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reverend mikey

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Ark...Professionals built the Titanic
Jan 1st, 2013 10:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, so this is ridiculous, but I'm already getting my first new/used guitar of 2013 ... should be here Thursday or Friday (which is my birthday).

I did an odd trade - odd because I'm pretty happy with all my Warmoth "Strats" - but I just traded my SG Standard for a 2011 USA Strat in Lake Placid Blue w/rosewood board.

I discovered that I really don't like the fretwork on many Gibsons - "railroad ties" and I play Strats more than anything else in our worship, and in the other band I occasionally have gigs with. I've got several other humbucker guitars I really like and use.

So having another Strat won't be a bad thing, and if I decide I don't need it, it will be easy to sell.

Pics when it gets here...

...anyone else?

LeftRightOut
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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jan 1st, 2013 11:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not yet!

On the gear to get list

Would love a Gretsch Duo Jet in Green if i can find one

if not a Country Gentleman

But this year i'm looking at an amp might build myself a champ or tweed deluxe

and i may if can get a good deal on one splurge on a Marshall 1974x 18 watter

LeftyMeister
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Jan 2nd, 2013 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got an Epi Les Paul Custom Pro for a steal.

On Right

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 11:29 AM, Jan 2nd, 2013)

reverend mikey

An Amateur built the

Ark...Professionals built the Titanic
Jan 2nd, 2013 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LM,

That's a nice looking "Custom".

What pickups are in the Carvin Bolt (is that the kit version? I had one of those years ago)?

I'm thinking about replacing the SG with an Epi G-400 PRO if I really need to scratch the SG itch.

G-400 PRO

LeftyMeister
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Jan 2nd, 2013 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Bolt has Fralin Blues Specials. I kept the original pickups for many years and they were good. But the Fralins are that much better.

LeftyMeister
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Jan 2nd, 2013 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BTW, my son has the G-400 in righty. He keeps wanting to get rid of it because it's neck-heavy. I told him to keep it because it sounds great.

reverend mikey

An Amateur built the

Ark...Professionals built the Titanic
Jan 3rd, 2013 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"BTW, my son has the G-400 in righty. He keeps wanting to get rid of it because it's neck-heavy. I told him to keep it because it sounds great."

Well, that's all I needed to hear - you're tempting me even more - thanks a lot!

The Strat arrived today and so far I'm impressed (but haven't plugged in yet). The neck wood is nice, and I'm surprised at how much I like the Lake Placid Blue - didn't think it would do anything for me, but it's pretty rich.

Need to take some relief out of the neck, but other than that, it's ready to go. Has all the case candy, strap, etc. ... this thing is basically brand new! And it says "Limited Edition" on the neck plate - I think because they don't usually make Lake Placid Blue in lefty.

Headed home soon and I'll plug in and compare with my other "Strats".

Pics soon...

fadehook

Texas

the air smelled like snakes
Jan 4th, 2013 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My purchase for 2013 is a new Gibson SG Junior (Ebony) and Gator Case. It has one of those cooked fretboards (I'll let you know how it feels)Should be here by next Friday.
rev... yeah my two LPB strats surprised me, the color blue is nice and easy. I really like the airline approved cases. I also have the Surf Green color.........the deal I made for all three at the same time was the closer for me.
My G-400 Korean Epi; after the change to Alnico 4 Toneriders and my circuit work is now a true player without the mud that the stock pups and caps issued. Enjoy your Strat

reverend mikey

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Ark...Professionals built the Titanic
Jan 4th, 2013 10:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, now that it's set up better (still not perfect), it plays and sounds 100% better...much more likely to keep it, especially considering how cheap I got the SG - which means I got this pretty cheap. And I agree, the flight case is pretty cool.

I've been playing it back and forth with my Warmoth's (one of 'em has Am. Series pickups in it) and so far, the best sounding guitar is the one with Bill Lawrence noiseless S280 pickups in it. The other one has a set of Rumpel's in it, and that guitar sounds different (maple board) but also very very good. The noiseless pickups are just so easy to get along with.

Yeah, that Epi G-400 is very tempting - I've got plenty of humbuckers and new potentiometers around here I can drop in to bring it up to speed...

ch willie

USA

Jan 11th, 2013 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My goal this year is to buy nothing other than picks and strings. 2012 was gear-year for me--new Tele, Jazz Bass, and Rumble 350 bass amp. I haven't worn the new off of them yet.

reverend mikey
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What's your "good guy" price on that?
Jan 12th, 2013 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, my real need and goal is to downsize the number of guitars and amps I have.

Which seems like a strange thing to say, because I just bought the Mustang V head, and I did a trade right before Christmas of my SG Standard for a 2011 Strat Limited Edition...but I'm not sure this Strat is going to be a keeper.

But I've got to sell a couple more guitars and either sell one amp, or just commit to no more new ones (currently have 3 tube amps, a Pathfinder 15R and the Mustang V).

intension65

north jersey usa

black faced,with a silver lining
May 16th, 2013 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My new 2013 buy, is my taylor 614CE, lefty of course. Ordered from Rudys music in NYC.It was done in less than a month.It is beautifull, has A grade quilted maple back & sides, sitca spruce top in transparent orange.I was afraid the spruce would not match the maple, but it does. And through the P.A., its as smooth as silk. I have my lifes dream Accoustic.165

LeftRightOut
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Australia

too many guitars and not enough hands
May 16th, 2013 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been on a bit of a pedal buy lately fulltone deja vibe 2

looking at a slide rig compressor by origin effects a dito looper and an octavius pedal -

just recently built myself to aluminium pedal train like pedal boards and need to fill at least one of them

I'm seriously thinking about making a wissenborn (sp) and possibly a 5F1 clone

Texican
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Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
May 17th, 2013 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm afraid to answer what new gear I may have this year. I'm planning on visiting Jerry's Lefty Guitars week after next. ;>)

LeftRightOut
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Australia

too many guitars and not enough hands
May 17th, 2013 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tex

if you leave those Gretsch's alone all will sweet. esp the country gentlemans and the penguin


actually if you could give them a run and lest us know how they feel and sound would be great.

Been jonesing for one for a while and seriously looking at getting one

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Oct 18th, 2013 01:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pulling this thread back up for a couple reasons:

As I read through it, I'm realizing that the Lake Placid Blue Strat is already gone - traded in on a Fender Princeton Reverb Reissue in Surf Green w/Celestion 10" Greenback - nice sounding amp, which has been gigged several times by now (but has also been in the shop twice for a weak reverb, still not permanently fixed).

Other new stuff is the Larrivee C-10 acoustic mentioned in another thread here (pics in profile), and...

...I just bit the bullet and ordered the D'Angelico EX-DC/SP (335-style) in natural finish! I ordered from a forum sponsor, the Music Zoo, so I'm getting the very one pictured at their website (which is now no longer there, sorry - pics after it arrives).

These are getting very good reviews, and it just looks so much nicer than any other 335-style guitar that's not the real deal - especially for us lefties - there's just not much out there.

It will be interesting to see how good the Kent Armstrong pickups sound. I've already heard from someone here who owned a different lefty D'Angelico model that it had the typical backward wired tone controls (making them basically on-off switches) - so we'll see.

Anyone else need to update their lefty purchases for 2013?

(I've got more stuff for sale to cover these purchases...still trying to pare down the number of guitars and amps I have - really!)

Texican
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Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Oct 19th, 2013 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally bought something other than strings; a buffalo leather Lakota guitar strap. These are made on the Pine Ridge Reservation and it's the softest leather strap that I've ever felt.

Mine is like this one

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Oct 20th, 2013 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"These are made on the Pine Ridge Reservation and it's the softest leather strap that I've ever felt."

Wow - these are made just a few miles from where my wife grew up (in Chadron, Nebraska)! I guess I'm gonna have to order one!

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Dec 31st, 2013 01:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, 2013 is almost over; we'll have to start a new thread for 2014 lefty purchases in less than 48 hours...

...my last purchase of 2013 was from Rondo! An SX Hawk (strat-style) with a 2 piece swamp ash body. I'm hot-rodding it, but I could still reverse the mods (new black pickguard and 3 DiMarzio blade humbucking pickups) and send it back...it's not bad for $99, but it's not exact Fender specs, so hardware - and even other necks - won't work with it. Fortunately the neck is pretty good - fairly stout, and the fretwork is passable.

I also bought a SuperVee trem to put on the SX, but it didn't fit (that Fender spec thing) so it went on one of my Warmoths. I like it so much, I ordered another one for another Warmoth...

...that 2nd one should be here tomorrow. It will replace a Wilkinson that's so old it's impossible to adjust the saddles on it.

And, in other news, I sold an amp today - a Gibson Goldtone GA15-RV. Nice sounding amps - used to be the one I plugged in to at home all the time. Then I got my FSR Princeton Reverb RI. The PRRI has much better bass - even with a 10" Celestion Greenback versus the Gibson's 12" V30.

It was my second GA15-RV, because I regretted selling the first one, but I won't ever seek out another one - the PRRI's just more versatile...and easier to use with the knobs on the front. I think I actually got $50 more than I paid for it (used) around 5 years ago!

My goal is to get down to two tube amps - I'm also selling my Carr Rambler (it's listed here in the FS section, and on my local CL, but no bites at all).

LeftyMeister
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Jan 21st, 2014 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought an OD and delay pedal but they're not per se lefthanded.

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