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    Quote Originally Posted by GoergeBenson View Post
    No I loved the wider fretboard, thats what help male it so versatile. It made complex 'closed position' jazz voicings easier to get hold of and blues bending a breeze.
    The body is way more resonant than a 335 IMO, thew top is much thinner, probably half as thin if not more and it has a bigger body, so it was also a good Jazz Guitar.
    The ebony on the fretboard was stunning.
    that's all very interesting, indeed. forgot about the ebony board. guess it depends how you set it up and string it up. only saw one in a store and i sat with it unplugged for a few minutes. they had installed the fixed bigsby handle on it so it was super annoying to play. i remember noticing the extra width, but didn't have enough time to decide for or against it. the orange ones are much more common (relative to the red ones, both are still rare) if you seek out another. not a lot out there on you tube about it, either. feel free to share.

    have you tried a gretsch g6122-1959? i was a butt hair away from owning one, but it was sold out from under me. maybe that's just different enough to warrant a purchase; they are all from the same factory, anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound View Post
    Lots of people scoff at the Varitone. I always thought it sounds great.
    the idea of extra dials and weight doesn't sit well with me, and most of the settings aren't usable to me. this is all second hand info, of course. i would be curious to play with one.

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    My '65 Starfire has some limitations but it's so comfortable to play it's usually first grab and it sounds good to me. If it were my only electric it could cover most of my electric needs pretty well.

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    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints...

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    ES 175, for lots of reasons!

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    My 72 Les Paul. With thje right amp can get any sound you like. Other than a single coil tone. Easy to play, well built, and after 40+ years it just feels right, which it did pretty much from the git-go.

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    I used to play a red Guild Starfire like the black one shown above--in high school stage band. It was a sweet guitar. Freshman year in college, I played a friend's '72 Les Paul (copy of a '54 with cream P90s) regularly. It, too, was a really sweet guitar, for jazz or anything else. He offered it to me for $275, but I was happy with my Stratocaster, at the time.

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    I do only have one guitar

    Washburn J6. If people want me to play with them, they can deal with my sound. I had a rock guy complain that my sound was too sophisticated for his band, once, but I laughed and took it as a compliment.

    If I could​ only have one guitar, it'd be an L5.

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    My Ibanez AF75. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to hear with or without an amp.

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    That's easy, my ASAT. I'm through wrestling with big archtops. I'm also fine, after years of Gibson HBs, to go single coil.
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ES125er View Post
    My heritage H530 is my favourite "does-it-all" guitar. A great and reliable workhorse.

    That is a beauty!

    For me it'd need to be a versatile semi hollow, like a 335 or a 330. So my Eastman t386.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallpass View Post
    For me it'd need to be a versatile semi hollow, like a 335 or a 330. So my Eastman t386.
    i've found that, to my surprise, the casino/es330/h530/t386 format is both unique and versatile, depending on what you do with it. like that guitar a lot and it wouldn't be a horrible guitar to be stuck with. and es125er's has a beautiful finish, indeed.

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    I'd have Paul McCartney's Hofner violin bass, the one with the Beatles set list sellotaped to the side, so I could skip off down to Sotheby's Auctioneers, and retire on the proceeds.
    Either that or Slash's Les Paul so I could hit him over the head with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pubylakeg View Post
    ....Slash's Les Paul so I could hit him over the head with it.
    Do take Slash's Derrig Les Paul so that you can hit him over the head with it. He won't feel a thing.

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    Great thread.

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    Very fortunate to have this...it sounds and plays like a dream.

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    This will never happen to me...so it is difficult to say. It would have to be a large archtop that sounds great acoustically as well as when plugged in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rowland View Post
    Very fortunate to have this...it sounds and plays like a dream.

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    DAMN!!! That's really pretty. Is that one of the new reissues? Or, is it an original vintage? Also, that's not a stock 175 bridge assy either . . is it? Is that even a Gibson? It looks like it is . . and then, it looks like it isn't.

    Damn!!! That's really pretty. (it was worth repeating)
    Patrick2 . . Heritage representative (now former)

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    My Gibson ES-355. I play it every day for hours. It's in desperate need to a fret job and other work, but I can't leave it alone that long.

    And it's not because it's necessarily just a great instrument. It's just that it's my axe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick2 View Post
    DAMN!!! That's really pretty. Is that one of the new reissues? Or, is it an original vintage? Also, that's not a stock 175 bridge assy either . . is it? Is that even a Gibson? It looks like it is . . and then, it looks like it isn't.

    Damn!!! That's really pretty. (it was worth repeating)
    Hi Patrick...Thank you very much for the compliment. Yes, it is the Gibson 2013 '59 reissue. And yes it came with this bridge instead of the tom. Usually I don't like the relic thing, but it's pretty tasteful on this one. I guess I just had to have a 175 (no toothbrush) like Pat's old 175 since he's my biggest influence, and this instrument has that sound...big time. Disregarding all the delay and effects, the round, warm sound is unbelievable thru a tube amp or even my Kemper. I haven't had to make any adjustments to the factory setup except to put on some TI flat .011's...it plays fast and smooth. A quick story...I bought the original from Wildwood and the wood split in the cutaway after about 4 weeks. Gibson sent this one as a replacement as soon as it came out of the oven about six weeks later. (They were kind enough to send a 2 pickup 175 in the meantime to tide me over). As you can imagine I enjoy looking at it as much as playing it. It really inspires me to play more than ever. I am really proud to own it.

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    Congrats Eric, that's a beautiful guitar. Pretty crazy story about the split . You're lucky to have the USA warranty conditions which we in Europe aren't fortunate enough to benefit from. Doesn't stop us from buying 'em though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
    My Gibson ES-355. I play it every day for hours. It's in desperate need to a fret job and other work, but I can't leave it alone that long.

    And it's not because it's necessarily just a great instrument. It's just that it's my axe.
    Not a good idea, Henry . . and I'm pretty sure you already know that. If the guitar needs attention, you really should get it some. Think for a moment if you had a son, or a daughter that needed to go into the hospital for a week or so. You'd put your feelings of not wanting to leave them in a hospital for that length of time on the side . . and you'd do what's right and best for them. You really should check your guitar into a hospital for a wekk or so . . let it get the attention it needs. When you get it back in your hands and it's playing like it did when it was brany spankin' new . . . you'll know it was worth it. And, I'm sure the guitar will love you for it. ;-)
    Patrick2 . . Heritage representative (now former)

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    I've always been nervous about those "new without a warranty because I'm not a dealer" guitars on eBay. This story feeds my fear. I had a twisted neck a few years back on a blues king electro. Gibson sent me a new guitar without so much as a question because I had the original warranty. Sometimes the extra $$$ pay off when shopping for new gear.

    And I've been eyeing those 175 VOS models myself. Glad to hear you are digging it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yebdox View Post
    I've always been nervous about those "new without a warranty because I'm not a dealer" guitars on eBay. This story feeds my fear. I had a twisted neck a few years back on a blues king electro. Gibson sent me a new guitar without so much as a question because I had the original warranty. Sometimes the extra $$$ pay off when shopping for new gear.

    And I've been eyeing those 175 VOS models myself. Glad to hear you are digging it.
    When I was shopping for the '75, I saw one for sale on ebay "new without a warranty" and was tempted...the one I bought from Wildwood was much more expensive. I counted some lucky stars after the defect appeared 'cause I would have been in deep doodoo.
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    most versatile guitar, playable, and durable I have owned was a mid sixties Gibson SG cherry red.

    would be nice to have that one back.

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    Eric, great avatar!

    This thread got me to thinking (uh-oh) and while the Starfire I posted earlier can cover any and all things electric, it's worthless for playing acoustically which I often do. If I really REALLY could only have one I'd have to go with the Triumph.

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    Last edited by AlohaJoe; 07-13-2014 at 05:29 PM.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaJoe View Post
    Eric, great avatar!

    This thread got me to thinking (uh-oh) and while the Starfire I posted earlier can cover any and all things electric, it's worthless for playing acoustically which I often do. If I really REALLY could only have one I'd have to go with the Triumph.

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    What a choice! Triumphs are my favorite guitars. Let me guess the year . . . yours is a '46?

    Where did you get the pickup, where do plug the cable into, and how much acoustic character does the tone retain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu View Post
    What a choice! Triumphs are my favorite guitars. Let me guess the year . . . yours is a '46?
    Where did you get the pickup, where do plug the cable into, and how much acoustic character does the tone retain?
    Yes, it's a '46... good eye! This was my wife's guitar. I took it over when she bought her '48 Broadway. I found the DeArmond on eBay. It wasn't in good shape so Lindy Fralin re-wound it and it sounds fantastic. It luckily came with the neck rod. The 12" cord comes out of the pot to a 1/4" female. I usually loop it up and around the strap or tuck it in the f-hole. I plan on getting a "Vintage Jack" installed soon since that's a much cleaner set-up.

    I'd say it has about 97% of the acoustic character it had without the pickup. I think I hear a difference but it's minimal. As the pickup is turned up, it becomes an ever larger percentage of the sound you hear. At higher the volume you retain some acoustic presence but get into feedback-land pretty soon. I love playing swing rhythm, so to me it works best at modest volumes where I can hear a nice 50/50 blend and roll the volume up or down as needed. Perfect for piano trio stuff.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints...

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    If I could have only one electric guitar what would it be??? Very depressing!!
    Patrick2 . . Heritage representative (now former)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pubylakeg View Post
    Either that or Slash's Les Paul so I could hit him over the head with it.
    Which one?

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    Jokes aside (like Slash's playing), my desert island guitar would be a nice tele or 335, plain and simple.

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    I like Slash's playing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willschmid97 View Post
    Which one?

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    Jokes aside (like Slash's playing), my desert island guitar would be a nice tele or 335, plain and simple.
    WOW! Now that's what I would call a hoarder.

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    My Collings I-35 Deluxe - it can replace 3 other guitars I have (now if I can only sell those).

    -b_goat


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    ^^^ Beautiful instrument that Collings!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaJoe View Post
    Yes, it's a '46... good eye! This was my wife's guitar. I took it over when she bought her '48 Broadway. I found the DeArmond on eBay. It wasn't in good shape so Lindy Fralin re-wound it and it sounds fantastic. It luckily came with the neck rod. The 12" cord comes out of the pot to a 1/4" female. I usually loop it up and around the strap or tuck it in the f-hole. I plan on getting a "Vintage Jack" installed soon since that's a much cleaner set-up.

    I'd say it has about 97% of the acoustic character it had without the pickup. I think I hear a difference but it's minimal. As the pickup is turned up, it becomes an ever larger percentage of the sound you hear. At higher the volume you retain some acoustic presence but get into feedback-land pretty soon. I love playing swing rhythm, so to me it works best at modest volumes where I can hear a nice 50/50 blend and roll the volume up or down as needed. Perfect for piano trio stuff.
    What difference do you hear between the Triumph and Broadway?

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    ... only one electrical guitar .... I agree with Patrick2 ... that would be depressing.

    But I would probably choose this one:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu View Post
    What difference do you hear between the Triumph and Broadway?
    To be honest, not much... the specs are essentially the same and the guitars are very similar. The B'way (also Maple back & sides) has more figured wood and fancier inlay but the sound is largely the same There are walnut backed Broadways out there from a decade earlier that sound very different.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints...

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    For all you Pat Metheny fans. In June of 1990 Pat was touring with Jack DeJonette, Dave Holland and Herbie Hancock supporting their Parallel Realities cd/tour. I got tickets for two nights in a row, like 15 rows back from the stage at what was then called Villa Montalvo (nice small intimate venue). You could bring in a camera as long as it didn't have a flash attachment. I borrowed my office mate's Olympus and was at the gate at 6:00 pm when they opened. I saw Pat's tech Carolyn putting his guitars out and walked right up to the stage and shot pics of all his gear which made her a little nervous. His 175 was what, only 2 or 3 years away from being fully retired to back under the bed. It had gaffer's tape everywhere, especially the cutaway side of the body. You can see it's a mess and a half. The sticker in between the pickups is a NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK sticker, they were really big then, must have been Pat's sense of humor. I've seen Hendrix, Janis, The Beatles (in '65), James Brown in '65 - this Parallel Realities gig was one of THE BEST shows I ever saw, period.

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    As for "what guitar", well if I could get a nice old single pickup '175 that would float my boat plugged in or unplugged (I don't want anyone hearing me practice anyway, I suck).

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    ^^^Great post...Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    The sticker in between the pickups is a NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK sticker, they were really big then, must have been Pat's sense of humor.
    I remember them too. At the time I worked in a record shop that sold a range of posters, each featuring a "head & shoulders" portrait of the individual "band" members. And emblazoned in bright yellow, the letters.... "N K O B". The joke wasn't lost on me.

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    Got it. Ibanez GB-10.

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    Either one of my Gibson L6-Ss.
    The one on the left is a 1977 L6-S with ebony board.
    The one on the right is a 2011 L6-S reissue, rewired to 1973 specs, fitted with Bill Lawrence L-90 humbuckers.

    Both these guitars are capable of great warm clean sounds, but with great clarity. Low strings on the neck pickup give nice piano like tones, and the high strings are sweet and warm.

    While I love archtops, these two are the guitars that I do most jazz gigs with.

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    Nice! Never heard of this model.

    how are the electronics working?

    Is that a Compton bridge on the blonde guitar?

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    Yep, that's a compton bridge, it's made of stainless steel. It improved the sound of the guitar- the tune-o-matic bridge that came with it rattled and offered virtually no tuning stability with the Bigsby. I get a bigger low end with this bridge, and the sustain of the strings is much more even.

    The pickups are selected via the 6 way switch that does the following
    1- both pickups (series)
    2- neck
    3- both pickups (parallel) ----- the middle position of a normal 3 way toggle
    4- both pickups out of phase (series, with neck pickup through a resistor)
    5- bridge pickup
    6- both pickups out of phase (parallel).

    positions 2,3 and 5 are all the 'normal' sounds.

    position 6 and 4 are very quacky.... not like a strat though, but can be used in a similar way.

    position 1 has a big output, so it is good for overdriving the preamp of an amp.


    theses guitars also have a midrange control (similar to tone control, but with an inductor in place of a capacitor).... good for darkening the sound, but without losing the top end.
    Last edited by entresz; 07-19-2014 at 01:17 AM.

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    Carlos Santana endorsed the L6 back in the day. The text in the Gibson ad below the picture of Santana said "I think of a guitar as a color. But my L6 is like a rainbow."
    "But if they all play like me, then who am I?" (Lester Young)

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    I like this design and the electronics, quite unique and certainly versatile. It seems that it is not produced anymore. Pitty, it looks like a nice alternative to a Les Paul.

    I also,ike the Compton bridges. I have a stainless steel one on my Gretsch G6120 and a brass one on the country club. Rock solid bridges, nicely done, nice sustain and one can finetune the desired tone through the metal that is used. Also a nice guy to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medblues View Post
    I was also going to say my three-pickup Tele, but my Godin LGX-SA has to be it with its piezo, two nice splittable humbuckers and synth access.
    I like it so much, I decided to upgrade (locking tuners, better synth tracking, warmer piezo, fancier AAA flame maple top) :-). It can sound like ten different guitars and several pretty credible synthesized instruments.

    And guess where I could find it in stock: Amazon !
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    LP Standard with humbuckers

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    My ES 330 – but I'm in the honeymoon phase. I'm still experimenting with strings a bit – right now I'm happy with flatwounds .012. With the roundwounds it came with it's more versatile but the flatwounds give me the punch I go for now and can sound funky – I'm not a real book player but play in some funky organ trio, so it's more jazz-flavoured than "real" jazz.

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    My ES-125 without a doubt.

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    It must absolutely be my white Hagström Swede.
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

    -Pataphysical monologue based on Cartesian theory

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpguitar View Post
    L-5CES with both a TOM and an ebony saddle available for swapping.
    Five years later, I’m gonna revise this with a more pedestrian choice. Just one electric guitar? A Warmoth Strat built with my specs du jour.

    Strung with 10s and a trem, I can get any tone out of this thing and that includes jazz, funk, soul, and any decade of rock/pop.
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