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    Senior Member adorshki's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    Holy crap, someone turned down $!M for one of these? That's insane?
    You might have heard of Rick Nielsen?
    You know, "He Wants You to Want Him"?
    HE turned down the mill.
    There's only 3 of 'em.
    And I suspect it was his Merle Travis that Hans showed here many years ago, post #6:
    http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...d-Merle-Travis
    Compare Rick's comments about the guitar's condition to the headstock in Hans' post....
    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly Wood View Post
    I like the old original Guild block lettering. Rustic I would call it. The inlay on this guitar is exquisite. The red color interesting. Greco definitely came up with some unique shaping of headstock and body style. Oval sound hole I do not recall to be very common back in these days. So elaborate. How does the guitar sound?
    Ask the man who owns (owned) one?:

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    All bought new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki

    Ask the man who owns (owned) one?:

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    ok, i remember now. Pete had one. sold it for a boat i think.

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    The irony is that Rick Nielsen was a big Hamer customer, and they had lots of his stuff in New Hartford at any given time. Not that NH had anything to do with the Merle model, but it is funny how things intersect. I did not know that that Nielsen from the story was Rick... That guy has (I think) a pretty large collection of all kinds of interesting stuff!

    Interesting about Pete Townsend.... I remember seeing that business about him offloading stuff to buy a boat. Forgot it included a Merle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    I did not know that that Nielsen from the story was Rick... That guy has (I think) a pretty large collection of all kinds of interesting stuff!
    Yeah he does, like a small warehouse full.
    There was a pretty good episode of American Pickers a couple of years back that dealt with his finally starting to move some of his stuff, much to the delight of dedicated Cheap Trick fan Frank (the short guy) who got offered first dibs on lots of stuff, "IIRC".

    https://www.history.com/shows/americ...on-8/episode-9

    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    Interesting about Pete Townsend.... I remember seeing that business about him offloading stuff to buy a boat. Forgot it included a Merle.
    You're exhibiting the effects of another lesser-known malady from the '60's: TDA or Trans Dermal Amnesia.
    I have it myself, now.
    Last edited by adorshki; 10-09-2018 at 11:05 PM.
    Al
    "Time May Change the Technique of Music But Never Its Mission " - Rachmaninoff
    My 1st Guild: '96 Westerly D25NT "Hally" (10-31-96 stamped on heelblock)
    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakerlak View Post
    Are these the "cheap" DeArmond pickups where the polepieces don't penetrate the casing, like this one recently sold on eBay?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1960s-Dea...s/264013845454
    1957 X175 (ex)
    1960 Starfire III (ex)
    1962 X175
    1966 Starfire III (ex)
    1966 Duane Eddy DE-400
    2002 Starfire III-90

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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    nope, according to Deke they're RC Allen pickups in Mosrite/Halllmark shells IIRC

    -1960 CE100D
    -1961 Starfire III Special
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