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If you could only own one electric guitar....

somebodyelseuk

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If I can still have acoustics, it'd be one of my ESP HSS Strat-a-likes.

If I could only have one guitar, I'd take a Gretsch 6120 - close enough sonically to do single coil or humbucker sounds, plus it can be used as an acoustic.
 

Wilko

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I'd have to flip a coin for either my 1960 Strat or 1965 ES-335
 

Putty

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My single cut Danocaster, it's light, it's versatile, it can growl and the neck is perfect.
 

Amp360

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My first real electric guitar was a 1980 Standard that a family friend sold me for $250. He threw in an early 1968 Fender Vibrolux, MXR D+, tuner, and cables. That was my guitar through all my bands in middle school and high school, four years at Berklee, and with my band at that time. I used it on my first tour and then on many sessions and some records when I moved to NYC.

I remained very close friends with the man who sold it to me, and he passed away suddenly from complications of Covid-19.
I still have the guitar, and it's in really great condition. I put a Bigsby on it in 1989, in 8th grade. Not a popular thing to do back then. I had to order it over the phone, and they would only ship it COD.

I don't play the guitar as much as I used to, simply because all of the paint on the side of the fretboard is coming off. It does sound every bit as good as my other Les Paul guitars. I have the original tuners, but they've never been on the guitar since I've owned it. I changed the TRC for some reason in (IIRC) 1994. I should put the old one back on.

Up until I made some money, I had four guitars.
This Les Paul
1953 Gibson ES-125 ($325)
1970s Telecaster Custom with the humbucker ($600)
1964 Fender Mustang ($225)
When I finished college, I bought a 1959 Martin 00-21 ($1100), which felt like a huge amount of money then.

Nothing vintage or all that collectible, but those guitars were enough to play anything for many years. I still have all of them aside from the ES-125, which I had to sell at one point. I would love another, but I'm unsure if I'll ever find the right one.


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I still have the amp as well:

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Red Baron

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As much as I love Les Paul’s, if I had to live with a single guitar, it would have to be a blackguard.
 

TAA

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For me my Gibson L-5C.

ES-175S= single pickup?
ES-175 D=double pickup?

I doubt the letters refer to # of cutaways.

Tom
 

Wilko

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For me my Gibson L-5C.

ES-175S= single pickup?
ES-175 D=double pickup?

I doubt the letters refer to # of cutaways.

Tom
I'd love an L-5C. I've got an L-4C!
 

TAA

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My L-5C is a 1952. My only other guitar is a 1973 Martin D-35, which I’m trying to sell.

I’m retired and on a fixed income but I’m searching for a Gibson GA-50 amp. But probably won’t be able to afford it.

Tom
 

LyleGorch

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I'd love an L-5C. I've got an L-4C!
My L-5C is a 1952. My only other guitar is a 1973 Martin D-35, which I’m trying to sell.

I’m retired and on a fixed income but I’m searching for a Gibson GA-50 amp. But probably won’t be able to afford it.

Tom
I told my wife upon my death that she is to drive the truck over my L5C.
Sorry for the double response.
 

veeman

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Obviously one of the Flying V's, probably the Cherry 2015 70's Jap RI, it's the best of the lot.
 

TAA

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When I croak my son or his son, who are both into guitar, get the L-5 and the amp, if there is an amp.

I misread the #30 post, mixing up the D and the S. Sorry! I owned a new D for a year starting in March 1965. Was a very nice guitar. But the sound and feel of the L-5 is “better”.

Tom
 
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