2008 Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II

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“gloss butterscotch”

This guitar was the big turning point for me. It changed my idea of how to approach the selection and acquisition of guitars, and it steered me well away, for a long time, from any idea of preference for expensive vintage instruments, though I hadn’t been contemplating anything like that kind of purchase. This seemed like indulgence enough. I bought it to get acquainted with p90s, and it made me love them right away.

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1985 Rickenbacker 330

My first electric was a mapleglo ’85 Rickenbacker 360 I picked up for $500 brand new with hang tags and no case at a sketchy guitar store in a sketchy part of Metro-Detroit right after I got my driver’s license in ’85. Somehow, I never drew the obvious conclusion from that telling configuration of elements.

It was a great guitar, and I loved it. I drew it. I always regretted selling it, and when I started playing again, I missed it. I looked for, and eventually found, an ’85 jetglo 330 with a white on black truss rod cover to replace it, all the better for being a little roughed up.

This first change I made to this guitar was to have a black/white/black set of guards cut to replace the original white set.
This first change I made to this guitar was to have a black/white/black set of guards cut to replace the original white set.

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A few years ago, my wife wanted to buy me something fun. Birthday gifts, she said, shouldn’t have to be practical. I gave in and let her buy me a Gretsch 5122 at the dearly departed Charlottesville Music. I had a twenty year old strat and a Glen Campbell Ovation that I hadn’t played much for years, but buying that Gretsch got me playing again. I sold my old solid state amp and got the AC30 I’d always wanted but that was too loud and wouldn’t stick. I found an ’85 Rickenbacker to replace the one I’d sold back in the early 90’s. It made the Gretsch seem shabby, so I traded it in for a Country Gentleman, which was beautiful. I bought a Squier Custom II Tele for the p90s but thought it could sound better. Turns out it could.

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