Nicest guitar(s) you've ever played?

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  1. Steven_K

    Steven_K Member

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    The two best guitars I've ever played were both owned by one of my high school friend's dad-

    The first was I think a one off Gibson custom shop CS-336. Apparently the person who ordered it could never complete payment. It had a wicked flamed top, played unbelievably well, and sounded amazing. The reason I bought an ES-339 was to get somewhere close to that feel...isn't quite there, but I still love it.

    The second that I didn't actually get to play plugged in was a 1964 Strat that looked like it was in pretty much original condition. I'm not a big fan of the vintage nut width and small frets, but the guitar just sounded amazing.
     
  2. RJM/rydog2223

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    Nik Huber all mahogany chambered with two P-90's. Not even sure what the model was but it was heavenly. I was on a big Gibby kick at the time so I didn't buy it. Man I wish I could get that moment back!
     
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    i played a MCNAUGHT in Turkey in 2001 that blew me away

    friend of mine in miami had a really nice pre cbs strat years ago that he let get away...that was a fine guitar
     
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    '86 PRS Custom... back in the day when no one knew what they were

    '00 PRS HB I, mine, I loves it!

    '91 PRS Cu 24, ditto

    '04 PRS Mc, double ditto

    Some Martin in GC B'ham, Al, don't know the model, dreadnought, lots of MOP, the tone was exponentially above any other acoustic I've ever played
     
  5. scanlory

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    Custom Shop Warren Haynes LP....:drool

    *starts saving pennies*
     
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    Oh, I forgot about this one, and it will come as a bit of a surprise... in '89 I worked for a SLM dealer, in their custom shop they built 2 Westone Corsairs for one of the guys in the shop... the face of the bodies and headstocks were covered in real python skin! The guitars had Dan Armstrong Rock Monster pups... the lesser of the two guitars was damn good, the better of the two was amazing... he played it through a Metaltronix preamp and power amp and a couple old Marshall cabs... best guitar tone I have heard live anywhere
     
  7. shane88

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    apart from my own the coolest other person's plank i've spanked is a relic nocaster too
     
  8. Thwap

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    Wildwood 10 strat.
     
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    There's a martin acoustic my friend has at his place. He's had it for years. It was his dads and would likely be from the 70s.
    I have no bones about admitting to my friend that he's a secondary concern when I come to visit. I bring a new set of strings sometimes when I go so I can put a fresh set on and enjoy it that much more.
     
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    I played a Collings I35 in NY in '07 that was pretty wonderful. And I once played a Santa Cruz 12 fret acoustic with a small body that surprised me - it was beautiful, definitely the best acoustic I have played.

    But I haven't really played anything better than my '99-ish Guild Starfire III or '05 Gretsch 6120 SSU. They work perfectly for me and that's why I own them!
     
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    Fender CS "Lenny" replica Strat
    Fender CS Gilmour Relic Strat
    My John Mayer Signature Strat
     
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    The most valuable was a 1957 Les Paul gold top. I didn't have the opportunity to plug it in and it was still amazing.

    There were finish cracks all over the top and every one was green. It was easily the lightest LP I've ever picked up and it was effortless to play and resonated like mad. It was all original, untouched solder joints, etc.

    In a way I wish I hadn't picked it up. Every LP from now on will be a disappointment.
     
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    nicest guitars i ever played was a esp kh-20 kirk hammett 20th anni model, gibson slash relic aged by tom murphy, kenneth lawrence custom built explorers, prs private stock.
     
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    My neighbor's 1940 00-42 Martin
     
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    In 1972 I played red sunburst early Les Paul that was double cutaway with two humbuckers. It was quite cool, and it wasn't for sale.
     
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    '64 Gibson Johnny Smith

    '56 Fender Stratocaster

    '55 Les Paul Gold Top
     
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    Probably a McInturff or John Cruz Rosewood Tele.
     
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    A 1933 D'Angelico I owned for a minute. It was basically identical to a 16" L-5; the only way I can describe the tone is it had an "electric gtr" tone acoustically.
    This one rates pretty high, too. I've had it about twenty years now.

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    60's Mustang all original
    1962 Guild 12 string
    My Epiphone Masterbilt. Wouldn't trade it for the world.
     
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    Gibson 50th Anniversary Korina Explorer
     

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