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Darvin Willhoite


From:
Roxton, Tx. USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2016 6:57 pm     Reply with quote

I thought I had posted a picture of this guitar, but couldn't find it in the list. I just finished the restoration a year or so ago so it probably wasn't finished when I last looked at this post.

I bought this guitar from Reece a couple of years before he passed, and finally got the time to finish the restoration. Mark Giles touched up and buffed out the cabinet, making it look new. It was used on Maurice's "Universal Direction" album, on some episodes of the "Dallas" TV show, and in a couple of movies. I set it up with a Bb6th tuning as a tribute to Reece. Maybe after I retire, I'll spend some time with it and learn to play it.
















And here is the man himself, playing it.



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Darvin Willhoite


From:
Roxton, Tx. USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2016 7:06 pm     Reply with quote

And here's another one I finished restoring a few months ago, again with the help of Mark Giles on the body. This one was in the closet for 5 or 6 years, but it's finally playable again.















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Ken Metcalf


From:
Converse Texas USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2016 7:37 am     Reply with quote

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Lem Smith


From:
Long Beach, MS
Post Posted 5 Sep 2016 5:52 pm     Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful guitar, Darvin. I love that color. Just curious, but is that guitar setup that much taller than regular, or are the legs just extended more because they are shorter than normal? I was wondering, because from the picture, that looks like maybe the most extra lift I've seen on one.

Darvin Willhoite wrote:
And here's another one I finished restoring a few months ago, again with the help of Mark Giles on the body. This one was in the closet for 5 or 6 years, but it's finally playable again.














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Darvin Willhoite


From:
Roxton, Tx. USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2016 6:07 pm     Reply with quote

Lem, I have long legs, so I have to raise my guitars to 27" from the bottom of the body to the floor. The original legs were a little shorter than normal so there is a pretty good space between the pedal bar and the leg clutch. I always make new pedal rods for my guitars when I raise them up, I don't care much for pedal rod extenders.
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Lem Smith


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Long Beach, MS
Post Posted 5 Sep 2016 7:11 pm     Reply with quote

Darvin, thanks for the reply. I can totally relate, as I need my guitar raised by a couple of inches as well. I thought I was never going to be able to find a new set of legs for my MSA Classic SS, but after trying several people, and each one of those referring me to someone else, I finally got in touch with Ray at http://nashvillerecordings.com/guitar/steel_guitar_parts_catalogB.htm and he's supposed to be making me a set of legs that are 2 inches over standard height.

Like you, I also prefer to have the longer pedal rods, instead of the extenders, but will probably go with the extenders to begin with, until I can get a set of 3 pedal rods that are also 2 inches over height.
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Mike Perlowin


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2016 9:27 pm     Reply with quote

Darvin Willhoite wrote:
And here's another one I finished restoring a few months ago, again with the help of Mark Giles on the body. This one was in the closet for 5 or 6 years, but it's finally playable again.














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What a beautiful guitar. I love the color.
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Quentin Hickey


From:
NS, Canada
Post Posted 23 Oct 2016 12:25 pm     Reply with quote

My setup sounding like solid gold in the dance hall

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Quentin Hickey


From:
NS, Canada
Post Posted 23 Oct 2016 12:28 pm     Reply with quote

Darvin,
I dont know how you did it but your vintage xl looks like it just came out of the factory. Beautiful!
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Damir Besic


From:
Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 23 Oct 2016 2:44 pm     Brian Ostrom's MSALegend Reply with quote

Brian just got this beautiful guitar from me in trade...absolutely gorgeous instrument...







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David Wright


From:
Pilot Point ,Tx USA.
Post Posted 24 Oct 2016 2:21 am     Reply with quote

Great pictures Darvin!! && Damir
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Judson Adair


From:
Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 26 Oct 2016 9:53 am     Reply with quote

MSA Classic D12. I love this thing. It is probably way more guitar than I deserve. If I could play half as good as it sounds I be famous.
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Mike Perlowin


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 26 Oct 2016 12:05 pm     Reply with quote

Judson Adair wrote:
MSA Classic D12.



That guitar is now at least 40 years old. The fact that it's still fully functional shows just how well those guitars are made.

MSA really is, and always has been, one of the finest steels on the market. I love mine.
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Judson Adair


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Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 27 Oct 2016 1:22 pm     Reply with quote

It isn't just fully functional, it is really in fantastic shape. I can't believe have great a guitar it is. It is my 4th pedal steel and it is leaps and bounds better than the others I had.
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Malcolm McMaster


From:
Beith Ayrshire Scotland
Post Posted 27 Oct 2016 2:00 pm     Reply with quote

Damir, love that Legend, think that is my favoutite Legend finish, that Mark Giles cabinet is exquisite.Is that same guitar that is on the MSA web site?
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John Rich


From:
Georgia, USA
Post Posted 27 Oct 2016 4:37 pm     Reply with quote

My 75 Classic Wish i still had it.
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Mike Perlowin


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 10:37 am     Reply with quote

Bump, because I love these guitars.
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John Roche


From:
England
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 12:19 pm     Reply with quote

my girl Legend
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Ed Boyd


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 11:46 am     Reply with quote

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Thomas Floyd


From:
Gilchrist, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2017 6:17 am     Reply with quote

I'm new at Pedal Steel Guitar. I just bought my first one. I don't even have it yet. It's suppose to be shipped out today. I can't wait. It's just the MSA CLASSIC.S-10. I'm so excited.


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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2017 6:51 am     Reply with quote

Congratulations. You picked a winner. Your guitar was made between 1970 and'75. Chances are it was assembled by Bud Carter, who worked at MSA before startling his own company.

As has been said elsewhere, those old MSA guitars were built to last. This one will probably last you the rest of your life.
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Thomas Floyd


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Gilchrist, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2017 7:01 am     Reply with quote

Thank you Mike. I bought it from a great guy on the forum. He upgraded the pickup with a L705 I think. Anyway.... I'm excited to go from my Fender 6 String Lapsteel to learnin the pedal. I'm 63 yrs old... hope I can learn new tricks. Thanks again
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Craig Schwartz


From:
McHenry IL
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

1974 8x5

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Craig Schwartz


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McHenry IL
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 5:19 pm     Reply with quote

1974 8x5

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Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 17 Jul 2017 5:39 pm     Reply with quote

Needless to say, I’m in LOVE!!!







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