My first post is the day of the Confluence, early morning. Other than Darren, I was able to spend the most time with Forum member Greg Rahilly. The three of us were able to hit a couple of Melbourne’s finest vintage guitar shops.
I do not want to mention the names of the shops due to the extreme high dollar guitars that were there. I am not sure if is meant to be “general knowledge” that they are there.
When we entered the first store, there was a front room with about 30 very nice guitars. Included were about 5 Rics that were late 70’s bread and butter models. However, when we were taken into the backroom, that is where all the fun started.
The store specialty was (unfortunately), late 50’s and early 60’s (Fenders, Gretsches, and Gibsons).
Albeit they were inferior non-Rickenbacker guitars, I was taken back by the sheer quantity and quality of them. Also the insistence of the shop keeps’ to play and handle them all is something I never experienced before. I tried to keep a running total of the value of them all, but I lost track after I played the first $250,000.00 worth. I never saw so many high dollar guitars just laying about on the floor, some in cases, some just placed up against the wall. I am sure glad that I didn’t knock any over.
Greg seemed to like this minty 58.
I liked this custom color one.
These three were pretty nifty too.
We then went to the next store of Vintage Guitars in Melbourne. To sum it up quickly, we all agreed that it $u[ked.
Before the Confluence we had time for a fast lunch. We dined at the world famous “Hungry Jack’s”. It was a little bit like Burger King, (they even had the paper crowns and Whoppers). However, it was different in the fact that it was called “Hungry Jack’s”. I wanted to bring all of the other Forum members a paper crown, but I was chastised by Darren and Greg that I was not taking the “Hungry Jack’s” policy of one crown per person policy seriously. http://www.hungryjacks.com.au/Story.aspx
I’ll post more over the weekend…