Does Anyone Have a "Garage Guitar"

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by RegularJim, May 9, 2018.

  1. RegularJim

    RegularJim Squier-Meister

    Dec 30, 2017
    Illiconsin, Wisinois
    Hi folks,

    Aside from your normal collection, does anyone have a "garage guitar"?

    That is, something that holds it's own when you're playing out in your garage, barn, greenhouse, warehouse, etc. But you don't have much concern about someone swiping it, or the heat, cold, and humidity getting to it.

    Thanks for reading!
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  2. snivlem

    snivlem Squier-holic

    Jan 25, 2018
    Not exactly that, but I do leave a guitar over at a buddies house. It's for those rare times when we're over there we can sneak away from the wives and kids for some quick jam time. $99 Epi Lp that I don't lose sleep worrying about :)
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  3. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Can't leave anything outside up here in NY - I think we all have something we consider a "beater" ?
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  4. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    I’ve been taking my roadworn Tele outside lately cause if it’s already dinged up so who cares if it gets more! And it’s just a cool guitar.
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  5. nobucks

    nobucks Squier-Meister

    Mar 9, 2017
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Any and all of my guitars go in my garage during the summer, just not all at once... But, if you're talking about a Jeep guitar or an AK-47 guitar, that would be my Epiphone Special I, P90, Punisher Edition...

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  6. Undone

    Undone Squier-Meister

    Feb 13, 2018
    Ha! 75% of my collection could be classified as beaters. Bunch of el cheapo Yamahas never gave more than $200 for any of them except my PAC311MS, but that was a white whale for me and don't pop up very often. And no its not the Mike Stern edition :p
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  7. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Dude that is just awesome ! ! Well Done ! !
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  8. dtsreiuqs

    dtsreiuqs Squier-Nut

    Oct 18, 2015
    No. At worse, it's a tentative condition, awaiting restoration before integrating the collection...

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  9. nobucks

    nobucks Squier-Meister

    Mar 9, 2017
    Sioux Falls, SD
    But really, when it comes down to it, how does a guitar get that worn-in, road-finish? It's by using it anywhere and everywhere!

    If you have a case-queen, so-be-it. Who doesn't have that holy grail guitar that they won't let anyone touch, a'la Nigel Tuffnell?

    But, I'd rather use my guitars in fun places for fun things...Like Jeeps, after the first few scratches and dents, you have more fun.

    Embrace the suck and your musical life will be more full...
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  10. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    I agree, that’s something I need to do more, just play em outside or wherever. I don’t have any beater acoustics since I gave em to my kids but Jeep beater has got to be next for the summer. Maybe a Recording King?
  11. mikesr1963

    mikesr1963 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2016
    NOt that I play but I do have several hanging in my shop.
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  12. Merv_j

    Merv_j Squier-Nut

    Aug 6, 2017
    Lincoln uk
    I don't yet, but its in the planning. The garage is getting 'man-caved' this summer and was thinking of putting one (probably a solid body) out there. I was just concerned that the UK temperature shifts could ruin a decent guitar. Should I be concerned or would it be okay???
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  13. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    This ones in my garage right now.


    But for real, I will take most of my guitars anywhere. I don’t abuse them on purpose and I try to be very careful, but I have them to have fun!
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  14. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-Nut

    Jun 16, 2016
    Yes, that's the word!

    Funny, in spanish, they call it "una guitarra de combate" or translated: a combat guitar :D
  15. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    New York has sever temp swings and AM humidity (dew) - the winters can be pretty brutal ( cold ) - if you have 30 degree temp swings - bring them in at night ?
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  16. eaglesgift

    eaglesgift Squier-Nut

    Apr 18, 2014
    I’m no expert so please don’t take my word for it but I think it’s changes in humidity rather than temperature that you need to look out for. I’m sure I read that guitars (or at least the wood from which they’re made) fare better in climates where the humidity doesn’t drop below 30%, or something like that.
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  17. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
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  18. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
    52951E93-9A31-400B-88DF-212065ED78E2.jpeg 8B3B91E1-2091-444D-811C-0C402E95714D.jpeg This is my MIM neater I try out my different pickups on and caps on wiring. :)
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  19. nobucks

    nobucks Squier-Meister

    Mar 9, 2017
    Sioux Falls, SD
    I love it! Not a fan of relicing just to make it look old, but, building a beater so you can beat it? YES!
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  20. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    No fair to try to compare a garage guitar other than a Tele. That thing could be used to shovel snow, dirt or manure, as a lever to jack up the Jeep, play criquet or kill a rat, and it would still be in tune.

    I'm not sure I see where the AK-47 fits in though ...

    I don't have a garage or a barn, but still, here's my beater.

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