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My Guitars: 101

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 17, 2008 by rsalit

Over the past few years I’ve gotten more into guitars (and guitar playing). I’ve never written about them and thought I would. I’ve never had a collector mentality so I’ve sought guitars that filled a certain niche in terms of playability and sound. In the future I may write about some of the instruments in more detail.

Gibson Firebird


My oldest guitar is a Gibson Firebird (circa 1965). I bought it in in ’71 or ’72 from a friend, Robbie Mazer. He had replaced the soap bar pickups with humbuckers. I wish he didn’t as having the original equipment would probably make the guitar more valuable and, as he was not a luthier, his craftsmanship left something to be desired. Nevertheless, Its a very nice instrument. I recently ( 2/08 ) replaced the standard issue Gibson humbuckers with Seymour Duncan ’59s and the guitar is sounding really good. For me its given it a new lease on life.

Martin D18

In ’74 I bought a Martin D18 acoustic guitar. For many years it was my primary guitar. Even though my style is more suited to electrics, I’ve always loved the sound of the Martin. The action is a little high but its still a pleasure to play.

Fender Stratocaster

About 6 years ago I picked up a Fender Stratocaster (American, sunburst, maple neck). I was looking for that twang that Fenders are so good at. Its a classic guitar with a lot of different sounds.

Taylor T5

Two and half years ago I was looking at a Taylor T5 and considering one as a great solution to getting both acoustic and electric tones in a electric band setting. I was thinking about purchasing one but I made the mistake of mentioning it to my wife. She purchased it for me for Channukah! Its the custom model with the Koa finish. The neck is my favorite and it has some unique sounds. I play the most because of its versatility.