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Started by fenderstrat on Jan 20, 2018 6:18:10 PM
Guitar porn again

Indulge yourself here, you dirty sods.

fenderstrat - 20 Jan 2018 18:18:57 (#1 of 580)

For a mere eight grand or so.

I like the no logo design. Actually, I like everything.

fenderstrat - 20 Jan 2018 19:27:39 (#2 of 580)

My deepest desire atm is a collings at 17. An archtop designed to be played acoustically. They are hens teeth. Can’t find one on sale anywhere. Not that I could afford 15k anyway. But a man can dream.

Banana - 20 Jan 2018 19:51:59 (#3 of 580)

Why spend the money?

I have this...

(note the ru domain, maybe it is a dream guitar, over there).

It's a fantastic sounding guitar for the money. I paid £220 on ebay for a mint one, and I've done open mics with people playing their fancy stuff like a Parker Concert Fly (2 grand, weird shape), and the little Sigma easily holds its own, I don't know how they do it for the money. Apart from made in China to Martin blueprints, and QA through Germany.

Plugged into this -

Which is an expensive little amp for what it is, but boy does that Roland quality shine through, I got mine cheap on ebay including the footswitch and stereo cable (important). Hard to find cheap because they are so good no one sells them. The girl I bought it off had moved up to a 60W AER amp, tasty, but £1500!

Banana - 20 Jan 2018 20:04:03 (#4 of 580)

I see on your Martin link they are selling Elixir Strings 12-53, 16 Euro a pop.

So although your dream guitar costs several thousand, it still has the same strings as mine!

rgtstoppedcounting - 20 Jan 2018 20:22:41 (#5 of 580)

It's almost as if the strings aren't the critical component!

Banana - 20 Jan 2018 20:22:49 (#6 of 580)

I'm totally done with guitar porn, I'm too old! It's like golf almost, who has the rarest or most expensive club.

I play my Sigma every day more or less, and take it out and about, it's a thing to be enjoyed, I replace the strings often and oil and clean it, noticing a bit of fret wear where I might be indulging in scales particularly, but who cares?

If it cost £3000 I'd be worried about it, worried about everything, worried about whether it might be worth more in 30 years...

Banana - 20 Jan 2018 20:32:17 (#7 of 580)

There's one born every minute Rgt, people who think spending a fortune on a guitar entitles them to sound good.

For all your exotic woods I give you 3,000 hours of practice to make that wood sound musical.

ishyomah - 20 Jan 2018 21:18:57 (#8 of 580)

Banana - 20 Jan 2018 21:29:30 (#9 of 580)

It's a bit spinal tap isn't it?

AshburtonAbove - 20 Jan 2018 21:44:31 (#10 of 580)

I'm with Banana those Jimi guitars are almost beyond parody.

SunkenTreasures - 20 Jan 2018 21:46:05 (#11 of 580)

Here's another nice archtop, this one with a floating humbucker:

carterbrandon - 20 Jan 2018 23:20:36 (#12 of 580)

#8: I'm not as interested as I would be in the Fyldes made out of whisky barrels.

RosyLovelady - 21 Jan 2018 08:53:02 (#13 of 580)


fenderstrat - 21 Jan 2018 09:15:10 (#14 of 580)

There's one born every minute Rgt, people who think spending a fortune on a guitar entitles them to sound good.

Do you mean to be offensive? Do you really think that loving a fine instrument is the same as posing and imagining that you are a musician? As it happens, I'm confident in my ability in many genres and relish instruments that bring out my techniques. I'm especially interested in enjoying fine instruments these days because, after five decades of playing, I may not have much time left with agile fingers!

fenderstrat - 21 Jan 2018 09:16:08 (#15 of 580)

Carter - I've never been convinced that there could be anything about those woods that would make them sound better.

fenderstrat - 21 Jan 2018 09:19:53 (#16 of 580)

Banana - you might be interested in some links to great luthiers.

Collings, on tonewood selection:

One of many excellent Lowden videos:

carterbrandon - 21 Jan 2018 10:54:04 (#17 of 580)

#15: I suppose you'e right, but they are more worthy of a try.

Fylde have gone very gimmicky. The simplicity-itself Oberon was the defining sound of solo 70s English folk guitar, which is a genre which has lost the folk club circuit which sustained it. To sell units now, they've branched out into all sorts of funny things, like a longer-scale mandolin for the guitarists who fancy a go, and wietd looking things like the Caliban, which make an impression on stage.

fenderstrat - 21 Jan 2018 10:58:39 (#18 of 580)

Got to find a market, I guess.

I've been following the tonewoood discussions very closely, since CITES rules on all rosewood. I'd love a really well-made dread with good rosewood. My D21S is great, but doesn't compare with the (mahogany) Collings for workmanship and wood quality.

I went into Manchester recently and had a long play on some Lowdens and a Macillroy. Very fine instruments, though not quite right for my styles, I think. He loves his woods, though, that man.

fenderstrat - 21 Jan 2018 10:58:55 (#19 of 580)

Hang on, what's a "Caliban"?

carterbrandon - 21 Jan 2018 13:24:27 (#20 of 580),c_limit,e_unsharp_mask:80,f_auto,fl_progre

Earlier than I thought.

Basically, his guitars are names after Shakespeare characters, so anyone wierd is going to be a peculiar instrument.

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