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Offline Annette

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Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:50:30 PM »
Might be interesting to know which instruments you've had and sold but wish you still had.

Mine is a 1950's Hopf (Czech?) archtop which I sold to my sisters boyfriend who learned a few bits on - only cost ?75 but was a nice blues guitar.

What I didn't know was that he was a violent alcoholic and smashed it to bits.

All I eventually got back was the neck - but at least it still had the Schaller machines I fitted - which cost almost as much as the guitar.

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Offline Rivers

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 07:38:47 PM »
Well at least you got the neck and the tuners back.

None, no regrets, since it took me the best part of a lifetime to figure out exactly what a good instrument was, for me anyway. Now that I think I have it somewhat down if I buy it I don't sell it.

Life doesn't come with no instruction manual, nor no guide on what to look for in an instrument. Combine that with the fact that the way one played way back when is not the way one plays now. Over time this can become expensive. Sometimes I sell off electrics purchased for doomed band situations, always at a loss, but I'm done with electric bands for the moment. I will keep my Gretsch though.

Oh OK, thinking about it, I wish I hadn't given my Lindy Fralin Jap Strat vintage reissue to a church kids' music project a friend was running when we last moved. I couldn't play it very well, always wanting to revert to fingerpicking, but it looked and sounded magnificent. All my decent acoustics though I still have. Some need refrets, I should get onto that.

Offline Mike Brosnan

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 08:23:32 AM »

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 09:02:15 AM »
I gave my Larriv?e Rosewood Parlor to the young man who will become my son-in-law a week tomorrow.
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So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
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Offline Annette

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012, 09:16:53 AM »
Good for you!

What a wedding present...

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Offline Gumbo

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012, 12:31:35 PM »
I gave my Larriv?e Rosewood Parlor to the young man who will become my son-in-law a week tomorrow.
Excellent! Do you have any more daughters?

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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 01:55:25 AM »
I gave my Larriv?e Rosewood Parlor to the young man who will become my son-in-law a week tomorrow.
Excellent! Do you have any more daughters?

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Yes - but no spare guitars to give away!
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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2012, 08:24:11 AM »
!965 Gibson f-25
1900 Fairbanks 5 string Banjo
Sometimes I almost regret selling my 69 or 70  J-200 not because of its sound which was not so good, but because it had one of the most beautiful sunburst finishes I've ever seen.
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Re: Instruments you wish you'd never sold?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012, 04:58:59 PM »
Martin 00028. Got married and needed money for furniture. Best guitar I ever had.

Bought the guitar off Paul king (guitarist in Mungo Jerry). Sold to Brendan Croker who later formed the Nottingham Hillbillies with Steve Phillips and Mark Knopfler.


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