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dezb1
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:32 am    Post subject: Guitar you swear by that got panned when it was released... Reply with quote

Was discussing this with a mate earlier, I have a Highway 1 Tele that's been my number 1 guitar for the last 11 years. But I remember them getting slated all over t'internet when they were new (they get a better rep now). Was saying that I seen Mogwai a few years ago and Stuart was playing one if those 80s two knob freeflyte strats, the ones with the jack socket in the pickguard which I remember were said to be utter shite back in the day but are now reasonably sought after (he still breaks it out now and then). So what is your unsung hero?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squier 51
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall everyone loving the 51 actually except for me.

I oddly enough always really liked the highway 1 teles from the begining. I think at the time there were complaints that it was really assembled in the US with MIM parts or something like that and the finish was easily worn by guitar stand foam.

I think the Gibson Explorer, V, Marauder all fit this
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Peavey's feel like they would belong here. I love my US ones and still have my Patriot which was my first electric.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ibanez Jet King

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the explorer and V were just ahead of their time, that was a style thing. Once you got into hard rock / metal they were everywhere. the jet king was overlooked the original ones like Doog's are cool. also I was thinking more about ones you own that people had a dig at but now see the merit in.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

80s Squier Bullets.

Is mentioning any instantly dismissed, pre-2000 Squier that ended up shitting all over Fenders really fair, though?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fender Toronado GT suited me.
No one seemed to like them, the MIM model was more popular because it was more like a Proper Fender.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

laterallateral wrote:
80s Squier Bullets.

Is mentioning any instantly dismissed, pre-2000 Squier that ended up shitting all over Fenders really fair, though?


I have a 1989 Korean Squier Bullet, I like mine and it cost almost nothing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squier Duo Sonic
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the squire 51 & duo sonic got good reviews.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duo Sonic was dicontinued... That means we didn't appreciate that sucker enough... Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squier don't work like that. For anything that falls outside of the standard strat and tele ranges that they produce almost continuously, they basically tool up, manufacture a shit-ton of Duo-Sonics, 51s, etc, then shut it down and do something else. It's not so much that they get discontinued, they're only ever produced in limited quantities anyway, as I understand it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then Fender take the tooling and make the 51 and charge 6 times the price...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
Squier don't work like that. For anything that falls outside of the standard strat and tele ranges that they produce almost continuously, they basically tool up, manufacture a shit-ton of Duo-Sonics, 51s, etc, then shut it down and do something else. It's not so much that they get discontinued, they're only ever produced in limited quantities anyway, as I understand it.


Like the Series 24 guitars?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ekwatts wrote:
Squier don't work like that. For anything that falls outside of the standard strat and tele ranges that they produce almost continuously, they basically tool up, manufacture a shit-ton of Duo-Sonics, 51s, etc, then shut it down and do something else. It's not so much that they get discontinued, they're only ever produced in limited quantities anyway, as I understand it.


Like the Series 24 guitars?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guitar I will never sell
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1980 Gibson Sonex Custom

Has a lovely fat, worn neck that's just so comfortable (ebony on maple). I have a bit of a love hate thing with the Dirty Fingers, and all the controls are wired in some bizarre way that turning down the neck volume (when not selected) for instance, rolls off treble on the bridge pickup. Still haven't figured out what the coil switch does, I think it puts both pickups into some sort of series configuration. Anyway, it's pretty resonant for something that is mostly made of glue.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fucking love the oddball Gibsons from that era.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do love the Sonex, holds a place in my heart from when I was just starting out on guitar.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost bought a Sonex once as well. Odd guitars but very comfortable. I like the pickups, too.
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