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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by LunarSlingShot, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. LunarSlingShot

    LunarSlingShot Strat-Talker

    May 8, 2018
    Anyone ever let go of a gorgeous guitar reluctantly because it just didn’t feel or sound right for you. Looks just aren’t enough to make you want to pick it up over all the others
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  2. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    No, but I've let go of two (fairly) gorgeous guitars due to financial need. I'd buy either back if I came across them now.

    Yes, fer sher, feel/sound comes first though.
  3. anderz

    anderz Senior Stratmaster

    May 4, 2014
    Sure all guitars except my Jackson Rhoads custom and partscaster Blackie.

    Though I had to gain experience going from my first electric Applause stratocaster to what I really wanted in a guitar and that took a few guitars to realize along the way.
  4. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    This one.
    My Samick tree of life
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  5. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    Dat One! Worst guitar I ever bought! Mid 80’s 62’ Custom RI in Candy Apple Red! Terrible example of a Tele ! Played Great! Sounded like my Cat throwing up.... I hated it! 53D9503A-3CD2-4BB2-8C50-ECC2EFDC668B.jpeg
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  6. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Gotta be the whole package for me.

    If a guitar played and sounded the best ever, and it looked like crap and I couldn't refinish it to make it at least presentable, I'd have to pass.
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  7. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Had a beauty warmoth gold strat with an all mahogany neck. It was really heavy, the neck profile didn't feel good to me and I just never bonded with it...
  8. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    I have owned a few really nice looking guitars that also played great..

    I would probably still have them if it wasnt for this damn strandberg taking over my world.
  9. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Not sold (yet), but probably going to.


    From 1978, one of the first and top of it's range. The guitar that shook CBS and forced them to up their game. The forerunner of the JV, MIJ/CIJ and AVRI's.

    Almost everyone, guitar and non-guitar related, that sees it in person is impressed by how it looks.

    I love it's appeal and feel, yet I hardly ever play it.
    And I've tried; changed electronics, gave it new frets, put in some 'illustrious 1982 Fullerton Red Bobbins', all in an effort to like playing it.

    Sonically it just doesn't work for me, so not going to keep it, no matter how good it looks.
  10. 808K

    808K Strat-Talker

    Apr 24, 2018
    Philly, USA
    That’s a shame, because that is one seriously pretty guitar.
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  11. 808K

    808K Strat-Talker

    Apr 24, 2018
    Philly, USA
    Ive had a couple of PRSes that were gorgeous, but I just didn’t take to them. Sold them, don’t miss them

    On the other hand, I have a maple Ibanez acoustic that is flat out beautiful, looking at its back you would swear its 3D. Gorgeous rosette on Engleman spruce front. But it just sounds blah, I never play it, but I will never sell it. But for less than $200 I just think of it as a piece of art.
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  12. cappei

    cappei Strat-O-Master

    Jun 24, 2017
    Quillota, Valparaíso, Chile

    It's so beautiful that it hurts
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  13. Henfield Strat

    Henfield Strat Strat-Talker

    Mar 27, 2013
    West Sussex UK
    Not sold yet, but it’s going to happen. IMG_0742.JPG
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  14. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Spooky thread :eek::D, it got me thinking of taking the Springy to band rehearsel this Sunday.....gonna give it another try! :whistling:
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  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    No. I get that out of the way before I buy them, then I keep them. Forever.
    Or if somebody gives me a guitar, I keep it. Forever.

    Don't bother, just send it to me. (See above) :D:D:D
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  16. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Right, and because you're on the list for the Springy it makes things much simpler

    Will hold onto it a little longer, and might as well bring it to Stu's birthday party next year, who knows what happens next! ;)
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  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    My Tokai Talbo was a beautiful guitar, IMHO. But it wasn't for me. More of a rock machine with a wide flattish neck. I just didn't play it, so I sold it.


    With more conventional guitars, my Sonic AV59 Strat was a gorgeous looking guitar, but I prefered the slightly slimmer neck on my Sonic 62RI (see avatar), so the AV59 had to go.

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  18. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2016
    I once sold a 12-string and had such seller's remorse because I knew I couldn't replace it, I bought it back at a loss two days later. Long time ago. Some guitars I've forced myself to bond with, and it mostly worked out.@cappei, Don't sell that beautiful Strat, that's one you can't replace
  19. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    I have a feeling you'll be mugged on the M5 and relieved of said guitar.. I'm sure I can find some guys to pull it off.. :sneaky:-----------------> :eek:< I said nuffin guvnor.. hee hee..
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  20. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    We've all done it.. let beautiful guitars go that is.. I parted company with my 2007 AVRI 57 after much umming and ahhing, I let it go at a loss. Yes I needed some cash, but also.. if I'm honest, no matter how I tried I couldn't really bond with the guitar. Shame, it was immaculate, but heh! :)


    AVRI 1.JPG
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