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Unread 10-20-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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Guitar(s) You Wish You Still Had

Browsing through online classifieds and auctions I got to thinking about the guitars I wish i still had. And all but one were 1970's instruments. My mid-70's Aria Pro II Les Paul Standard and my Aria Pro II ES 800, my early 70's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, the '76 and '72 Strats with 3-bolt necks, the best sounding in my estimation, my Alvarez 5022 and Ovation Matrix and Balladeer, and most of all the best year for guitars since 1968, my 1978 Ibanez Artist, Carvin DC150 (you can see this one at The Carvin Museum - Vintage DC150 Player's Gallery it's the second one, the black one), and most of all my 78 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand that I got for $250. Finest blues tones ever. The only one that's not from the 70's was my 66 Fender Mustang.

I know that's a lot but these are the ones that impress me the most. Most were sold because of financial concerns and one given to a friend who needed an electric but was too poor to buy a decent guitar.

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Unread 10-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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Sorry I mis-spoke, the Carvin is a 79 not a 78. Opps
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Unread 10-20-2014, 11:27 AM   #3
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I have only ever traded one guitar just so I could sell it, and now I'm using some of those proceeds to purchase another guitar. I think I'll be happier with this guitar.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 11:55 AM   #4
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I had bought a cheap, damaged Epi SG and traded it for it. Best trade I've ever made.
That same day I used it to play in church.

A few months later I sold it for 3 times the price of the SG in order to be able to buy my Godin. I've regretted it ever since... I must admit I've looked for it online a couple of times

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Unread 10-20-2014, 12:03 PM   #5
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Looks totally rad.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 02:04 PM   #6
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This was my first guitar. Just a standard Hohner dreadnought with this funky blue finish.

Cost less than $300, but had a good mid-range depth and gave me lots of good memories hauling it back and forth to school every day.

I lost it when I set it on a top bunkbed and it slid off the othr side. The crash split the neck in one place near the head, broke it off in another near the base and cracked the back of the body. I still have the pieces in storage.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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My Highway One tele :'(
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I feel like I should have an obvious contribution to this thread, but I don't think one sold any guitars that held any significance for me, excepting a Fender Jazz V I had for awhile.
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Here's THE ONE that got away I miss the most and it's the one I gave away too a close friend. 1978 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand, Walnut neck and body, ebony fingerboard.
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Here's THE ONE that got away I miss the most and it's the one I gave away too a close friend. 1978 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand, Walnut neck and body, ebony fingerboard.
Wow! Looks nice
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Here's some pics of some of those guitars and a couple of others that were cool.

PS: Sorry the 78 Ibanez Artist was misnamed
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The one labeled "viper" is funky looking and I dig it.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #13
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My '98 American Standard Telecaster.
Black w/ black single ply '52 pickguard and 4-way switch mod.
I sold it because I got out of the country thing and rarely took it out of the case.
And then a couple years later I found myself back in the country thing...

With my experience with Telecasters, once you find "the one", you keep it.
Wish I had heeded my own advice. I've owned a lot of instruments over 30+ years of playing, but that one...that Tele...is the one I regret selling.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 03:30 PM   #14
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Ax, that was my first Ovation Viper. I've had thrre, black and sunburst also. I'll post pics sometime. Think, Les Paul Jr with P-90s and a Tele flair. Great tone machines.
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Oh Man, I have too many... The one's that most come to mind are:

Epiphone ET-290N

Gibson ES-137 Custom

Ibanez Jaguar-ish-thing

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