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What Was Your First Small Builder Guitar?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by big mike, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. whuppo

    whuppo Member

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    Stephens Extended Cutaway Tele
     
  2. artguy47

    artguy47 Ol' CuRmUGeOn

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    Love the Thorn Artisan Standard of the OP(and others!). I also have a Black Limba version, #154, that is my #1 since acquiring.

    https://www.thornguitars.com/galleryhtm/dc154.htm

    However, my first small builder is an early Grosh setneck(used). Still have it, along with it's earlier semi brother, that is my 'on a deserted island' choice.
     
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  3. Tom Gross

    Tom Gross Silver Supporting Member

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  4. Tom Gross

    Tom Gross Silver Supporting Member

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    Tom Anderson Hollow Cobra, bought in 2001. Still one of my favorite guitars.

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  5. Baemer

    Baemer Silver Supporting Member

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    My first was a 1999 Spalt Totem named White and Blue. Resin top with redwood back and beautiful birdseye neck and a huge step above anything else I had put my hands on up until that point. Second owner...purchased in 2002 if I recall correctly. Outstanding guitar.

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    Thanks Big Mike for this cool thread!
     
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  6. lifeson1

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    (Blush). Brian Moore, C-90P. Back in the day the MC-1 was on fire... traded it toward my first Tyler in 2005, never looked back
     
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    54GT Silver Supporting Member

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    Koll Junior Glide TV Yellow, late '90s

    still an awesome guitar.
     
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    57gold Silver Supporting Member

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    Lived in NYC for a decade, 48th St was guitar heaven with Manny's, Sam Ash, We Buy Guitars, Rudy's Music Stop and Sadowsky all in the vicinity.

    John made this for me in @1985, it was a composite of what I didn't have at the time > blonde neck, figured woods, Floyd Rose and EMGs...this was the 1980s.

    Had seen an instrument that John had made for Bill Connors and I also believe that John's personal instrument was the same translucent brown...plays and sounds great to this day, though changing strings is a PITA. Didn't know that a guitar could play so well until I got this instrument!

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    Also acquired a Sadowsky Strat around the same time, more traditional but with and active boost/preamp. Then a few years later was lucky to convince JS and Rudy to build a MK style carved top, bound neck and body Pensa-Suhr made just before JS left for CA.

    It's now owned by a Parisian collector of P-S instruments along with a few hundred others:

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  9. renomedia

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    Mine was a Tom Anderson Drop Top. I wish I'd kept it (sigh):(

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    Mine was a Schaefer archtop. Made by Ed Schaefer about 10 years ago. It turned into a nightmare. Agreed on a early 60s Gibson neck shape like my es-125 and it arrived as a .70 D shaped toothpick with super thin nut... Had to ship it back after he convinced me to do a self guided nut replacement over the phone that resulted in messing up the headstock finish and required a total refinish, had to send back and later got it back with a finish that wasn’t properly cured and developed orange peel all over.

    We agreed on a full refund after that... in which once he received the guitar back he decided he didn’t have the money to refund me. So after many months of no refund I discovered he was secretly trying to resell the guitar online for over $2000 more than what I had paid. Had to consult a lawyer and had to get it back and sell the guitar myself at a huge loss. I learned a lot from that one!
     
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    Man that’s amazing
    May be my favorite looking tele ever!
     
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    Peanut73 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Lentz Daphne Blue Hardtail in 2002.
     
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    First that I’ve owned would be a used Novo Serus J that I picked up a couple months back.

    First that I’ve spec’d out and ordered will be a Frank Brothers Signature build that is due in December.
     
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    Just recently - a Carlino Impulse. It's fantastic.

    I have a couple of other things to take care of first, but there is going to be a small builder explorer/rd/firebird of some kind soon.
     
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    Made in Louisiana....bought it used at GC in Michigan. Very unique, plays like butter and sounds awesome! I cannot pull up Palir anymore though online. Thinking John Palir may have closed his doors. Bummer!
     
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    Lentz Croyden then a Lentz HSL. I need to get a Lentz S type top complete my trifecta
     
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    Gadow Custom Hollow. GREAT guitar.
     

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