Man! Second Time in a Month a Messenger slips through my fingers.

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by StJimmy, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. StJimmy

    StJimmy Member

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    I always scour fleabay for Messenger guitars. I've wanted one for years but they're a rarity. Two have popped up on ebay in about the past month or so. Each time they are on there for just a short period of time, then BOOM...."This item is no longer available for sale." I ran across this one just a little while ago, sent the seller a quick question, and immediately went back to the auction and BOOM....it's already gone. Can't a brutha get a break?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1967-Messenger-Panther-Electric-Guitar-Mark-Farner-RARE_W0QQitemZ250219871496QQihZ015QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Eastwood is coming out with a Messenger copy in April 08, but it won't have the aluminum neck with tuning fork running through the body. Alas, it's not the same.

    http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/pdfs/em415.pdf
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    ron wood used one for the solo to "maggie may"? mark farner played them? i never heard of these guitars, and now that i have, it all makes sense. the solo to "maggie may" and the solo to "i'm your captain" ("closer to my home") have almost the exact same tone!
     
  3. StJimmy

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    On Farners website, he talks about why he used a Messenger. Apparently, it was the only guitar he could afford where they'd sell it to him on the easy payment plan. $250 bucks total or something like that.

    The alum-mag neck that resembled a tuning fork (& reportedly tuned to 440 hz) inside the body was an interesting feature, along with the built in fuzz.

    I doubt the Eastwoods will sound anything like the original given the lack of the alum neck and most importantly, the non Dearmond pickups. But I don't think Farner was really much of a fan of those Dearmonds either.

    It was kind of like Guild pickups in Velenos. They helped give the guitar a somewhat unique sound, but there were much better pickups available for the kind of music being picked on 'em.
     
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    Wow! I had no idea. I'm digging on that Hannah Montana signature model Messenger.
     

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