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schundog
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Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Aug 13th, 2015 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After he retired, my Dad used to go uptown mid morning to pick up the mail and go have a cup of coffee at the “Liar’s Table,” a round, worn formica topped table at the local greasy spoon where old men, retirees, farmers, etc, would chew the fat about this that and the other, certain they have the solution to the World problems of the day.
Every town in America has 1 or 10 of these locations of congregation, and they aren’t always in coffee shops. Pekin, IL, Wifey’s hometown lies along the mudding Illinois River, and is home to a business called Dave’s Trading Post. There are always 4-7 old boys in cammo chatting about hunting or fishing when I walk in. Dave’s has a Pawn license, but is primarily a hunting and gun store. Truly a Mom and Pop joint, it is run by Dave, a surly old boy never seen without his snapback camouflage baseball cap, and his wife Nancy, who seems to do 5 times the amount of running around that Dave does. A large handwritten sign at the front counter reminds you, as your handwritten carbon copy receipt is being prepared, that they only accept Cash or Check.
I stop in once a month or so, whenever I need anything from his place, and I’m always amazed at how much crap he has crammed into the place. Countless used fishing poles, knives, holsters, Native American artifacts (arrow heads, etc), deer antlers, or sheds, that fall off the animals every season, Military surplus items of all types, and an enormous airplane propeller that I’d love to have, but have no idea what to do with. Once in a while, a guitar shows up for sale. That was the case yesterday.
I saw the old but nice SKB molded plastic acoustic case sitting on a stack of reloading supplies, almost like someone had accidentally left it there. No price sticker, so I opened up the case to find a well worn Fender Montclair acoustic with a Strat headstock. I asked Dave what he needed, and we made a deal. It was fair enough that I didn’t bother to look up the model or serial number on my phone. There was no indication of country of origin. Once I got home, I checked it out. It was apparently part of Fender’s California Series, and was produced in either 1987 or 1988. Not old, but not really new, either. I restrung it, and, while it’s no pre-war Martin, it has a nice sound, full of harmonics, if that makes any sense. Very nice action. Not sure if it’s a keeper or not, but it was a fun buy.

Fender Montclair

schundog
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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Aug 13th, 2015 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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schundog
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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Aug 13th, 2015 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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jhawkr
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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Aug 14th, 2015 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got a little flame going on on that headstock! I always thought those were pretty cool back in the 60's-70's.

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Aug 14th, 2015 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"After he retired, my Dad used to go uptown mid morning to pick up the mail and go have a cup of coffee at the “Liar’s Table,” a round, worn formica topped table at the local greasy spoon where old men, retirees, farmers, etc, would chew the fat about this that and the other, certain they have the solution to the World problems of the day."

So what was his FDP handle?

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Aug 14th, 2015 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a couple '80's Fender F-series acoustics. One was an F-35, the other an F-50 IIRC.
I thought they had nice tone for a cheap guitar ($150 range). I ended up trading one, giving the other away after the truss rod broke.

I'd buy another if I ran across one.

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