1971 The Year Of The Last Real Thinline…

13 02 2011

I love this guitar. It’s been beaten.  It’s been smoked on.  Maybe been in a few Topless Bars.  It has almost zero frets left.  Worked to death without retirement.  It’s light weight.  It sings.  These went to a double Seth Lover Designed Humbucker-Pickup configuration right after this, but I love a Telecaster and this has the standard Tele Design.  Not to knock the Seth Lover Pickups…they’re great with a maple fretboard!  Get yourself an original 70’s Starcaster and see what I mean.  Paul Reed Smith is like “Lips and Dicks” (hot dogs?) compared to the tone you can get from either of these Telecasters that I’m describing.  I guess I won’t be getting a Paul Reed Smith Dealership anytime soon but who cares?   No love lost.  I found this guitar in Dallas about twenty five years ago.  Check out the Dry Lake-Bed Smoke-Stained Pickguard.  The worn-out attributes and cracks in the wood…my floor!  Who could ask for more?  I’ve played some of the Mexican Manufactured Models and some are great and cost way less than one of these originals, but you should buy one!  Not from me though, those people won’t give an independent guitar shop the time of day now.  Am I bitter?  No, probably just disappointed that in the good old days these Sales-Clowns would drive all over the country, beg,  and take on Dealerships with anyone who would just talk to them after getting out of their Country Squire Wagon and show them a piece or two.  Now, you’ve got to be NASA or something to get them to even deal with you.   Here I go again, crying about the state of things….when people are starving and rioting and/or making tons of money.  Buy a Telecaster from a small shop and see what you can do!  I have three of them and they’re all amazing!  Give up The Strat Habit!  Jazzmasters and Telecasters are the best guitars Leo ever brought to life.  Oh yeah, and put on some Harry Nilsson.  It will blow your 2011 mind!

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12 responses

13 02 2011
buzz baby jesus

That guitar is a beauty. Strats are fine guitars, except I dislike strongly the location of the knobs. I’m alway turning myself down by accident. Maybe the guitar is trying to tell me something. Anyway I love tele’s too. Never cared much for the Jazzmaster. How can you play Rock N Roll with a guitar that has “Jazz” in it’s name? I know, through a Roland Jazz Chorus 120.

14 02 2011
Guitar Safari

I’m with you on the Strat Knob situation. I always hated hitting that knob and turning the thing down by accident. I’ve had three Strats and now I have ZERO. As far as playing Rock & Roll on a Jazzmaster…let’s just ask Tom Verlaine. How can anyone play Rock & Roll on something called Paul Reed Smith??? You can’t fool me! If you know what a Roland Jazz Chorus is, then you’ve probably had one at some time or other…right? Thanks for reading my BLOB. Oh yeah…and another thing about Strats…that middle pickup…it’s right in the way and just plain yucky!

14 02 2011
buzz baby jesus

I know I’m wrong about the Jazzmaster, they’re great guitars, maybe I’ll get to know one some day.
There was a time in the ’80’s where it seemed all sorts of people into The Police and XTC had a Roland Jazz Chorus 120. It’s probably an excellent keyboard amplifier.

14 02 2011
Guitar Safari

I read in some article years ago that Gang Of Four used Norlin Era/Gibson Made Lab Series Amps because of the harsh Solid State Tone. A place for everything…and everything in it’s place.

13 02 2011
buzz baby jesus

I forgot to say, “Ouch” at the end.

14 02 2011
Guitar Safari

All is right with the World!

14 02 2011
Cocovan

I like the floor…..

14 02 2011
Guitar Safari

Is that where you wound up last night? Tongue & Groove Baby!

18 02 2011
John Ransom

This commentary is keeping me alive…Keep going, please….That Guitar is BOSS, by the way, as are many at GUITAR SAFARI…This website kicks ASS.

20 02 2011
Guitar Safari

My Good Man! Thanks very much for reading this stuff…next up…well, you’ll just have to wait and see!…and by the way, you’re keeping me alive as well! We need to take our Gals out for dinner!

2 03 2011
G

You dick head…. I remember that guitar.

2 03 2011
Guitar Safari

I guess that means I have to say okay to this this reply…..right?

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