guitar shopping

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Shopping shopping shopping at Long & McQuade in Burlington, Ontario, Canada:

  1. Les Paul signature in Caribbean Blue
  2. Derek Trucks signature SG
  3. I’m not usual a fan of satin finishes (when I pay that much for a Gibson, I want bling! ;) but I REALLY like this ES-339!
  4. Satin ebony ES-339
  5. Not sure what Fender calls this colour, but I call it “nice”. 
  6. SG Deluxe
  7. Unknown model Gretsch.  My cousin played it and really liked it.  Too bad there was no price tag on it.  Maybe it was free?  Hmmm…I might go back today and test that theory by absconding with it…  ;)
  8. Fender Custom Shop “Nocaster”
  9. I love the recessed knobs on this used PRS.  

What You Should Never Forget to Bring With You When Guitar Shopping.  I recently stopped by a local Guitar Center to check out a Gibson I’d been eyeing.  I made the ultimate mistake: walking into the store without my pedal board.  Why is this a problem?  First, nearly every guitar in the store will be out of tune.  You’re gonna want your tuner pedal.  Plus, it’s likely the store’s guitars will have old, crappy strings on it.  This makes it likely it’ll go out of tune even faster.  There’s no way to determine how good a guitar will sound if the strings are always flat or sharp.  Second, if you’re buying a new guitar you need to know how it will sound through your gear, not the store’s gear.  So bring your pedals.  Heck, bring your amp too.  I’ve done this before and it makes a huge difference.  I’ve trained my ears to the sound of my gear.  But if I play a new guitar through a completely different amp how will I know if it’s the guitar or the amp (or both) that sounds different?  Finally, avoid the despair of coming home from the store with your shiny new instrument (and a sense of excitement) only to realize that it sounds completely dreadful through your gear.  Please, if you go guitar shopping bring your  own gear!

(Photo: Flickr - jjackson414)

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Here’s something new - I have not seen one of these before.  Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster® in “Oxblood” with matching headstock.  The colour doesn’t come through very well in these photos but I assure you it’s lovely…and so different!  It’s MIM, and for roughly 800 clams Canadian  (if I remember correctly…) you can take it home.

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Guitars of New York:  Rudy’s Music (Soho Location).  I encourage you to visit this shop if you are in Manhattan.  Not only is it full of incredible instruments, but the staff are extremely friendly and interesting to talk to about all the unbelievable stuff in their store that mere mortals like me never get to see…  ;)

  1. 1966 Gibson ES-330.
  2. 1970 Fender Stratocaster
  3. Fire escapes
  4. Candy Apple heaven?  Mid 60s Jaguar and Jazzmaster with matching headstocks.  '69 Mustang in Competition Red, also with matching headstock.
  5. Little Italy
  6. 1961 Les Paul Standard with “sideways” Vibrola & and an extremely rare ~1972 one piece rosewood top Les Paul Custom.
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Lefties of the week from Long and McQuade in Brampton and Mississauga (suburbs of Toronto, Canada)

That LPC is gorgeous, and I hope one day to be able to get another lefty American Std. Strat (like this used one in Brampton, photo #4) to make it another “reverse Hendrix”!  Although the last time I did that I found it VERY challenging to play (and there’s about 20 reasons why, which I won’t go into here!) Maybe I’ll stick to a cheaper lefty “Standard” (like the one in photo #3).   I like the blue better too.  :D

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More goodies from guitar shopping this week…

1) Fender Limited Edition “Sandblasted” Tele

2) FSR Paisley Deluxe Reverb

3) Trini Lopez reissue 335.  I love the diamond f-holes!

4) Pair o’ pretty ‘Pauls

5) Flying V Standard.  I would do awful, awful things to have this guitar…  ;)

6) G6122 Country Gentleman

7) Gibson USA gold ES-335, along with that V from my dreams and a lovely ES-390.