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I've kicked around the idea of getting a 000-18 for years. Right now, I have a 000-15SM. I'm curious to hear more about tonal differences between older (lets say 90s/2000s, not vintage) 000-18s and the newer 18s. I'm aware of the spec differences, of course the 1 11/16" vs 1 3/4" neck, but what...
Anyway, I ended up doing a Sunday-morning post about how I learned about old guitars.
How about you all? Any specific shop, experienced old timer, or gang of fellow nerds really get you on the path to vintage? Share your story here!
From the other post:
As my fellow Vintage Forum nerds know, I got my Gladwellian 10,000 hours of vintage nerd time at RetroFret. I would show up for the day - maybe bring burritos for everybody, or be included in their lunch run - and just sit there. I had figured out their patented Voodoo Guitar Economics - i.e., if you time your swaps, you can turn a good shop into a Vintage Guitar Rental Library - so I would go hang out and learn and swap new guitars into my set to live with a variety of guitars. I worked out the costs one time and after the initial investment, it was like having a gym membership.
Nothing like running through the couple-dozen archtops they had an any given time, and doing it with George - the only guy Ry Cooder lets sell his high-end guitars - looking over your shoulder and nerding with you over what you’re experiencing (or gently take the guitar from me and show me what it can really do - George playing Stella By Starlight on Ry’s Super 400?! Swoon). And Peter Kohman actually talks more than me - shut up, it’s true!! - and loved it when I pointed to some offbeat Kel Kroyden, or Vega flattop, or Stromberg and launch into a oral version of his old Vintage Guitar column. I got handed Lefty Frizzell’s J-200, Rosanne Cash’s converted F-7, the aforementioned Super 400…Oof.
It got to the point where I won’t say I was used as a Wingman by them, but….I was kinda used as a wingman by them . If a customer was full of Guitar Shop Anxiety, I would ask a question of Peter about one of the guitars they’d been eyeing to get the chit chat going. Or I would be running the archtops with George, and some person would simply join in - hey, the more the merrier.
Hey @WornFrets - you live a few blocks from their new location; any of this sound familiar to you?
Or @jackaroo - we hung in the shop together a few times, although your playing ability and taste in guitars were both a much higher level than mine! I think you approached RetroFret the same way during that time, yes?
If the shenanigans I currently have in play with them work out, it could be a lot of fun