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    Default The Guitars you wished you never sold

    In My case it was a partcaster : a copy of the 5150 it had a 78 model and an oiled neck. Despite its floyd rose special, it was stupid how good it sounded and how light it was. can't wait for yours !

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    Default Re: The Guitars you wished you never sold

    Had a bunch of nice stuff down through the decades, but I miss that '59 LP Junior I sold early in the 80's. Had a baseball bat for a neck, tiny frets, and a huge honking midrange.

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    To me modding guitars is like making a mandala. You make it, you learn from it, you move on. In my whole collection, I only have a handful of guitars that aren't on a constant rotation.
    Once I had myself a million, now I've only got a dime.
    Difference don't seem quite as bad today.
    With a nickel or a million I was searchin' all the time
    For something that I never lost or left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    In my whole collection, I only have a handful of guitars that aren't on a constant rotation.
    Same here. Don’t regret moving any of them, as that’s what got me what I have now.

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    Had a Gibson Howard Roberts III I sold to fix a ex's transmission. Now, the car, the guitar, and the girl are long gone (thankfully, in 2 of those cases).
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    I wouldn't mind having about half of them back but I don't pine for any of them. I sold all of them for a reason. I did get one back and I will keep it forever but it isn't The One either. None of them are.

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    ES-333, 3TSB
    Custom Shop '56 reissue N.O.S. 2TSB Strat with the craziest birdseye neck I've ever seen.
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    This makes me sad just thinking about it.

    Gibson LP ‘59 re-issue that was number 8 of 10 that Tom Murphy built (yes built) to launch the historic series at NAMM in I think ‘92. I’ve NEVER seen one with a flame top as 3D as this was.

    Ibanez Artist AR300 in Cherry Sunburst and super flamey.

    Gibson DC Pro in trans red, super flamey, Ebony board with P90’s.

    G&L Legacy special in blue burst with an Ebony board.

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    My EBMM Steve Morse Y2D. Acquired in a (more than) fair trade. Sold it. Stupid.

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    1980-ish Ibanez Artist 300 black with bare STP tailpiece (no leaf). Traded for a battered Marshall failing all the time that I traded for a Laney AOR working forever. Although the Laney was fun I should have kept the Artist as soon after getting the Laney I also got JCM900 / JCM800 that became my amps-to-go.

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    Only one....Yamaha Pac712; Sperzel Locking, Wilkinson100, DiMarzio PAF Pro, AMAZING neck.
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    Default Re: The Guitars you wished you never sold

    The ones stand out for me are:

    Early 1990's Gibson Les Paul Studio
    Early 1990's Gibson SG Junior
    2009 Gibson SG Classic
    Hamer EchoTone
    Mid-80's Candy Apple Red Kramer Baretta
    Early-80's Kramer Focus 2000 (also CAR)

    If I could have any one of them back it would be the SG Classic.

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    I didn't sell this one, it wasn't mine. I did a repair on a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Special that sounded fabulous when I had finished and the owner refused to sell it to me. (Can't blame him)

    I owned a 70s era Gibson Les Paul Custom that was rumored to once had belonged to Paul Kossoff who had given the guitar to someone who had rescued him from drowning. The previous owner had used black electricians tape to make diagonal stripes and ruined the top finish.

    I had also traded off a 60s era Gibson ES345 guitar and a blonde Fender Super Reverb amp. Stupid young me.
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    An 80s B.C. Rich Bich I got used back in 1990/1991. That thing was beat up but it cleaned up nice and played killer. Wish I never got rid of it, it has some character being all beat up.

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    I have three guitars that I've sold and are my life's regrets so far: a BC Rick NJ Neck-Thru series Warlock and Ibanez RG527R LTD, of which I found out after the sale that only 50 were ever made, and an Ibanez S670FM.

    All had FR bridges, and at the time I thought I didn't want to deal with the system again.

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    Wouldn't mind having my 1968 Tele Thinline back. Natural ash and a factory Bigsby. It was stolen and when I got it back it was messed up. No real luthiers back then, but now it could have been easily fixed. Traded it for a Gibson ES-150DCN and it had a lot of problems...also probably could have been fixed. Ahh, if I knew then what I know now.

    I would like to have my 1975 Les Paul '55 Special Reissue back. Another guitar with fixable problems, but I really needed the money. Never found another one that pretty or that sounded as good.

    There's a couple of amps I'd like to have back, like my '65 Band Master rig that was stolen. I also had to sell my '64 blonde tolexed Tremolux rig and a '65 Deluxe Reverb; I had to sell these for financial reasons. Loved them, the Tremolux was absolutely delicious, a great club-size amp. But I hung on to the Mesas I had, and that was the right choice.

    But the guitar I miss most is a c. 1970's Gibson ES-330 longneck. Beautiful Iced Tea burst and just fantastic P-90 tone. Never seen another one like it. Bought it in 1973 from a junkie who need a fix, and gave him $175 and a referral to a clinic. Traded a couple years later it for Univox drum machine I had to have to gig as a single act back then. Drum machine helped pay the rent for several years and is worth about $25 today. The 330 would be worth about $5Gs. Ouch!

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    Only one I miss was a MIJ double bound Tele from the early 90's. It was one of the first good guitars I got, and I stupidly traded it and a MIA strat for a new G&L.....oh well.

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    A Gibson MIII from the early 90's, a mid 80's Fender Contemporary Telecaster HH and a '97 Fender Strat Plus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Had a Gibson Howard Roberts III I sold to fix a ex's transmission. Now, the car, the guitar, and the girl are long gone (thankfully, in 2 of those cases).
    Still miss the girl, huh?
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    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    I have always fallen in love with a guitar BEFORE I ever purchased it, so getting rid of any of them has been a traumatic experience.That being said...
    '58 Gibson 330,
    '68 Gibson LP Custom (black with gold trim, of course),
    '69 Gibson ES 345 TDC,
    '71 Ric bass (natural),

    Not a guitar, but I really regret getting rid of my '65 Bandmaster black face with two cabs loaded with 2xJBL D120s each. Really great amp!
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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