I'm back again; this time with pictures! (and sad news)

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Calvin Lee 2, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Calvin Lee 2

    Calvin Lee 2 Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2017
    New York
    Hey, everyone. I came back about a year ago, because I missed you all very much, and I promised to post pictures of my newest guitars. Obviously I was never able to do that, and I apologize for making a promise I couldn't follow through with. It's just been a very, very, very rough year.

    I won't dance around the issue; I am extremely ill. My body is just slowly failing me, and it's basically shutting down. According to my doctors, I have lethally low levels of a handful of vitamins (vitamin D, calcium, etcetera.) But scariest of all, I might have thyroid cancer. It's more likely that I don't have it, and im trying to just focus on that to stay as positive as possible. But i have to accept it as a possibility, because it is. I am usually a strong person, but I'm scared.

    I'll keep you guys and gals updated on my health whenever I'm feeling well enough to post. But until then, I'd love to show you all my guitars that you've been waiting so patiently to see.

    Here's a few pictures; these are maybe 85-90% of my collection (most of which you've seen).
    15394652820291480694886.jpg 15394653241362112061632.jpg 15394653545702116838236.jpg 15394653939621575990553.jpg Danelectro '67 heaven hawk (I might take everything off of the body for a project idea that I'll, eventually, be posting a separate thread for to get your opinions on a build idea.) 15394654234591015235720.jpg An Aria super strat (which I think is hideous, but it was a gift; just not something I'd ever choose for myself.) This one is in a tuning I've been calling "backwards standard". It's still tuned E A D G B E, except you'll notice it's strung like a lefty, with the thick strings starting on the right side. You can play it exactly like you'd play in standard tuning, except everything sounds so full and unique because of all the displaced octaves. Very fun and useful for overdubbing a regular guitar for a bigger, more unique sound. 153946545862922840400.jpg This is a limited edition Squier classic vibe 60's strat, with a purple sparkle finish, and matching headstock. I replaced the white plastic pickguard and trem cavity cover with gold anodized aluminum ones i got off ebay, and i fell in love with the look. I call this one my Prince strat (for obvious reasons.) It has a dinosaur Jr. Vibe too, which I also like. It's a wonderful guitar that rivals my Fenders. 15394655107391773495913.jpg This one is a 70's SG copy from Japan. That's all I know about it, other than the fact that it feels amazing to play, but sounds absolutely awful. It's quirky and I got it for next to nothing though, so I like keeping it around despite already owning a real SG, even though it really does sound horrendous. 15394655477511748041367.jpg This one is possibly the best guitar I own. It's a quirky Fender telecaster, but it has a much shorter scale length, and the body is something like 10-20% smaller than a normal Tele. It plays great, and sounds great. it has a really cool humbucker in the neck position; I wanna say it's a Guild pickup, but I can't remember. (Also, i made a flashy-ish leather cowboy strap for this guitar, as you can see. It used to be a fat cowboy's belt, now it's my tiny tele's strap.) 15394656150491926317255.jpg this one is a Danelectro dead-on '67. Super light, fun guitar. Pretty nice tone, acceptable playability; not too much to say about this one other than "i like it a bunch". 15394656750701901779855.jpg Oh, and here's a side-by-side with my tiny Tele and my cabronita, so you can really see the size difference. (I love small, light, short-scale guitars).

    If you've got any questions about the guitars, or even my health, feel free to ask. But I know I'd much rather hear about the guitars, lol.

    Let me know what you guys think! 15394652820291480694886.jpg 15394653241362112061632.jpg 15394653545702116838236.jpg 15394653939621575990553.jpg 15394654234591015235720.jpg 153946545862922840400.jpg 15394655107391773495913.jpg 15394655477511748041367.jpg 15394656150491926317255.jpg 15394656750701901779855.jpg 15394652820291480694886.jpg
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Nice to see you back, Calvin! We missed you. I'm sorry to hear about your medical issues. One solace is that most thyroid cancer is highly treatable and curable. As always, lovely guitars.
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  3. Calvin Lee 2

    Calvin Lee 2 Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2017
    New York
    Oops, sorry; didn't mean to double-post all the pics.
  4. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Lovely collection!
    ....All the best to you..
  5. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Thanks for the pictures, Calvin. It's tough to hear about the decline in your health.

    I know you are not a believer, but there are a fair few of us in the forum. I am sure I can speak for all of them when I say I will pray for you to have complete healing.
  6. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Greetings from NY! I’m sorry to hear about your health. That’s a great collection!
  7. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Did I click on the wrong site ? This looks like an up-scale version of Guitar Center. Nice collection of guitars. Prayers go out to you
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  8. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Calvin, it's nice to see you back, although I am sorry to know that it has been some serious health issues that kept you from checking in. Your guitar collection certainly is cool, and I trust that they are giving you some comfort as you go through this time. As has been said, I'll be praying for you.
  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Wow man, great collection! I especially like the Wayne Kramer Strat. I can understand the funky SG copy as i've sorta been on a lawsuit Les Paul kick lately. I sure hope they get your illness figured out soon so you can start working back to getting well.
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Nice to see you back on the forum Calvin . Wishing you well always
  11. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Keeping you in my prayers Cal. Nice to see you and thanks for sharing pics of all those cool and interesting guitars. Miss seeing your videos too!
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Great to see you back on the forum, Calvin! We missed you. So sorry to hear about your health issues. Prayers for a good outcome for you.
  13. Hi Calvin. Nice collection. Please get well.
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  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Great stack o' guitars!
    Hope your medical issues get sorted out. Be well!
    Indiana Jay likes this.
  15. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Very Awesome guitars. I have only been on the forum for a short time.
    I hope that your health issues improve. You will be in my prayers
  16. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Great collection! Very sorry to hear of your health issues. Hoping it is not cancer. But just a note, my Mother survived thyroid cancer twice back in the 50s and 60s. She continued on for decades. Hope your health improves.
    wildeman likes this.
  17. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Wow. And looking a t all of the picures you obviously got two identical guitars of each model:p.

    Seriously: I keep you in my prayers, Calvin.
    The uncertainty is the worst enemy to any person suffering from an illness. I understand you completely.
    My father who used to be a strong and self-confident person became so small and weak during the last 15 years of his lifetime because of always awaiting the worst from his illness (he suffert from severe heart problemes).
    Try to concentrate on the good things around you and enjoy them. Dark thoughts will not help to get well.
    (I know that these words are said easily. But they are true.)
    Stay strong and positive.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2018
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  18. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Positive thoughts, be well.
  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Great to hear from you again, it doesn't seem fair that you have these other issues on top of your disability. Best of luck sorting it out.
    Nice to see the collection too, the 'SG' reminds me of my second ever guitar, an "Avon" SG copy that I switched the pickups on for a decent sound.
    That Dano is old school cool for sure!
  20. dankas11

    dankas11 Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    wooow what a great colection! I have dead on 67 baritone too. It is realy a fun guitar, bought it for nothing , now lot of people are looking for it.
    As far as cancer, my friend is fighting with the same type of cancer and he is succesfull. Keep on fighting and keep on with positive energy. Do what ever you can and what ever is in your possibility! Never give up! Keep on rockin, man!
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