This was never SUPPOSED to happen but, due to some alignment of the stars, two of my old guitars have come back to me and one very special guitar that was one of my personal "bucket list" guitars was sold to me by a VERY understanding friend......THANK YOU again Fire!!!
1993 Charvel Predator
When I was in high school Charvel guitars were THE guitars to have in my area. Of course, I was never going to own one.....not by a long shot. Come 30 years later it turns out that high school dream hadn't died. Not very long ago, FireEagle let me know he had an "old Charvel Predator". I don't think he was looking to sell it, but the timing was right for both of us. Fire had just bought his beautiful JS1200. (http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f17/ng...le-135088.html
) Showing me a little pity, He agreed to sell me the Predator but ONLY if I promised to keep it and care for it long into the future........I WILL. This really is one of my few childhood dreams that have come true........and it's a KICK_ASS guitar on top of it. The only thing I had to do was stabilize one of the stud anchors (FireEagle let me know about it LONG before letting me buy it). A quick setup and it was instantly transporting me back to the days of my youth.........I CANNOT put it down. It's 100% original..... You guys can judge the condition for yourself.
My second NGD was a guitar that I'd thought was long gone. Too many times I've mentioned how some of my guitars had gone to one, or the other, of my sons. This 2000 RG550 was a complete project guitar that I'd bought in several pieces at different times. Both the body and the neck came from Swirltop. I'd bought them from him about a year apart...... fortunately they were original to each other. I'd finished putting all the necessary parts together late last November. A few days later, my son needed some help financing a move to another state. All I could do was give him the 550 to make a quick sale with. Sadly, this was probably the best playing and feeling "Partsanez" I'd done to date. Two weeks ago, Damien came back to live with my wife and I. This leads to the third NOGD (later). While surfing facebook last Saturday He happened to see that the guy that bought the 550 off him was selling it again. I really couldn't afford it, but couldn't let it go. We worked it out that I'd pay the same price he did 7 months ago. The Titan pickups I'd put in it were long gone. An EMG 81/85 set were in it. Fortunately, the guy left the injector neck model I'd put in. He included a brand new M100c case, something I never had for it. Anyway, I pulled the B/W/B pickguard and put on a brand new black mirror guard from Perle loaded with a Gravity Storm bridge, Injector middle (neck model), and a PAF pro from my '02 RGT3120. It's still a great sounding and feeling workhorse that's really nice to have back home.
2014 RG752 CBM
My third NGD was my first "major" purchase from Rich....... don't laugh at me dude, $1k is a butt load of money for me....
This is the RG752 that I've mentioned in the past, but never had in a picture. Again, this was a guitar that went to my son almost immediately after I got it. Some of you may remember that it was stolen last year only to be found by a Guitar Center employee with a good eye, a better memory, and the willingness to call the cops when in doubt. Two kids were trying to buy it off the guy that stole it. They brought it in to GC for an evaluation. This employee knew our 752 had been stolen. He called the cops and my son immediately. Long story short- we got the guitar back, albeit with a little damage. Now that my son is back in my house, so is the 752.......THIS is the basis of all my posts when I state that the new prestige RG series is a whole new beast from all the 2003-2013 guitars.
Anyway, Thanks Rich! It's been a long road, but this guitar is home where it belongs.............for now at least.
.....and a couple pics of the three together at home.....