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RabsRabs Frets: 1140

Ohh man..  Some of those look amazing... Its not like id ever even buy something like that cos I just don't have money for such things, but I still enjoy looking.

Go to 3 mins in for the start of the porn show :)

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  • robgilmorobgilmo Frets: 1632
    Holy Jesus.
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 731
    Flipping heck...
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 672
    I love their youtube channel
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 4089
    Ah the power of hype ........a load of wood and wires........not one of those is going to sound any better than the pair of hands playing it.
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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1140
    Dominic said:
    Ah the power of hype ........a load of wood and wires........not one of those is going to sound any better than the pair of hands playing it.


    I don't think anyone has suggested they would?

    Its just porn to look at... 

    Just a load of wood and wires..  Isnt that the whole point of the forum???

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  • chris78chris78 Frets: 261
    Dominic said:
    Ah the power of hype ........a load of wood and wires........not one of those is going to sound any better than the pair of hands playing it.
    But for those of us with rubbish hands, we like to believe these will make us sound less crappy so please don’t ruin our fun
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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203
    That hummingbird. Sweet Jesus 
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9146


    I remember staring in the guitar shop window at 13 years old before I could play a note.  I'm not just drawn to guitars because I am a guitarist.  I am a guitarist because I am drawn to guitars.

    They have an aesthetic appeal totally separate from musicality.  That's okay.  Accept it.




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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1140
    WezV said:


    I remember staring in the guitar shop window at 13 years old before I could play a note.  I'm not just drawn to guitars because I am a guitarist.  I am a guitarist because I am drawn to guitars.

    They have an aesthetic appeal totally separate from musicality.  That's okay.  Accept it.





    Yup...  All my personal guitars are all out on display in my front room.. I really do like looking at them as much as I do playing them..

    In fact there was a time I went a bit overboard and had like 9 guitars (all Gibson of course :) ) . I only have room to display so many and I absolutely hated having guitars in the bedroom in their cases doing nothing and where I couldn't see them..  Ive been down to four guitars now for many years and have very little urge to buy any more.  BUT I still love looking at stuff even if  I know I will never own them (and of course from a design view too its important to look at as much as you can).

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  • ChuckManualChuckManual Frets: 459
    The '62 Tobacco burst 330 gave me a full-on Gentleman's Moment...  :o :3
    Not much of the gear, even less idea.
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  • teradaterada Frets: 1548
    WezV said:


    I remember staring in the guitar shop window at 13 years old before I could play a note.  I'm not just drawn to guitars because I am a guitarist.  I am a guitarist because I am drawn to guitars.

    They have an aesthetic appeal totally separate from musicality.  That's okay.  Accept it.


    Definitely. That's what is so great about them to me. They are a treat to both the eyes and the ears (maybe less so the ears when I'm playing ;) )
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  • blueskunkblueskunk Frets: 2389
    Wouldn’t mind working there. Sweeping, cleaning, making cups of coffee all day for sales staff etc etc - would all be worth it :)
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1716
    The thing for me is where have those 50s minters been squirrelled away all these years? They look newer than new stuff :)
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4760
    Seeing, owning or touching one 'special guitar' is very nice - But as and when you can see, touch, play, or own a 'gaggle of guitars' like at Norman's it means far more - Certainly wets the taste bud

    I've seen collections in many formats - Some might have the finest examples of say 70's international coloured Strats - Not the greatest guitars to play, but when you see them so mint, with tags, case etc then you can admire the owners passion - So now convert this to a host of models from the golden era and you can only stand back and admire such a collection

    Guitar porn can come in many formats - Cool collections like @HarrySeven or collections from the stars of top end models ie Joe Walsh, Billy G and Jo Bo etc

    If you have the funds to build such a  collection and the passion for it, then I salute you - I'd rather look at such guitars then a monthly bank statement - More interest in the guitars then the bank statement 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 1599
    Dominic said:
    Ah the power of hype ........a load of wood and wires........not one of those is going to sound any better than the pair of hands playing it.
    Erm, are you sure you're on the right forum, buddy?
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203
    @Rabs ;
    youve now added something to my GAS list damn you !
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 618
    Where does he find so many?! Every few months they get a hugggee batch....
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  • GuyRGuyR Frets: 217
    Hattigol said:
    Dominic said:
    Ah the power of hype ........a load of wood and wires........not one of those is going to sound any better than the pair of hands playing it.
    Erm, are you sure you're on the right forum, buddy?
    Sounds like a member's significant other has started their own account.

    If that video doesn't make you smile, there's no hope!!
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  • longjawlongjaw Frets: 175
    Where does he find so many?! Every few months they get a hugggee batch....

    The vintage guitar market in the States is huge.

    They also often buy and sell the same guitar again and again. 


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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4760
    Where does he find so many?! Every few months they get a hugggee batch....
    guessing a few will have come at one of the major USA vintage guitar shows - I've only been to one but what an experience - Guitar porn via a video clip is interesting, but at such a show you are closer to the action - The store I worked at during this time and we purchased about 25 pieces - Great fun doing so 

    Think Mike at ATB buys a good % of stock via similar shows
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 199
    This was from a Texas guitar show and loads of owners dying off and gear getting sold to dealers. 
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  • KitsuneKitsune Frets: 227
    Watched this last night, pretty damned interesting. Theres supposed to be a red ES block 335 in there.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 411
    I like this channel ... when most of them shut up and let the instruments to the talking  B)
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 295
    Has anyone here read his 'Confessions of a vintage guitar dealer' book?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Vintage-Guitar-Dealer-Memoirs/dp/1495035115
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 919
    As Mike has said, there's just been a massive show at Arlington in Texas.

    That's basically Norm's model - he goes to shows, buys up a lot of stock - adds a mark-up (quite a big one from what I've heard) and moves it on.

    Plus dripping in a lot of stuff he's been stockpiling since the 70s/80s

    Looks like an amazing shop and I'll certainly visit one day, but like all shops you hear good and bad things if you ask around enough
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 1599
    I think he has fully earned the right to charge top dollar. Arguably the finest vintage dealer in the world? If anyone knows of any better ones, please do NOT post details. I am supposed to be working today.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203
    I like the way he calls his customers "victims" haha
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 69
    edited October 12
    I like watching the Insta vids, guitar of the day, and so on. Pretty much all the guitars are beyond my reach financially, and I don't think I'd ever pay $10K for a guitar anyway, or collect them like paintings.

    I also do get a bit tired of hearing the same "classic rock" riffs played on every guitar demo.

    I think Andy on the Pro Guitar Shop vids chooses way better riffs to demo gear.

    They have a video as well of cheap and weird guitars which I like, as they're quirky enough to be different, but attainable!
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 992
    Norm goes to GuitArlington every year, well its moved to Fort Worth this year so maybe they renamed it. He gets in there as a dealer the day before it opens to the public and buys from the other traders. He gets all the good stuff and does pay dearly for it. The guys know what he wants and likes by now. Most of this stuff will never need to be advertised, it will go to high end clients or sell soon as this video gets seen. Norm goes with a shopping list too, he's very savvy...he knows what sells and having dealt with him a few times a really warm,friendly decent guy. One of the honest guys. 
    Vintage guitars? Hype? The real pro's don't think so but there no point trying to reason with the negativity here.....you stick with your MIM's and Epi's.....each to their own.

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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 374
    I thought it was a bit of a boring selection show. I'm sure there is someone more interesting hidden away!
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