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Oh, er, that means I'll have to find some from the photo archive, as I haven't got any recent ones.

It's a wine-red 1999 '67 reissue I bought it off eBay from a recording studio where it have led a hard life. The pick-ups had been overwound and fitted with chrome covers and surrounds, and it was a bit battered, to say the least. But despite having others, I find it the most comfortable to use, I haven't got to take a guitar stand, cos it rests on the V, and it sounds really nice. Plus it doesn't matter if it gets another ding. Still love the Explorers, but I'm not sure I can justify another axe because I'd just end up using the V anyway!

 

 

 

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Margate Exotics.

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Very cool guitar!!  I think you could pull off an Explorer easy.

I had a cheaper Gibson Flying V Faded a while back, loved the look of it, but couldn't sit down and play it, it kept falling forward.  And it had a nasty baked maple fingerboard.

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No, no, I'm not buying any more guitars!

I nearly bought an Explorer in the late 70's when they had the Dirty Fingers pickups fitted, but in the same shop I spotted a wine red '69 SG Special with P90's that sounded astonishing and was half the price. I eventually sold it to pay for an exhaust on the car, but I've been kicking myself ever since.

I find the crook of the V sits over my right leg nicely when sitting down, so I don't have a problem with it.


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Is that an RG?  Looks 80sTastic!  Those V8 pickups are heavy and raw.  Had a set on a Partscaster I made a while back.

Ive got a similar looking Charvel Model 4 I've had since the 80s.  Has the Shark fin inlays and pointy headstock, it's looks tend to divides opinion but it plays and sounds great.

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It was an RG570 made around 2002 which was finished in silver and had a few scars on it. I had the body repainted in Lotus Motorsport Green, I stripped the original Edge tremolo and repainted it in Solar Yellow (without the metallic flake), automotive paint was used but solvent based to get it to lay thinner. I play it through a Marshall valve amp and the pickups are powerful enough to drive the valves to a warm tone on the neck position.

I also have a PRS Custom 22 that is my grown up guitar and a blonde Fender Strat plus from the 80's with the gold lace sensor pickups for a bit more blues...


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@Matthew HaskinsNice to see more Ibanez guys around here. Ibanez4Life! :D 

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Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '91 Elan SE | '97 XK8

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8 hours ago, Matthew Haskins said:

Very nice...

That's nuclear Pink.  I only had one Ibanez back in the day, but it had 3 single coil pickups.  It was pink, but not retina burning pink like yours.  Don't see too many lefties.

What inlays are those?


"I thought it was Lambo" -  Thank you very much and now it's time to educate the Exotic Less.

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I expect you select your gig venues carefully with that colour..........

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As Photobucket removed my photos below are some of my other guitars.

Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded 2005.

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Charvel Model 4 1987

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Fender Strat USA 1995

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Knackered old Fender Tele USA 1996. My main guitar.

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Gibson Explorer 2017

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Fender Strat Special

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An old 1979 Fender Strat USA.

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And a Squier signed by Kenny Jones (The Faces), Mike Rutherford (Genesis) and Bob Geldoff (Plonker) for my 40th Birthday :)

 

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Too late and too many to post, but this is my current favorite. 

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1983 "Investor's Special Edition" Turbo Esprit (#43/50) | 2012 Evora S

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Headstock reminds me of Ibanez, or perhaps Washburn. Apart from that, I'm stumped, unless it's a custom job?


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Well I'm guessing it's a Dingwall with Fan Frets and Ford GT40 Heritage Blue edition.  Canadian based, ehh?

http://www.dingwallguitars.com/

Very nice!

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"I thought it was Lambo" -  Thank you very much and now it's time to educate the Exotic Less.

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Speaking of multi-scale guitars, I picked up this amazing Yamamoto baritone acoustic last December in San Francisco while out there for the 20th anniversary memorial concert for my old pal Michael Hedges. 

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Two hours after I picked it up I handed it to another pal, the great Andy McKee, who played it like he owned it and gave me a massive inferiority complex. Bastard. :) That’s master luthier/innovator Steve Klein on the left.

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1983 "Investor's Special Edition" Turbo Esprit (#43/50) | 2012 Evora S

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On 07/03/2018 at 18:26, bogle said:

What inlays are those?

"Disappearing pyramid inlays" - basically bits of colored paper that Ibanez charge an arm and a leg for.

On 07/03/2018 at 21:37, Mark Blanchard said:

Knackered old Fender Tele USA 1996. My main guitar.

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There's something SERIOUSLY magical about the USA Tele. I have one, and the neck pickup (stock!) blows everything else I've ever played out of the water when it comes to that heavy blues tubular sound. I recently sold my USA Strat because it sounded like ass no matter what tone I tried to use it with. Weird. 

Wicked guitar, basic meat and potatoes stuff and a baseball bat of a neck, just the way it should be!!!! 


Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '91 Elan SE | '97 XK8

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Yes I agree.  The Tele is basic and just a slab of wood but the tone is amazing.  Usually have the selector between both pickups (and through a compressor),  to get that snap, cluck sound for country chickin’ pickin’.  

When I’m rocking it up, it’s the 76 Explorer.

The others just collect dust.

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I always use the Flying V, while the rest hang on the wall. That 76 Explorer looks gorgeous, I could easily succumb to temptation to one of those.

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40 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

I always use the Flying V, while the rest hang on the wall. That 76 Explorer looks gorgeous, I could easily succumb to temptation to one of those.

How do you manage to play that thing sitting down? I used to have a Jackson King V - it was gorgeous to look at but I found it impossible to sit back and relax when playing it - always had to be bolt upright with one hand holding the damn thing up all the time. I still have a Randy V which is a little better since one of the horns is short but still same issue having to hold up the neck while playing... 

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Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '91 Elan SE | '97 XK8

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