Weird Guitars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by cynic79, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. cynic79

    cynic79 Senior Member

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    As much as I enjoy my Gibsons and Fenders, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the more perverse side of guitar-dom. I think it started with my first guitar (Letter B on the right):

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    The adprint notwithstanding, I refuse to believe that this guitar was made from anything even approaching "ash."

    Perhaps due to the trauma induced by playing such a monstrosity for several years, I have always found myself drawn to guitars that sit far outside the mainstream of luthiery. Sparkle finishes, bizarre shapes, non-standard body materials, I love them all. I invite those of you with a more exotic taste in music to share such instruments here.

    I'll start.

    I always did like the Tueffel design:
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    In fact, the Reverend Billy F. Gibbons himself has been seen with one of Tueffel's designs from time to time:
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    For all its detractors, I always liked the shape of the Parker Fly, and I applaud their use of non-standard materials in the building of their instruments:
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    Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to own any of these guitars. The closest I've come is my beloved Danelectro U3:
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    Gotta love the sparkle finish!

    Please share any "weird" guitars that you may own, or any that you just find to be particularly interesting.
     
  2. River

    River Senior Member

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    I like weird guitars too. Don't presently own any, though. I'd take one of these in a heartbeat:

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    Or these:

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  3. cynic79

    cynic79 Senior Member

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    I love those Bo Diddley guitars! Daisy Rock makes some great designs, and I would probably own one if it wasn't for the fact that I do not like the necks (which are, of course, designed for smaller hands).
     
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    River Senior Member

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    I don't see a nut measurement for that Daisy. Do you know if the neck/nut is narrow, as well as the neck being thin?

    Funny how things work - when I had a '60s Melody Maker in the '80s, IT was considered weird...
     
  5. TOMMYTHUNDERS

    TOMMYTHUNDERS Senior Member

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    GASing for this beauty:
     
  6. cynic79

    cynic79 Senior Member

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    I don't recall it being narrower, but it has been a while since I played one.
     
  7. kspeed

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    I really dig that Parkly Fly and especially that Danelectro, cynic!

    Me, I've wanted an Ibanez Talman TC-630IV since I was a kid. The lipstick pickups are an Asian made Kent Armstrong design and sound lovely and the neck's more of a thin Fender style C shape than the typical Wizard/Wizard II.

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  8. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Senior Member

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    I used to have the non-Bigsby version of that, the Retro-H. I currently own the 12-string version of the Retro-H:

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    I have lots of non-traditional guitars.

    The OP's Dano is more traditional than my Hodad:

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    My three weirdest:

    Ovation Breadwinner:

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    DeArmond Jet Star:

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    Fernandes Ravelle Deluxe:

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    Will post more later.
     
  9. GrinningElk

    GrinningElk MLP Vendor

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    How about the Kramer Triax? Less than 10 ever made....
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  10. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Senior Member

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    Whoa, Klingons at 20 parsecs!

    I could live without that'un.
     
  11. cynic79

    cynic79 Senior Member

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    That Kramer looks like some sort of fish.

    Re: Talman, the guitarist in my old band had one of those with humbuckers. I always liked the Bigsby equipped ones with the sparkle finishes.
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    I believe the Talmans originally had some sort of composite material body as well.

    As for the Hodad, I raise you my Longhorn bass!
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    Good call, Brian. The sister guitar to this one is named the "Enterprise"- no kidding!
     
  13. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Senior Member

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    Well, I'm all out of Dano ammo, but I'll see your Longhorn and raise you a Peavey USA Fury I

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    and an Epi T-bird!

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    I bought both these basses this year, both on a whim because they were at ludicrous prices too good to pass up. The Fury was $125 (pawn) and the Thunderbird was $100 (craigslist).
     
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    Brian Krashpad Senior Member

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    Haha, no kidding? That's rich.
     
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    rybass Senior Member

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    Yep I could play a girls guitar without feeling bad. Maybe a little... different but I could deal.
     
  16. GrinningElk

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    I just couldn't resist....
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  17. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Senior Member

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    Haha, well, if you buy one and you're not a girl, it ain't a girl's guitar, now is it?

    Hell, I rocked a dang PINK one that had a "girl power" inlay at the 12th fret!

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    After I bought the white 12-string version, I went ahead and sold it, as I had bought some more basses, was running out of room, and was fairly skint, as the Limeys say. But that was a very cool cheapie. Played fine, sounded GREAT.

    And, it went to a 12-year-old girl as a birthday present from her folks. Her eyes were big as saucers when they came and picked it up. That's not just a sale in my book, that's some good karma.
     
  18. leftyguitarman

    leftyguitarman Senior Member

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    I've always wanted a Teisco, Guyatone, Coral, pretty much any of those weird Japanese made guitars from the 60's or 70's. I love the way they look.

    This guitar is pretty weird.

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  19. shtdaprdtr

    shtdaprdtr Senior Member

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    make sure you oil the nut(s), so the strings dont snag when using the tremolo.:laugh2:
     
  20. shtdaprdtr

    shtdaprdtr Senior Member

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    and be careful not to break the "HEAD"stock:laugh2:
    then again...my other band members sometimes say I ********** all over the fretboard sometimes while soloing.Perfect instrument for playing 'cock-rock'
     

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