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Personally I no longer own any guitars but I do carry, polish, restring, tune and take care of the following and have since 1967 which makes me proud:

1968 Gibson Double neck SG 1275 - Black

Parker Classic Fly Deluxe- Cherry (Last one personally made by Ken Parker)

1965 Gibson Flying V - Black

1996 Ric 360-12 - Maple

1995 Epiphone Gibson Special Custom - Black

1964 Fender Telecaster - Black

1968 Gibson Blue Ridge Acoustic

1999 Martin Custom

There have been many others including Strats, Variax,etc.. I can't keep track in my mind we average about 35 guitars on tour and they are basically my responsibility.

Currently I am storing a Fender Precision Bass and a DanElectro Longhorn Bass.Hopefully, they won't be in storage too much longer.

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Personally I no longer own any guitars but I do carry, polish, restring, tune and take care of the following and have since 1967 which makes me proud:

1968 Gibson Double neck SG 1275 - Black

Parker Classic Fly Deluxe- Cherry (Last one personally made by Ken Parker)

1965 Gibson Flying V - Black

1996 Ric 360-12 - Maple

1995 Epiphone Gibson Special Custom - Black

1964 Fender Telecaster - Black

1968 Gibson Blue Ridge Acoustic

1999 Martin Custom

There have been many others including Strats, Variax,etc.. I can't keep track in my mind we average about 35 guitars on tour and they are basically my responsibility.

Currently I am storing a Fender Precision Bass and a DanElectro Longhorn Bass.Hopefully, they won't be in storage too much longer.

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Personally I no longer own any guitars but I do carry, polish, restring, tune and take care of the following and have since 1967 which makes me proud:

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1965 Gibson Flying V - Black

Has the V ever been refinished? I remember it being a dark cherry sunburst back in the early 70's. Of course, it's a possibility that my memory is shot too.
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Personally I no longer own any guitars but I do carry, polish, restring, tune and take care of the following and have since 1967 which makes me proud:

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1965 Gibson Flying V - Black

Has the V ever been refinished? I remember it being a dark cherry sunburst back in the early 70's. Of course, it's a possibility that my memory is shot too.
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Roadie # 3 - If Wally's Flying V is from '65, I assume this was custom-built? Gibson discontinued making them after '59, and didn't resume again until '67......and they were a somewhat different instrument at that point (mahogany body instead of korina wood, etc.) but they've always been willing to build one-off custom axes. Just curious...(Wally's V has the '67 style larger pickguard, bridge & truss rod cover)....

P.S. If it's one of the '58/'59 originals, it's worth a significant fortune....versus a '67 which is still worth a good bit, but not approaching 6 figures....

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Roadie # 3 - If Wally's Flying V is from '65, I assume this was custom-built? Gibson discontinued making them after '59, and didn't resume again until '67......and they were a somewhat different instrument at that point (mahogany body instead of korina wood, etc.) but they've always been willing to build one-off custom axes. Just curious...(Wally's V has the '67 style larger pickguard, bridge & truss rod cover)....

P.S. If it's one of the '58/'59 originals, it's worth a significant fortune....versus a '67 which is still worth a good bit, but not approaching 6 figures....

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OK, here's my current stuff:

1983 American Strat

1991 American Strat with Delta Tone System

1999 Mexican Strat"TacoCaster" w/Seymour Duncans

1977 Les Paul Standard

1978 Les Paul Custom

1984 Kramer Baretta

1989 Telecaster Black

Samick Greg Bennett PRS copy

Epiphone Doubleneck w/Gibson Pickups

Epiphone ES335 knockoff

Boulder Creek Solitaire Acoustic

Carvin Custom Shop CT-6T

Carvin Custom Shop DC-127

Peavey Predator (project Guitar)

Kramer Focus(Parts guitar)

Amps:

Steve Vai Legacy Heads(2) with Hasslebrock Mods

Carvin Belair 2 X 12 combo (Hasselbrock)

1- 4x12 Vintage 30 Cab

1-2x12 Marshall cab w/ Weber speakers.

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OK, here's my current stuff:

1983 American Strat

1991 American Strat with Delta Tone System

1999 Mexican Strat"TacoCaster" w/Seymour Duncans

1977 Les Paul Standard

1978 Les Paul Custom

1984 Kramer Baretta

1989 Telecaster Black

Samick Greg Bennett PRS copy

Epiphone Doubleneck w/Gibson Pickups

Epiphone ES335 knockoff

Boulder Creek Solitaire Acoustic

Carvin Custom Shop CT-6T

Carvin Custom Shop DC-127

Peavey Predator (project Guitar)

Kramer Focus(Parts guitar)

Amps:

Steve Vai Legacy Heads(2) with Hasslebrock Mods

Carvin Belair 2 X 12 combo (Hasselbrock)

1- 4x12 Vintage 30 Cab

1-2x12 Marshall cab w/ Weber speakers.

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I made a mistake on the date of the Flying V. The serial number is somewhat hard to read but we and Gibson think it is vintage 67 but could be 59 as well. I started working with Wally in 67 and he already had the V so I am not sure of the date it was built. I will do some additional research and get to the bottom of the dates. Everything on the guitar is original other than the tuning pegs which I changed to Grover's in 1971. The color is black. always has been and it has never been retouched, none of Wally's guitars have been retouched. Every nick and scratch are original. I know I have put a few in them myself.

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I made a mistake on the date of the Flying V. The serial number is somewhat hard to read but we and Gibson think it is vintage 67 but could be 59 as well. I started working with Wally in 67 and he already had the V so I am not sure of the date it was built. I will do some additional research and get to the bottom of the dates. Everything on the guitar is original other than the tuning pegs which I changed to Grover's in 1971. The color is black. always has been and it has never been retouched, none of Wally's guitars have been retouched. Every nick and scratch are original. I know I have put a few in them myself.

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I think it's a pretty safe bet that the V is a 67. V's from 59 had a different look to them and the majority of them were a light color. If I recall right 58/59's had strings through the body also.

My V's looked just like Wally's with the exception of the "signature" pickups and mine were purchased in 73 & 74. A brown one (which would never stay in tune) and a black one that just screamed and the tuning was rock solid.

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1996 or 1997 (can't remember) Epiphone Riviera sunburst

2000 (about) Sam Ash green burst Ovation, (little holes)

1979 Maggie Clarke / Carlo Greco Guild/Martin dreadnaught knock-off - abalone neck inserts. I took a course in steel string guitar construction in 1978, and after 13 weeks had it mostly done, so I brought it to the best luthier on 48th St in Manhattan (everybody agreed) and he finished it. He thought it sounds like a Guild.

1960s Classical guitar - forgot what brand.

Crate chorus amp and a Fender champion.

I've played since I was about 12. It's my fifth instrument (after bongos and harmonica (age 6) and accordian (age 7-11), and Ukelele (age 11-12). Learned keyboards and wish to learn bass, but guitar's the best instrument by far. Learned all Beatles and many 60s songs words and music cold and can still knock them off (chords only at first). Took courses at the Guitar Study Center in NYC (founded by Simon and Garfunkel and run by Eddie Simon at first) starting 1979 and learned fingerpicking. Taught myself to play leads starting around 1996.

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Regarding Wally's Flying V - I looked it up, and apparently, Gibson issued a small handful of V's as late as '61/'62 with the '58/'59 specs (natural Korina finish, strings through body, smaller pickguard). The larger pickguard, bodies with non-natural finishes(like black), and later bridge didn't come into play until '67. It's obvious that Gibson didn't keep the best records back then, and it's possible that Wally could have ended up with a leftover '59 body (and serial number) and later finish & appointments.

Gibson always viewed the korina guitars from the late 50s as huge failures because they simply didn't sell too many in '58/'59....There are about 100 late 50s Flying V's in existence, less than 50 Explorers...and the Moderne never got off the ground at all (until the 80s version).

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Had these in the past, but sold them(for a variety of reasons).

Fender(Squire)Strat(Korean)Blue

Fender(Squire)Strat(Indonesian)Black

Epiphone Double-Neck Maroon 6/12(Korean)

Epiphone E-350? Acoustic

Epiphone Rock-o-matic bass White

Fender Mustang Bass(USA)Black

Fender Squire P-bass(Korea)Black

Mahalo Flying V Ukulele

Baglamas(small bouzouki)

Sunn Model T Amp

Fender Bassman Amp

Currently Have:

Rogue Korean copy of a Hofner bass

No amps since I am not currently playing live; using just the board and/or PA.

Next to purchase:

Fender Nashville Tele(with Texas pickups)

Acoustic 12 string(still looking)

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Just added a Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet to my collection. Same basic shape as a Les Paul, black top with walnut back. Complete with 2 retro looking mini humbuckers, Bigsby trem, white sparkle scratchplate, "fingernail" fret markers, Gretsch logos on the control pots, and all for £299 (about $600). Beautiful spec and amazing finish for the price. Sounds great too!

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