Trio of Gold Guards

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Trio of Gold Guards

Post by bterry » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:20 am

Had an opportunity to hang out and compare some rare and just killer gold guard JMs yesterday - pictured L 2 R: my 1958 Gold, 1959 Fiesta (or, possibly Roman Red), 1958 SB...

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Post by RIORIO » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:10 pm

*new wallpaper alert*

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Post by zhivago » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:27 pm

An incredible trio!!! :-* 8)
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Re: Trio of Gold Guards

Post by mbene085 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:31 pm

Ok, so obviously the photo is incredible. But you said you had a chance to compare them...so? How did they differ? How did they play? Did they all sound as great as you'd expect?

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Post by i love sharin foo » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:00 pm

I don't see a whole lot anymore where I am really struck. This though :? !! Wow!
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Post by phread » Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:08 am

Wow!!! Just wow!!!

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Post by MechaBulletBill » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:02 am

I don't wanna shake hands with the gold one's previous owner. Must take xenomorph blood to wear the gold off that guard and you don't see fret dots stained that dark too often!

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Post by s_mcsleazy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:43 am

i'd rock all 3 but the order is the important part.

middle right then left.
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Post by rexter » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:58 am

Amazing! And all in such beautiful condition :-*

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Re: Trio of Gold Guards

Post by otis » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:59 am

mbene085 wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Ok, so obviously the photo is incredible. But you said you had a chance to compare them...so? How did they differ? How did they play? Did they all sound as great as you'd expect?
that's what I was wondering as well...

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Post by kracdown » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:01 pm

:? Makes my trio of vintage JM’s look like child’s play... I still think the gold is my favorite.
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Re: Trio of Gold Guards

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:38 pm

Damn! Stunning to have that opportunity. Curious how they compared as well. What were the necks like, playability, sound, etc.
Anything that struck you as particularly amazing or anything that caught you off guard? (pun intended!)

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Post by HNB » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:25 pm

Nice! Looks like you were at Guitar Maniacs? I was there today and didn't see any Jazzies. They are selling my Fiesta Jaguar there though. :) (And my Tonemaster.)
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Re: Trio of Gold Guards

Post by bterry » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:58 am

mbene085 wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Ok, so obviously the photo is incredible. But you said you had a chance to compare them...so? How did they differ? How did they play? Did they all sound as great as you'd expect?
They were all pretty similar, actually, excluding some minor differences you could attribute to any set of three pieces of wood and materials.

The main differences were that my goldie and the SB were a lot more played/worn in, so they did sound a bit more open and rich to my ears. The '59 red JM is so clean and barely played, it just had a newer guitar sound, for lack of a better explanation. Needs some friendly abuse :) This could be down to psychology, though - who knows what perceptions can do, maybe recorded you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, or, maybe the lacquer worn off the guards and necks does produce a different tone...

The necks were somewhat similar in shape, though my '58 was the slimmest near the nut, a typical carve for the '58s and '59s but just tapered a bit more than the others.

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Re: Trio of Gold Guards

Post by gringopig » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:05 am

All three look amazing! Are they all original finishes? A fantastic trio in all honesty...

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