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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / The "Wish I knew then what I know now" Thread

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USA/Taos, NM

Jan 3rd, 2018 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

So when was the last time you tasted one?

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 3rd, 2018 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Boy, this went down hill!

I wish I was an electric player in high school or had the notion that all the '50s and '60s Strats and Teles my classmates were selling for $200-300 to buy Les Pauls would be worth something some day.

And then there was the hot french horn player in band with me. I never knew she was smitten until it was too late.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 08:00 PM, Jan 3rd, 2018)


What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Jan 3rd, 2018 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

@ stratcowboy-

Did they finally make them taste better? About time!

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Jan 4th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wish I hadn't sold that '62 Tele for $150.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Jan 4th, 2018 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Save up and purchase quality gear.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jan 5th, 2018 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Still have my old Thomas/Cry Baby, patent pending Wah, but I should've hung onto that Mosrite Fuzztone a bought in 1968 and sold for $20 a couple years later. They go for "a bit" more than that now.

Mosrite Fuzz:

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Life makes a man tired.
Jan 5th, 2018 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll give you $20 for that.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 6th, 2018 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

That a friend in high school in the late '70s was right: Being willing to play bass in a C&W cover band would get you many more gigs than playing guitar in R&R cover band.

That all those beat-up Fender USA Telecasters in pawn shops would one day bring serious money.

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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Jan 7th, 2018 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yup...could fill a small 8 & 1/2 by 11 notebook!!

Main one:
Don't buy an MIJ Fender Strat with a System I tremolo! Spent lots of time researching and trying to find parts just to make it work! Sold it and moved on to a Strat with a Floyd Rose!
On the plus side, if anyone has a question here about them, I know of what I speak!

Another one: spending $200 to fix up a $200 guitar doesn't come close to saving up to get a $600 "nice" guitar.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jan 7th, 2018 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wish I had kept the:
'64 Strat
'55 Tele
'55 LP Jr.
'55 LP Special
'57 Precision bass
'67 ES-335
'66 Tele (first good guitar)
'47 Martin 00-17
'61 Concert (2 of them actually)
Many blackface Fender amps.

I didn't need the money at the time but I just wish I still had them now.

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Washington DC

Jan 8th, 2018 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bb, your reject list would be nirvana for many of us--but I'm glad that your profile suggests that you are not wanting for good gear. Many other folk may be loving your discards now, those items that survive. It's good to not be too wedded to stuff, which we only get to use for awhile.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jan 12th, 2018 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wish I had not sold that 67 Mustang GTA with factory front discs in 1976 for $200. It needed a lot of work but still...


Long Island, NY, USA

Jan 13th, 2018 06:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

That the Tone and Volume controls on the guitar are actually quite useful.

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Life makes a man tired.
Jan 13th, 2018 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  


Actually, in the lefty world, the tone controls were always useless for me until the internet age. That’s because I didn’t know guitar makers were wiring righty audio taper tone pots lefty and effectively making them useless. Guitar forums to my rescue!

All my electrics are wired righty. Well, alll bit one. My semi hollow Ibanez is still lefty. I’ve been too lazy to get into it and fix it.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 10:36 AM, Jan 13th, 2018)

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Tried vegetarian:

miss steak.
Jan 13th, 2018 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

How to read women.

Would've saved me from years of insomnia, early onset of ulcers, stupid debt, gout, hair loss, the plague, whooping cough, ebola, flooding, tornadoes, painful butt twitching...the list goes on.

We all live and learn.

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Life makes a man tired.
Jan 14th, 2018 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile  


Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 19th, 2018 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

About 20 years ago we started buying from a small independent guitar store near us. At that time they had three, possibly four ??, NOS Guild USA electric guitars. Using a time machine I would try to make a bundle deal on all three.

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Central Florida

Trust in God and the Mauser.
Jan 22nd, 2018 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wish I knew that the BFDR I bought for $50 about 1974 would someday be worth more than the $50 I sold it for a few years later. Also, that the red Rick 4001 I bought new for about $450 in 1974 would be worth more than the $225 I sold it for about 1981.
Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall a few times remembering these and other brilliant moves I made back then.

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I like guitars and amps
Feb 2nd, 2018 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Less is more and More is less.
Notes, db's, watts, gear herds
Less is more and More is less

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smile it's contagious (like the clap)
Feb 5th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

How to dial in a usable tone. The countless hours I sat in front of my amp blindly trying to find "the sound" with equipment ill suited to the task and nobody to help guide me. I'll never get those infinite hours back.

Also, not to marry my first wife. Crazy will make you crazy.


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