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axisusaxisus Frets: 11800
Post your 'keepers' that you swore you'd never sell but then did. Why did it go?

I haven't actually sold mine yet, but it will be going at some point in the future. Mine is my Feline Lion. It is a brilliant guitar, but as I have mentioned previously in other threads, since I stared making my own guitars a few years ago they are the only ones that I play. Sure, none of them are anything like the quality of the Feline, but there is a special attachment to a guitar that you have made with your own hands. As I made more (4 so far) other guitars got left behind. I'm in no rush at all to part with it, It will be a real wrench to see it go, but I'd rather someone play it than it sit unused.

Did you get rid of a keeper?
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2645
    I always thought I’d keep my first proper electric. Only a westone thunder 1a, but a perfectly good guitar. Lots of sentimental attachment and memories.. Never played it for years. Started getting it out to play and rebond with it, but I just couldn’t get on with it. I was trying to raise funds for a good acoustic, so off it went.
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34791
    My '61 Gibson J-45. I still miss it. Sold because we needed a new car and I foolishly thought it was better to keep my Lowden O10, which was a better stage guitar as it had a pickup system and wasn't as fragile. I never liked the Lowden though, it just didn't suit me, and was also sold not that long afterwards when I got a cheap acoustic to use with the band. I should have done that in the first place and kept the Gibson.

    '65 Fender Jaguar. I used it as my main guitar along with a Rickenbacker 360 for several years but sold them after my music style changed and I started using a PRS Standard 22.

    PRS Standard 22 - used it for about seven years more or less exclusively. After the band I used it with broke up I went back to using Rickenbackers. Don't miss it at all.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • My early 70's Goldtop les paul deluxe, pancake body fitted with p90's, had to sell it to fund new windows, still have the origional mini humbucker tho'.

    Also my early 90's Warwick walnut body b/o neck Thumb with chrome hardware, sold to help finance my 5 string headless  Sei .
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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 2267
    My Blue Jem - we were suddenly in need of cash it seemed like the only way to quickly raise a chunk of cash.  It went way too cheap and I’d quite like it back.  

    Not sold but another guitar I wish I could have back was my old blonde Tokai strat bought new in 1984 and stolen in 1989.  


    My late father used to have a Mountain acoustic 12 string, 70s Made in Japan iirc and although it wasn’t mine I’d love to track it down as it has strong memories of him and saddens me that it was sold instead of being passed on.  


    If anyone spots any of any of those I’d be very grateful.   
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  • My 67 guild, sold it stupidly in 2012 the bought it back 2013,- 2017 traded it with Bridgehouse  for a Gibson  after about a year later realised that the only real acoustic I can fully gel with was the guild after going through 5 in the mean time so got back in contact and Mr House and collected it yesterday, it won't be happening again. 
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 257
    My first proper guitar, a black Rickenbacker 330 jetglo, bought in 86/87, sold it to great irish songwriter/bass player called Paul, when I lived in Lewisham about 1992, if you're out there,  I need it back! 

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  • GuyRGuyR Frets: 522
    My 79 Fretless Stingray bass, bought from Pino Palladino about 6 years ago and sold a couple of weeks ago. I love the sound. I like instruments with history. Ultimately, I couldn't get comfortable with the precision width neck, so either a pre cbs strat or another old custom colour jazz bass beckons. 
    http://i.imgur.com/gQtjngV.jpg
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  • bodhibodhi Frets: 988
    I generally make very sure I don't sell something I'll regret getting rid of, but messed up on this R7 Custom.

    It appeared on this forum not long ago, but at the wrong time for me to buy it back.



    I do regret that this isn't my pool, too - previous owner in Florida.
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  • Gretsch g6114 new jet in amber that I’d added a b3 to. Great guitar, sold it in Brighton must have been 2006/7. Sold it for a pittance in a desperate bid to stave off bankruptcy and have something to offer the banks. It worked, had a bit of negotiating room as a result and managed to over time put everything right. Miss that guitar though.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 11800
    sold to help finance my 5 string headless  Sei .
    Nice! I hankered after one of those for years. I finally got the chance to buy one secondhand about 8 years ago but I procrastinated for a moment and it went. 
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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 348
    Without a doubt my 61 fender custom shop tele. 3tsb with Brazilian rw board, light as a feather.  I stupidly let it go for 1500 as I thought I was doing the buyer a favour.  He immediately put it on ebay for 2500. Cretin....
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 11800
    Fishboy7 said:
    Without a doubt my 61 fender custom shop tele. 3tsb with Brazilian rw board, light as a feather.  I stupidly let it go for 1500 as I thought I was doing the buyer a favour.  He immediately put it on ebay for 2500. Cretin....
    By 'cretin' I assume that you mean shrewd but very annoying businessman?
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  • MonkeyboneMonkeybone Frets: 185
    edited December 2018
    My PRS Tremonti, swore I'd never sell it, and technically I didn't. Instead, I swapped it for a PRS P22.

    After watching Mark Tremonti live last month, I definitely miss the Tremonti.

    My band - Crimson on Silver  For sale - Blackstar HT-5S

    Gear - Guitars, amps, effects and shizz. Edited for Phil_aka_Pip, who is allergic to big long lists.

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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 426
    Definitely regret selling my Edwards Les Paul. Was better built than my current LP standard. 
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • I would bore everyone to death with the number that this applies to. 
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 762
    edited December 2018
    My Pearl Les Paul Custom should have been a keeper. Very heavy but sounded amazing with either the Bare Knuckle Black Dogs or the humbucker size P90s I had in it and sustained forever. Sold to help fund my parts telemaster which I ended up getting rid of about a month later anyway. Stupid. I've now decided not to ever sell another guitar or amp unless I really never play it. Less bothered by pedals, they can come and go.
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  • The Jazzmaster that’s just gone to @punchesjudy is definitely the best guitar I’ve ever let go. That one was a wrench.... but eyes on the prize - what’s coming in has been a long time waiting. 
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  • @GavRichList Sorry 
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  • My Prs CE22. It was my main guitar for around 3 Or 4 years. Loved it dearly but we had a huge problem with finances because our solicitors messed up with the purchase of our flat. I had to sell to fund an unexpected invoice.

    Never been upset about selling a guitar except for that time.
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2645
    axisus said:
    Fishboy7 said:
    Without a doubt my 61 fender custom shop tele. 3tsb with Brazilian rw board, light as a feather.  I stupidly let it go for 1500 as I thought I was doing the buyer a favour.  He immediately put it on ebay for 2500. Cretin....
    By 'cretin' I assume that you mean shrewd but very annoying businessman?
    My first thought was that he was referring to himself, rather than the 'shrewd businessman'
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • I let go a 1989 PRS Custom I’d owned since 1991 earlier this year.
    Had a full on, if it ain’t getting used it’s getting moved on’ moment (I’d had these before but the sentimental value of this one had saved it).
    Have I missed it? Not really.
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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 1247
    edited December 2018
    I've had a few. 

    PRS McCarty 
    PRS NF3
    PRS Studio
    Tom Anderson Classic

    All were superb guitars
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  • After many years of playing teles I specced my dream tele. Single bound body from WD and a beautiful nitro finished Musikraft neck.
    I really did dig it but gradually became dissatisfied with teles and their pickups in general. So after getting a PRS Mira and MM this was the last of my teles I sold.



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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 671
    @Winny_Pooh ;
    what kind of bridge is that??
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  • @bbill335 it's an 80's fender branded six saddle bridge that I cut down myself. 
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  • This year, I sold my ‘67 Masterbuilt Tele...

    My birth year and all that. 

    Why did I sell ? I bought a Suhr Alt T Pro, which was quite simoly a better guitar in everyway. Oh, and I really needed the corn :)


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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 9935
    My 1980 Wal Custom fretless I sold this year. I needed the money. 

    http://i63.tinypic.com/2mpzr0l.jpg
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 257
    This year, I sold my ‘67 Masterbuilt Tele...

    My birth year and all that. 

    Why did I sell ? I bought a Suhr Alt T Pro, which was quite simoly a better guitar in everyway. Oh, and I really needed the corn :)


    Beautiful Rick', is that hi gains in a Capri I see? 
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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 427
    edited December 2018
    Ok here goes... the short version is that I sold a custom shop Jackson Kelly which at the time of ordering was going to be my one and only forevermore. For the full sorry tale, read on...

    In 2010 my girlfriend Nina was killed in a car accident. With part of the life insurance money I decided to get a guitar made as a tribute to her. I used to spend a lot of time on b3ta.com (as did Nina), and a fellow member made an image in tribute to her which I decided would be perfect, so I specced it up and placed the order.

    Fast forward about 18 months, and two relevant things have happened:

    1.  A snow leopard at the Cat Survival Trust in Welwyn (catsurvivaltrust.org) has been named Nina, due to another friend from b3ta.com. If you saw the TV program 'Snow Leopards of Leafy London' you may have seen her.

    2. I'm in a new relationship with someone I've known for years as a friend.

    (More on both of these later)

    The guitar is imminent (after a couple of delays), and everyone knows I'm very excited about receiving it. Finally it arrives; after a quick play in the shop I get it home to a) play it and b) take a shitload of photos for facebook. Here it is:

    image

    It plays like a dream, sounds great (under the paint is an EMG81/60 set) and I'm very happy with it. My new Mrs though, isn't: she feels intimidated by it, doesn't want to constantly be reminded of Nina, etc etc etc. Final comment on it is that she won't be coming to any gigs where I'm playing it... which I tell her will be all of them. It's all a bit tense, and never really gets resolved. After a while I decide that I'll have the guitar repainted in something less obvious, but still a tribute - I decide to get a picture of Nina the snow leopard on there instead, so I go and see a local airbrish artist. He does his thing, and this is what I end up with:

    image

    To be fair he did a great job of the artwork, but compared to the original finish it's shit - I posted a picture of it on here once before and someone commented that it looked like a design from a t-shirt that you'd find on a market stall.

    So the end of this sad tale is that I'm not with that girl any more (the whole relationship was a terrible mistake, not just repainting the guitar), and I couldn't bear to look at the guitar because basically it reminded me what an idiot I'd been... my friend bought it off me; he's looking into having it repainted as it was from the factory and has promised me that if I ever decide I need it he'll sell it straight back to me. So I guess that's sort of a happy ending.., I don't feel like I want the guitar back though; even just thinking about it just makes me feel *really* stupid.
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar
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