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Todd Simpson
post Apr 6 2014, 10:46 PM
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Well said!!! smile.gif When I bought these about a year apart, it wasn't becausue I liked Ibanez guitars. These were just the best playing guitars on the day I went to the music shop with money in my pocket. smile.gif Lucky for me, I found two killer guitars that have become much sought after among shredders. Had no idea at the time smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 6 2014, 01:09 PM) *
Hehe smile.gif Todd and Ken, it's great to hold on to a piece of gear that you know, deep down inside, it will be valuable regardless of the age, situation or whatnot.

I think that the true value of gear, kind of shows up after it's actual production period - it's just like with famous painters or writers, they become famous after they are dead smile.gif


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post Apr 7 2014, 10:32 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 6 2014, 09:46 PM) *
Well said!!! smile.gif When I bought these about a year apart, it wasn't becausue I liked Ibanez guitars. These were just the best playing guitars on the day I went to the music shop with money in my pocket. smile.gif Lucky for me, I found two killer guitars that have become much sought after among shredders. Had no idea at the time smile.gif


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So you actually went to the music shop, having money but not going for something in particular - am I right?


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post Apr 8 2014, 04:05 AM
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Correct smile.gif I new I wanted to find a nice guitar but that was it. So I played every guitar in the shop. It took the entire day each time. Both times I got down to one guitar. In both cases it was an old, used ibanez. smile.gif Later on, I started seeing folks in various forums asking about the 550,560,565 series and the 7620 mij. Just kept coming up. Come to find out, both of the ones I ended up with are big faves among many shredsters. So i sorta lucked out as they were both there on the days I went shopping smile.gif

But yeah, I always try to go in open minded with money in hand and just play everything and throw the entire day at it. Recently I bought that ESP Grave and BC Rich Mockingbird, but neither one felt like a "keeper" once the newness wore off so I got rid of them. They just didn't compare to the old Ibanez in terms of playability. I fear I"m just ruined by the Ibby necks smile.gif

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So you actually went to the music shop, having money but not going for something in particular - am I right?



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post Apr 9 2014, 07:22 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 8 2014, 03:05 AM) *
Correct smile.gif I new I wanted to find a nice guitar but that was it. So I played every guitar in the shop. It took the entire day each time. Both times I got down to one guitar. In both cases it was an old, used ibanez. smile.gif Later on, I started seeing folks in various forums asking about the 550,560,565 series and the 7620 mij. Just kept coming up. Come to find out, both of the ones I ended up with are big faves among many shredsters. So i sorta lucked out as they were both there on the days I went shopping smile.gif

But yeah, I always try to go in open minded with money in hand and just play everything and throw the entire day at it. Recently I bought that ESP Grave and BC Rich Mockingbird, but neither one felt like a "keeper" once the newness wore off so I got rid of them. They just didn't compare to the old Ibanez in terms of playability. I fear I"m just ruined by the Ibby necks smile.gif

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Having an open mind about things when going to buy something is one of the best things smile.gif I haven't honestly given it much thought, but now I see your great point: choose something that fits you entirely, tried and tested, not something that looks shiny and praised by other people wink.gif

Thank you sir smile.gif


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post Apr 10 2014, 02:42 AM
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That sums it up perfectly!! smile.gif Trust your hands and ears above pretty much everything else. There have been many times I pulled down a guitar to try just because it looked sexy, but more often than not, I put it right back after playing.

Doing your guitar shopping this way can be VERY time consuming, but the results are often much better than trying to buy from a picture online or what not smile.gif


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Having an open mind about things when going to buy something is one of the best things smile.gif I haven't honestly given it much thought, but now I see your great point: choose something that fits you entirely, tried and tested, not something that looks shiny and praised by other people wink.gif

Thank you sir smile.gif



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post Apr 10 2014, 12:08 PM
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I totally agree smile.gif Now with the PRS endorsement, I am getting my hands on pretty much all the PRSs in the dealer's stock so I will follow your advice and instead of going straight for the DC3, which I wanted, I will try them all and get the one I feel most comfy with and that also has the sound I like. So far, it has been the Santana SE smile.gif But in the following weeks I am getting the Tremonti and the Zach Myers models and maybe some Maryland mades as well. We'll see, but I will CERTAINLY NOT hurry with this decision!


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