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You have $15k - which vintage guitar do you buy? Updated - I bought something!

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by mikeowen17, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. 57gold

    57gold Gold Supporting Member

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    Have to be careful with early LP/SGs. Need to remove neck pick up and check stability and integrity of neck joint and stay away from those that are showing cracks.
     
  2. yucatown

    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Bingo.
     
  3. gnappi

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    I had many Gibson and Fender gits before they were "vintage", back when few (if any) asked what pups were in git, the size and brand of the frets, neck thickness or what kind of caps, pots, they had or brand of tubes in their amps. Back then players tried a git, if it didn't work for them they found the exit door.

    Players today obsess about minutiae like this and I don't get it... maybe there's too much money in the hands of tone seekers with time on their hands. Just look at the ridiculous array of pup makes and models, THEN they turn up the overdrive in demos and they're impressed! How many granular levels of crap are there? All this from players who are VERY unlikely to have heard a REAL late 50's PAF. Sheesh.

    That said, I currently have Gibson's dating from 1968 through 2018 (fully hollow, semi and solid) and I generally have no preferences in age. 15K? On an old git that I wouldn't buy back? Nope, maybe a new bass boat or another trip to Asia. That's the ticket :)
     
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  4. andrew240

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    60's reverse firebird, preferably a I or a VII
     
  5. carl_is_tall

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    I got a ‘55 LP Jr a few years ago and totally fell in love with the P-90’s and the volume knob interaction. Something about rolling off the vol to 6-7 and the tone to 7-8 gives it an almost acoustic quality.

    If I had the budget you are working with, I might look for a mid to late 50’s LP Special. TV Yellow or not, that could be a great addition and a super versatile guitar. Either way, a super fun adventure for you!!
     
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    1959 Les Paul Double Cut/Jr. Single P90. No breaks. No mods. Case Queen.

    Then put the other ~9k into the market.
     
  7. RicOkc

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    I wouldn't.

    I'd buy several nice "New" ones instead.
     
  8. KCR9

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    Late 50's TV Yellow Les Paul Special
     
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  9. TANFK

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    I just did this at the end of last year.

    Had just over 15K and went strat hunting.

    After looking?

    I decided it was like throwing money into a crashing blackhole.

    Still thrilled with that decision! I'm chasing a buddies vintage strat but not for real anymore...
     
  10. cjp54

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    I'd buy the nicest 57 Les Paul Junior I could find with a nice Lifton case and have cash left over.
     
  11. ahab

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    I'd get a Les Paul junior and pocket the rest of the money.
     
  12. BlackbirdVintageMusic

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  13. killer blues

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    Nothing. The best guitars are being built right now.
     
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    save some of the money and get a masterbuilt custom shop from fender or your company of choice that'll be of higher quality; maybe get some Klein or mojotone pickups to slap in there haha

    vintage instruments and gear = issues to deal with
     
  16. Jimmy R

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    A refretted '50s Tele or Strat with a nice V neck.
     
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  17. Drew816

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    1960 Les Paul Special and a refin'ed vintage Tele, transition logo, rosewood. Both less than perfect is fine, if they're mint I'll never play them!

    My trans Logo Tele is the one that haunts me. My '56 Goldtop LP was one of the best sounding guitars I ever owned, but those necks are just too big for me.

    Vintage Gretsch's are a risk, as much as I love a vintage 6120 (like the thin body '61s) they can be a handful. This coming from a guy that owns a '55 and '62 already though...

    The '60 Byrdland I played at Carter's (or Gruhn's??) last year still haunts me though, for $15k I could have gotten that and a slightly less than original '60 LP or refin'ed Tele too! I don't "need" a Byrdland, but man that guitar just fit me perfectly.

    But enough about ME and what I'd do, what do you like, what amps, what styles, etc... Obviously I didn't read the whole thread, too busy looking up Byrdlands on Reverb. ;)

    Good luck!
     
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  18. treedroppings

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    '65 Gretsch Corvette the rest goes to a Hiwatt.
     
  19. RhytmEarl

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    I'd get one of these. Early SG Junior with the slant tailpiece.

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  20. Exiled_On_Main_St

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    Just found a lovely 64 Strat refin. All original except the finish and a couple of wires. The neck pickup is rewound but whatever, I can pick one of them up.

    Traded a 58 Gibson LP Special refin and a 67 Tele refin for it.

    Amazing! I’m very happy.
     
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