Other Guitars

Why?

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Yes, that headstock. While indeed more at home on the original brand's slightly overdone big-buck jazzers, on the rest of the line, to me, it's just barely within the realm of hilariously-over-the-top-but-not-beyond-the-pale.

And while it's been established in previous threads that I'm in a minority, I still like this crazy thing.

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It looks somewhat like the ancestor of this:

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Yes, that headstock. While indeed more at home on the original brand's slightly overdone big-buck jazzers, on the rest of the line, to me, it's just barely within the realm of hilariously-over-the-top-but-not-beyond-the-pale.

And while it's been established in previous threads that I'm in a minority, I still like this crazy thing.

– Proteus

On an original design like that--said "design" itself notwithstanding--I can dig the headstock. It's the juxtaposition with their otherwise fairly traditional LP/335 clones, designs I'd consider pretty understated, that offends me.

But this is the golden age of guitars we live in. A guitar for every taste, no matter how perverse.

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As far as wacky iterations on archtop silhouette, one need look no further than our own MVPGretsch's creations for some very excellent examples.

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It looks somewhat like the ancestor of this:

– GG

Better yet....get one of these and chop off that hideous tail.....

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John D'Angelico died in 1964, and the company closed. The name was re-purposed in 1999, but those later guitars are D'angelicos in name only.

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maybe the original design was inspired by Mr. D'Angelico's enthusiasm for the Oxford comma?

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Please! No!! If you don't know why, I give the Gibson Custom Shop's, Zak Wylde guitar model rendition of what you just mentioned:

– EllenGtrGrl

I think I have a pair of long-handled garden shears that fit this profile... Maybe with some black tape... nah. Who'd believe it?

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as mentioned above, the original d'angelico teardrop was commissioned in 1957 by frank geraldi who was in a group called the teardrops...he paid john d'angelico 500$...about 40 years later collector scott chinery paid 150,000$ for it!...and commissioned d'angelicos disciple-the great jimmy d'aquisto to build his version....after jimmy passed away (at the same age as his mentor john d'angelico-age 58)..the great luthier john monteleone made his version of the teardrop archtop in 2008

3 of the greatest archtop luthiers ever...

of course the new d'angelico solid body is an eastwood type abomination, but...

cheers

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good enough to be in the metropolitan museum of art!..it's a john d'angelico og design!

it ain't no eastwood!

cheers

– neatone

Can’t play that on the sofa!

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depends on the sofa!

cheers

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I've said it before but Gibson beat everyone to the punch. An L5 is the "perfect" shape for an archtop guitar. I can't think of anything you could do to the shape of an L5 which could improve it. That makes it hard for someone coming along afterwards to design a guitar which looks different but just as beautiful. Not impossible but rather difficult.

The 6120 is up there too, but it does look like a scaled down L5!

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Yep, if it had a secret compartment on the back side of that fin. Stash your tobacco pipe and a lighter for when the band goes on break.

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I remember when the original '57 Teardrop surfaced around 1990. IIRC, it was Mandolin Bros. selling it. I don't recall the $150,000 price tag, but considering I was 15, it didn't much matter. Anyway, I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen, and still do. I'm a little surprised that not everybody agrees. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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I remember when the original '57 Teardrop surfaced around 1990. IIRC, it was Mandolin Bros. selling it. I don't recall the $150,000 price tag, but considering I was 15, it didn't much matter. Anyway, I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen, and still do. I'm a little surprised that not everybody agrees. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

– Afire

I'm with Afire...I love the original Teardrop archtop.

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I've sat back for a couple of days, hoping to get warmed up to the "teardrop" design, and I just can't do it. The original archtop... meh....but the new solid body.... No! I can respect the original design, for filling in a niche, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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apparently even fender wanted in on the act...in 2008...as part of a skate and surf line...designed by phil kubicki...

never got past the test model...thankfully! hah

cheers

43

the solidbody really looks like a bad idea generated over at Eastwood, the very font of bad ideas poorly executed.

44

The Fender doesn't look nearly as bad as the others. I mean, it's a pointless point down there, but at least the rest of the guitar leans sleekly forward to counterbalance the offending protuberance.

45

I get that that teardropped generic paul offends, but there are some other D'Angelicos that offend me more. It's not even the Grateful dead connection per se, I get that the Bob Weir connection has been selling guitars for them.

But this...thing....Maybe it's something out of a John D'Angelico nightmare, after a particularly heavy and not-too-fresh seafood dinner or something. D'Angelico's were once Art-Deco styled handmade works of art. The almost-opposite generic not particularly nice guitars made in cheap labor factories by non-luthiers thing is bad enough, and then there's this...

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the current D'Angelico company almost makes Duesenblèchs look tasteful, and that's saying a LOT!!

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The Fender doesn't look nearly as bad as the others. I mean, it's a pointless point down there, but at least the rest of the guitar leans sleekly forward to counterbalance the offending protuberance.

– Proteus

I actually like this Fender. There is a nice flow and balance to the design.

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Will all you guys put your ugly guitars away, I'm getting nauseous. The first picture was like hitting a bad patch of ocean on a small boat, but the rest of the pictures have me heaving over the side.

Oh wait a second I'm all about gaudy guitars...

I guess I need to reconsider my stone throwing from the safety of my glass house:)


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