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Hey Mark,

 

Love your guitar collection!You must be very proud indeed. If you get time, it would be good to give us a brief rundown on each axe in the collection. Also, looking and sounding good in the clip. Cool.:cool:

 

I think you would make a great Buddy Holly player if you were to put the famous black horn rim glasses on. Did you ever like or enjoy his music at all? Thanks very much for sharing with the forum.

 

Greg.:)

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Hi Greg,

Thanks for your comments. Don't know much about Buddy Holly, he was a bit before my time. I've always been into late 60s/70s rock and stuff, I grew up with it. Stuff like Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lizzy, early Van Halen, Zep, Steely Dan.

 

Here's a list of the guitars above:

 

Gibson Les Paul Custom VOS - 2012

Gibson Les Paul Standard - 2004

Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded - 2005 (My favourite guitar)

Epiphone Les Paul Amber Burst - 2002

Gibson SG Standard - 1997

Fender Telecaster USA Standard - 1996

Fender Stratocaster USA Standard - 1995

Fender Stratocaster - 1979 (Mint, been under a bed for 36 years!)

Fender Stratocaster Ash - 1979

Fender Stratocaster MIM Plus Top - 2002

Charvel Model 4 - 1987 (Bought new, very expensive!)

Squier Stratocaster Korean - 1995 (My first Strat. I bought it in Borneo new and gigged the crap out of it).

Squier Stratocaster Korean - 1996 (My 40th birthday present, signed by Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Kenny Jones (The Faces) and Bob Geldoff.

 

There's more information on them here if you are interested:

 

http://www.bluesguitarsolo.com/Guitars.htm

Mark

 

 

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So I went though my parts drawer at home and started putting stuff together..... and came up with a complete guitar by accident.

:)

Of course I had to rework the neck pocket to make a Telecaster neck fit a Stratocaster body but I´ve always liked the look of a Strat with a Tele neck.

 

And there seem to be enough parts for two more.

 

If only this happened with cars.

Here it is:

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Looks great! You've got some nice parts lying around! Was the body from a Mexican Strat? And what pups have you got?

It's great making guitars out of bits, I made a Strat from a Korean Squier neck, a solid body and a 24k Motherbucker lying around.

Mark

 

 

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The body is from the German supplier Rockinger. It's like Summit racing for guitarists. :)

The pickups are 2 Duncan SSL 1, the humbucker is a Duncan Custom Custom.

The switch in the middle has no other function than to fill the hole. I didn't have a pot to put there. :)

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So,

 

now it is time to get in here finally too... :D

 

So I went though my parts drawer at home and started putting stuff together..... and came up with a complete guitar by accident.

:)

Of course I had to rework the neck pocket to make a Telecaster neck fit a Stratocaster body but I´ve always liked the look of a Strat with a Tele neck.

 

And there seem to be enough parts for two more.

 

If only this happened with cars.

Here it is:

 

Nice little string-scraper you have built - reminds me of good ol' Eric... ;)

 

Now, here are my bad boys for you!

 

My beloved original relicted by playing 1977 Strat - from 1st owner, a lucky strike! Spent her only white original relicted plastics because of the better look I think with the sunburst finish than the original black one. Also given her noiseless pickups from DiMarzio for stage quietness - VirtualVintages and Areas, my personal tip for authentic strat sounds and no noise. Given her a nice refret with Gibson-sized frets and bone saddle. Bought some Schaller repro tuners and swapped the inner mechanical system in the old ones. Now she is absolute tuning stable and stage ready every time I picked her up!

 

The best strat I ever had. Never give em up for live!

 

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My universal weapon:

 

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Mexican Floyd Rose body which aged beautifully with an Allparts licensed by Fender Neck which I fitted to my standards. This is a hell of a guitar - still don't know if my 77ies or she is my best strat I ever had. So I play both :D

 

She is a result of my frustration that Fender does not offer a good Strat with Floyd Rose AND a one-piece-maple-neck with 22 frets. So I bought one my way... Original Floyd Rose with big brass block, DiMarzio pickups (36th anniversary and VirtualVintages), finest electrics - badass guitar! It disproves the legend that Floyd-equipped guitars aren't able to sing...

 

Love it!


For the bass moments - a really, really good lightweight Squier Precision with awesome flamed maple neck. Seems to be a very seldom special run on quality...

 

Sometimes I write songs first on bass - very inspiring. Some songs in one of my actual bands I play the bass, too...

 

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This monster I built on my own. I ever was fascinated by Jimmy Page and his doubleneck. But a real Gibson for the few times you would play such a monster was not in the budget so I built one at my own!

 

Here it is - with my proud name on the headstock :D

 

It's damn heavy but it was worth it - for that Eagles moment... ;)

 

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Btw:

 

Where has my nice musician badge on the left gone?!?

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Ok Tim, Musician Award fixed. No idea where it went. :huh:

 

That white FR Strat of yours is gorgeous. I love white Strats with maple necks! They look so pure.

 

Fender used to make a Mexican (or Japanese? I don´t remember) version of the Sambora Strat with a FR and maple neck but only for a short period. (It looked exactly like your white one BTW)

I wanted to buy one when they were new but I never had a chance to.

For my birthday this year my lovely wife got me a Sambora signature Strat but with a rosewood board. The pickguard is not original and I replaced the pickups with an old set of Van Zands.

I just love "real" Fender Strats with Floyds. Just for looks though, as I hardly ever use trems on my guitars.

Here´s a pic of it:

 

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Here's my stuff. Hope Bass counts. Since I started playing Lakland basses, everything else pretty much sits. I have multiple amps.

 

Hartke HA 3500 (Original from 1987)

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500

Markbass Little Mark 500

 

From Left to right

 

Lakland Joe Osborn 5

Lakland 55-02

Lakland 55-AJ

Harvey Citron B05

Elrick Josh Paul 5 Signature

 

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Next set of basses from left to right

 

MTD Kingston 5 - Highly Modified

MTD Kingston 5 - All Stock

Spector Q5 Pro

Warmoth P Bass

Warmoth J Bass

Traben 4 string

 

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Pedalboard Chain

 

Pedaltrain pt2 with Voodoo Lab Power Supply: I had some green LEDs left over when Superbright LEDs sent me the wrong color I ordered for the mustang. I wired the green LEDs into the bottom of the pedalboard and put them on a 12v switched power supply.

 

Dunlop MXR Preamp (has the mids which I like)

Korg Pitch Black Tuner

Zoom MS 60B Effects (I use SVT amp modeling mostly)

Boss Bass Chorus

Big Muff Distortion

Modtone Mini Delay

Dunlop Cry Baby Bass Wah

Line 6 g30 Wireless

 

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Nice basses and rig.

I used to have an early eighties Squier Precision Bass which I unfortunately sold in a weak moment. :(

Same goes for my Auerswald. All gone.

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Nice basses and rig.

I used to have an early eighties Squier Precision Bass which I unfortunately sold in a weak moment. :(

Same goes for my Auerswald. All gone.

 

I tell you what, I recently played a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz bass, and was amazed at the clarity of a 300.00 guitar. I have more than that in preamps in most of my stuff.

 

I cannot believe how good squier quality is these days. I just couldn't bring myself to buy it.

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Yup, Squier quality today is awesome. I bought a 300$ Strat (Classic Vibe 50) becasue it happened to have a highly flamed maple neck that Warmoth would have claimed AAA quality, so I grabbed it just for the neck.

That Strat was so good it was amazing. Ok, no Custom Shop quality but way more than you would expect. Both me and my guitar buddy in my band, who also has all the good stuff like Fender Custom Shop, Tyler, Spalt, Diezel VH-4 etc, agreed that with that kind of quality in a 300$ guitar it was really hard to justify the purchase of any guitar at ten times that price.

Or how he put it:" I hate to admit that this is all you´ll ever need."

 

My bass was one of those famous early Japanese made Squiers that are highly collectible by now. You know... hindsight.... :(

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Nice collections Tim and Rolland! I do love that 70s 3 tone sunburst Tim.

 

When I grew up in the 70s, Strats had big headstocks and black pgs. Anything else was old and rubbish! People moan about the quality or shape of them these days (in the same way as they do about the 71-73 Mustangs!) but if you get a good one they're great. I have two 79 Strats and love them. And in my opinion their sound is far superior than any Custom shop you can get today.

Mark

 

 

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Nice collections Tim and Rolland! I do love that 70s 3 tone sunburst Tim.

 

When I grew up in the 70s, Strats had big headstocks and black pgs. Anything else was old and rubbish! People moan about the quality or shape of them these days (in the same way as they do about the 71-73 Mustangs!) but if you get a good one they're great. I have two 79 Strats and love them. And in my opinion their sound is far superior than any Custom shop you can get today.

 

My Indonesian and Korean Laklands smoke just about any Fender that I've played. Since I play mostly 5 string now, there are a few things for me that are a must.

 

35" scale

19mm string spacing

String through body is a preference

Active electronics - I prefer Bartolini and Audere preamps

 

I had an American deluxe 5 string bass. 1800.00 new, and the B string on that bass sucked so bad I didn't play it. I traded it for my JO5, and it was the best trade I've ever made.

 

The guy had to have an american fender. I'll take Lakland anyday. The Lakland guys in Chicago setup my bass, PLEK'd the frets and made me a custom pickguard.

 

Another thing about Lakland is they are consistent from bass to bass. All of the ones that I own or have played have been like butter. Smooth and predictable.

 

Fender doesn't give you that kind of service for their foreign jobs.

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Nice collections Tim and Rolland! I do love that 70s 3 tone sunburst Tim.

 

When I grew up in the 70s, Strats had big headstocks and black pgs. Anything else was old and rubbish! People moan about the quality or shape of them these days (in the same way as they do about the 71-73 Mustangs!) but if you get a good one they're great. I have two 79 Strats and love them. And in my opinion their sound is far superior than any Custom shop you can get today.

 

There are some really good 70s Strats but the Strats of that era mostly did earn their bad reputation.

I´ve owned about 7 or 8 Strats from the 70s and played at least 20 more. Only 3 or 4 of them were killers, most were just below average and a great deal of them really sucked.

No body contours, sloppy neck pockets, uncomfortable necks, bad fret jobs and mostly heavy as a boat anchor.

Same with the 1980 "THE STRAT" I used to own. That thing sucked so bad I couldn´t even sell it for a long time. I eventually did sell it for the price of a new Korean Squier back then. Now they sell for crazy amounts, no matter how good (or bad) they are.

 

My 73 is a very good one, not because it´s mine but it´s the only 70s Strat that was worth keeping in the end. It was also the only good one I ever owned.

 

My friend has a 79 natural one that is ok but not really good and a 77 that features all of the above problems.

Mostly it has no sustain whatsoever. Although it sounds pretty good when you try it alone, it dies in a band context.

You really need to fight it and the result is not worth the effort. You hear a "pling" and then the sound drowns in the context.

It´s really pretty though, white with maple neck and the big headstock, I almost bought it from him. In the end I´m just glad I didn´t.

 

Bottom line is, yeah, if you get a good one they can be really good (as you know with yours) but don´t count on it. I think that they are really overrated so they bring some cash on the vintage market.

 

The 50 s and 60s ones are just the opposite.

There are dogs too but they are scarce and even the dogs tend to be better than most other guitars.

I´ve only played two that were average.

 

Now the good ones.... those are heavenly. :angel:

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I rate Korean guitars too. Some of them can be just as good as Japanese guitars.

 

I don't know much about basses, just my mate used to play a Tokai Precision in our old band in the 80s and our current bass player plays a Warwick Thumb 5 string. He's also got a signed Japanese Fender Precision Noel Redding.

Mark

 

 

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1025270504__20.jpg.295f4b69bcde493313e9de531dc9a722.jpgHi all I have been offered this guitar at what I think is a reasonable price $300AUD. What are they like and I don't play so be brutally honest. iam just looking to maybe grab it and flip it for $50-100

This is the actual guitar ESP Kirk Hammett signature Ouija no dings or scratches or anything bad or loose. was suppose to be $1400 new. Is it a Chinese guitar?

Thanks in advance Luke

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To be honest man..If that is the real deal, it is worth 3,000 all day long " if it's the 1990's version" they only made 42ish i think of them , made in Japan custom shop, Honestly i like "some" Japan guitars better than American, they make high quality guitars. If this is one of the new NAM show Kirk ESP's, the price is 9,000 dollars. buyer beware thou!! this guitar has been faked alot!! Extremely limited.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-KH-2-OUIJA-KIRK-HAMMETT-SIGNATURE-GUITAR-VERY-RARE-CUSTOM-SHOP-/181708933129?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4eb24809&nma=true&si=KwDku%252FDGGfmSzu3FWkPyJ83oyUg%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

 

 

But!! that could be a Korean and Indonesian-made LTD..Watch out for the old LTD trick, but even the LTD version of this guitar was limited, and i heard around the same price you talking about originally," 1400$" but LTD is known for cheaper version of ESP. They are pretty much like Ephiphone is too Gibson.

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To be honest man..If that is the real deal, it is worth 3,000 all day long " if it's the 1990's version" they only made 42ish i think of them , made in Japan custom shop, Honestly i like "some" Japan guitars better than American, they make high quality guitars. If this is one of the new NAM show Kirk ESP's, the price is 9,000 dollars. buyer beware thou!! this guitar has been faked alot!! Extremely limited.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-KH-2-OUIJA-KIRK-HAMMETT-SIGNATURE-GUITAR-VERY-RARE-CUSTOM-SHOP-/181708933129?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4eb24809&nma=true&si=KwDku%252FDGGfmSzu3FWkPyJ83oyUg%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

 

 

this one sold for little less than 3200.. He took a offer, i'm sure it was not much less..lol


http://www.ebay.com/itm/LTD-by-ESP-KH-OUIJA-Kirk-Hammett-Metallica-Limited-Edition-550-pieces-/181726692234?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_101&hash=item2a4fc1438a

 

this is the one i think you got thou...seems to be 2,000 ish new..neck has that little inlay to tell them apart...diff stamps on the back, still limited too 550'ish. If all seems legit, i would take his arm off at that price for a nice custom shop japan guitar.

Thanks dude I did some more asking trying to play it cool. Its a Kirk Hammett signature limited signature not a Ouija. dude put the decals on himself it is this guitar I believe so probs still a good deal makes me want to learn to play.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/esp-ltd-kh-602-kirk-hammett-signature-series-guitar

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Yes!! i had to look a little more, i noticed the mark on the neck and i had to look up the LTD ;) i hate when ESP does that.. LTD is there cheap line, " not made in japan" Korea or indonesia

 

Now saying that, i know some people hate korean guitars, but i played some that was not bad at all. Most of the new guitars are decent players over all..feel down the neck, if you can feel every frett, you can tell they did not finish it well...Korea did put out some high quality guitars for a very short time in the 60's tring to break into japan's market, but they got down graded real fast and went for the cheap market " American and Japan had the spendy market owned"

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