The guitar that you can always rely on...

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by larryb, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I consider myself extremely fortunate to have a few amazing guitars....and though, this guitar isn't my favorite of the bunch, I cannot deny it's perfection and reliability. I have gigged more with this one than any other and it is perfect in so many ways....Tuning stability is so important, and this one just stays locked in...

    Tell us about your most reliable guitars!

    Here is my amazing Yamaha

  2. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    For me there are two.
    1975 Gibson ES 335
    1992 Carvin DC 127 KOA
    I bought both of these new and have done thousands of gigs and sessions with them.
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  3. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
    Well it looks nice but how does it play on your fingers and sound?
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  4. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    My Epiphone casino
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  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Neck is comfortably chunky, Fret radius is a very "bend friendly" 13", and...although it has a 17" bout..the body is only 2 & 1/8" thick. The Dimarzio coil tapped mini hums are thick and warm yet crisp...almost P90 territory.
    It is mostly hollow, so very light weight....yet it has a big block of wood just under the bridge, which allows for very little feedback issues.
    I play heavier...grungy, distorted-fuzz rock....and this beast is perfect for that.
    Here is a nice little demo...although not the style that I play

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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Hands down my Yamaha FG-160. Bought it brand new in 1976 when I was just 17 years old . She's been with me through thick and thin , tears and laughter , meeting lots of girls , lots of entertaining and a divorce ( which I can't thank that guitar enough for being by my side ) I still have it today .Best part is I bought it in The Bronx and it made for a memorable day with my father . This is me and Dad 2 December's ago when I turned 60 . Dad will be 90 in September and he can still beat me up ...... IMG_0574.JPG IMG_0581.JPG IMG_0582.JPG IMG_0625.jpg
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Funnily enough my war horse is also a Yamaha. A '94 Pacifica 402s. 1581958154321-1463335177.jpg
    I also love my FG's. 15819582401711838861611.jpg
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  8. shrews824

    shrews824 Country Gent

    Feb 22, 2016
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    My '98 American Standard Strat. Bought it brand new and it's been everywhere with me. It's taken a beating too. Dropped, smashed, bled on, etc. and it always hangs in there. I can always rely on it.
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  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Reliable? I have not performed in many decades so reliable for me might just mean, the one that is always there for me. Not really sure what that means but the guitar I reach for that never disappoints is nothing more than a highly modified MIM Tele.

    It has new pickups, I painted it nitro Surf Green, it has new compensated saddles, knobs, tuners, treble bleed, jack, pickguard and recently a new roasted maple 12” radius Fender neck.

    The Lollar Charlie Christian neck pickup sounds incredible through my Princeton and the guitar is indestructible. I take it camping and if I forget a hammer I could drive in tent stakes with it and it would still be in tune.

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  10. shrews824

    shrews824 Country Gent

    Feb 22, 2016
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    I love those roasted maple necks.
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  11. My takamini ef340ce. Brought it new in the early 90s. It always is the same. That and my strat. Early 90’s deluxe plus. They both always play so well and feel just right. Now I know, you all are thinking, why get more? Please......
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  12. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Your dad looks amazing for his age:cool:
  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Thanks bud
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  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    The one I can rely on? Well all things being relative...I had a homebuild for 20 years, it was all I played. One day it I noticed how it had started to sound tired. Much to my dismay after 10 years I’m experiencing the same with my much loved Squier ‘50 CV Tele.
    It’s not the setup. It’s like the fibers in the wood have gone lifeless and it looses ”snap”. I’m sure I’m imagining things again.:oops:
    Most reliable guitar. Has got to be a ‘59 Framus Capri, archtop acoustic. No trussrod, neck dead straight.
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  15. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I have 4 that never disappoint. First is the Tennessee Rose - classy, smooth tones, great neck, and always in tune.

    Second is an Ibanez AM93 semi-hollow. The neck's a little chunkier, but still comfortable, it also stays in tune well (this will be a theme), and the Custom 58 pickups are amazing in their clarity. 20170514_215801.jpg

    Third is my Taylor 710ce. Whenever I'm playing in church, you can bet the Taylor will be with me. It's got a perfect neck that makes it super easy to play, the tone of this guitar blows me away every time I play it, and it stays in perfect tune. IMGP9728_zpskd6rnrdg.jpg
    The fourth is a Fender MIM Stratocaster that I found used at a local music store. I wasn't buying that day, but it caught my eye and I pulled it off the wall because I was killing some time. From the moment I started playing it, the sound of this Strat told me that it was special - it sounds open, clear, and makes me smile every time I play it. I have 3 other Strats that I like for different reasons, but this one rose right to the top and is the one I consistently pick up first. I have looked at the pickups, the saddles, the bridge, and the tremolo block to see what might have been modded, but everything on it is stock. Must have been made on Tuesday. Oh, and it stays in tune well, too.
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  16. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Well, I don’t really have an “unreliable” guitar.
    I just have 8 of them (2 acoustics that I hardly use), they’re all there for me, depending on my mood and what sound (or look...;) ;))I need, but they’re all pretty versatile. Or, better, my guitar playing it’s cheap enough to make sound my ‘64 SG special and my China-made Loar almost the same. :)
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  17. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    This 1962 SG Les Paul, I acquired it in 1967 and heavily modded it in 1968. It was the only guitar I played onstage up until I stopped playing in 1970 and got a real job so my family could eat regularly.
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  18. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    2004 White Falcon
    She stays in tune, has incredible intonation up and down the neck with criminally low action and zero fret buzz.

    The Pirate-caster is my other workhorse.
    She’s sea worthy!
  19. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I wanna get a AM93 someday, just stunning, great playing guitars. I played one and picked up a 335 after and the 93 just beat it on all fronts.
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  20. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
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