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Username: blazer

Post Number: 98
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 7:56 pm:   Edit Post

Let's talk about that single guitar or bass that means the most to you, the treasured one, the one that you wouldn't borrow to anybody not even if they offered you a thousand bucks.

In my case that honor goes to "The Veteran" which is a 1989 Squier Stratocaster in Lipstick red.

I bought this guitar new on my fifteenth' birthday back in 1991 to replace a cheap Telecaster copy with an Yngwie Malmsteen approved scalloped neck, the damn thing just wouldn't stay in tune. I knew I wanted a strat and I had saved up enough money to buy myself a Squier, the shop from which I bought it carried Squiers in Black and in white, only one example came in red and I bought it. This particullar shade of Red was apparently a rare color for squier because I haven't seen another one since. The Squier became my main guitar as I started gigging with it almost the day after I got it.

Later as I entered my final teen years and passed the 20 mark in age I began to experiment with the guitar, it became all covered up in stickers and I eventually began replacing the stock single coils for something more powerful, putting in several Humbuckers in the bridge position before settling on a Dimarzio DLX soapbar pickup, leaving the empty holes where the neck and middle pickup sat vacant. And I replaced the original neck (I never really liked the profile of that neck anyway) with a Telecaster neck and to keep the sweetheart in tune I installed a Kahler vibrato. In that guise "The Veteran" survived for many years.
Here I am playing "The Veteran" live. December 2004

Last year I decided to clean "The Veteran" up, I removed all the stickers, replaced the pickguard and put the neck and middle pickups back in.

But wear and tear began to rear their ugly heads and it became apparent that the old faithful was ready to retire. So I brought her back to strat hood by installing a 1985 Squier Strat neck, replacing the Dimarzio with a single coil and wiring it all up like a Strat is supposed to be wired. I did keep the Kahler vibrato, loving the smooth way it worked and the way it kept my guitar in tune.

So as a tribute, I made a matching copy of "The Veteran" using the Dimarzio and a similar Kahler bridge. A playable snapshot of "The Veteran" as it looked with the tele neck. I routed the body myself it became a real labour of love, the resulting guitar got the nickname "The Rookie"

But "The Rookie" didn't replace "The Veteran" as my main guitar as I intended it to do, my red Epiphone Les Paul did that.

Just today, I came home and I noticed that "The veteran" was missing from the stand, suspecting my younger brother (Who also is my next door neighbour) who owns a key to my appartment, knew more of it, I decided to check things out ant his place, and sure enough, there it was. Before I walked out with "The Veteran" I told him:

"Look, if you want to borrow a guitar please ask me first and second, you can borrow any guitar you want from me EXCEPT the red one, NOBODY but me touches that guitar, understood?"
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 854
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 8:52 pm:   Edit Post

My most cherished instrument has to be a 1965 Martin D-35 that was my grandmothers. When she died in 1969 (age 49)she left it to my mother. My mother left it to me in 1994 when she passed away (age 54).
They where both full time musicians as was my father.
Username: jbybj

Post Number: 25
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 11:09 pm:   Edit Post

After learning to play bass at the age of 16 (1975) on a rented Teisco Del Rey, I decided it was time for a real bass guitar. The very first ad I saw in the local free classified was for a Fender Jazz bass. I knew Fender was a good name, but what was with the Jazz part, I played rock and roll. Anyway, it looked cool, sunburst, and it was within my busboy/dishwasher budget, $220, so I bought it. The previous owner's girlfriend had made him a wide leather strap, which I still use, and it had the original case, which I still have. For 29 years it was my one and only bass. It saw me through performance art noodlings in empty lots in the mission district of S.F. Through punk rock fiascos in Marin county, and most importantly, it was my instrument in Bizarre Crimes, my college band in Santa Cruz from 78 -80. I fell in love with the lead singer, who, if you closed your eyes, could convince you that Janis Joplin was in the room..... get it while you can.............. Next May we will celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Though I love them both dearly, the Jazz bass and my wife, there is no contest, the sex is much better with my wife.

I have pix of all my boys in the showcase, here.

Here we are in a still from a 1979 Fatle Muzick video. We volunteered for a video production class at the College of Marin.
Advanced Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 394
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post

My '83 Spoiler Koa, one of the best basses I've had in my hands!
For years my favorite has been the '87 Spoiler, but the '83 playes lighter and sounds a bit brighter. It has a superb setup, has some tear and wear, but it's definately the one!
'83 Spoiler Koa,click here

Please check my site for more pics: WWW.FCBASS.TK (this is a link without the .TK popups)

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on November 04, 2006)
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 597
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post

My pair of 1988 Yamaha BBs. They're a part of my soul...

Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 17
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 1:29 am:   Edit Post

My '74 Gibson SG. Thanks Oggydoggy!

Advanced Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 395
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 2:19 am:   Edit Post

My baby:

83S2674 SMB4 Spoiler Bass
body: solid Koa
neck: Maple, 32" medium scale
fingerboard: Ebony
peghead veneers: Koa
originally made for: Musik Instrumenté
birthday: May 17, 1983
Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 57
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 4:16 am:   Edit Post

mine's gotta be my 1870's german flatback... i'll take some pictures of it sometime soon...

Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 752
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 8:19 am:   Edit Post

Picking a number one favorite isn't easy for me. As far as basses go, it would have to be my Alembics. Sometimes I'm connecting more with my Epic 5 Bubinga. Sometimes it's my Epic 4 Flame Maple.
If we're talking about musical instruments in general, my favorite would be the quilted-maple-back violin that my father-in-law made in 1971. It was the one that I enjoyed playing the most and was the first of his violins that he gave me.
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1091
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

Intermediate Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 192
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

My '67 Starfire. I'll get some pictures together. And if you want to see the real love of my life, get a November Oprah magazine and turn to page 168. Together for 16 years! It's also pretty cool to have a photo credit that goes world wide, although I didn't think it was the best picture.

PS Can you tell how proud I am of her achievements?
Intermediate Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 198
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

This 'un ain't goin' nowhere! :-) 2004 Custom Mark King Deluxe. I just recently dropped a Fatboy into the bridge position - I'm flabbergasted all over again!

Advanced Member
Username: 88persuader

Post Number: 226
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 2:25 am:   Edit Post

I love my Alembics past and present but I have to admit I don't have a life long ... this is the one ... the love of my life bass. For me it's the high quality instrument I have in my hands right now. This MONTH it's My Alembic Stanley Clark Standard, of my Modulus Quantum 5 string fretless, and even my cheap roudy bar $800 Yamaha bolt on neck bass. I guess i look it at like women ... if you're not married and you're lucky enough to have many ... love them all! :-)
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 878
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

811952, the Series 1.5 cocobolo 4-string long scale point. It is my favorite sounding instrument, although the Lakland is easier to play for hours on end. I have loaned 811952 to a handful of people over the years, and will probably continue to do so. If the sound is more important than the weight to another player, then I am compelled to put the Alembic in their hands and watch them smile. I don't let just anybody touch that bass though...

Username: phylo

Post Number: 48
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 9:13 am:   Edit Post

Good call Blazer. I have an early 70's Guild DM-25 that I bought from a old friend in high school. I took it to a shop when I got it and the guy told me it would be ready in about 2 weeks. 3 months later he was done with it. It'll beat your fingers down with the action and the medium strings I keep on it, but the sound is unparelled in mho. Just thinking about it makes me wanna leave work.
Advanced Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 258
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post

Check my profile and you'll see my '96 Noel Redding sig. Jazz bass. This one and my Modulus VJ were stolen from me back in Feb.'05 from a club in Akron, Ohio. It broke my heart as I had no idea just how connected I was to that bass what with all the work I had done to it to make it the killer growl machine. After watching ebay for four months I found them both from the same seller(was'nt the thief), alerted the cops and had them back in days! So it is actually this one and my '88 Spector NS-2 that I will not sell, trade or part with.
Intermediate Member
Username: speicky

Post Number: 173
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post

well, it looks like I always knew what I would end up with... here's a teenie proud of his Yamato neck-through, small body and neck-heavy like no other bass... mine for "only" 500 Dollars, heckufalot of money for my parents.

I don't know if there was a distributor for Alembic gear in Germany back in 1983. I knew about Stanley and Mark King in those days, but never thought I would be able to afford a bass like theirs in a lifetime.

Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 598
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:04 am:   Edit Post

That's a groovy sweater, also love the posters behind you!

Username: applejuice

Post Number: 77
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 5:00 am:   Edit Post

My favorite guitar has got to be my Telecoustic. I traveled everywhere with it and learned most of the coolest songs on it. I have never been able to play as good as I did on this guitar. I remember I was in Ohio with it and I took it out of it's gig bag and people started to laugh at it. After playing Sultans of Swing they shut up. As soon as I got home from that trip, I put the bag on my shoulder and the strap broke. The top cracked and started to seperate from the body. I was so sad.
Advanced Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 325
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 1:25 pm:   Edit Post

Dang, Joe, that stinks! If it's just the top separating, I'm sure you could have it fixed, though. A buddy of mine recently backed over his 1964 Gibson J45 (in a hard case) and it actually cracked the sides and the top. It's back in action now and sounds great!

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