#1
I should never carry cash to a guitar show.

Saturday at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
Here's what *I* was drooling over (several posts in this thread)...




This is an Ibanez L5S copy from the '70's. It's virtually identical (save the branding, natch) to my Gibson L5S, and probably easily as good.
Next to it on the table were three Ibanez, including a pair of very nice 2622s with the three-band EQ, etc. One (out of frame) was a purple 2622 that's quite rare (color-wise). The guy is local and I have his number and he'll deal.
#2
Teye guitars are spectacular looking and sounding. The places I play, I'd probably be beaten up for pulling one of these out of a case, however...




#3
This guy is from around the corner in Pasadena! Amazing guitar straps and metal work for your understated tele?


#5
This is the first ever Rickenbacker double neck. I've never seen a second-ever from them, but I'm sure they're out there. Weighed more than both of my current doublenecks together, I think. Should have a forklift to cart it to the car. I've never had a first-ever or an only-ever (guitar, that is). Do not want, can not carry . From 1961 (ish)


#6
Now THIS is what an aged nitro finish looks like -- old Casino (I think). I picked up a '59 Burst that looked like this once. I was terrified that all those little paint chips would shake off into a pile at my feet.



#7
Unique. Brand hew. Listed as Space Saver guitars. WTF?
Looks like someone took a saw to a tele and then finished it nicely.
Played will, small cases, all different. Handmade by a little guy who was quiet and bashful and who lit up if you admired his work

#8
This is a 2014 L5 Double Cutaway that escaped from the Custom Shop. I'm told a deal can be had, particularly if I want it with the 355 you'll see in a bit. Both of these guitars came from the same guy's collection. You just don't see Double Cutaway L5's. Never been played, perfect in every way. This is a thick, deep guitar and full hollowbody.

BTW, compare the new white binding on this guitar to the ambered binding on the 355, below (20 years older). This is what 20 years of sitting in a case will do to your nitrocellulose lacquer (and, of course, being photographed under yellowish lighting). In person, the binding has gone more creamy than pee-yellow, but I think it's a great comparison, since neither guitar has been played...

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#9
I've been looking for a good ES-355 (note the middle "5" -- not a 335). This guitar more than fills the bill. It's a 1994 100th Anniversary guitar. They made 100, and the serial number is actually on the tailpiece, inlaid in frickin' diamonds! For those who hated the "120th Anniversary" inlay on Les Pauls in 2014, here's the precedent. On this guitar it looks appropriate, however. And check out the back. I think it's a LOT easier to work on the electronics on this guitar than on any of my 335s, don't ya think? From the same collection as the L5 DC above.



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#10
Random stuff...

One of the best ES 356's I've seen. Custom shop, rim burst.



I'm not really looking for a jazz box, as these photos would seem to suggest; I'm just so jaded by all the teles and LPs (yes, there was at least one '59 Burst - original - at this show, but it was a serial number I'd already played once when it was owned by someone else). You have to pick some of these guitars carefully (like the '59 ES-5 Switchmaster at another booth, and a good example of which is below. The '59 PAFs were harvested from a lot of these guitars to be stuffed into replica, and other, Les Pauls. So you have to be very careful not to overpay for something with later pickups).





Sometimes the effort and the workmanship in some of these more expensive and/or older guitars is just crazy. This is a Hofner:
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#11
Tons and tons of old teles, strats, LPs, SGs, etc. -- most of which I see and catalog mentally, but most of which hold little interest for me since I'm not a collector. But I can't end this without at least one LP. I (shhh!) have three of this very guitar in secure storage. Bought them a long time ago for no money. But this is a better example than any of mine, and they're willing to deal and I could get rid of one of mine and add this one instead easily enough. In this *one* instance, I've become a caretaker, and while I don't need another, I wouldn't mind upgrading and maintaining the number. My insurance company would love it, damn their fiduciary souls. It's near pristine... And it's got some yahoo's signature on the back.

BTW, check out the ambered white binding. Next time you see one of those cheap POS's with the bright near-neon pee-yellow faked aged binding, THIS is what a real vintage guitar looks like... And this was shot in yellow-ish lighting as it is.

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#12
Quote by Tony Done
How much do those Teye guitars go for?

Literally the only blingy guitars I have ever liked have been those Zemaitis with engraved metal tops.


Teyes are expensive, often approaching $10K. I don't remember what these are (around $5K-ish?), but they're new (I believe) and this is likely an "authorized dealer."
Zemaitis himself is gone, of course, but someone (relative?) has resurrected the brand name and is tacking it onto similar guitars. Teyes are not just bling (though there's a lot of that) -- they also have some interesting electronic tools built in. Worth a look, but so far I have no intentions of owning one.
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#13
Okay, that's it. No more guitars to add.
We have guitar shows fairly often (particularly in January around NAMM time), so you can get an idea how easy it was for me to end up with the stack of junk I have.
#14
Teye does nice stuff, but I'm pretty sure he's overpaying for his semiprecious stone- I know people wh mine & polish it. I told him so.


I don't think he'd sell me one if he knew I was the buyer.
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#15
I like the Space Savers. Kind of like Steinberger aesthetics applied retroactively to Telecasters...

https://the-sharper-guitar.myshopify.com
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#16
Quote by dannyalcatraz
I like the Space Savers. Kind of like Steinberger aesthetics applied retroactively to Telecasters...

https://the-sharper-guitar.myshopify.com


They're all different; a few have a subtle forearm bevel, one had a tummy cut, etc.
The one I tried was a sandwich of two pieces of figured maple that added up to the same thickness as one tele body.
#17
Quote by dspellman
This guy is from around the corner in Pasadena! Amazing guitar straps and metal work for your understated tele?




That guy have a website? I know a couple of artisans who do similar work, but it never hurts to know a few more.

http://theothersideof635.blogspot.com
http://www.westvirginiawoodarts.com/pickguards.html
http://www.ghreno.com/killerparts.html
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#18
Quote by dannyalcatraz
That guy have a website? I know a couple of artisans who do similar work, but it never hurts to know a few more.


Yeah -- the work is done by Bill Silverman, and the website is http://www.eldoradostraps.com.
Again in Pasadena. I've got phone numbers and a PO box (no address) for him.
He also does those hand-tooled leather tele bodies; I think they cost more than most people pay for a tele (or two) these days.
http://eldoradostraps.com/product/special-order/hand-tooled-leather-tele-body/ POA
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#19
I thought they looked familiar, but I couldn't come up with the name! They're already in my bookmarks list. Niiiiice stiff.
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#20
Funky, in a good way of coarse.
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#22
Marianbrady the spammer- the Brady nobody likes...
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#23
wow

i like that small tele

i don't think we have guitar shows here in ireland. some in england, though.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#24
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i don't think we have guitar shows here in ireland. some in england, though.


Lots here, including a much bigger one (in the same building) during NAMM. All the new stuff in Anaheim at NAMM, all the used stuff at the show. First weekend in October there's the LA Amp Show just outside Van Nuys Airport at a hotel. The hotel, next to the airport, has extra soundproofing for all the rooms. So each manufacturer (sometimes they double up and share a room) can close the door and let folks crank the things as they wish. You rub shoulders with other guitar players (some famous, some not) dressed pretty much the way you are (usually cargo shorts and a t-shirt) and with amp/guitar/pickup designers, manufacturers, etc. Bruce Egnater, Jason Lollar, Rick Turner, Robbie Krieger, Pete Thorn, Phil X, yada yada.
#25
Thanks Spellman, awesome pictures! I know that you have a lot of stuff in storage, but if you ever have a chance to get some pics of your stuff it would be cool. You're a tease dude, you gotta give a little something to chew on!

Loved the double cut L5, quite snazzy. I can generally find an alternative guitar from another maker that I prefer for most traditional Gibson shapes, but their hollows and semi-hollows have no competition in my mind.
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#27
Quote by dspellman
Lots here, including a much bigger one (in the same building) during NAMM. All the new stuff in Anaheim at NAMM, all the used stuff at the show. First weekend in October there's the LA Amp Show just outside Van Nuys Airport at a hotel. The hotel, next to the airport, has extra soundproofing for all the rooms. So each manufacturer (sometimes they double up and share a room) can close the door and let folks crank the things as they wish. You rub shoulders with other guitar players (some famous, some not) dressed pretty much the way you are (usually cargo shorts and a t-shirt) and with amp/guitar/pickup designers, manufacturers, etc. Bruce Egnater, Jason Lollar, Rick Turner, Robbie Krieger, Pete Thorn, Phil X, yada yada.


wow awesome

i know there are far worse places for guitar gear than northern ireland, but it sounds like you're really in the right place for it
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#28
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Dspellman .... did you snag that 355 ??...... fricken beautiful guitar


I'm supposed to talk to them about it this coming week.