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Yea, looks ok. It plays alright too considering it's made up of left overs. The S9 neck plays really nicely. I fitted it with a Motherbucker at the bridge, which has a 22k resistance. That's 5 times the power of a single coil. It's a beast.

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22k?! My God, man. That's almost indecent! Can you play cleanly through anything?!

Why the string bar if you have a locking nut? (I'm an old-school trem guy, so I ask from genuine ignorance.)


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

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Very full sound on clear, turn up the gain and it turns into a fire breathing monster. High mid and trebles and you can get harmonic on most notes.

I've removed that string bar, don't know what that was for.

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Thanks for the video, Matt...that's the only other plastic Maccaferi I've ever seen....and, as the man says, it sits handy on it's stand for noodling in front of the telly...


Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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My pleasure John. Been listening to a lot of Django lately. Just so incredible. I'm pretty sure he invented swing.


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

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Amazing what can be done with two fingers on the left hand....drives me nuts; I can't get anywhere near it with the full complement!!


Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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I wonder what you'd have gotten by putting Django's two left hand fingers with R. L.'s two right hand fingers...


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

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I'm pretty new here, but have a few old guitars - mostly 1956-72 original Fenders - that I though might be of interest?

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I'm no photographer so apologies for that!

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Dave,

Some of us have heart conditions. You should warn us before posting erotica like this.

WOW!!! :unworthy: :unworthy: :unworthy:

- Matt

P.S. Is your Elan also Dakota Red?


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

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Incredible collection! Like the CBS era Strat.

I bought another guitar last week, a USA Highway One Strat, fitted with Custom Shop 69's, it has a greasebucket tone circuit which gives an interesting sound. It's great to play, more fun than some of my other Strats.

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Thanks guys, sorry if I startled anybody.

Many years of searching around the world to get all those into one place (& then there's all the cases as well!!)

"P.S. Is your Elan also Dakota Red?"

Not quite ...... but why didn't I think of that? An old Elan in Candy Apple Red, now that would be something.

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Just to add, lots of great guitars here, I love looking at pics of guitars.

PS - the CBS Strat. It's from 1972 (the latest of the red Fender guitars shown) & - despite what folk say about CBS Fenders - it is a great sounding / playing instrument & in fact one of my favourites. Nice & light as well.

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Why would you think you'd startle anyone Dave?

Your third post and you post up pics of your ~327 guitars. :hrhr:

Welcome to TLF. :welcome:

Duck over to the Introductions thread and say hi there so people get to know you there as well. :)


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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Now THAT is a bona fide big hair guitar! Flat fretboard?


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

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I thought you guitar nuts might enjoy this, which I bought new in around 1990 (I'd convinced myself that a better instrument would make me a better player). I was wrong and have moved to 4-strings since with a similarly aged Gibson Victory bass I bought new, a Yamaha fretted and a Yamaha fretless which is my current favourite.

My guitarist pals all LOVE the MIII - it does everything a Strat AND a Les Paul will do, and she's a loud beast!

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Proud recipient of the LEF 'Car of the Month Award' February 2008

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "Wow, what a ride!!"

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Hi guys, it's been a while since I posted anything on the forum, anyway here are pics of my guitars, a Fender Custom Shop, Eric Clapton Strat in Midnight blue (meantime for sale to help pay for a couple of Masterbuilt strats I have on order) and a Gibson Custom Shop, Slash Les Paul.

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Heres my others, a 2011, Eric Clapton "Beano" reissue and a 2006, Limited Edition, Pete Townshend Deluxe.

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The two newest additions to the herd. First, #1 of 50 of the Lotus Alex Job Racing Schecter Solo 6's:

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I picked this up with the intent that it be preserved in a pristine collectible state, but all I had to do was grab the neck to lift it out of the case and I knew I'd be playing it, so this will in fact be played to death. I've played it every day for about a month since it arrived and I f'ing love this axe. Acoustically it chimes like hell. Can't recall the last time I picked up a solidbody with this much acoustic character. The neck is fantastic and the whole feel is like what it looks like--an ergonomic Les Paul. I was iffy on the "Duncan Designed" Blackjack HB-102b/HB-101n pickups just on principle, but they're pretty nice, particularly with the dual coil-tap setup giving a wide variety of tones, so I'm resisting my urge to replace them with the Duncan "Custom Custom" SH-11/'59 SH-1N they put in the Solo 6 Customs.

FYI, there are only a few of the 50 guitars left. If you want one go to http://www.lotusajr....itar/index.html

As far as South Korean-made guitars go, I also have an Epiphone Elitist Casino and two limited edition Gretsch Billy-Bo's and they're all made as well as, if not better, than 99% of American-made guitars short of a custom shop, and this Schecter is no exception. The build quality/fit and finish is fantastic and it's probably the best out of the case setup I've come across in decades.

Next up, if Giugiaro and Chapman designed a solidbody to go with my S1, aka "Agent Orange," it would be a Gibson Holy Explorer--a light weight wedge of a guitar. Pat Sims refinished it in the same Colorado Orange as the car and he perfectly matched a paint sample that Mike Halker supplied while spraying my car. The finish is absolutely kickass flawless and he incorporated a suitable Turbo Esprit-inspired graphic I created, so ignore any griping I made in another thread about his service. He also ripped out the crap pickups and replaced them with a "Greenie" set from the Duncan Custom Shop that I'd ordered. Video of Pat cranking out "Bark at the Moon":

Surprisingly not neck heavy at all. In fact, better balanced than a regular Explorer. Feels great, plays great, sounds great. All better than the guy playing it (me, not Pat).

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Clearly, my guitar acquisition syndrome is getting out of control, so I'll be selling off a bunch of my collection this month to cull the herd.


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

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Or you could simply consolidate, Matt... :lol:

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Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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Don't tempt me. In 1985, while playing bass in a Rush copy band, my dad, who's pretty much a master woodworker, and a luthier friend of ours designed and built a double-neck based on Geddy Lee's Rickenbacker 4080, but with the bottom half modeled after my flattop '82 Hamer Sunburst, like this one (mine's a custom one-off with a Tune-o-matic bridge)...

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Dual neck-through-body, with five slices taken from a single slab of mahogany. By the time it was done it was so heavy that I barely played it! It was so heavy it wasn't even comfortable playing while seated.


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

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Les, Love that Beano Les Paul! And Moxie, you're Explorer turned out superb! I've never then anything like it. Looks a quality job and great graphics.

I bought a Fender Telecaster 72 Deluxe yesterday, a real nice player and sounds good too.

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Also a mate gave me a modified Strat recently for my 40th, signed by Mike Rutherford from Genesis and Kenny Jones from the Faces (and the Small Faces and the Who). It's going to be sign by a few more old Rockers soon too.

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Nice!!!

And I agree that the Beano Les induces lustful feelings.


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

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Some pics courtesy of a terrible phone camera!

Some of the axes I've amassed during the last decade:

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/gallery/image/2286-dsc-0110/

Left to right:

Ibanez JS1200CAL

Fender USA Standard Stratocaster

Fender USA Standard Telecaster

Jackson USA Custom Shop King V

Washburn MG-44

Ibanez SA160QML

Ironically enough, the high-end US guitars were all bought for peanuts on the almighty eBay.

Gonna post the rest of the collection sometime...(and with a better camera at that.)

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

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