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  • Guitar Collectors.... what else do you collect?

    Does your GAS extend to other things, and if so, represents a greater part of your personality, or is it strictly related to your love of music.

    I know my gear collecting spans guitars, amps, and pedals..... and outside of music gear, I also have 9 watches that I accumulated over the last few years. Certainly more than I need, but once I got into it, it felt like shopping for guitars, and there were things I just had to have lol.

    So how about you?

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    Strangely enough, I collect ties. I love ties. My dad gave me a bunch of really nice vintage ties and it just started me into getting more and more. The attention to detail and difficulty in making ties is staggering, especially if you find a really nice one.
    dharmaforone.bandcamp.comListen to my music and such.Strat - Jazzmaster - Bunch of fuzz and delay pedals - map.

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    • #3
      Guitar cases

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      • #4
        ... Credit card statements from the guitar puchases.

        Actually, I don't really collect but I am restoring a 1971 Pontiac GTO.

        "I've got a briefcase of thin air. I can play some tricks on you, pretend that I don't care." The Contrast

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        • #5
          I gathered an impressive collection of hand puppets (over 90), hand made in Germany by a women who has been very generous through the years and has done some to my specs and drawings. I play puppet theater in kindergarten, birthdays, etc. The characters I own cover most of the best known Grimm M
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          Yamaholic --- PpP --- Old geezer with a grey beard

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          • #6
            Motorcycles. I've got two Harleys, a Duc, two BMWs, an old Norton, two Triumphs from the early '70s (a Bonnie and a Tiger), and '75 Yamaha XS650 that I just won't part with.

            Beyond that, I keep expanding my home brewery. One of these days the revenuers will catch me for sure.

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            • #7
              Motorcycles. I've got two Harleys, a Duc, two BMWs, an old Norton, two Triumphs from the early '70s (a Bonnie and a Tiger), and '75 Yamaha XS650 that I just won't part with.

              Beyond that, I keep expanding my home brewery. One of these days the revenuers will catch me for sure.


              I'm looking into buying an older bike for getting around town and love the styles of the '70's bikes, but don't want to pay too much money. Any suggestions?

              I'm actually starting to brew some beer this year. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
              dharmaforone.bandcamp.comListen to my music and such.Strat - Jazzmaster - Bunch of fuzz and delay pedals - map.

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              • #8
                I wouldn't consider myself a collector really, but I've also assembled quite the collection of camera gear and lens as well.

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                • #9
                  Knives. Sounds strange to some I suppose, but they are great tools and can have a great look feel.
                  And as an indicator of my paradoxical nature, I also like to collect kites, of the dual line variety.







                  My everyday carry,



                  and a few great kites to fly,





                  Besides being a guitar player,
                  I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                  I love that damn instrument.
                  -Steve Vai

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                  • #10
                    Microphones!
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                    '94 Danelectro U-1
                    '04 Tony Iommi Signature SG
                    '66 Harmony Bobkat
                    '75 Sorina Flying V

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                    • #11
                      guitar stands to put them on.

                      actually I don't collect anything; I buy stuff to use and if it doesn't get used it gets sold or tossed out.
                      AxeFXII with these: Axis | BMG RS | Strat |N4| LP Classic | SG Classic | Sheraton | Tele

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                      • #12
                        I'm looking into buying an older bike for getting around town and love the styles of the '70's bikes, but don't want to pay too much money. Any suggestions?

                        I'm actually starting to brew some beer this year. Hopefully it won't be too bad.


                        Well, we could chat four hours!

                        Those '70s-vintage bikes do have a great style to them. The riding position is a little more forward and cramped, by today's standards, so be sure to ride before you buy. Nothing worse than getting to work feeling like there is a dagger stuck between your shoulder blades. If you want something reliable and somewhat cheap, I'd strongly suggest a Yamaha XS650 from '74-'80. Why? It's a straight-forward parallel twin that began as a copy of the iconic Triumph p-twins, but Yamaha managed to do it much better (not too many know this: when Triumph went belly-up the first time, Yamaha hired a lot of their engineers and gave them bigger R&D budgets to improve on the Triumph p-twin. Yamaha was facing big competition from Honda with it's new liquid-cooled 4 cyl bikes, so Yamaha tried to go the other route). Those Yamaha p-twin engines will last forever and are not too fussy. I believe they started having disc brakes in '74 and standard controls, which is something you definitely want. You should be able to find a nice, rideable one for under $3.5K. I would budget for getting your carb adjusted by someone who knows how. Then you'll be good to go.

                        Other good "UJMs" of the period are Honda's CB series and Suzuki's GS series, but I would stick to things in the 450-750 range--the larger-displacement bikes from that era will need a lot of love. My wife used to commute on an old CB450 that was really sweet. The Kawis from the period didn't age well. Generally, for those old bikes, air-cooled is always less of a headache than liquid-cooled.

                        I would also avoid Harleys from the AMF-era, unless you hold stock in an oil company. They're not cheap either--collectors keep the prices up.

                        While you will spend more, a good ol' BMW boxer from those days will be indestructible. I have a 1980 R80G/S which has over 300,000 miles. The parts are all out there and the knowledge base is huge. Great owner's community. Great style points, too

                        I'd avoid any British bike from the '70s. Great for collecting, tinkering, taking to the occasional rally, but really not dependable as a daily rider.

                        For more money, you could get a "modern classic." Ducati and Triumph make modern versions of their iconic old bikes. Very, very cool looking bikes, but with modern brakes, suspension, fuel injection, electric start, etc. You could probably find a used "new" Thruxton or Bonneville for under $6K. There are also the Harley Sportsters, which look as cool and classic as ever. The Sportster was Harley's response to Triumphs back in the '50s, and they've been making them ever since (with updated tech, of course, but timeless style). These days there are ZILLIONS of low-mileage Sportsters on the market. You could easily snag a two or three year old Sportster with less than 3K for ~$5000. Then, heck, you're in the Harley brotherhood. The dealer network, parts availability, after-market, and knowledge base on Harleys is second to none.

                        As for brewing, it's a lot of fun. As long as your process is clean and you can maintain temp control at all points, your beer will turn out fine. Just remember to be patient: what it tastes like at 4 weeks is nothing like what it will taste like at 12. Best brewing investment I made was a chest freezer with an external thermostat (that I installed).

                        What do you have in the secondary now?

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                        • #13
                          Movies. Over 2000 and counting...
                          "Born to Play" MP3 album at iTunes & Amazon.

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                          • #14
                            I know little to nothing about brewing right now, haven't even gotten the supplies, but I'm doing it with 2 chem majors (sounds like I'm making something other than beer) so we're going to keep it clean and professional.

                            As for the bikes, I'll check out the ones you've mentioned. I don't really need anything special, just something I can ride downtown so I'm not paying out the ass for gas. I'm on the lookout for an old BMW.
                            dharmaforone.bandcamp.comListen to my music and such.Strat - Jazzmaster - Bunch of fuzz and delay pedals - map.

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                            • #15
                              Strangely enough, I collect ties. I love ties. My dad gave me a bunch of really nice vintage ties and it just started me into getting more and more. The attention to detail and difficulty in making ties is staggering, especially if you find a really nice one.


                              My daughter is going on a field trip, southern Illinois, to study Asian carp. The class held a garage sale to raise money for it. The week before the sale, their teacher went to a bunch of garage sales, gave them his card, and asked if they would donate what didn't sell at their sales. There was a ton of stuff. Bags, and bags of clothes, and nowhere to put them. One of the garbage bags was full of ties. Don't know how many, 2, or 300? When I opened it up, I was shocked. Tried doing the math in my head, how much money I was holding, if they were brand new. As I went through them, the even more amazing fact was, out of all the 2, or 300 ties, there was not one good one. They were clean, they were in good shape, just ugly beyond belief.
                              Originally Posted by Elias Graves


                              I'm like a degenerate Ben Franklin.


                              EG









                              Originally Posted by silverring233


                              and i don't know why i want one, i just want one



                              Proud member of the $50 Black Jay Turser V Club

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