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    Very bored without gigs, and you can only practice so much, so let's pass the time by sharing our number one instrument, and even a story about if you want. This is my 2000's (unsure on the year) Benedetto Bravo. I acquired it in a trade for an old Gibson that was my first true archtop. I could not bond with the Gibson due to the neck, and, as someone who played mainly a 330 and 335, I was looking for something smaller. The Bravo quickly become my go to for any jazz gig, rehearsal or practice session. It's an inspiring guitar to pickup an play, though I feel like I do not do it justice . I sometimes miss that old woody Gibson tone, but this thing all around cannot be beat for me.

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    And a bonus of my recently acquired thinline Tele, which has become #1B and has its eyes on that top spot:
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    Countless guitars have come and gone over the last 10 years but somehow this always recaptures the top spot.

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    And a more recent look
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    Well I've actually been having fun with my uke. Sending lots of "happy birthday" vids to people.

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    1982 es 335 dot:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Countless guitars have come and gone over the last 10 years but somehow this always recaptures the top spot.

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    And a more recent look
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    +1 on the mods!

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    Gorgeous!!! I am a sucker for Blonde 335s!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2
    Gorgeous!!! I am a sucker for natural 335s!!
    Blonde ES models rule!

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    I love all my guitars. But over and over, I reach for this one. A VOS1959 ES175 bought on impulse at CME when I was in Chicago. I planned just to visit the famous University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum and immerse myself in the antiquities there, while also visiting some very dear friends in Wheaton. I decided on a whim to pop over to CME, more like a tourist visit than shopping. While there, I picked up this guitar, took it into one of their booths, and played it for about an hour. I was hooked.

    When I inquired about buying it, they were so helpful, even reminded me if I'd buy it online I could (at that time) avoid the sales tax. So with my iPad I went online and bought it!

    I have other finer guitars than this, some that perform better in many ways, but for some reason this one ends up in my hands by default when i just want to play a bit. I have no amplifier that it does not sound great through, but it sounds very different through various amps. I like it best though whatever amp I'm playing at the moment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I love all my guitars. But over and over, I reach for this one. A VOS1959 ES175 bought on impulse at CME when I was in Chicago. I planned just to visit the famous University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum and immerse myself in the antiquities there, while also visiting some very dear friends in Wheaton. I decided on a whim to pop over to CME, more like a tourist visit than shopping. While there, I picked up this guitar, took it into one of their booths, and played it for about an hour. I was hooked.

    When I inquired about buying it, they were so helpful, even reminded me if I'd buy it online I could (at that time) avoid the sales tax. So with my iPad I went online and bought it!

    I have other finer guitars than this, some that perform better in many ways, but for some reason this one ends up in my hands by default when i just want to play a bit. I have no amplifier that it does not sound great through, but it sounds very different through various amps. I like it best though whatever amp I'm playing at the moment!

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    Beautiful ES, and love the story as well. Its great when the guitar finds you when you are least expecting it.

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    My trusty (Warmoth) Tele -home-grown in 1993- sees the most action these days, especially since I put in a new "Mastery" bridge - that took the guitar to new sonic heights .....

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    My number one guitar is Billy Bean's modified 1964 ES-175. This guitar just sings. It was sent out for repairs for him by Billy Bean bio author Dr. Seth Greenberg. It had gotten smashed to smithereens when Billy fell with it or sat on it. A luthier friend of Dr. Greenberg's pieced it back together over a period lasting over a year - maybe two. The guitar has so many glue joints that it has it's own unique resonance and a beautiful voice. The pickup was moved to the end of the fretboard. The neck was replaced and is now a pleasant 25 1/2" scale. The following email excerpt is what I learned from a friend of Dr. Greenberg's, who hails from the Philadelphia area where Billy Bean's home was, regarding the neck on the guitar:

    * Seth and I have been in touch and have been able to piece together (so to speak) the story of Billy’s guitar. Seth looked at his notes from his interview with Billy about the guitar. Here’s the entry:
    "Well, I had a new neck put on the Gibson. It broke by the head where the strings attach. I had to get a new neck. Dave Strong told me about a guitar master who fixes guitars around your neighborhood, a German name. He did a good job."

    This was a welcome surprise. The man he was talking about, with the “German name” was undoubtedly Eric Schulte, who lived near me in Frazier, Pa. I took guitars to him when I was in college in the mid-1970s. He was “the man” for guitarists, particularly jazz players, to repair their guitars. I left PA for NYC to work in the jazz record business (then law school) from 1976-86. Upon my return, I visited Eric to repair may old ES-345. Around 1990, I bought a D’Angelico Excel he had copied. From your description, I think there is little doubt that he not only replaced, but probably made the neck on Billy’s guitar, but also did the work moving the pickup, probably adding a pickup. He did excellent finish work, was a solid craftsman. I looked for the date of his passing, and found this interesting article about Eric, recapping many of the stories I heard from Eric over the years: Eric Schulte Custom Guitars | Vintage Guitar(R) magazine
    I’d say, based on Seth’s notes, and the appearance of this guitar, that Eric, not the Gibson factory, did the work on Billy’s guitar. *
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Countless guitars have come and gone over the last 10 years but somehow this always recaptures the top spot.

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    Cool. Single neck humbucker solid body. What make and model is this guitar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175
    Cool. Single neck humbucker solid body. What make and model is this guitar?
    I had a company building guitars for many years. We built this one specifically for me. It also has what I called "finger style spacing". 1 13/16" at the nut and 2 3/16" at the bridge. It's also a chambered body.

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    #1 for 27 years now, it's been re-fretted a couple' times... '93 American Standard, it's got new tuners (locking, for faster string changes), and the pickups were swapped way back in the beginning (Texas Special neck and Rio Grande Muy Grande bridge), but otherwise stock.

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    I rotate through a few.

    Full hollow thin line with a set of AlumiTones:



    My Tele with a Biltoff CC



    My full sized hollow body with a floating Biltoff CC (excellent, BTW):



    And my first guitar, a classical my Mom bought for me near Plaza Mayor forty years ago:



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    My 575. Definitely my numero uno.

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    I'm a "love the one you're with" type. Being blessed to have acquired a few nice gits I dutifully rotate them as much as possible.

    Even though I had a rocky start with it and considered selling it off, after a bit of perseverance giving it some setup time my newer 335 is getting much of my play time split unevenly with my Pat Martino.

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    If I'm being honest, my Number 1 is a custom built (by me) strat with a lightly quilted maple neck with a slab Brazilian rosewood board, abalone dots, compound radius 12"-16" and stainless steel frets. Pickups are Fender Texas Specials at neck and middle and a Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker at the bridge. To finish it, I had a photo of my True Number 1 laser engraved on the neck plate. This is a truly amazing guitar. While I adore my archtops for jazz, this Strat can do anything.

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    Hey Guys, beautiful armaments here!
    Who / what site do you use to host your beautiful images? I have photos, but Photobucket doesn't appeal to me anymore, they used to be free, but now just screw around with me.
    Any free sites you can recommend. Thanks

    Keep safe and keep playin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Mack
    Hey Guys, beautiful armaments here!
    Who / what site do you use to host your beautiful images? I have photos, but Photobucket doesn't appeal to me anymore, they used to be free, but now just screw around with me.
    Any free sites you can recommend. Thanks

    Keep safe and keep playin'
    You can upload directly from a PC, dunno about phone or Mac.

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    If I have to host images instead of upload, I use Google Drive. It's easy enough to make a directory public and keep everything else private. Or even just a file public, but I'm leery about that.

    I should get around to taking pics of my #1, but I'm lazy, and prefer to play rather than take photos. Maybe later...

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    You can upload photos from a Mac too. Sometimes it wants to turn the pics at a 90 degree angle, but it will upload. Go to "Your Message" at the bottom of this thread, pick the "Insert Image" icon and take it from there.

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    #1 Guitar and #1 amp...back when it was safe to go outside and play with other boys and girls.


    (Heritage H-555 & Heritage Liberty)

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    My #1

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    1965 Gibson JS

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    Holst Laminated Archtop (16"X2.75"):




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    My humble Epiphone Sorrento 1962 RI has been getting the job done nicely for the last 3 years.


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    My #1. Trevor Gore classical. It has a pure, bright tone and is a joy to play.

    I’m primarily a classical player, but with a growing interest in chord-melody. I particularly love Ted Greene’s playing and hope to learn more about such jazz in the next few years.



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    I'd be remiss if I didn't post about my L5ces. This is the guitar I knew I'd never have. But fortunately (!) it has a couple of blemishes in the finish that significantly lowered the price without detracting at all from its stunning beauty, playability, and tone. The price was right, I had the cash, and I pounced. I have never regretted it.

    But the staining also kept me from treating this guitar like a case queen. It's out 24/7 and I play it literally every single day. Like me, it has a few blemishes, and like me, I hope it just makes it more lovable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    My 575. Definitely my numero uno.
    I can see why!! I have never been able to try one of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by helios
    Holst Laminated Archtop (16"X2.75"):

    Stunning!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I'd be remiss if I didn't post about my L5ces. This is the guitar I knew I'd never have. But fortunately (!) it has a couple of blemishes in the finish that significantly lowered the price without detracting at all from its stunning beauty, playability, and tone. The price was right, I had the cash, and I pounced. I have never regretted it.

    But the staining also kept me from treating this guitar like a case queen. It's out 24/7 and I play it literally every single day. Like me, it has a few blemishes, and like me, I hope it just makes it more lovable!
    Love it!! That's definitely a dream guitar of mine. What year is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2
    Love it!! That's definitely a dream guitar of mine. What year is that?
    It has Culbertson's signature in it and the date of January 17, 2015.

    Honestly, this guitar is as close to perfection as I could ever ask. At one point actually I replaced the wiring harness (not the pickups) and have loved the results. Maybe it had been modified earlier, I don't know, and don't care. The replaced wiring harness really brought this instrument into the heavenly sphere for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I'd be remiss if I didn't post about my L5ces. This is the guitar I knew I'd never have. But fortunately (!) it has a couple of blemishes in the finish that significantly lowered the price without detracting at all from its stunning beauty, playability, and tone. The price was right, I had the cash, and I pounced. I have never regretted it.

    But the staining also kept me from treating this guitar like a case queen. It's out 24/7 and I play it literally every single day. Like me, it has a few blemishes, and like me, I hope it just makes it more lovable!
    Blemishes, schmemishes. That L-5 is a treasure! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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    This is the guitar I play most. Rancourt 15" Modern Signature. It's the finest acoustic archtop I've ever played, and I've had high-end Gibsons, Andersens, Victor Baker, etc. I sold my other archtops after I got this. Smaller in size, but it sounds bigger than any 17" carved guitar I've had. Huge dynamic range, every note is balanced and it's easy to play. My first guitar with a sound port on the side...it's great!
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    For electric stuff, it's my '64 ES-335

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilpy
    This is the guitar I play most. Rancourt 15" Modern Signature. It's the finest acoustic archtop I've ever played, and I've had high-end Gibsons, Andersens, Victor Baker, etc. I sold my other archtops after I got this. Smaller in size, but it sounds bigger than any 17" carved guitar I've had. Huge dynamic range, every note is balanced and it's easy to play. My first guitar with a sound port on the side...it's great!
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    For electric stuff, it's my '64 ES-335

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    I’ve heard a few recordings of Rancourts than really impressed me. I haven’t seen a larger body Rancourt, but I would like to hear one.

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    My current favorite guitar to play is a Soloway Gosling 15” single... superb jazz tone with TI 11’s... easiest and most comfortable to play... love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolijen
    Blemishes, schmemishes. That L-5 is a treasure! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
    I totally agree. I don't even see the blemishes and they seem to fade every time I spend time playing the guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilpy
    This is the guitar I play most. Rancourt 15" Modern Signature. It's the finest acoustic archtop I've ever played, and I've had high-end Gibsons, Andersens, Victor Baker, etc. I sold my other archtops after I got this. Smaller in size, but it sounds bigger than any 17" carved guitar I've had. Huge dynamic range, every note is balanced and it's easy to play. My first guitar with a sound port on the side...it's great!


    For electric stuff, it's my '64 ES-335
    Wow I wasn't familiar with Rancourt. That looks incredible!!!

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    Lately it’s been this beast. Lets me know who’s boss.

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    Since folks are posting more that one, I don't feel so conflicted.

    1949 L5-P and a G&L ASAT Special.
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    I've only had this a couple of months but it's quickly moved to the top of the rotation. I went about a decade with an MIM Thinline (avatar) as my main guitar...at one point I got down to it being my only guitar. As I've accumulated more guitars, I ended up putting a humbucker-sized CC and heavy flats on that one.
    So this is a slightly more up-scale version of what that one used to be.
    It's one of the thin-skin models which should age nicely. Lightweight at 5.15 lb. Resonant.
    I swapped in compensated brass saddles since this picture from the dealer.
    I've really grown attached to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Since folks are posting more that one, I don't feel so conflicted.

    1949 L5-P and a G&L ASAT Special.
    I really like that ASAT. I got one of those recently, too. Just that the one above has taken most of my attention. The neck pickup on the ASAT is really something special. I need to spend some more time with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernon
    My current favorite guitar to play is a Soloway Gosling 15” single... superb jazz tone with TI 11’s... easiest and most comfortable to play... love it!!

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    Cool. That was very special guitar and a really cool piece of wood.

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    I have to cheat and mention 3 that are getting the most play right now:

    1. I’ll join the chorus of praise here for the ES 175 ‘59 Reissue VOS. Mine is a 2015 with MHS pickups. It sounds perfect, and I love the fat ‘50’s neck. I actually considered selling my L5CES for a bit after I bought this. I’m glad I kept both, but this is my workhorse jazz guitar.

    2. This Hermanos Camps Primera Blanca flamenco guitar is the lightest, most resonant and responsive instrument I have ever played. This may actually be my very favorite guitar. I was lucky enough to get a great deal on it last year. I would recommend this model to anyone looking for a reasonably priced high quality flamenco. It is so much better than the comparably priced Cordoba, etc. This is the real deal.

    3. My MIM Classic 50’s lacquer Telecaster. I swapped a set of Biltoft Vintage Vibe pickups into it. I can’t put it down.

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    Wow there are some real beauties in this thread. Not sure my contribution will stand up with these, but it's my jewel. Has been spending way too much time in its case ever since I bought the archtop....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wzpgsr
    Lately it’s been this beast. Lets me know who’s boss.
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    I approve of this post. I've been playing this a lot:

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    Mostly switch between these two:
    Abe Rivera Semi- Spalted maple
    Roger Borys “Jazz Solid”






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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinBClark
    Mostly switch between these two:
    Abe Rivera Semi- Spalted maple
    Roger Borys “Jazz Solid”



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    What a pair! I have always wanted a Borys

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    My go-to guitar is my Painter P-350:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2
    What a pair! I have always wanted a Borys
    Great builder, and nice guy! He built this Jazz Solid for me (had to twist his arm a little bit to do the green finish haha, but he ended up liking how it came out), and I also had an archtop nylon string he built which is a really great model, great sound and nice features in between a real classical and an archtop. And I briefly had a B120, also an amazing guitar. He’s real knowledgeable and easy to work with, and fair with pricing for what you get, if you were looking to have him build something for you


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