Hey Dano, Denny, et al,
I bought a sunburst '57 Stratocaster, tweed case and all, from a used
guitar shop in KC back in 1974...$450.00, plus tax. It was in great
condition for it's age; all original, except the volume pot had been
replaced. I'd been a Gibson man up to that point (SG's, 335's, Les
Paul's, etc.), but soon fell in love with the sonic versatility of the
Strat, and from that point on, I was pretty much a Fender bender. For
the rest of the 70's and well into the 80's, I played that guitar
about 3/4th's of the time on stage and in the studio. Anyway, I was
backstage at One Block West one night, getting ready to go on with my
band Savanna. Dave Maygers came back to send us off, and he and I
struck up a conversation about my guitar. I told him it was a valuable
collectors item and Denny, I swear, your brother said "you could
really get some money for it if you'd get it refinished" (!?!)
-- In KS_and_KC_GenOne_Rockers@yahoogroups.com
, dano fleming
> And of course throughout the 70's lots of guitar and bass players
were stripping off the original paint and refinishing in natural.
Little did they know at that time they were desicrating a potential
future gold mine.
> Hey Dennis...at least you had good reason to...
> You might support your feelings of the bass over your wife by
telling her you could actually insure the bass for more than you could
her. You're still gonna be the only one laughing though!!
> Dennis Maygers <dmaygers@...> wrote:
> Not as cool as a '51, but here's my story and I'm
stickin' with it...
> I bought my 1960 P-Bass at Eagle Jewelry and Loan in Sioux City
for $125. 1971 -- We (3rd gen Bluethings) were on our way to a gig in
Vermillion, South Dakota and we stopped to say hi to a guitar player
several of the guys knew in Sioux city. (I think he went on to play
with Dennis Lowen in his meletron-based band after the Flippers.
Can't remember his or their name, but they did a heck of a version of
"I've seen all good people..." by Yes). Anyway, this guitar player
told me they had an old Precision under the counter in really bad
shape. I checked it out...still in the original case (which was
completely falling apart), and somebody had taken red spray paint and
run it heavily across the front of the body so it would run down and
look like dried blood. Yuk! They did the same on the back, but
didn't even let it dry before they set it on newspaper. You could
see the newsprint in the paint.
> The neck was bowed pretty badly, but I thought it had potential.
I straightened the neck, then gave the guy $10 to hold the bass until
we came back thru on Monday. If the neck still held, I'd give him the
balance of $115.
> The rest is history. I haven't touched the neck once since then.
I, of course, stripped the bad paint job (I know, the guys on
antique's roadshow are cringing), but underneath was a really great
looking piece of wood for the body, with really nice grain running up
into the upper cutaway.
> I've played the bass so many times in so many places...so many
great memories...I tell my wife if our house catches on fire, I'm
throwing her out the window then hand-carrying the bass with me...She
> "L. Dennis Higgins" <dhiggins@...> wrote:
> Hey - I still have my '51 Fender P-bass. That guitar is worth a few
> pennies. You can see video of it on the 2006 HoF DVD.
> Dennis Fox Higgins
> A few Kansas bands - a few New Mexican bands.
> On Oct 30, 2007, at 9:13 AM, ksrocker@... wrote:
> > I think Rodney Lay said one time a couple of years ago that he has
> > about forty bass guitars of various vintages. Maybe this will rattle
> > his cage enough to give us some specifics to let you bass players
> > drool on your shoes this morning. How about it, Rod? Are you out
> > there this morning?
> > Bill
> > In a message dated 10/30/2007 10:05:20 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
> > danodeluxe2000@... writes:
> >> Gear stories are just like fish stories....it's always the one that
> >> got away. I could retire on the guitars I used to own but parted
> >> with over the years. My first strat was candy apple red and was
> >> bought used in 1965 which means it was probably a 1962 or 1963.
> >> guitar alone is now worth around $10 - 15K... Geez, I think I
> >> remember giving $275.00 for it in 1965. Course that was just one of
> >> many that are now worth about the same as the strat.
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