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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Do you know which model it is?

    The SG2000's were nicknamed Les Paul Killers. I had a few SG200's and they were as good as any Gibson SG.

    The Matsumoku stuff was good, you can sometimes pick up a bargain with brands like Westbury, Cimar, Westone, Vantage etc.
    TBH I would pitch my '68 Gibson SG against any Yamaha the difference is immense. Maybe I am bias but I have never played what I consider to be a decent Yamaha, doesn't mean I am right they just don't work for me. On the other hand I have had a couple of great Yamaha bikes maybe that is what they should stick to! (Is it even the same company? I don't know).

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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    It's actually a 1979 SG600. I had misread.
    He bought it off a bloke who has his collection on here: https://elitevintageguitars.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    TBH I would pitch my '68 Gibson SG against any Yamaha the difference is immense. Maybe I am bias but I have never played what I consider to be a decent Yamaha, doesn't mean I am right they just don't work for me. On the other hand I have had a couple of great Yamaha bikes maybe that is what they should stick to! (Is it even the same company? I don't know).
    I know the 60's was a good era for Gibson, so i can believe you.

    As you'll know, the 1970's Gibson and Fender models lacked a bit and when the Japanese started making better copies and alternatives it ruffled a few feathers. Squier was born, companies were bought out, the Epiphone brand name took on a new identity...

    A shame really. The Japanese may have produced the next great guitar design, but instead they sold out to the old boys.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    It's actually a 1979 SG600. I had misread.
    Nice. I know a lad from Scotland that just sold one of them, in a metallic blue colour.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    He bought it off a bloke who has his collection on here: https://elitevintageguitars.com/
    Nice collection but I think some of descriptions are a bit suspect. People who try and claim that those rough as a badgers bum two knob Strats were anything to do with Dan Smith really push my buttons.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    I know the 60's was a good era for Gibson, so i can believe you.

    As you'll know, the 1970's Gibson and Fender models lacked a bit and when the Japanese started making better copies and alternatives it ruffled a few feathers. Squier was born, companies were bought out, the Epiphone brand name took on a new identity...

    A shame really. The Japanese may have produced the next great guitar design, but instead they sold out to the old boys.
    You're right some of the '70s guitars from the big 2 were pretty bad, certainly on the weight side. I do like the quality in general of Japanese guitars and at the moment I am casting my eyes over a couple of mid eighties Elite Strats made in Japan, the ones with the weird almost Floydd Rose style trem system.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    You're right some of the '70s guitars from the big 2 were pretty bad, certainly on the weight side. I do like the quality in general of Japanese guitars and at the moment I am casting my eyes over a couple of mid eighties Elite Strats made in Japan, the ones with the weird almost Floydd Rose style trem system.
    I briefly had a model that was called a Contemporary Stratocaster from that era, same kind of trem as you describe with a painted headstock.

    Like this




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    My Telecaster is actually a Fernandes, made in Japan in the early 80s, and it’s brilliant.

    The thing never goes out of tune, and the sustain is incredible. 7.25“ Radius neck, rosewood „slab“ board and „62 Custom“ styling (exterior binding).

    I’ve changed the pickups for Seymour Duncans but everything else is „original“.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    I briefly had a model that was called a Contemporary Stratocaster from that era, same kind of trem as you describe with a painted headstock.

    Like this

    Was it any good or was your ownership brief by reason of it being crap?


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    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    Was it any good or was your ownership brief by reason of it being crap?
    No, it was nice. It got sold along other good stuff because of the recession, I got made redundant and there wasn't much work about.
    The trem was no Floyd Rose but it did the basics right, lovely neck and the previous owner had fitted a set of really good pickups. I can't remember what they were now but they weren't the usual upgrades, may have been something like Lindy Fralins.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Got my own Epiphone issues now. For ages, stock has been expected for the Lzzy Hale Explorer for ages, with dates starting in April and going backwards.

    Now the dates have gone. Pain in the arse. I know Epiphone have always had problems but it seems to be getting worse.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    Got my own Epiphone issues now. For ages, stock has been expected for the Lzzy Hale Explorer for ages, with dates starting in April and going backwards.

    Now the dates have gone. Pain in the arse. I know Epiphone have always had problems but it seems to be getting worse.
    Anderton's, bless 'em, did lay the blame with the delays that led to me cancelling the order firmly at the door of Epiphone.
    As I tried to explain to Anderton's that was their problem to sort out with Epiphone, but the problem that had caused me to cancel my order was down to Anderton's inability to tell me straight what was going on.
    Anyway, it's an evil wind that blows nobody any good as they say, and in the end I have saved myself £100 by buying this beauty from a very lovely guy...

    Sheraton II Ebony by Captain Sinister, on Flickr

    The seller threw in a free TGI gig bag as well.
    The guitar is only 4 months old and is immaculate...
    Typing is quite painful as I have been playing it none-stop all day and now "I got blisters on my fingers!" as someone more famous than me once shouted out.
    So chuffed... and it sounds amazing - even with my abysmal level of playing.


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    My favourite colour scheme for the Sheraton, looks great Capt.

    I had mine out earlier this week, then decided to get the Jackson V out and play along to some Judas Priest yesterday.
    The British Steel album is good fun and not too difficult to learn.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Anderton's, bless 'em, did lay the blame with the delays that led to me cancelling the order firmly at the door of Epiphone.
    As I tried to explain to Anderton's that was their problem to sort out with Epiphone, but the problem that had caused me to cancel my order was down to Anderton's inability to tell me straight what was going on.
    Anyway, it's an evil wind that blows nobody any good as they say, and in the end I have saved myself £100 by buying this beauty from a very lovely guy...

    Sheraton II Ebony by Captain Sinister, on Flickr

    The seller threw in a free TGI gig bag as well.
    The guitar is only 4 months old and is immaculate...
    Typing is quite painful as I have been playing it none-stop all day and now "I got blisters on my fingers!" as someone more famous than me once shouted out.
    So chuffed... and it sounds amazing - even with my abysmal level of playing.
    That’s a beauty Captain.

    And if you’re getting blisters (callouses) you’re doing it right.

    We’ve had a cracking thunderstorm down here in SW Germany for the last hour so I’ve had the balcony doors open to experience the full effect. Sounded like an Edward van Halen guitar solo.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Anderton's, bless 'em, did lay the blame with the delays that led to me cancelling the order firmly at the door of Epiphone.
    As I tried to explain to Anderton's that was their problem to sort out with Epiphone, but the problem that had caused me to cancel my order was down to Anderton's inability to tell me straight what was going on.
    Anyway, it's an evil wind that blows nobody any good as they say, and in the end I have saved myself £100 by buying this beauty from a very lovely guy...

    Sheraton II Ebony by Captain Sinister, on Flickr

    The seller threw in a free TGI gig bag as well.
    The guitar is only 4 months old and is immaculate...
    Typing is quite painful as I have been playing it none-stop all day and now "I got blisters on my fingers!" as someone more famous than me once shouted out.
    So chuffed... and it sounds amazing - even with my abysmal level of playing.

    That is a pretty guitar there sir!


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    That is a pretty guitar there sir!
    And even with my thick pork sausage fingers can make it sound pretty decent.
    The sustain is excellent, and the response to bending, tapping and vibrato is incredible.
    Would I be making an error to find a face-to-face tutor?
    I have been relying on Justin and Marty, but I do wonder if a face-to-face tutor would be better.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    And even with my thick pork sausage fingers can make it sound pretty decent.
    The sustain is excellent, and the response to bending, tapping and vibrato is incredible.
    Would I be making an error to find a face-to-face tutor?
    I have been relying on Justin and Marty, but I do wonder if a face-to-face tutor would be better.
    No error at all; you might find it beneficial because a tutor can help you focus on specific topics or techniques.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    And even with my thick pork sausage fingers can make it sound pretty decent.
    The sustain is excellent, and the response to bending, tapping and vibrato is incredible.
    Would I be making an error to find a face-to-face tutor?
    I have been relying on Justin and Marty, but I do wonder if a face-to-face tutor would be better.
    I have had fingers like cow's tits most of my life so join the club!

    A face to face tutor is great but choose one appropriate to your level and take recommendations from as many people as you can. Even then if the tutor doesn't suit you walk away and try again.


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    I have had fingers like cow's tits most of my life so join the club!

    A face to face tutor is great but choose one appropriate to your level and take recommendations from as many people as you can. Even then if the tutor doesn't suit you walk away and try again.
    Thanks for the advice.
    Currently trying to see who is in my area...


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Nearly broke and bought one of these




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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    An Ovation of some sort?


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    I know a guy in the US that has an Ovation electric, he loves it. Used to be pricey, what was it going for Sam?


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    An Ovation of some sort?
    Viper.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    I know a guy in the US that has an Ovation electric, he loves it. Used to be pricey, what was it going for Sam?



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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    I think they're really cool, and a good way for me to get something vintage and sorta cool. That's what I'm looking for at the moment


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    Default Re: The Guitar thread - sponsored by Freddie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    I think they're really cool, and a good way for me to get something vintage and sorta cool. That's what I'm looking for at the moment
    Have you looked at the old Peavey T models? USA made, superb quality.


 

 

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