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If you’ve had your hands on many vintage pieces then you also know there were tons of inconsistencies with guitars made in the 50s, 60s, etc. Some were great. Many weren’t.
The GCS and FCS are turning out plenty of great guitars. And this is coming from a guy that has boutiques only.
As I said, my friend gigs his vintage gear. He’s not simply some rich guy. He’s achieved his wealth in the music industry - on both sides of the mixing board. They (his vintage pieces) are not for show, though they’ve been written up in various music publications. First thing he did when he got his ‘59 V? He gigged it the same night.
The only reason he doesn’t buy new, is he has the original “real deal” guitars. He speaks very highly of current GCS and FCS pieces.
BTW - most of the builders named in this thread’s first post don’t remotely approach 1,000 guitars/year.
I’ve got some great boutiques; and I’m now ready to actually get a few pieces by the OG builders. Gibby Custom Shop and Fender Custom Shop … here I come!!
There is a good chance I know who he is and a client of mine with initials ML sounds a lot like him and his collection. I became one of the top entertainment lawyers in the US for 26 years after losing a record contract in 91 and have found myself in some unreal home studios/music rooms of clients and friends filled with stuff these guys have had since the 60s and 70s when they were touring hard. The surprising factor was much of this stuff seemed untouched for many years and you would never know it was there unless being invited in and rooting around.
Yeah, you nailed it. The imperfections, personality to some, was the turn off to me and most did not actually play that great. Then again, many of the great guitar players are not bothered or hindered by things that impact my playing. I retired last year to Bali at 55 and am out of the US rat trap and left 90% of all my gear behind in the US and LA as it just does not make sense economically to move it over here. I instead use it as an excuse to purchase all new stuff and in the process went from a die hard Fender Custom Shop guy (had my pick each year of a new CS picked from the factory) and Gibson fan to shelving all things American and buying stuff I used to look down on because it is that much better than what I have been playing since the 80s. From the 70s until last year, I refused to purchase or play anything but American and Custom Shop. I then became open minded and educated last year and my bull headed closed minded thought process vanished.