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Anyone play/own a GVCG strat?

chipdog

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I think my GVCG tele might need a sister. Anyone?
I have two - an Ultimate '59 and an incredible '63 Slab Board Tri-Color Sunburst. Jonathan sent this email to me when he was building the latter:

Chip, Thought you might like to know that your S was the hit of the jam session at my house tonight, Chris Robinson wanted it so bad I had to pry it from his hands, and Adam Levine and James Valentine from Maroon 5 were putting it through it's paces, it's first night in human hands was a great one, it's got a good beginning, mojo workin'

Speak soon-
Also, yes I have 2 Maple neck '54 S's that are not spoken for as of now-


Thanks Chip!
JW
 

MeMota

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Yeah I'm interested in this as well - he seems to be more known for teles but I'm curious as to whether the strats have "it" as well!
 

AJ Love

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I don't think there have been many (if any!) guitars that left Jonathon's place that weren't stellar
 

phoenix 7

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I have two - an Ultimate '59 and an incredible '63 Slab Board Tri-Color Sunburst. Jonathan sent this email to me when he was building the latter:

Chip, Thought you might like to know that your S was the hit of the jam session at my house tonight, Chris Robinson wanted it so bad I had to pry it from his hands, and Adam Levine and James Valentine from Maroon 5 were putting it through it's paces, it's first night in human hands was a great one, it's got a good beginning, mojo workin'

Speak soon-
Also, yes I have 2 Maple neck '54 S's that are not spoken for as of now-


Thanks Chip!
JW
Sounds like your guitar got off to a great start! I'll bet it's amazing.
 

prsflame

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I owned a GVCG 63 Replica Strat. It's probably the only guitar that I've ever regretted letting go. It actually played and sounded better than my all original Fender 63.
 

rgsss14

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I have a '54 two tone S. Attention to detail, feel, and tone are simply amazing.
 

KeyserZoso

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i used to own an early (2005) blackie replica by JW. Big V neck, I wouldn't say light weight, like 8.5 pounds, not the tightest neck pocket. Sounded and played really really awesome! Super resonant, really good lollar low wind pups. Just a great guitar and because it was non-vintage, I didn't have to worry about all the issues that come up with older planks. I sold it to finance a vintage purchase, 64 refin SB strat (which I love). I just recently got a really nice wildwood 10 from fellow TGPer that IMHO, is just as good as the GVCG. It looks alot like MFF's old strat he played in the Black Crowes. Fender really made a wonderful guitar. But I digress, I don't think that I'll ever sell my GVCG double bound tele. It really is a work of art and sounds every bit as good as a vintage guitar. JW is a sorcerer..............If you happen to come upon one of his planks, it is definitely worth it.
 

murkat

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"Anyone play/own a GVCG strat?"

yes. 63' oly, no words can elude to, capture its zen.
 

mertzy

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I played a GVCG '59 Strat in a high-end shop so I got to A/B it with several pre-CBS strats that were also there for sale. It had a lot of Fender parts including a neck from a '59 strat. I think it was on consignment by a TGP member.

If I hadn't been told it was a GVCG I wouldn't have known.
 

drjoel

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i've got a '63 sunburst GVCG strat. it's the best strat strat i've ever played by far. just for comparison purposes- my first electric guitar was a brand new 1965 olympic white strat that i played to death and i regularly play my friends original '62. i've also got a GVCG '55 tele that is awesome. it's a rare gig that i don't take one of these or both of them to. i'd post pics but i am retarded in that area.
 

MeMota

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In about 3 months or so, I'll have an "Ultimate '59" in my hot little hands. Thanks to everyone on this thread who fueled my GAS flames. :D

Time to put a sh*tload of gear up for sale....
wow Phoenix, you're a machine!

Congrats!!
 

MeMota

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What are the specs going to be Phoenix?

(this thread, and your gvcg tele one, are going to be bad for my wallet I suspect)
 

phoenix 7

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Ha ha -- yes, the last few months have been pretty hard on my wallet too -- but good for the soul! I ordered the "Ultimate 59" -- '59 Strat replica. Super light-weight ash body (one piece), rosewood fingerboard, 9.5" radius, blonde finish. Asking him to do a 5-position switch (rather than the more "accurate" 3-way). Cliff says it should be done in 2 months. Some photos of the "Ultimate '59" from Jonathan's site:

 

EBGB

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I have the '57 Mary K S (silver hardware) from the original website
I've had it for about 4.5 years

It is my "everyday" guitar- comfy like a baby's blanket- for at home and teaching
I use it on recordings too
I have other utility guitars I play live, but I played this one sitting in with the band at my own wedding!

I bought it 2nd hand
It needed a refret (The guy I bought it from claimed the frets were reliced too-- I think not)
Had it fretted with 6105s-- it was a bit difficult because the fret edges had to be quite angled for the very rolled edges of the fingerboard
If anything that is my 1 little complaint-- the edges could be slightly less rolled, giving more usable surface area for the high and low-E strings
But I will get back some surface area by wearing down the frets and/or at the 1st G and P
I bet there was a bit more surface area with the original frets/fret job too

JW's Mary K finish is to die for-- milky, creamy
The back of neck finish feels awesome

Overall, it is not exactly like a vintage Fender (to me), but has its own special thing
 






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