New (Heavy) Guitar Day 2

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by markeebee, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Matthew Ashman. Gretsch icon from Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants.

    Following the split of Bow Wow Wow, he formed a band in 1983 called Chiefs of Relief with Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. He chucked in his previous Apache/Trustafarian/Ragamuffin image and went all leather and biker boots. And, more interestingly, swapped his White Falcon for a '78 Les Paul Prodeluxe.


    Sadly, Matt passed away in 1995, aged 35, from complications related to his diabetes.

    The Les Paul passed hands a couple of times, and ended up in the possession of the other guitarist in the band I play in. It's just about the coolest guitar I've ever seen, like really properly Brando cool, and it rocks like a total mutha. I've always absolutely coveted it, and now......
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  2. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    ....IT'S MIIIIINE!!


    It's heavier than any guitar I've ever played. It's heavy. So very heavy.

    But it's glorious.
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Congrats on both heavy guitars. (The heaviest I've ever owned were my first Astro Jet and my first Committee, especially the AJ. A bass strap didn't provide any relief to my aching neck and shoulders.)
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  4. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    You might have to sit down :) Congratulations, what a fantastic history!
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  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Sweet , enjoy
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  6. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Apologies, should have hoovered the stairs before the photos.
  7. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    That's a beautiful Les Paul -- bet it sounds and plays as good as it looks. I had an early '70s LP Deluxe that weighed in at over 9lbs -- and my current LP, a 1992 Special, is 9.6 lbs. No wonder my left shoulder is playing up.
  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    That's pretty cool,congrats!
  9. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Very cool Mark. Congrats twice!
  10. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats! I hope you have a good chiropractor! :eek:
  12. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    Well, a straight-back chair, with crossed legs may help.

    And I've suffered far too long with the misery and frustration of relying on the strap.

    Lately I've been able to put in about an hour at a time without any hassle.

    Good luck.

  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    That looks amazing. My Gibson LP looks a bit like it minus the Bigs. Congrats...again!
  14. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Very nice...congratulations
  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    It`s cool to own a piece of history, isn`t it?
    I really believe in mojo.
  16. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Good grief.

    5.8kg. Which is about 12lb 13oz. Or 1.6 gigawatts.
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  17. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Do you give lessons? I can send Mrs Daddy round asap.
  18. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    If you already know how to do it, why don't you? :)