The lesser or more obscure brands / guitars you've owned.

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tapper mike
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5139 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:45 pm

donkey tugger wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:46 pm


Got this, 'Jay Turser' hollowbody off a mate at work a bit back. Apparently a US company - built in China. Used it on a few things, but it's main function I've found for me is that it sings like a bastard with the ebow, like no other geetar I've ever used. Weird, but good. :love:

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I remember when Turser guitars hit the market. The store owner said they where cheap and flawed as all get up but first time buyers couldn't help themselves. He had a lot of returns so he had to stop selling them.

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Hink
Rad Grandad
29568 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:06 pm

my first was an Alamo El Dorado, be worth at least 500% more than I paid for it now :hihi:

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Meanwhile as far as the topic goes, I have to throw in my Daion Power Mark XX

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Tremendous craftsmanship :tu:
Albert Einstein may have been a genius but his brother Frank was a monster

tapper mike
KVRAF
5139 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:12 pm

I love that Daion of yours. Walnut and maple baby. Brass nut and saddles. Reminds me of my Washburn Falcon
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Rad Grandad
29568 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:16 pm

tapper mike wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:12 pm
I love that Daion of yours. Walnut and maple baby. Brass nut and saddles. Reminds me of my Washburn Falcon
that's because they are 1st cousins, both Yamaki :tu:
Albert Einstein may have been a genius but his brother Frank was a monster

fairlyclose
KVRist
134 posts since 4 Jul, 2019

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:04 pm

my first guitar - but a silver one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFfmGOedc2U

tapper mike
KVRAF
5139 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:05 pm

:tu:

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KVRAF
5604 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: The lesser or more obscure brands / guitars you've owned.

Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:14 pm

donkey tugger wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:46 pm
Ahh, the Marlin Sidewinder - from a catalogue?

yep :hihi:

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audiojunkie
KVRAF
2912 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

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Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 pm

I have the following that I inherited from my aunt about 20 years ago (because I was the only one playing guitar and she wanted someone to get use out of it). :-)

1964 Teisco Del Rey (Japanese Fender clone)
1960's small Checkmate amp
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

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Rad Grandad
29568 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

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Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm

audiojunkie wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 pm
I have the following that I inherited from my aunt about 20 years ago (because I was the only one playing guitar and she wanted someone to get use out of it). :-)

1964 Teisco Del Rey (Japanese Fender clone)
1960's small Checkmate amp
my friend's first guitar in the early 70's was a checkmate guitar...bought at a department store, I cant even find one online and never knew there were amps...tube?

edit: google makes a liar of me :?
Albert Einstein may have been a genius but his brother Frank was a monster

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The Noodlist
KVRian
1243 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

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Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:08 pm

Hink wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm
my friend's first guitar in the early 70's was a checkmate guitar...bought at a department store, I cant even find one online and never knew there were amps...tube?

edit: google makes a liar of me :?

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Reminds me of a Kay style guitar.
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

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audiojunkie
KVRAF
2912 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

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Post Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:05 am

Hink wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm
audiojunkie wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 pm
I have the following that I inherited from my aunt about 20 years ago (because I was the only one playing guitar and she wanted someone to get use out of it). :-)

1964 Teisco Del Rey (Japanese Fender clone)
1960's small Checkmate amp
my friend's first guitar in the early 70's was a checkmate guitar...bought at a department store, I cant even find one online and never knew there were amps...tube?

edit: google makes a liar of me :?
It's been a really long time since I've pulled it out of storage, so I can't remember for sure, but I vaguely remember seeing small tubes in the back. Mine never worked well and never sounded good and I didn't want to spend any money on it to repair it. At some point when I get a little more room, I'd like to get both out and put them on display however. :-)

EDIT: Going off of memory, I found a picture of what my amp looks like:

https://reverb.com/item/20634512-teisco ... e-17-1960s

https://images.app.goo.gl/cqVoTnLFQzAayVg77

Also, I suspect it is solid state, because it looks like most of these are solid state.
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

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GaryG
KVRAF
5806 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Kent, UK

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Post Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:04 am

Forgotten wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:54 pm
The first guitar I bought was a “Satellite” branded Strat copy.
My first guitar was a Satellite though some short scale (maybe 24"), style-less affair. Single humbucker, wrap around bridge, creamy colour. Shouldn't moan though, was dirt cheap and I learnt the basics on it. Can't remember where it went...
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Rad Grandad
29568 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

Re: The lesser or more obscure brands / guitars you've owned.

Post Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:16 am

audiojunkie wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:05 am
Hink wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm
audiojunkie wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 pm
I have the following that I inherited from my aunt about 20 years ago (because I was the only one playing guitar and she wanted someone to get use out of it). :-)

1964 Teisco Del Rey (Japanese Fender clone)
1960's small Checkmate amp
my friend's first guitar in the early 70's was a checkmate guitar...bought at a department store, I cant even find one online and never knew there were amps...tube?

edit: google makes a liar of me :?
It's been a really long time since I've pulled it out of storage, so I can't remember for sure, but I vaguely remember seeing small tubes in the back. Mine never worked well and never sounded good and I didn't want to spend any money on it to repair it. At some point when I get a little more room, I'd like to get both out and put them on display however. :-)

EDIT: Going off of memory, I found a picture of what my amp looks like:

https://reverb.com/item/20634512-teisco ... e-17-1960s

https://images.app.goo.gl/cqVoTnLFQzAayVg77

Also, I suspect it is solid state, because it looks like most of these are solid state.
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from first link

seeing it it clicks a bit...now a brief trip to the very early 70's, we were both getting our first guitars around then and of course mine is better took over (hey I was 12). My first guitar was an Alamo and my guitar came from a music store and not a department store, I had an edge there. Better still was the fact that that Alamo was known for their tube amps (they did have ss models too), now this :dog: dont tell earl :tu:
Albert Einstein may have been a genius but his brother Frank was a monster

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audiojunkie
KVRAF
2912 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Re: The lesser or more obscure brands / guitars you've owned.

Post Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:35 pm

Ah, yes! I didn't notice the additional pictures, but seeing the back totally reminds me--yep, I think mine's a tube amp! :-)
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

imrae
KVRian
842 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

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Post Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:32 pm

My first guitar is one of these, bought in late 2000s for under £200: https://www.butlermusic.com/18848-switc ... guitar-vc1

Mine isn't black gloss though, it has a slight green sparkle to it. Weird blobby plastic telecaster. Well-balanced, sustain for days, basically indestructible, stays in tune for ages as it isn't really affected by heat/humidity. Sounds near enough to a tele to be useful.

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