New VINTAGE guitar day

Duane_the_tub

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When this thing popped up in the classifieds last weekend, I was instantly smitten. We can debate the virtues of this era endlessly, but let me put it this way: 1960 Burst for $200k (minimum), or this absolute gem from 12 years later for THREE PERCENT of that amount?

Seriously though, what a gorgeous guitar. More details to come here in this thread, but for now...

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Here we go… someone’s carelessly tossing around the V word again LOL… but seriously man I’m very happy that you got her, and I already miss her - but we do what we must do. Congratulations, and it was an absolute pleasure meeting you in person. Keep in touch!
 

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Thanks, everyone. Phil, it was really great meeting you as well. Thanks again for lunch (and the guitar).

So yes, the guitar. It's kind of a rare bird. A "Deluxe Standard," I think they're called. Special ordered from the factory with full-sized T-tops rather than the mini-hums you'll find in most Deluxes. Dark back vs. the Burst back more commonly seen on these. Pots date to Oct. 71, so it's most likely an early '72. Embossed covers, obviously, also most commonly seen in '72. Mahogany neck with transitional tenon, Sprague Black Beauty caps and 500k pots. It's 100% original from what I can tell, right down to the unmolested solder joints. Amazing condition for a 50 year old guitar.

The original FS thread is here, with some pics of the cavities that show the factory routes:


I'll take some more detailed pics when I get the chance. This is a pretty special guitar. I know the Burst purists tend to go straight to spec differences (laminate body, three-piece neck etc.) in dismissing these, but once you've played one you get it. I've owned countless reissues that are technically more historically accurate, but none of them feel, play or sound quite like this.

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Such a cool guitar in impossibly good condition. Speechless!

As far as comparing specs to OG ‘bursts….if it plays good and sounds good….I’d call it good.

Enjoy that rare bird!
 

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Very cool. I have a 72 Deluxe with mini humbuckers; also with stamped covers. Curious what the neck profile is on your guitar as my 72 has quite a thin neck.
 

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