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  posted on 2/25/2019 at 03:15 AM
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  posted on 2/25/2019 at 04:36 PM
Nice watch, I never knew he frankensteined so many guitars, Multiple neck swaps. The Hubert Sumlin gift guitar was sweet, Hubert was a nice Gent. The Christopher Cross origin of that iconic guitar was something I never before. Danke.

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  posted on 2/27/2019 at 09:52 AM
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Nice watch, I never knew he frankensteined so many guitars, Multiple neck swaps. The Hubert Sumlin gift guitar was sweet, Hubert was a nice Gent. The Christopher Cross origin of that iconic guitar was something I never before. Danke.

[Edited on 2/25/2019 by Fretsman]
Clapton liked to mix & match necks and bodys, its hard to find a great guitar off the rack. I've known player down to the local level doing the same thing. Ive bought bass bodies, necks and pick ups from E Bay , and built some nice basses.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2019 at 03:40 PM
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Clapton liked to mix & match necks and bodys, its hard to find a great guitar off the rack. I've known players down to the local level doing the same thing. Ive bought bass bodies, necks and pick ups from E Bay , and built some nice basses.


I must confess I've never been that bold. The most hands on thing I've done with my guitars was taken an afternoon Saturday course on doing set-ups for them. If you've never done it and I strongly recommend taking one if available from a quality tech. I have 19 guitars, 3 mandolins, and a ukulele. Other than set-ups on 3 of them that's it. I have a nice G&L ASAT that the E and A strings sounded distant (An accidental 2 string version of my Goya Rangemaster?), I reluctantly brought that to the class to work on am glad I did, Great sound now. I have 2 Strats and a Tele. The Tele was/is fine and the Strats were the 2 I did set-up at home. I've never touched a truss rod. I have a great luthier (Dumont Jim who moved to NH) who is a stallion of knowledge and skill. I used to have Les Paul's engineer Tom Doyle work on a couple of my other guitars when he was a virtual neighbor. I don't have anything that I'd risk ruining or devaluing. I'm approaching retirement perhaps one day I'll nut-up and scavenge parts and dabble.

 

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Clapton liked to mix & match necks and bodys, its hard to find a great guitar off the rack. I've known players down to the local level doing the same thing. Ive bought bass bodies, necks and pick ups from E Bay , and built some nice basses.


I must confess I've never been that bold. The most hands on thing I've done with my guitars was taken an afternoon Saturday course on doing set-ups for them. If you've never done it and I strongly recommend taking one if available from a quality tech. I have 19 guitars, 3 mandolins, and a ukulele. Other than set-ups on 3 of them that's it. I have a nice G&L ASAT that the E and A strings sounded distant (An accidental 2 string version of my Goya Rangemaster?), I reluctantly brought that to the class to work on am glad I did, Great sound now. I have 2 Strats and a Tele. The Tele was/is fine and the Strats were the 2 I did set-up at home. I've never touched a truss rod. I have a great luthier (Dumont Jim who moved to NH) who is a stallion of knowledge and skill. I used to have Les Paul's engineer Tom Doyle work on a couple of my other guitars when he was a virtual neighbor. I don't have anything that I'd risk ruining or devaluing. I'm approaching retirement perhaps one day I'll nut-up and scavenge parts and dabble.
Great!, maintaining/ working on your own guitars makes sense $. I'm primarily a bass player, but own guitars/mando/dobro work on them all myself. Clapton told the story of walking into Gruhn's in Nashville 1970, and walking out with 6 or 7 strats for $150 apiece [everyone wanted a gibson then] and fooled around swapping parts. Blackie, [the guitar he used in the 70s] And Brownie [Layla guitar] were the result of that purchase/ experiment. I remember those selling for 500K > at his auction for Crossroads Recovery center, just because of their history.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2019 at 09:29 PM
Dickey sanded down his '57 Goldtop and created his own stain and the way he explained it. The money Gibson Les Paul's are from the years '57, '58, & '59. The shellac from that time is toxic and banned. They do a limited number with the old shellac every year and pay a fine. DB supplied Gibson with his '57 and his stain and they finished the guitar off for him. He was offered a million and turned it down. It's good to be a tinkerer especially a tinkerer with connections.

Sound Machines - '57 to the left


Me w/the '57 & DB w/the SG --He moved my wife and I's drinks and sat I/f/o us so we could hear each other unplugged.



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  posted on 2/27/2019 at 11:42 PM
Beyond cool, thanks for the pics!.
 

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  posted on 2/28/2019 at 04:19 PM
A bit off topic but somewhat related, here's a couple youtube clips of Dweezil Zappa discussing a relatively famous guitar he acquired from a close friend of his who is not only a pretty accomplished and famous musician, but also a player who is well known for having built, tinkered with, switched parts into and out of, etc. many of his guitars.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3OyWs80SsncQq rJ7ma_WDW5sR9Zw5uw_Q3Rs10rO3zraA3hN9f76h9XXE&v=qkX3gXCTtiw&app=desk top

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=jlMiiPFxZc4

 

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  posted on 3/2/2019 at 10:17 PM
Thanx pops42, even though I can not make a single note, I find stuff like this enthralling, just love it!!! It's always the damn musicians that tell me "hey man it allright, the world needs listeners too" what kind of crap? Any way I was just a 23 yr old know nothing kid and I worked stage crew for a day and night for SRV and Double Trouble, after we got Reese's key boards set up, and he pulls me aside and hands me a drill and says he doesn't like the way his B-3 is wired, he instructed me where he wanted the new holes drilled and wiring run , I handed him back the drill and told him he had the wrong guy for this sh!t and I wasn't gonna be drilling no where near his organ!!!
Amazing to me that we still have Brothers and Sisters here like Fretsman and several others that have priceless experiences and memories of the Brothers, that they are so willing to share, just wonderful!!! Impacts me sometimes like a punch in the solar plexus!.........Peace........joe

 
 


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