I've been looking for an electric guitar for quite some time and it's really difficult to decide which one. So far I've tried out a Les Paul, a Gibson ES 335, a Fender Strat and a Telecaster.
There are many features that make up a great guitar. So many, that it's mind boggling to a novice. I have learned in my searching that guitars have personalities. It just has to be the right fit.
This is a 1961 Guild Starfire lent to me by my friend, Bruce Bishop. Originally, it had a cherry finish, but most of it has worn off except on the back.
It was missing the pick guard (notice the wear) and he played it so much that he wore off the frets and had to have them replaced. This guitar has played some great music. A lot of great music which is another reason that it's a very happy guitar. I will also note that the bridge on this guitar was replaced by none other than Ben Harper back in the days when he was doing instrument repair. Ben Harper = happy.
|I am playing a guitar that Ben Harper probably played....just sayin'.|
Bruce is not only one of the world's most talented guitarists, he is also a composer and owns a recording studio, Bruce Bishop Music.
He once played with a group called the Hot Pecans. Here's a copy of their schedule in 1990.
The big questions is - after 57 years, how does it sound? It sounds really good and it's one of those guitars that plays like butter. It's a blast to play which means this could finally be "the one". I am looking for a used one just like it and have found one on Reverb.com. They're still out there.
It is a happy guitar. Just look at that face!
The Hot Pecans - Bruce Bishop, David Millard, Smokey Stover and Roy Durnal. Great solo at 1:45.