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Nile Rodgers Guitar Auction

Post by Dave.P »

Just in time for Christmas Nile Rodgers is selling off quite a few guitars.
All in aid of his own charity.
Plenty of Fenders in there of course, but I found it interesting to see there was quite a range of things including Squire, Gibson and Tokai.
Out of my price range but nice to have a nosey!

https://www.christies.com/en/auction/th ... er&themes=
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Love the Mackie desk, and the Porsche is cool.
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Arpangel wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:14 pm Love the Mackie desk...

You take that, and I'll have the neve Melbourne... and we'll play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock for the Porsche... Loser gets the Wurlitzer juke box :lol:
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What I love about this stuff is that he's selling SOME of his collection, you know, only 107 of his guitars... :shocked:
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The only thing there I ever owned in everything listed there was the VS-840EX.
Think my one sold for about £300 though...
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The best bargain amongst that lot seems to be the 1940 Gibson ES300 with a guide of $3-5k. The Selmer 'Modele Django Reinhardt'* would be my choice I guess but they'd have to reduce the $20-30k estimate a little.

* circa 1940, serial number 511, Django's own guitar was #503
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An interesting range of gear, some beautiful guitars, and a great cause. There's a nice interview here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertain ... s-59333291

On a side note, his book, 'le freak' is a great read. Terribly sad in places, but a great testimony to the power of music and the human spirit.
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I read this as Nile Rodgers Guitar Action & thought I bet he has it set quite high for all that choppy rhythm stuff. Some nice things on offer though & not silly prices if that's what they actually go for.
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Hugh Robjohns wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:15 pm
Arpangel wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:14 pm Love the Mackie desk...

You take that, and I'll have the neve Melbourne... and we'll play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock for the Porsche... Loser gets the Wurlitzer juke box :lol:

I didn’t even consider the Neve, silly money, it was just amusing he had the Mackie.
Big names always seem to have a Mackie kicking around somewhere, or a Neve, of some sort.
As for the Porsche, I must have a good look in my garage later, I think I have one kicking around somewhere, just behind the Fabia, probably.
BTW, I started my car yesterday, it started.

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Post by N i g e l »

The Juno 60 estimate seems reasonably priced for a good condition synth with added starshine but who knows the final price if two wall street dudes get into a "must have it " bidding war.

recently : Einstein's papers, estimate 3 million, realised 12 million.

blinddrew wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:06 pm What I love about this stuff is that he's selling SOME of his collection, you know, only 107 of his guitars... :shocked:

It just goes to show, you can have too many guitars [and the banjo of course].
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N i g e l wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:01 pm The Juno 60 estimate seems reasonably priced for a good condition synth with added starshine but who knows the final price if two wall street dudes get into a "must have it " bidding war.

recently : Einstein's papers, estimate 3 million, realised 12 million.

blinddrew wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:06 pm What I love about this stuff is that he's selling SOME of his collection, you know, only 107 of his guitars... :shocked:

It just goes to show, you can have too many guitars [and the banjo of course].

People like him probably couldn’t remember what they’ve got, you just don’t care, we’ve got to stop, on this forum, getting so wound up about buying stuff, it doesn’t matter, if you can, fine, I think those that can make music can do it with anything, half the time we’ve already got enough stuff to do what we do, when I say wound up about buying, I mean "buying" not the gear itself, it’s best to chill out, it doesn’t matter, it comes and goes, it works or it doesn’t, who cares? it’s not a big deal.
If you want two thousand guitars, or one, who cares? I’ve got very little in comparison to a lot of people, a new instrument can be a new piece, but that doesn’t mean it’s anything special, it comes, and it goes.
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I think this forum is one of the few that actively discourages people from buying more kit, the underlying philosophy of the 'hive mind' seems to default to "you don't need it to make good music" and works back from there.
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Personally I think the clothes are more interesting than the musical equipment. Pity that there's very little size information.
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Sam Spoons wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:09 pm I think this forum is one of the few that actively discourages people from buying more kit

Looking round at my guitars and other gear, I'd say it has failed badly! :headbang:
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Well me too but at least we/they tried :oops:
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I dunno, since I've been a member of this forum I've only bought...

::: looks around :::

this whole building and everything in it. :shocked:

Except, ironically, a couple of the guitars.
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I feel like this a safe space to raise this so at the risk of being accused of heresy, I'll just throw it out for critique. I sometimes wonder if your guitar collection already contains a humbucker, a single coil and a P90, then nothing you buy will sound any different to anyone but you.
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Is he selling any of his plectrums, my funds could just about stretch to buying a few of them.
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:13 pm I feel like this a safe space to raise this so at the risk of being accused of heresy, I'll just throw it out for critique. I sometimes wonder if your guitar collection already contains a humbucker, a single coil and a P90, then nothing you buy will sound any different to anyone but you.

Steel strung six string, 12string, nylon string, baritone, semi-acoustic, etc. we always find excuses! :D
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N i g e l wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:01 pm
recently : Einstein's papers, estimate 3 million, realised 12 million.

I'll take the guitars. A simple concept. Nothing simple about Einstein.
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Post by tea for two »

What a nice touch to Not put his own name on the foundation.

Too many famous names, not matter how Humanitarian the cause, put their name on their foundation.

We are Family I got all my Sisters with me.... well not quite on this forum lol.

Ps. I think I can afford the same toothpaste as Nile, although it won't help my smile lol nor my guitar playing.
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:13 pm I sometimes wonder if your guitar collection already contains a humbucker, a single coil and a P90, then nothing you buy will sound any different to anyone but you.

Well, assuming you mean a solid body, semi-hollow and hollow body version of each... ;)
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blinddrew wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Dynamic Mike wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:13 pm I sometimes wonder if your guitar collection already contains a humbucker, a single coil and a P90, then nothing you buy will sound any different to anyone but you.

Well, assuming you mean a solid body, semi-hollow and hollow body version of each... ;)

I believe I've hit a happy medium (and I don't mean Doris Stokes in dope). I have a trad Strat, A P90 Strat and a '75 Les Paul. Then I need a couple of acoustics and have GA bodied 24 ¾" scale (Brian Eastwood Custom, 1981), a small bodied Emerald X7 Carbon Fibre job (24" scale) and a cheapo Dreadnaught. Then there's the Eastwood L5/ES175 Jazz box and my Rob Aylward Selmer Style Gypsy Jazz guitar. They all sound different and do different things, I could live without some of them but, thankfully, I don't have to. I don't feel any need to buy any more guitars and while I might buy a really nice dreadnaught (I have nothing for #1 son to inherit as he's left handed and a nice dread could easily be converted to work for a left hander) but I'd sell the cheap dread to make space.
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What is the optium number of guitars and which ones is not the question here. The question is do you need a guitar with star shine, whos do you need ? , & how much % are you prepared to pay over the normal price ?
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blinddrew wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Dynamic Mike wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:13 pm I sometimes wonder if your guitar collection already contains a humbucker, a single coil and a P90, then nothing you buy will sound any different to anyone but you.

Well, assuming you mean a solid body, semi-hollow and hollow body version of each... ;)

Obviously that's what I meant. Also I assumed a trem/hardtail version of each, in differing scale lengths, with new/NOS/closet/relic versions as required.

But seriously, although they all feel & play differently, I'm not sure they sound as different (tonally) to other people listening to us as we'd like to think. I have no interest in synths & whilst I can hear whether it's a beepy/stringy/whoosy/whatever synth sound, they all sound pretty much the same to me. Why anyone needs more than one synth defeats me. Similarly I'm sure there are people who are equally unimpressed with miniscule tweaks to guitar tones, especially in the context of a mix.
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Most people will never notice any of the details that we obsess over, but they do notice the sum of all that obsessive detail work.
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N i g e l wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:30 pm What is the optium number of guitars and which ones is not the question here. The question is do you need a guitar with star shine, whos do you need ? , & how much % are you prepared to pay over the normal price ?

Wouldn’t mind one of Robert Fripp's guitars, it would be useless to me, as I’m not a guitarist, but I would use it as a magical tool, to invoke inspiration.
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Arpangel wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:15 am
N i g e l wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:30 pm What is the optium number of guitars and which ones is not the question here. The question is do you need a guitar with star shine, whos do you need ? , & how much % are you prepared to pay over the normal price ?

Wouldn’t mind one of Robert Fripp's guitars, it would be useless to me, as I’m not a guitarist, but I would use it as a magical tool, to invoke inspiration.

Once upon a time I would have chosen Eric's Blackie, or David Gilmour's Black Strat (still two of my favourite guitarists) but now it would be Django's Selmer.
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 2:23 am But seriously, although they all feel & play differently, I'm not sure they sound as different (tonally) to other people listening to us as we'd like to think. I have no interest in synths & whilst I can hear whether it's a beepy/stringy/whoosy/whatever synth sound, they all sound pretty much the same to me. Why anyone needs more than one synth defeats me. Similarly I'm sure there are people who are equally unimpressed with miniscule tweaks to guitar tones, especially in the context of a mix.

For once we're in complete agreement! ;)
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Could it have some thing to do with

as the creative juices start drying up we start looking for anything that could perhaps maybe get those juices flowing again even a little flow.

On a wing and a prayer we start purchasing this and that Guitar, Synth, that does this thing different or has this different feel, even if it is a little different.

After several years we just realise aaaarrrggghh who was I kidding. I'm just a dried up prune lol.
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