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#21 fraroc

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:23 PM

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I know a lot of people like to collect just to collect. Sometimes they do that and never play them. I’ve always been happy with one or maybe two instruments that are good quality and do what I need them to do.

I guess when people are not only fascinated by the sounds, but also the aesthetics...Sometimes you can't help but want more variety. I know I'm guilty of it....There was a time where I was really trying to look for a PRS-like guitar....then I had my eyes on a headless superstrat, then I had my eyes on a Jackson Rhoads...Now I'm kind of eyeing up an Epiphone Les Paul and I kind of want to convert my dad's old Applause strat knockoff into a fretless guitar.

All of this and I'm not even past the point of practicing....


f**k I'm pathetic aren't I.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:28 PM

View Postfraroc, on 19 January 2018 - 11:23 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 19 January 2018 - 09:08 PM, said:

I know a lot of people like to collect just to collect. Sometimes they do that and never play them. I’ve always been happy with one or maybe two instruments that are good quality and do what I need them to do.

I guess when people are not only fascinated by the sounds, but also the aesthetics...Sometimes you can't help but want more variety. I know I'm guilty of it....There was a time where I was really trying to look for a PRS-like guitar....then I had my eyes on a headless superstrat, then I had my eyes on a Jackson Rhoads...Now I'm kind of eyeing up an Epiphone Les Paul and I kind of want to convert my dad's old Applause strat knockoff into a fretless guitar.

All of this and I'm not even past the point of practicing....


f**k I'm pathetic aren't I.

Not at all - keep working at it!

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM

View Posttoymaker, on 19 January 2018 - 09:13 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 19 January 2018 - 09:08 PM, said:

I know a lot of people like to collect just to collect. Sometimes they do that and never play them. I’ve always been happy with one or maybe two instruments that are good quality and do what I need them to do.

Normally I'd make that argument, too.  But I got hooked on collecting. Happy to report they're not just wall hangings, but I pick them up to play at random, and I've made recordings with each instrument with the exception of one guitar I won at an auction that is super buzzy.  And I do find over time that I am recognizing their different tonal qualities.

It could be that I am just rationalizing.

I was going to make a deal with myself that for every new instrument I purchase, I have to sell two.  But that's so harsh...

I have a friend that does that, if she buys a bass, she has to sell one. She has reason though, she lives in a small apartment in DC so no room.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:44 AM

Collecting musical instruments is an investment...I would not call it a syndrome.....and if so... nothing wrong with it!! :laughing guy:

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:52 AM

View Posttoymaker, on 19 January 2018 - 11:28 PM, said:

View Postfraroc, on 19 January 2018 - 11:23 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 19 January 2018 - 09:08 PM, said:

I know a lot of people like to collect just to collect. Sometimes they do that and never play them. I’ve always been happy with one or maybe two instruments that are good quality and do what I need them to do.

I guess when people are not only fascinated by the sounds, but also the aesthetics...Sometimes you can't help but want more variety. I know I'm guilty of it....There was a time where I was really trying to look for a PRS-like guitar....then I had my eyes on a headless superstrat, then I had my eyes on a Jackson Rhoads...Now I'm kind of eyeing up an Epiphone Les Paul and I kind of want to convert my dad's old Applause strat knockoff into a fretless guitar.

All of this and I'm not even past the point of practicing....


f**k I'm pathetic aren't I.

Not at all - keep working at it!

Yes I am....I mean, what the hell am I thinking? What is going through my mind when I want to do these things? Wanting to convert my dad's strat copy into a fretless guitar? When I can barely play a fretted guitar?

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 11:05 AM

When I was a kid just learning to play, I'd go into my local store in Connecticut, and the Steinberger would be there surrounded by a chorus of angels. The owner always let me play it even though he knew I'd never buy it. Years later he told me that you never knew what kid was going to walk in with a rich father or grandfather who wouldn't bat an eye at shelling out $1500 for a guitar. When I moved to Utah a few years later and started playing regularly, I'd always buy from him and he'd ship it out to me. I had the first Geddy Jazz shipped to New England.

In my old age I find my gear getting smaller and smaller. I just use a Hartke 2x10 cab for most gigs as opposed to the 3-cabinet monster stack I had going at one point. I'm down to 3 basses from 6. If money were no object there are a few I'd get, but space and time constraints mean gear is very task-oriented now. No flash, just function.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:00 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 19 January 2018 - 09:13 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 19 January 2018 - 09:08 PM, said:

I know a lot of people like to collect just to collect. Sometimes they do that and never play them. I’ve always been happy with one or maybe two instruments that are good quality and do what I need them to do.



I was going to make a deal with myself that for every new instrument I purchase, I have to sell two.  But that's so harsh...

f**k that

Even though that painful notion has crossed my mind, I am always slapped back into reality by the thought of building a period-correct addition to the house and using it as a "collection room"

ahhhh, that feels much better

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:11 PM

Until just now, I had no idea Richard Gere had quite a collection of vintage guitars ..

And I see that he sold 102 guitars and amps in 2011 .. I don't know how much of his collection this 102 made up, but when I read that he sold off that many instruments, I felt a twinge of sadness ..

Breaking a bond with an instrument that, at one time, created not only the excitement of acquiring it, but was a link in a creative process - that is depressing ..

On the other hand, there are always those instruments that you never really feel connected to .. For whatever reason, they just didn't inspire you ..

Those I always part with ... But if it means something to you, and at some point has or will inspire you to create something, I will hang on to them

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:57 PM

View PostLucas, on 20 January 2018 - 02:11 PM, said:

Until just now, I had no idea Richard Gere had quite a collection of vintage guitars ..

And I see that he sold 102 guitars and amps in 2011 .. I don't know how much of his collection this 102 made up, but when I read that he sold off that many instruments, I felt a twinge of sadness ..

Breaking a bond with an instrument that, at one time, created not only the excitement of acquiring it, but was a link in a creative process - that is depressing ..

On the other hand, there are always those instruments that you never really feel connected to .. For whatever reason, they just didn't inspire you ..

Those I always part with ... But if it means something to you, and at some point has or will inspire you to create something, I will hang on to them
Steven Seagal has a massive collection. But he plays with the talent level of a chimp.

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 02:37 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 15 January 2018 - 07:05 PM, said:

Anyone experience GAS?  For the last year I've been buying guitars and I can't seem to stop.  With a couple of exceptions, I just buy anything kind of cool, playable and cheap on Kijiji.  Something in me craves LOTS of guitars, rather than a few really great guitars.  I do find them aesthetically pleasing.  Everyone I know is enabling me - nothing wrong with buying guitars, better than spending it on drugs, etc.  My own rationale is that I could be spending hundreds of bucks on paintings, but I'd rather look at a guitar than a dumb old painting anyway.

Anyway, here's part of my music room.  Should I stop?  Apart from a couple of things, you won't see anything super expensive.  I just love havin' 'em.

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That is a gorgeous collection, there...make it a big pile of nothing but vintage acoustics, and I’d be salivating even more.

I had never heard of this Kijiji before...I see it’s a Canadian thing. Wow, there’s a lot on there.

This is not going to help my GAS!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 09:23 PM

View PostBlue J, on 03 February 2018 - 02:37 PM, said:

View Posttoymaker, on 15 January 2018 - 07:05 PM, said:

Anyone experience GAS?  For the last year I've been buying guitars and I can't seem to stop.  With a couple of exceptions, I just buy anything kind of cool, playable and cheap on Kijiji.  Something in me craves LOTS of guitars, rather than a few really great guitars.  I do find them aesthetically pleasing.  Everyone I know is enabling me - nothing wrong with buying guitars, better than spending it on drugs, etc.  My own rationale is that I could be spending hundreds of bucks on paintings, but I'd rather look at a guitar than a dumb old painting anyway.

Anyway, here's part of my music room.  Should I stop?  Apart from a couple of things, you won't see anything super expensive.  I just love havin' 'em.

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That is a gorgeous collection, there...make it a big pile of nothing but vintage acoustics, and I’d be salivating even more.

I had never heard of this Kijiji before...I see it’s a Canadian thing. Wow, there’s a lot on there.

This is not going to help my GAS!

There are a few vintage-y things in there - a couple of Kays, a couple of Harmonys - there's a Harmony Rocket leaning against the bookcase that I think is cool.  I recently found an old Harmony Sovereign (someone told me that's the model Page used to record Stairway to Heaven, but I haven't confirmed it) that someone long ago jammed a couple of humbuckers into, along with volume and tone knobs.  It's a pretty weird looking thing, so of course I instantly dug it.  I stood there looking at it for while, picking it up and putting it down, and the store owner wandered over several times and kept dropping the price.  Eventually the kids stood there rolling their eyes while I took the thing to the cash register...

I'll see if I can post a picture of the monstrosity.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 09:54 PM

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:03 PM

Also found a couple of lawsuit Rik copies - the fake 4005 bass sounds pretty groovy. The guitar is quiet, but has amazing playability.

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 09:13 AM

Never knew a musician that didn't have it, or its partner, Gear Trading Syndrome.  Hey the two best days are the day you buy it and the day you sell it, and it has 3 major phases:  Damn, I want one of those, hey look what I got, and damn, why did I ever get rid of...  My friend John sold off a 355 over 25 years ago, and he still curses that day.

As far as collecting for the collection's sake, that's the bane of any collector. Karen and went through that with the teddy bears.
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:13 PM

The newest member of the family

Alvarez Yairi 5056 with the "Tree Of Life" inlay

I have always loved this model, but they are few and far between .. This one came available, and I made the owner an offer he couldn't refuse - he agreed, then changed his mind - I was crushed ... About a week later, he contacted me and agreed ... I assured him the 5056 was going to a good home !!

Older Alvarez acoustics are very hard to date, but the owner had it for 35 years - my guess is late 70s

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:26 PM

I may have the opportunity to purchase the white Steinberger that was mentioned in another thread. This is a total-midlife crisis moment for me. I know they're not the best sounding instruments, but it's my "Eleanor". It was untouchable as a snot-nosed teenager, and by the time I started making real gig money in the 90's they were no longer in production. The Rick or Wal or Jazz bass never had the same effect on me. I haven't heard back on the asking price, but if it's under $1800, I'll be selling the Geddy Jazz and scrounging up the rest...

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 09:14 PM

View Postedhunter, on 22 March 2018 - 07:26 PM, said:

I may have the opportunity to purchase the white Steinberger that was mentioned in another thread. This is a total-midlife crisis moment for me. I know they're not the best sounding instruments, but it's my "Eleanor". It was untouchable as a snot-nosed teenager, and by the time I started making real gig money in the 90's they were no longer in production. The Rick or Wal or Jazz bass never had the same effect on me. I haven't heard back on the asking price, but if it's under $1800, I'll be selling the Geddy Jazz and scrounging up the rest...

Do it !!!

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 09:51 PM

View PostLucas, on 22 March 2018 - 07:13 PM, said:

The newest member of the family

Alvarez Yairi 5056 with the "Tree Of Life" inlay

I have always loved this model, but they are few and far between .. This one came available, and I made the owner an offer he couldn't refuse - he agreed, then changed his mind - I was crushed ... About a week later, he contacted me and agreed ... I assured him the 5056 was going to a good home !!

Older Alvarez acoustics are very hard to date, but the owner had it for 35 years - my guess is late 70s

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Nice - strange that I happened today to be playing a gorgeous AY that my cousin has at his place.  This new instrument of yours is gorgeous.

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 02:20 PM

View Postedhunter, on 22 March 2018 - 07:26 PM, said:

I may have the opportunity to purchase the white Steinberger that was mentioned in another thread. This is a total-midlife crisis moment for me. I know they're not the best sounding instruments, but it's my "Eleanor". It was untouchable as a snot-nosed teenager, and by the time I started making real gig money in the 90's they were no longer in production. The Rick or Wal or Jazz bass never had the same effect on me. I haven't heard back on the asking price, but if it's under $1800, I'll be selling the Geddy Jazz and scrounging up the rest...
Do it man. I own a Steinberger GM4T guitar and love it. They're so easy to play and sound great.

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 03:07 PM

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View Postedhunter, on 22 March 2018 - 07:26 PM, said:

I may have the opportunity to purchase the white Steinberger that was mentioned in another thread. This is a total-midlife crisis moment for me. I know they're not the best sounding instruments, but it's my "Eleanor". It was untouchable as a snot-nosed teenager, and by the time I started making real gig money in the 90's they were no longer in production. The Rick or Wal or Jazz bass never had the same effect on me. I haven't heard back on the asking price, but if it's under $1800, I'll be selling the Geddy Jazz and scrounging up the rest...
Do it man. I own a Steinberger GM4T guitar and love it. They're so easy to play and sound great.

Still waiting to hear back. The ones on ebay right now are going for over $2400. With this one being a single-digit serial # and having at least been in Geddy's possession for a bit, I'm thinking its gonna be in the $3000 range.




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