, an old Brunswick tenor Uke and a Vester "Tradition" active Stat,

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Post by Barry on Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:01 pm

Geez, I have 32 guitars so, they get rotated, usually 4 (or 5) at a time every 3 or 4 weeks or so, normally 1 acoustic and 3 or 4 electric.

Currently, my acoustic is my trusty ole' El Degas Gibson Dove replica, MIJ circa 1975, in which I have finally removed the original thin plastic saddle in an adjustable steel saddle holder, and replaced it with a solid Tusq saddle. Light years of difference in sound!! If you have one of those dastardly steel thingy's, get rid toute de suite!

This an absolutely stunning guitar with solid Spuce top and red mahogany sides back and neck.

As for electrics...I just rotated everything yesterday, and I have, in no particular order:

  • 2007 Vintage TC200BD Telecaster (Trevor Wilkinson design). Blond finish with rosewood fretboard
  • 1983 Vantage Avenger AV-325 (Mats) Blue translucent finish. Ash body, Maple neck and fretboard
  • 1981 Westone Thunder I-A. Natural finish, Ash wings.


Oh yeah, and my buddy Glenn just yesterday dropped off a Norman B18 (Godin) dreadnaught for some minor repair work and adjustment. Lovely Canadian made guitar with Cedar top and Wild Cherry sides and back. So, number 5 then.  Smile

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Post by Meadows on Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:29 pm

Nice one Barry, 5 stands!!! what's your Vintage tele like?, I tried a Vintage les Paul with P90's in a while ago, it was ok (ish) and maybe with hindsight it could have just benefited from a good set-up?, but for me it just didn't flow

Still a Vantage virgin sadly, would like to find a VP similar to the 700 series you found, but on this side of the pond (and not Lincolnshire) well...one day maybe...

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Post by Barry on Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:36 pm

Yeah, I use a multi (3) stand plus a few singles.

I'm a big fan of Vintage guitars. I own 3 of them.
No Mats, to be sure, but very good value nonetheless. The Tele is nicely finished and does all the things you'd expect a Tele to do. Good weight and tone.

And Si, you couldn't get excited by a Les Paul with P90'S!? Zup wif dat? Shocked

I have the "Lemon Drop" (Peter Green/) Les Paul complete with out of phase pups and relicing. Also has the 60's thin neck that I'm used to and feel comfortable with. Can fair rawk out if pushed but has a great bluesy tone, and even "honks" good too!

The third is a an acoustic electric cutaway, VEC380, with flame maple top and back (don't think they make it anymore). Really nice player.

Being a Canadian label we do see a fair number of Vantage here, but not all models sadly. Not often do you see the top end stuff, perhaps because nobody want to part wif 'em!

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Post by Meadows on Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:36 am

Thanks Barry, I might check out one of those Lemon Drop's, just been viewing some Utube clips of them, really good articulation in the middle position and a very workable neck tone, cool as.....

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Westbone on Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:50 am

Daily plank!
Crafter Convoy DX
25" scale, basically a PRS copy but a very good one... Cool

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Post by Meadows on Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:33 am

Interesting one there Damian, never really thought of Crafter's as making electrics of any standard, always associated them with Acoustics. Love the quilted maple top, as you say, very PRS

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Westbone on Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:15 pm

The scale is perfect and a nice wide fingerboard.
Similar to the Sid Poole's.

Here's a similar one be it 'slightly' modified... Laughing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzviUX7_WRw

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Post by Meadows on Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:37 pm

Wow...Mr Guerra has obviously put in the hours, his playing is "Top shelf" and he so clearly really enjoys what he's playing, fantastic link, thank you Smile

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by corsair on Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:47 pm

Not on stands, but on the lounge walls are a strat, Westone Raider 2 and the Corsair Avenger, all of which can be taken down and walloped away on, though it doesn't happen as often as I'd like!

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:58 pm

I had a crafter too, great guitar and I couldn't tell the difference between that and a Vintage VRS 100, had them in an A/B test,  same fretboard, same head, same neck/body join...two excellent guitars
EDIT:
just realised my Crafter was a Convoy FM,  not the DX of Damians... Wouldn't mind trying a DX,  looks much nicer!

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Post by corsair on Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:34 am

I'm sat here on my arse with the iPad, so here we go....

.... note the 15W amp beside the telly!




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Post by Westbone on Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:37 am

Sgt. Vimes wrote:I had a crafter too, great guitar and I couldn't tell the difference between that and a Vintage VRS 100, had them in an A/B test,  same fretboard, same head, same neck/body join...two excellent guitars
EDIT:
just realised my Crafter was a Convoy FM,  not the DX of Damians... Wouldn't mind trying a DX,  looks much nicer!
Crafter Convoy FM is nothing like a VRS100, sure your not all confuseled... scratch Thinking

VRS 100 = trem. Convoy FM =stop tail

vrs scale= 25 1/2".   FM= 25"

vrs frets = 24          FM=22

vrs = set neck         FM = bolt on

Headstocks a completely different shape.  Even a VRS110 is a completely  different guitar. Might look similar but that's about it.

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Post by Meadows on Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:28 am

Thanks for the pics Corsair, those angled wall holders certainly make the most of your guitars as objects of beauty, and keeps them handy to boot, I might suggest getting a couple to Mrs M affraid

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Post by corsair on Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:40 am

They absolutely do, and it takes a conscious effort to take 'em down so safe as, too!

The brand is Woodies, and there are 3 types to choose from, so get it right should you order a few!!

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Meadows on Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:55 am

Many thanks, have checked out their site, taking into account radiators and direct sunlight I reckon we could get a couple or three in the front room and even.....

http://static.musicroom.com/img/c/lb/HANGUGS/hangugs_lb05.jpg

Great call Smile

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:06 am

Hmm damian, now you've got me thinking! Maybe it wasn't an FM, I didn't realise there were so many cruzer models, I'll try and find my pics.
The vrs I had was pre wilkinson era and (Indonesian) 25" scale for sure, Vintage have no info or catalogues on these models except where they were made. I'm not saying they are the same guitar rebadged, just quality wise there was nowt between em.

On my stand (lounge) now is the prestige and a Washburn rs10v (prs copy and absolutely top drawer)

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:08 am

Convoy not cruzer.... Damn hangover!

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Post by xbarnesx on Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:39 am

currently giving my Gibson SG special some time
I've had it 13+ years and never really got on with the neck profile, love the tone though so trying to persevere

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Post by Westbone on Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:03 am

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Convoy not cruzer.... Damn hangover!
Cruiser by Crafter are Chinese made.

Crafter are Korean made.

Cruzer are something else altogether.

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Post by Dynasty on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:34 am

my dynasty is that guitar but afraid to leave it out in plain due to increased breakins in my local vicinity .hey guys how do i post a picture/

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Post by Dynasty on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:40 am

Hey Sarge top o the day sir!

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:49 am

Westbone wrote:

~~what you drinkin... Laughing 
you name it...  Southern comfort, Kracken,  Jack,  couvoisier,  cooking lager...

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Post by The Chad on Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:11 pm

My go to is a mutt. 

A 1980 reconstituted Electra Phoenix.  Been played HARD for almost 35 years.  Look at the fingerboard wear.   That's natural. 


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Post by The Chad on Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:12 pm

Dynasty wrote:my dynasty is that guitar but afraid to leave it out in plain due to increased breakins in my local vicinity .hey guys how do i post  a picture/
There should be instructions on here somewhere, maybe a sticky. 

Anyhow, I use Photobucket.  Sign up for it, copy the IMG link, and paste it into your post.

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Re: What's on your stand?

Post by Adey on Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:29 pm

My current rotations are: -

Azumi Victory
Thunder 1A
Westbury Deluxe and
Bambu (by Maya)

The Azumi is great - a bit Ibanezish, Gotoh pups and fantastic sound. Really smooth
1A is nice and light and fast low action
Westbury weighs a ton
So does Bambu. This has a bamboo through neck, hence the name.

After a while they disappear back into their cases and the others come out to play!

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:41 pm

Adey, I'd love to see pics of your bambu........

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Post by Adey on Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:34 pm

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Adey, I'd love to see pics of your bambu........

Here you go...









I gather that they only made about 20 or so. so was lucky to come across it. It doesn't have a serial number on it but it seems some do.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:38 pm

Wow, that's beautiful!  Do love the burst on the neck,  lucky f####r Smile

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Post by Adey on Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:43 pm

Thanks!

As I said, a lucky find. Advertised on eBay as "electric guitar" and little else in the listing...

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Post by Barry on Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:16 pm

Dynasty wrote:.hey guys how do i post  a picture/
LINK

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Post by The Chad on Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:24 pm

... and there it is, thanks Barry. 

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Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:58 pm

mostly i bang on whatever is the latest completed project guitar
but a few that sit out alot are;

Spectrum FX - a rescue baby, was completely disassembled when i got it
now an awesome guitar, always in tune
i put on a set of Dean Markley strings, Misfits (11,13,17,28,38,48) and it really suits the guitar well
heavier guage than i usually use, but great feel and major sustain!

then there is this nice short-scale jobber (24") i put together a while ago
don't know who made the body, picked it up on ebay
the neck is a Squier Jagmaster
fake humbuckers, actually single coils inside
volume, volume, tone with p/p for phase reverse
great little twanger

this one sits out because i don't have a case it fits in
made in Japan, the brand name is most likely Liberty, according some folks over at the Electra forum
not super high quality, but quite good enough for some fun
original pickups are very microphonic, so gets played unplugged mostly
full hollowbody with arched front and back

my more high end guitars tend to get used and put away so as to prevent any accidents

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Post by esseff on Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:09 pm

I rotate most of these every month or so (Fender Squier Strat missing - out on loan). The one I play most is my natural Fender Lite Ash Telecaster, followed by the ancient Hohner Arbor Strat & its bass brother. The red and green Strat-type thing is a strange favourite... it was some lightweight cheap dust & bird-crap-covered three-pickup thing given to me for fixing someone's computer. I didn't really want it but eventually decided to make it a Punkcaster - new scratchplate with a high performance humbucker and no tone control (who uses 'em anyway!). I set up the neck, action & intonation, installed a three-position coil tap switch got some custom Riff-Raff decals made and play it to death when the mood takes me. There's no weight to it but sounds great in DACGCE, almost like a semi-acoustic
The only guitar I haven't bonded with is the MiM Fender Telecaster. Even a Tonerider neck pick-up mod didn't make me love it. Strange... I can't explain why! The Concord gets a good thrashing when the mood takes me and it's nicely (and genuinely) roadworn.
Some of these might have to go when my daughter comes to live with me; there's never enough space for guitary things and females. After all, they need somewhere to put 30 pairs of shoes.  Rolling Eyes



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Post by Meadows on Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:19 am

Firstly guys, thank you for taking the time to post to this topic (plus pics). Amongst mates that play we are always checking out each other's new arrivals and what's on the stands when we pop over.

It's been great to see a good range of manufacturers covered here too, including of course Westones and other Uncle Mats, plus one or two obscure gems.  I guess as players, appreciators and collectors of guitars we will inevitably always be looking for the one or as close as, if there is such a thing, but by the same token different guitars, more suited to different musical genres, can bring out something else in the player.

I wouldn't necessarily trust some of my "Daily Planks" (thanks for that gem Damian Very Happy ), in a live, first guitar environment, but if the luxury of a guitar tech was offered as part of a tour, I would definitely take a few others out from the stands just to give them some public airing and because at the end of the day they just feel so good to play....

Happy New Year guys, have a great one  Smile

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:37 am

As we speak my stand has a switchover, out goes the (hotter than the sun!) Washburn and in comes my Westbury Standard which I just rewired with the "50's wiring" on a pair of Dimarzio K-10's PAF, the mahogany body/neck lends a dark tone to these usually bright pups, so tried this 50's wiring out and while the tone pots are rendered almost useless, the pups certainly sound brighter, especially the neck.
awesome guitar these!

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