Do you gig your pre CBS guitars

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Lankytwang, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. Lankytwang

    Lankytwang Strat-Talker

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    Just wondering ...do you still gig with your pre CBS guitars? or do you use another instrument.?I don't gig so my strat never leaves the house so its no prob.If I did still gig I would probably buy something else to use..
     
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    McPhaul Strat-Talk Member

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    I don't gig but I have let several friends gig it.

    I'm one of the house engineers at Real 2 Reel Studio in Jonesboro GA (south Atlanta) and it' always available to clients at the studio.
     
  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    When I was in college (ahem, many years ago) my dad actually let me gig with his '56 Strat for a while. Neither of us were concerned about what it was worth back then or anything, and he was just helping me out (my main axe was messed up somehow, can't remember what tho). Anyway, I loved playing it......til I broke the nut during a gig one night!

    I got it fixed (and it was done properly, thank goodness) but after that my dad decided I needed to stick to using my own guitars for gigs! lol

    :whistling:
     
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    Yeah sure. I do all my gigs on my 55 tele and I intend to carry on doing so
     
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    Not the avatar 65 CAR. It's too pristine which is making me wonder whether to trade down to a player grade pre-CBS Strat I'm happy to gig.

    But my refin 53 Tele no problem - it loves getting thrown around rough pub gigs:D. 20190712_104439.jpg
     
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    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow, what a beauty! Does it have the original pups?
     
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    Yeah the bridge pup is classic blackguard and the neck is great for a slow blues.
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Teles are the foot-soldiers of guitar world. I'd happily take mine into battle.
     
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    strats and teles don't break especially the golden years so safe to do so....gibson is another story
     
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    I don't have any pre CBS guitars, so no.
     
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    I gig mine, but its a refin and it looks so new that most casual observers never suspect its vintage. Somebody at a show asked me recently if it was an "American Strat"... I replied "Um yea technically"

    Funny enough I build up a nice relic strat to use as a gig guitar and most people think that one actually is vintage.
     
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    It's looks sorta like a tennis ball neon green/yellow color. Or is that just the image/lighting that is messing with me?
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    I know the guy who did the refin. He had a bit of a racket going. Ended up being taken to court.
     
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    Yes. I tell people its a CS Relic.
     
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    Not anymore. I gigged it heavily during the 80s though.
    Nowadays it's valuable and I have plenty of Strats.
     
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    Yes but I must admit I feel only comfortable with the refin. Playing isn’t so much the problem, it’s especially the smaller gigs where the guitar can be unattended for some periods.
     
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    I don't have to worry about this problem either!
     
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    That would be my biggest fear..leaving it unattended and having it stolen....Reminds me of some of the club's we did back in the 60's that used to run all nighters...you had to watch your gear all,and I mean ALL the time..even taking it in and out....we had a rota system...one in the van..one on stage and 3 carrying.if you left the van alone it would get broken In to..the Cavern and Iron door clubs in Liverpool were particularly bad for this. but there were others.
     
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    My friends started leaving their valuable instruments at home after several thefts back in the early 80s.
     
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    Yep, I do the same thing. Bought a CS case.