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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / Weird - but good - thing happened today

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Nov 16th, 2015 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I walked into the local guitar shop today where I have several guitars on consignment. Just so happened there was a guy there inquiring about my lefty Epi Casino. I decided to let the Casino go because of it's limited upper neck access and the noisy and dull sounding P-90 pickups; I didn't want to get into the expense of replacing them on this guitar.

The guy was asking about trading in a lefty Sheraton that he doesn't play for the Casino, and the sales guy was explaining the Casino was a consignment, so they couldn't do a trade. I didn't know any of this, just walked in and Dan says, "Here's the guy that owns the Casino!"

The Sheraton was in it's case on the counter while we talked for a minute about my "bottom dollar" price for the Casino. Finally I said, "What's in the case?" He opens it up, and it's 20 year old Sheraton with Sunburst finish in really great shape (other than the usual oxidation on the gold parts and pickup covers). I said, "Wanna trade?" And he said, "Maybe, let me look at the Casino again."

So he let me also take the Sheraton in the amp room to plug in. Strings were very old, dead and impossible to keep in tune, but everything worked and the pickups sounded really nice. Neck was straight, frets had almost no wear on them. He decides he'll do the deal, and I'm good with that, too. I tell him he can keep his case, since I didn't have one for the Casino.

After we get all done, I find out he's one of the local radio talk show hosts that does the afternoon show - I listen to him all the time and love his humor and banter! I knew he played guitar, because he's mentioned it on the show, but I had no idea he played lefty! Very cool - feel like I've made a new friend (we traded business cards, and I'm definitely going to hit him up to go to lunch sometime or something - he said he wants to split my "commission" with the store as part of the trade, but he didn't have any cash on him today).

To wrap up ... got the Sheraton home, restrung with slightly heavier strings, lowered the bridge a little and this thing plays and sounds like a dream! Love it - and the fact that it's 20 years old - one of the great "Make in Korea" models!

So ... while I'm waiting for one guitar to arrive in the mail (the Larrivee didn't make it today), I end up bringing home another one! Two guitars in one week! (Larrivee SHOULD be here tomorrow...)


Southwest Florida

I bleed Blue Devil blue!
Nov 18th, 2015 03:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I should have a weird experience like that!

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Nov 18th, 2015 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  


...in profile

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Nov 18th, 2015 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

if only I could have an experience like that

how's the Sheraton stack up against the Yamaha Mikey.

I have a confession I don't think I've played my Sheraton in over 3 years. ( Don't worry I've already sent myself to the corner for being bad)


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Nov 18th, 2015 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't you like it when a plan comes together.

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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Nov 18th, 2015 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a GREAT story. It was guitar destiny!!

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Nov 18th, 2015 11:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Sheraton is just a notch or two below the Yamaha, but that's not surprising, as the Yammy was built during the "golden era" of Japanese guitars (1982).

However, they're each different beasts. The Sheraton has a beefier neck, and - as best I can tell switching back and forth - slightly hotter pickups, but not muffled or too midrange. So the feel and tone is slightly different. They're nearly identical in weight, though, so neither one "wins" that category.

I played the Sheraton some more tonight, and it's a joy to play, and, depending on the mood, I could pick one or the other for a gig, and use the other as a backup with slight tweaks on a few controls.

It did feel like guitar destiny...because I got to the store about an hour later than I had planned...would have missed him completely and probably never seen the Sheraton.

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