West Coast Blues Thread - Version 3.0

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  1. Guitar Matt

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    Mikey got an endorsment deal with Vero about two and a half years ago
     
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    Strat-O... sounds like an interesting project, can you tell us more?
     
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    Chris K, I sent you a PM, then an email last night.
     
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    Rick, Turmes, and Hodges: that's pretty much Mavis Staples' band these days. I'd go see that, but for coastal misalignment!
     
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    Thats why they call it West coast blues - because they hardly play on the East coast (down southeast, anyway)! :messedup
     
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    Oh, yeah, real appreciative (I'm dumping this thing!)!! Heh, heh!
     
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    HAHAHA..... yeah, thanks for nothing, eh!

    Actually, I just bought a double-pickup '59 ES-225 so I'm selling my modded one and a few other things to cover that... See? Not so bad.

    I should add that everything you told me about the model at the time (5 years ago I think) is what keeps me playing mine: the 50's neck size + shape with binding, full hollow thinline body, honkin' 50's P90s, and the neck angle + real archtop bridge setup. Killer diller! I think it's an under rated and often overlooked guitar.
     
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    Woo-hoo! Any day of the week, on TGP, one can read endless amounts of "No vinnidge gtr is better than my new Reverend", and "My Hamer is the best gtr ever made" (sorry hamer and Reverend dudes). It's mighty refreshing to hear someone gettin' REAL about a REAL GTR!!! Way To Go, opdev!!! I can actually smell that gtr through the pic on my kom-pyooter screen!!
     
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    Not so bad at all! 225 is a great number!
     
  11. Strat-O

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    They (RHB) played a gig in Birmingham, Alabama last month. I would've gone over there but it was on Valentine's Day. :facepalm
     
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    Oh yeah, it ranges from being an interesting project to being a nightmare. Refinishing a Fender is a piece of cake. Throw in some plastic binding on a body an neck and its a whole new ball game. I'm coming down the home stretch though.

    Thanks for the photos Jetlag, especially the dark back. I'm staining the back now.

    Valcotone, the guitar sounds great but the finish was just so thick. I couldn't believe that the lacquer would ever shrink to the point where you'll be able to see any wood grain on it like on an old guitar. Not to mention that fact that the thing was sheathed in a thick condom like apparatus referred to as lacquer. Can't be good for tone.

    So I stripped it down. It was an iced tea burst, not a gold top. Everybody and their brother around here plays a gold top with P90's. Or almost everybody, which included musician extraordinaire Sean Costello. I wanted something a little different. The burst didn't do it though. I want a black one and can't afford to pay the Gibson custom shop $6,000.00 to make me one. And theirs would have a super thick finish. The finish was a 1/16" thick. I left the original finish on at the serial number so now that I've got it stripped and I'm staining it, its easy to see exactly how thick the original finish was. Go get a ruler or tape measure, look at the 1/16" marks and that's how thick it was.

    I just thought it would be fun to refinish it to the color I wanted, and get a much thinner lacquer finish on it as well. That's about it.
     
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    Like this? This was up on Ebay a few years back. I lost the auction by a few hundred in the last few minutes. I still think it's the coolest 50's "Goldtop" guitar I've seen.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Strat-O

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    Yeah, just like that except I like the pickguard on it. Is that a real '53? And, the original factory finish?
     
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    Yup, it's a '53, but it's not the original finish. According to the seller it went back to the factory in '69 for a refin.
     
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    Jon...

    Nuthin' beats openin' an old guitar case....sniff....ahhh !!!!

    O.K. I guess I've opened myself up to some perverted remarks....go ahead you guys !!!

    Winner gets Orban's old head rag
     
  17. jimfog

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    great......wonderful idea.

    Once they get a whiff of that, they'll never smell ANYTHING, much less "old overpriced guitar" smell, again!!!

    G....shooting you an email!

    -jim
     
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    I've been saving up a "special" one for you, Fogarty... :eek:
     
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    I like that one... a LOT! :dude :dude :dude
     
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    Yeah, that one would pretty much take care of things for me, gtr-wise.
     
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