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Cheers. I'm restricted to Guitar Guitar shop for the Strat as it's mainly vouchers for there that I've got. Ebay or Gumtree may be an option for a mandolin though.

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Cheers. I'm restricted to Guitar Guitar shop for the Strat as it's mainly vouchers for there that I've got. Ebay or Gumtree may be an option for a mandolin though.



Ah, sorry, I hadn't realised!

Every blooming' year I ask 'the family' (if they must buy me anything at all) for a set of guitar strings, as I find that to be the most useful Xmas/birthday prezzie, without asking anyone to break the bank, but they always get me books that I never read and obscure blues cds that I never play!

Bah humbug!

Good luck with the shopping trip!

PS - Eastman make nice mandolins if you see a bargain on ebay or gumtree!

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One of the most memorable Christmas presents I have received was a set of strings and a tuning fork. Given by the guy who taught me the basics of guitar plus some very intrigue stuff. It was his way of saying Merry Christmas, and I think you can take it from here. I was 16 or 17. Still got that fork.

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Yeah, here in the States, brick and mortar stores are more than willing to match any webprice just to get some $ in the cash drawers so its not really an issue. More often than not I'll see something I like and I can just pull a weboffer up on my phone and they'll match it so I don't have to resort to spending a lot of money on something I can't play first. Most web stores will let you return something, but its such a hassle, its not worth it.
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I envy you J, you get to go guitar shopping, but I'm even more happy for you. There are few thrills in life to match that buzz!

Went to all the guitar shops on Denmark Street in London last month, found several mouth-watering Strats but luckily, none were spot-on. Four or five natural mid-1970s Strats but not single one with RW fretboard. but My wife would have killed me if I had showed up home with a guitar!



Coincidentally, here's an article about Denmark Street from yesterday's Guardian. I haven't been there for many years but it reads as though everything's now shut 'music related' but that's surely not the case!

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jan/20/london-music-scene-denmark-street-tin-pan-alley

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I envy you J, you get to go guitar shopping, but I'm even more happy for you. There are few thrills in life to match that buzz!

Went to all the guitar shops on Denmark Street in London last month, found several mouth-watering Strats but luckily, none were spot-on. Four or five natural mid-1970s Strats but not single one with RW fretboard. but My wife would have killed me if I had showed up home with a guitar!



Coincidentally, here's an article about Denmark Street from yesterday's Guardian. I haven't been there for many years but it reads as though everything's now shut 'music related' but that's surely not the case!

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jan/20/london-music-scene-denmark-street-tin-pan-alley



Thanks Dart!

No, at least half a dozen music shops open, most with many customers in. I felt guilty for not buying anything!
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Rezi wrote:

quote:

Dartagnan wrote:

quote:

Rezi wrote:

I envy you J, you get to go guitar shopping, but I'm even more happy for you. There are few thrills in life to match that buzz!

Went to all the guitar shops on Denmark Street in London last month, found several mouth-watering Strats but luckily, none were spot-on. Four or five natural mid-1970s Strats but not single one with RW fretboard. but My wife would have killed me if I had showed up home with a guitar!



Coincidentally, here's an article about Denmark Street from yesterday's Guardian. I haven't been there for many years but it reads as though everything's now shut 'music related' but that's surely not the case!

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jan/20/london-music-scene-denmark-street-tin-pan-alley



Thanks Dart!

No, at least half a dozen music shops open, most with many customers in. I felt guilty for not buying anything!



I know what you mean, Rezi, I have trouble looking at all of the 'guitar porn' on line! If I was actually in a shop holding the guitar, I'm not sure I could resist!!



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I have to say I envy all you right-handed players out there. I am left-handed and had to buy most of my guitars online as virtually no-one stocks them in shops, so no chance at all to try them...
Two exceptions: my first US strat, bought used from a struggling musician (I know, sounds horrible, but it's true) with my mother's money for my 18th birthday - but it was a cream-colored, maple neck 1982 Dan Smith righty strat, which I play upside-down - in terms of looks, and except for the small headstock, it feels really like Hendrix at Woodstock. Now, the playing is not really up to that;-)
The other one is more recent: I went on business to Houston a few years ago and spent an extra day in a shop that only stocks left-handed guitars. Think 900 of them all in one go! It took me most of a day to go through many of them - came out with my only Custom Shop strat, but I also took the opportunity to play guitars I knew from the beginning I would not buy, but here was the chance of a lifetime to hold them for a few minutes and try out how they felt. That was such a great day that I did not even feel the 15+ hrs of travel back home the following day, just wanted to get home and plug in!
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A cool story, thanks Mtb7!

What kind of CS Strat did you get?

Yeah Dart, I could only shake myself off it by reminding myself I much prefer the RW fretboard.
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I ended up with a '56 limited edition lefty, two-tone sunburst, thick maple neck/ash body, relic. I was not really into the relic idea, but this was the one that felt best for me and the damages had been done realistically, so I bought it without second thoughts.
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