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No, you have it thoroughly inspected and cloned with a 3rd middle pickup in your new line of them!tatittle wrote:The hypothetical question for a lazy boy like me who cannot concieve owning one is: Do you have it modified to accept the quintessential middle pickup? Hacking up 1 of 10 of these historic guitars is a pretty cavalier move...I don't think I could do it, Im sure it sounds terrific as is.
The price is only due to the fact of how rare it is. Only 10 or so of these were made. To any collector that is a big deal. With any item of value. Not just great guitars.James-T wrote:Makes me realize why I like "player" guitars versus collector's guitars. Is that 32k worth of better tone? Probably not. Is a 57 Strat a better instrument than a 57 Strat AVRI? Probably not. But you get to brag to all your hedge fund manager buddies at cocktail parties for the bank.
That Guitar Aficionado article talks about the hedge fund managers kneeling down and kissing Jerry's guitars at the auction like they are communing with God.
Hey- we watch Antiques Roadshow too! Quick shot of John Hall at the beginning of that.tatittle wrote:I just saw the 1st Rickenbacker, circa 1930's, and 1 of the first electric guitars anywhere, was cast aluminum!
It was called the "frying pan" because of the metal. It was actually more like a Hawaiian lap steel thing...but electric 6 string nonetheless.
A really good buddy has a 57 stratocatser. It was his uncle's. Plays in a dead cover band too. He told me a few weeks ago that in the 80's he took it in and A/B'd it with a 57 AVRI. He almost sold it and replaced it with the clone. He said they were identical almost in tone. A few years later someone offered him 5k for it at a gig.David explained to Guitarist in 1986 how he got his hands on the guitar: ”Eventually Phil wanted to borrow some money to buy a house, so I blackmailed him! I said the only way I’d lend him the money to buy the house, was if he sold me the white Strat…”. This must have been sometime around 1976-77. Apparently, the guitar had originally belonged to Leo Fender who gave (or sold) it to Seymour Duncan. Duncan later sold it to Phil in the mid 70’s for $900.