Your Gear of the Year

nasonm

Synchromatic
Nov 3, 2010
509
New England, USA
I flipped a heck of a lot more gear than I bought to keep myself but one thing I did buy and love is this Harmony Jupiter in Space Black

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Butch Ammon

Gretschie
Jan 3, 2016
493
Richmond, VA
Here's a new updated photo of my guitar wall in my music room. Note the brand new 2021, black Fender Player Strat (i.e. just like Clapton's famous guitar "Blackie") :D

L-R in the photo:
1977 Ibanez "lawsuit" mandolin
1990 Yamaha FG-410-12A, 12 string acoustic
2021 Fender Player Strat
2011 Gretsch 5122
1995 Fender Standard Strat (in Open G for slide)
2002 Alvarez RD-8, 6 string acoustic
1991 Samick PB-110-A, 4 string bass (P Bass copy)
Below:
2004 Yamaha DGX-505, full size 88-key, electronic keyboard.

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radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,671
Santa Cruz
I picked up a few great guitars over the last year. At least I sold more guitars than I bought. :D

Tough decision on the “best”. Three stunning ones are in the running for the top spot.

Spectualar Fender American Pro 2 Strat

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Fantastic 10 yr old Tele Thinline 72’ reissue I modded.

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And, if I was forced to pick just one, this older Gretsch 6119 62’ Tennessee Rose reissue

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thunder58

Super Moderator
Staff member
Dec 23, 2010
26,389
tappan ny
I picked up a few great guitars over the last year. At least I sold more guitars than I bought. :D

Tough decision on the “best”. Three stunning ones are in the running for the top spot.

Spectualar Fender American Pro 2 Strat

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Fantastic 10 yr old Tele Thinline 72’ reissue I modded.

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And, if I was forced to pick just one, this older Gretsch 6119 62’ Tennessee Rose reissue

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Stop it ! :p
 

Stefan87

Country Gent
May 20, 2019
2,876
Brisbane, Australia
For me it's my double anniversary that a bought from Nick off here, it is still to be played though as I still haven't got pick ups for it yet as I've had other things take priority funds wise, but will be a great day when some finally get installed.
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Other then that I bought a pedal that JimmyR over on gretschpages built which is awesome but am yet to put it through it's paces yet, and a gig bag, so that's all my purchases this year.
 

thunder58

Super Moderator
Staff member
Dec 23, 2010
26,389
tappan ny
Is that like 3 feet long?!?!?! What year?
@thunder58 we all expect (nay....demand) a video of this in use.
She's about 30-40 yrs old . ...yes its sterilized . She's 24" in length . Still learning but best with other harp players . Usually there in the $2 grand range . Got her for $200 . Guy said it was his uncles who passed away years ago and he didn't want it taking up room in his attic anymore. Seller had no interest in it
 

Alaska Mike

Electromatic
Apr 12, 2021
38
Alaska
Wow, I have aquired more guitars this year than any other since I started playing, but here goes-

Love Affairs:
  • Gretsch G5230T in Cadillac Green- Really the guitar that re-inspired me after a very long break from playing. Modded a bit, but a great guitar.
  • Fender American Ultra Telecaster in Texas Tea- Just never fails to make me smile. Bone stock and will stay that way.
  • PRS SE Hollowbody II in Tri-Color Sunburst- Unexpected infatuation, since I've never bonded with another PRS. Stock for now.
  • Traveler EG-2- Replaced pickups, pickguard, and electronics, but much more my style than my EG-1 Custom. A great travel guitar.
  • Swart Atomic Space Tone- Beautiful, lush tremolo. Richer than any Fender I've experienced, without being muddy.
... I bought a few more along the way, but those are the ones that I have no intention of selling. If I were to pare my whole collection down to those 5 and my '85 MIJ '62 Telecaster Custom, I would be perfectly content. Very likely I will be doing just that in the near future.

Disappointments:
  • Every Gibson I played this year- Poor craftsmanship, dead/muddy tones, and/or basic playability. I played a lot of them (around 50) in a lot of different stores, because I was determined to own a bound Les Paul or a ES-335/339. COVID pricing drove them up, but it really came down to what I was willing to accept for the price I was paying. When you're looking at Les Paul Custom prices, I'm just not willing to accept shoddy work. I bought a bankruptcy era (2018) Les Paul Classic Player Plus for a reasonable price, and while it has a minimum of issues, it also doesn't ring my bell and will be sold soon. I'd still love to find a ES-339 that rings my bell, but otherwise I've pretty much given up on Gibson. I bought and rebuilt a basket-case Korean Epiphone Les Paul Custom that is more resonant and playable than Gibsons that cost 20 times as much. I paid little for it, dumped a bunch of parts into it, and it still is worth nothing, but it consistently punches above its weight. I really, really wanted a Gibson, but guess I'm not a Gibson guy. Maybe one day I'll find that special one (like the PRS SE) that speaks to me.
 

Waxhead

Friend of Fred
Aug 30, 2014
5,186
Australia
Just rec'd this christmas present to myself this morning.

The new top of line Focusrite audio interface - the Clarret+ 4Pre.
A big step up from the great Scarlett 18i8 interface I've been using on recordings and playback of backing tracks.

This new Clarret+ is pro studio quality so hoping to get major improvement in both quality of my recordings and playback of backing tracks. See
https://focusrite.com/en/usb-c-audio-interface/clarett-plus/clarett-plus-4pre

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