Prettiest guitar you have owned

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by larryb, May 25, 2019.

  1. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    718
    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    '99 Guild Bluesbird with tobacco quilted top was a looker.
    an 80's Guild F45 ..47? all maple archtop acoustic with flame was killer.
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    This Dean was a looker. Apparently I like Flame!
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  2. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    600
    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Ouch, this is painful, which one of your kids, dogs, cats are the prettiest?
    Our G6129T Champagne is pretty in my eyes.
     

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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    My custom Blue Belly Junior made from hand carved out solid book-matched quilt maple:
    Bluebelly 2 at home 017.jpg Bluebelly 2 at home 018.jpg Bluebelly 2 at home 021.jpg Bluebelly 2 at home 022.jpg
     
  4. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
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  5. afire

    afire Country Gent

    What in the holy hell even is that? 22 frets, checkerboard binding, crushed pearl inlays. My eye is telling me it even has a nut width greater than 1" and not much else. Did somebody make you the dream Rickenbacker that Rickenbacker would never make?
     
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  6. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
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  7. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    53
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    It would be one of these two

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  8. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    53
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    How do you like that Wiggy amp? Dweezil Zappa has a hand in that amp.
     
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  9. mbkri

    mbkri Synchromatic

    996
    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Totally beyond me. I narrowed it down to three but Im not convinced. Impossible task B7B920D9-90BA-43BA-95DC-7BC75DE119AF.jpeg 5154089A-5A6D-4895-917C-C6C31ECDD63B.jpeg 2F553BD0-1A7B-4839-9CA9-E160799D9D36.jpeg
     
  10. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

    507
    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
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  11. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I had it made to my specifications by Hyde Baker at Bluebelly Guitars in Vermont, who is sadly no longer in business. I asked for it be carved from solid quilt maple and had my choice of several pieces of wood that he selected for me. The body shape is the same size as a Gretsch Junior (14" lower bout) but with a double cutaway. Ebony fretboard, real MOP inlays, Grover Imperial tuners, TVJ Supertron pickups, simple wiring (pup selector switch/master volume/tone knob). The body is totally carved top and bottom and inside. The solid timber is rigid enough to not need any front-to-back bracing, it's totally hollow inside.

    My preliminary specifications:
    Bluebelly build 2 Preliminary Specifications:

    Body:

    Junior-sized body archtop (14” lower bout)

    Double cutaway Florentine (shape as per photo examples)

    1 ¾” deep thinline

    Bound front and back (aged white color)

    Quilted Maple, color (Strawberry Blonde) as per photo example

    Bound Cats-eyes soundholes (2)

    Aggressive carve top & back

    Bracing at Hyde discretion (live, but not uncontrollable feedback)

    Floating bridge. Ebony base, Compton Brass Tone Chamber cut for 10-46 gauge

    Pickguard: Clear plastic? Under consideration.


    Neck:

    Birdseye Maple

    “C” shape

    Ebony Fretboard

    Zero fret

    Medium Jumbo frets

    Inlays Block MOP in usual locations

    Back of neck finish: light stain to match the lightest part of the quilt Maple top


    Some construction photos:
    0831sides.jpg 0831sides 2.jpg 0831topinside.jpg 0831neck.jpg finalsandfront.jpg
     
  13. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    Thanks so much for that! One more question... Is it too nice to play? I mean that in a good way.
     
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  14. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes, I should spend more time playing it but I feel like I need kid gloves. :D
     
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  15. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    53
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    That was the amp that made me realize that I don’t like channel switching amps. Since then I only play through non channel switching, non master volume, non fx loop amps. It was a great amp just not for me
     
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  16. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    My Midnight Sapphire Penguin.

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  17. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    It must have been very difficult carving a piece of wood (or rather two pieces of wood) with that complex type of grain. A real masterpiece.
     
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  18. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    427
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    I like mine but, to be honest, prefer a Blues Jr. Simpler and easier to get to sound good.
     
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  19. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I chose that builder because I knew he had expertise in fully carved tops and backs and I had seen pics of some of his previous work. This was my second build from him. He had previously made me my custom La Strega (the witch) featuring a heavily chambered spruce body with a carbon-fibre overlay and TVJ T-90 pickups:

    La Strega at home 018.jpg La Strega at home 020.jpg
     
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