Pure guitar porn.. Norm buys 79 more guitars

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  • WolfetoneWolfetone Frets: 1036
    Strat54 said:
    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.

    Agreed. Not that I could ever afford any of them but there's something very magical about an old vintage guitar. Not really sure what's at the root of it but it's probably the 'If this guitar could talk' thing...... even if id did spend most of its time under someones bed...(if you get my drift).  
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2362
    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.
    That's very interesting @WezV

    I was drawn to guitars because of music I love that's played on them and though I like them, I've never had the draw to very high-end or vintage guitars many others do.

    I'd never thought of it that way round as someone seeing the guitar, loving the aesthetic and wanting to play it before but it does explain an awful lot of gear culture.

    Food for thought.

    Warning: this post may contain overtly affectionate references to Mary Spender
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  • jhumberjhumber Frets: 45
    duotone said:
    Has anyone here read his 'Confessions of a vintage guitar dealer' book?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Vintage-Guitar-Dealer-Memoirs/dp/1495035115
    Yes, it's a great read. If I remember correctly I gave mine away to a forum member on here who was looking for a copy. I can't recall who it was but it's possible they'll see this message and pass it on in turn :)
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9146
    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.
    That's very interesting @WezV

    I was drawn to guitars because of music I love that's played on them and though I like them, I've never had the draw to very high-end or vintage guitars many others do.

    I'd never thought of it that way round as someone seeing the guitar, loving the aesthetic and wanting to play it before but it does explain an awful lot of gear culture.

    Food for thought.

    I guess I am drawn to the aesthetic because I like the music that's played on them first.  I don't think it's that different
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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 147
    Oh dear, that Junior. ❤️
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2362
    WezV said:
    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.
    That's very interesting @WezV

    I was drawn to guitars because of music I love that's played on them and though I like them, I've never had the draw to very high-end or vintage guitars many others do.

    I'd never thought of it that way round as someone seeing the guitar, loving the aesthetic and wanting to play it before but it does explain an awful lot of gear culture.

    Food for thought.

    I guess I am drawn to the aesthetic because I like the music that's played on them first.  I don't think it's that different
    Fair enough so. 

    To be clear, I wasn't trying to imply a different or superior motivation or anything even remotely negative, more understand the way we all find ourselves where we are.
    Warning: this post may contain overtly affectionate references to Mary Spender
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 818
    That guy at 8mins45, the haunted look, the thousand yard stare - I know exactly how he feels!
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 992
    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.
    That's very interesting @WezV

    I was drawn to guitars because of music I love that's played on them and though I like them, I've never had the draw to very high-end or vintage guitars many others do.

    I'd never thought of it that way round as someone seeing the guitar, loving the aesthetic and wanting to play it before but it does explain an awful lot of gear culture.

    Food for thought.

    I was drawn to guitar because of my love for the music it created, just so happened that even back in the 80's a lot of bands were already using vintage guitars rather than new ones, plus there was that period where US production didn't exist.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9146
    WezV said:
    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.
    That's very interesting @WezV

    I was drawn to guitars because of music I love that's played on them and though I like them, I've never had the draw to very high-end or vintage guitars many others do.

    I'd never thought of it that way round as someone seeing the guitar, loving the aesthetic and wanting to play it before but it does explain an awful lot of gear culture.

    Food for thought.

    I guess I am drawn to the aesthetic because I like the music that's played on them first.  I don't think it's that different
    Fair enough so. 

    To be clear, I wasn't trying to imply a different or superior motivation or anything even remotely negative, more understand the way we all find ourselves where we are.
    I can certainly explain some by the love of the music, les pauls, explorers, offsets etc..

    I can't explain why a 13 year old version of me was instantly drawn to a sunburst wood bodied resonator, or D'angelico archtop.... but i do remember finding them fascinating instruments even back then
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  • BlaendulaisBlaendulais Frets: 735
    Strat54 said:.....you stick with your MIM's and Epi's.....each to their own.

    You probably play epi's and MIM's cos you can afford epi's and MIM's.  Like you say Buddy each to his own.
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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1140
    mli3 said:
    @Rabs ;
    youve now added something to my GAS list damn you !


    You are welcome..  But that is why we are here, grown men sharing GAS with each other  :) 

    The LP Junior?

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  • jdgmjdgm Frets: 152
    All the ones he gets out look in very good shape indeed.....top-notch condition.
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 278
    edited October 12
    I think I have a guitar coming from that very show. It's not signed, sealed and delivered yet, and not in the Norm league, but I was still excited enough to wet myself when I heard. Of course, I'm getting to the age where wetting oneself isn't necessarily rare.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4760
    jdgm said:
    All the ones he gets out look in very good shape indeed.....top-notch condition.
    nothing wrong with a players grade old guitar - after all Rory's Strat and G Moore's LP were wrecked from sheer amount of use - But people like Norm know you can buy a host of old guitars, so why not just buy the best example of each - That way you elevate yourself above other dealers who have 'mediocre' examples and charge accordingly

    I saw an episode the other day of 'Fast n Loud' and they went to a dealer in the middle of no where who had the finest and largest collection of Trans Am style cars - Maybe a 100 of them - Doesn't matter if you like such cars or not, but as a collection it is mighty impressive - I recall an episode of Route 66 with Billy Connolly where he stumbled across a guitar collector, again in the middle of know, where there was a massive collection of guitars like Coronado's - You have to admire their passion for collecting the finest examples and as such the knowledge that goes with it
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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203
    Rabs said:
    mli3 said:
    @Rabs ;
    youve now added something to my GAS list damn you !


    You are welcome..  But that is why we are here, grown men sharing GAS with each other  :) 

    The LP Junior?

    The hummingbird! 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 19260
    edited October 12
    Think Mike at ATB buys a good % of stock via similar shows
    I assume he never pays the sticker price, though?
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  • breadfanbreadfan Frets: 217
    @richardhomer You really do do it so well!

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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1140
    mli3 said:
    Rabs said:
    mli3 said:
    @Rabs ;;
    youve now added something to my GAS list damn you !


    You are welcome..  But that is why we are here, grown men sharing GAS with each other   

    The LP Junior?

    The hummingbird! 



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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 295
    Think this is more my price level   Some nice designs though

    https://www.normansrareguitars.com/product-category/merchandise/
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 295
    jhumber said:
    duotone said:
    Has anyone here read his 'Confessions of a vintage guitar dealer' book?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Vintage-Guitar-Dealer-Memoirs/dp/1495035115
    Yes, it's a great read. If I remember correctly I gave mine away to a forum member on here who was looking for a copy. I can't recall who it was but it's possible they'll see this message and pass it on in turn :)
    Thanks @jhumber ;

    Good to hear that you enjoyed it, I read a couple reviews on Amazon, where people said much of the book was Norm blowing his own trumpet.  Am glad you enjoyed it & will probbaly end up getting it now for Christmas.  Cheers!
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2578
    Oh dear, that Junior. ❤️
    It was a bit of a heartbreaker wasn't it. Such a sweet little case. <3
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9301
    I liked the 50s s/burst strats and the L7-style archtop
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203
    Rabs said:
    mli3 said:
    Rabs said:
    mli3 said:
    @Rabs ;;
    youve now added something to my GAS list damn you !


    You are welcome..  But that is why we are here, grown men sharing GAS with each other   

    The LP Junior?

    The hummingbird! 



    Ha. I saw. 
    Now stop fuelling this nuts obsession of mine please
    :-)
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  • As somebody mentioned a lot of those guitars are probably spoken for. I really enjoy Norms YouTube stuff,I wish that he’d do some back room videos.  I can’t believe that all of the guitars he buys are prefect so he either has some good luthiers on tap or his own workshop out back prepping instruments for the shop floor.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 5093
    Blimey.

    Does anyone know how to remove coffee drool from a keyboard?


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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1140
    The thing for me is where have those 50s minters been squirrelled away all these years? They look newer than new stuff :)


    Yes this has been mentioned a few times..  I don't think he fixes most of them up.. Even though im sure some of them must need some work, even if its just a good set up.

    Just remember, they are American made guitars and theres millions more people over there than we have here..  Much more chance of finding an old untouched case under a bed or in a loft or something as the generations pass...

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