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Posted On: Oct. 31 2010, 5:31 PM

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An original Musicraft Messenger, just like the one Mark Farner played in the early days.  Been looking for one of these for years.  My wallet is feeling the punch, but...hey, this is stuff a guy can use.   :)

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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Oct. 31 2010, 7:09 PM

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Jeepers, where did you find it?  original pickups?
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Oct. 31 2010, 7:41 PM

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Quote: (TomS @ Oct. 31 2010, 1:09 PM)

Jeepers, where did you find it?  original pickups?

Yup...original DeArmond's, Tone-messer fuzz switch, stereo outs, aluminum neck-thru....this thing is bliss. Found it up in Maryland.  Mine's a sunburst.  Those PU's squeal like a poached pig but that's ok...it's cool.  I just played it for a few hours through a SUNN.  Wish I could get my paws on some of those original West amps made in Flint.  Now I know how Farner nailed those fuzzy leads.  I've been trying to cop that early Live LP/Closer To Home tone using pedals and all kinds of stuff.  This is the real deal.

Now all I need to do is stuff foam rubber in the holes and put masking tape over them.  :laugh:
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Oct. 31 2010, 8:27 PM

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Wow! Excuse my ignorence but I've not heard of them but that is truly beautiful. Is all as well as you would hope - action and stuff?
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Oct. 31 2010, 11:29 PM

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Every guitarist in Flint knows about them, and no one is tepid.  True of Grand Funk as well.  Either you are fanatical pro or you are fanatical con.  Well, at least that's true of anyone over 40 or so...

OK, I admit it, I am jealous.  I am not so tacky to ask about the price, but I sure would like to know.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Nov. 01 2010, 12:00 AM

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Quote: (TomS @ Oct. 31 2010, 5:29 PM)

Every guitarist in Flint knows about them, and no one is tepid.  True of Grand Funk as well.  Either you are fanatical pro or you are fanatical con.  Well, at least that's true of anyone over 40 or so...

OK, I admit it, I am jealous.  I am not so tacky to ask about the price, but I sure would like to know.

I paid $5K for it and only discovered it through the "channels".  These are absolutely not to be had anymore considering they were only made between '67 - '68 by a small S.F./Astoria Oregon co.  Farner was a guitar god hero of mine, so this was a mandatory acquisition.
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Quote: (TonyR @ Oct. 31 2010, 2:27 PM)

Wow! Excuse my ignorence but I've not heard of them but that is truly beautiful. Is all as well as you would hope - action and stuff?

They were actually considered to be fairly crappy guitars in their time, but I think they were ahead of their time. Intonation is off and it needs a setup, so I'll be doing some tweaking this week...nothing serious. Bought it from the original owner if you can imagine that and it's been barely played.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Nov. 01 2010, 12:51 AM
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Cool looking guitar unknown but look what you could do to it with a bit of carpentry.


now I want one of those!

Tina
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Nov. 01 2010, 1:50 AM

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where's your pic, Tina?

Mark Farner a hero, U1?
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Nov. 01 2010, 8:55 AM
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I give up, cant seem to post  the pic
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