"Like to have" Guitars

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  1. jimijam33

    jimijam33 Junior Member

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    I've always wanted a long scale Explorer (25.5") using Korina for the body & neck, and eastern hard rock for the top. I tried to get Gene Baker (Baker Guitars) to make one for me in 2002-2003 but he went through bankruptcy in February 2003. I am now in the process of making it myself. Will post pictures of progress soon..

    This is the progress so far of my long scale Explorer (below vids). This guitar was carefully sketched directly from Mike Parker's '58 Explorer (at the time) serial# 8-3873. This was originally Don Preston's 58 Explorer that you can see on George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh (Leon Russell's Guitarist).




    I've included several pictures of Mike Parker (RIP Mike Parker 1951-2002) with Don's old 58 Explorer I took at the Orange County Guitar show (August, 2000) in Costa Mesa.

    Here are more updated photos of my custom long scale Explorer. Body thickness is 1-7/8" using Korina for the body and neck, and eastern hard rock figured maple (3/4") top. Pickups will go right into wood. Custom made figured maple covers (control & toggle plate), pickup rings, and jack plate. Tight-bond Hyde glue used in most joinery (not head-stock ears or veneer = yellow tight-bond for max strength).

    More updated photos of progress..
     

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  2. LenPaul

    LenPaul Premium Member

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    Think I just might have found my "Like to have Guitar" going to have a look see tomorrow.
    Ramirez 1A concert classical, brazillian rosewood back & sides, red cedar top.
    Cities docs included.
    I hope the guitar plays well & is structurally sound with room for adjustments.
    Been looking for a while, I don't get exited over new guitars, ,, but I can't wait to play this thing.
     
  3. christophervolume

    christophervolume Senior Member

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    everyone posting about getting a 335, DO IT.... you'll never look back. for me, i want a custom shop or high end tele.
     
  4. LenPaul

    LenPaul Premium Member

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    my 2 favourite electric guitars are the ES-355 & a custom shop 59 relic Telecaster.
    Everyone should have an ES & a Tele. dem twisted tele pick-ups in some of the custom shop models are smoking good.
     
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  5. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Give me six strings on a neck, I'll take care of the rest.
     
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  6. artis_xe

    artis_xe Christopher

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    keep telling myself that I'm done . still a few on " the list " though :hmm:

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    Brian Setzer Hot Rod in Green Sparkle . I've been wanting a Hot Rod for awhile now . this makes me want even more

    no tone ( knobs ) is the best tone
     
  7. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Tough one.. I feel that superstrat shredders are my comfort zone.. but I wanted and bought a Les Paul, a strat, and a tele because I believe I should have them.. none of them would be my main guitar
     
  8. Tomsmenace

    Tomsmenace Senior Member

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    word.

    also a rick turner regular model-1 and the Moog Guitar.

    honorable mention: LP recording model.

    desirable mention: Gretsch White Falcon and Brian Setzer models.
     
  9. Archer

    Archer Senior Member

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    I think the original idea was what guitar would you like to have that wouldn't be your number one. This would be one I would occasionally enjoy:

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  10. Filipem

    Filipem Senior Member

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    Paul Reed Smith hollowbody II
     
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  11. Barnaby

    Barnaby Senior Member

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    A Ruokangas Duke...he makes some of the best guitars on the planet, I suspect, and I'd love one.

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    If not this, then a Suhr would also be cool, or any one of a number of fun vintage instruments. Still, I've always liked Juha Ruokangas's work.
     
  12. pac655

    pac655 Junior Member

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    I own 5 electrics, one of them is a 335 Limited Edition. Real nice guitar, and it sounds great through my Marshall JVM 210. I still love my 2 Les Pauls, Strat and Firebird but, the 335 has a tone none of my solid bodies can give me. Also, they're tremendous to record with. Because it's a semi hollow, it has a very warm tone and beautiful resonance. I have an added feature with my 335, it has has push/pull volumes, to go from humbucker to single coil. If you get the chance to sit down and play one for possible purchase, DO IT! You're right, it may not be your #1, but you'll love it.
     
  13. Fuelish

    Fuelish Senior Member

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    Although I don't really have one #1, I'd like to pick up a Thinline Tele some day ....dunno if it might or might not disrupt the rankings of my guitars, but....I demoed one some years back and loved it. My go to's are my Epi LP Std, my Strat, and the old beater Epi acoustic (when plugging in might result in discord at home ;) )
     
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    I remember back in the day when the Gretch White Falcon Stereo came out along with the Gretch Super Axe I wanted both but the Falcon was plugged into to amps and the top three strings went thru one and the lower thru another very cool sound finger picked or thru a phase shifter. Not to mention a beautiful guitar!
     
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  15. xeizo

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    With my recent Goldtop I am reasonably happy for the moment, but a Music Man JP-model or a PRS Custom with some stunning top would be nice. Or a Jazz-can like 345, but no hurry, I'm busy playing back and forth my small collection :)
     
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    penguinchit Senior Member

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    DG-335
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    Wanted one ever since I took this pic:
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  17. Gosch

    Gosch Junior Member

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    Oh, tons! No Fender could ever be my Number 1, but that doesn't mean I don't love 'em! Gimme a blackguard Tele tuned to Open-G 5-string. Also, Epiphone Casino because Beatles, and a Gretsch 6120!

    I didn't mention a 335, because I cannot say for sure that it would never become my number one. That's the only guitar that could ever compete with my '90 LP Standard. Let's just call them both fantastic and leave it at that!
     
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  18. spitfire

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    Strat SRV. I love strats, but a solid body will never be my #1.

    As for the SRV, I almost bought one as my first strat 7 years ago or so. Not looking actively looking, but if I stumbled on one, I'd probably pull the trigger.
     
  19. Al Walker

    Al Walker Senior Member

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    THIS!!!!!

    Thanks alot Stevie 202!

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  20. wmachine

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    It is easy to see why ES-335s make so many personal lists. Affordability keeps it on the list for so many, too. But recently, CME made it possible for quite a few of us to take it off the list by getting one at some blowout prices. I opted for a Reissue '64 ES-345 TDC Maestro VOS. Technically not a 335, of course, so I, not so cleverly, am able to leave a 335 on my list?

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    I believe that one is a 2015, with the jack on the side and not the top? If, so, I just took another wish off my list by getting that exact one, once again due to blowout pricing. I am really impressed with it. It was initially more of a "just because" on the list, but I'm finding it to be a seriously good guitar.

    I picked up new one a year ago at a no-brainer $500, and very nice it is, and more! When the CME Memphis blowouts came along, I was first tempted to get a Gibson ES-175, as the prices were that irresistible. But the EPI is so good (and use of a jazz box is more limited to me), that I turned my attention to getting a good Es-3x5.

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