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reverend mikey
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Mar 5th, 2011 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Every once in awhile, this thread needs to resurface!

Here's a gorgeous Bluesbird for a very reasonable price (why oh why do I play left-handed?! ARGH!!!).

(No affiliation with this sale at all - just droolin' and gassin' as a look for a lefty!)

RED!!!

Jake The Loafer
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Mar 6th, 2011 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

reverend mikey, I got one just like that.

Peace,
Jake


gravydb
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Mar 6th, 2011 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow that red one is SWEET.

OP here. I can't agree more that these Bluesbirds are phenomenal guitars. They don't seem to ever receive any mainstream praise. Shame!

I ended up selling my beloved BB recently, and believe me it was difficult and wasn't because of performance issues. It delivered all the glorious tone a guy could ever want! I can't stress that enough! But in the end I could not get used to the neck. It was simply too chunky for me. Oh how I tried, but I could never get past it. When I bought it, I expected it to have a 50's style neck, and I knew I'd need to adjust to it, but man alive this neck was a tree trunk! I believe what caused me the most trouble wasn't necessarily the general thickness (although it was a factor), but rather the profile: it had very high "shoulders" for lack of a better description. Chords were not a problem, but whenever I had to play a lead part, I'd struggle and sweat from start to finish. After about a year of trying to get used to it, I eventually realized that it wasn't going to happen. As much as I enjoyed the sound of the guitar, I wasn't enjoying PLAYING it. It was a tough decision, but I sold it and put the money toward other music gear I needed.

And gosh-darnit don't I still miss that guitar anyway!!!!

Chambered SC goodness.....

gravydb
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Mar 6th, 2011 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

btw Rev, I have not stopped looking for a lefty for you! :)

Bad Dog
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Apr 17th, 2011 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for reminding me guys. Yes, this thread needs to resurface occasionally.



lusn
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Sep 10th, 2011 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I am in the club. Picked up a 2002? (CM0000308) AAA top that has a few dings, but overall a sweet player. The necks are pretty hefty, huh? I have had it a few days, really growing on me. I have noticed that it appears that the bridge pickup was mounted slightly further on the bass side. I will post pics after a while and see if you guys agree.

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Sep 11th, 2011 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jealous and curious. you have mail.

gravydb

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Sep 12th, 2011 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats lusn! I can't wait to see some pics!

I have heard that the Bluesbird neck profile can vary quite a bit from guitar to guitar. They are all "50's style" but to varying degrees. The one I had was really fat! I sincerely hope that you get along with yours. They are fantastic guitars. If I could find one with a slightly slimmer neck, I'd grab it no question! :)

lusn
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Oct 2nd, 2011 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And... I'm out! The neck is just too unwieldy for me. I wanted to love it, everything else is superb... I have heard that the earlier ones had smaller, more human sized necks. I will look out for one- they are tremendously well made guitars, but I knew that I would be cheating on this fat mama way too much.

gravydb

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Oct 6th, 2011 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My sentiments exactly, lusn! I can't emhasize enough how much I loved my BB. It was a 2002 like yours, it was utterly gorgeous, killer tone, flawless, but the big fat neck was a deal breaker for me. WAY fatter than a typical chunky 50's style neck. I'm tellin' ya, it killed me to sell it. I tried SO hard to get used to the neck, but I just couldn't do it.

I may try to get ahold of an earlier one.

powerofsoul

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Oct 11th, 2011 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nice one for sale here!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120790096423

that color is awesome

lusn
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Oct 21st, 2011 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I sold my fat necked Bluesbird but didn't give up on the model... I picked up an earlier one from around 1997 I think... but alas, the neck is still larger than I am used to...

Any suggestions for what years I should look for, or am I looking for something that is not there?



gravydb

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Oct 21st, 2011 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You and I are in the same boat. I have been on the lookout for another one since last year. But from what I have gathered recently, all of the 'modern' Bluesbirds have fat necks, with some minor variance. At one point I was in touch with someone who used to work at the plant, and they commented on how the necks varied quite bit, even throughout a day's worth of production. So, I don't think we'll find that a certain year had thinner necks, unfortunately, it looks like it's more of a crap shoot.

Had I known this last year, I MIGHT have considered keeping my BB and modifying the neck, even though I normally never make mods like that. Damn I miss that guitar.

lusn
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Mar 22nd, 2014 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, trying this guitar one last time... it is a 1997 Westerly made, says the neck is thinner before Fender started making them. I will either have a keeper or be cured for life on these.

It is in great shape except the bottom strap button tore out and left what looks like a nasty hole, so i am getting it for a good price. Will report back in a week...

lusn
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Mar 27th, 2014 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

damn... neck is smaller than previous Fender-made Bluesbirds, but it is still too wide. The measurement at the 12th fret is 2.5 mm wider than most of my other necks. Jury is out.

lusn
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Sep 20th, 2014 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't believe I am back here for a fourth try at finding a Bluesbird with a human-sized neck! I am looking at a Blues 90- am I wasting my time?

lusn
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Sep 29th, 2014 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like a winner- finally! Neck is just a hair larger than what I am used to, but the rest of the guitar is right in line with my expectations. the pickups are Kinmans, which is a tremendous upgrade. I dare say, after 3 unsuccessful attempts, i have a Guild Bluesbird keeper.

reverend mikey
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Sep 29th, 2014 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool. Wonderful guitars ... too bad Fender killed 'em when they bought Guild!

I'm amazed how this thread pops back up from time to time.

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Sep 29th, 2014 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Killer guitars. I have the predecessor (an old M65 and a modern M75), and they are superb.

lusn
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Sep 29th, 2014 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yes, well, it looks like my quest to find a good fit has kept this thread alive the past couple years.

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