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    Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Have you guys seen the guitars that Neal has been buying on Instagram? Everyday he posts something amazing from vintage LPs to Strats to Teles to Jazz Boxes to Private Stock PRS. I asked Neal if he was buying everything he always wanted or if he was starting a museum or exhibit. He never really answered. I love Neal's playing and Journey IMHO is a powerhouse no matter what the critics say.

    Anyone have any insight on what he is up to? Gotta be up to a couple million in geetars already...

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    ...actively buying or just sharing what he already has?

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    He's actively buying- and actively buying some really beautiful stuff.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    And he makes them all sound the same. How does he do that?

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Nugent View Post
    And he makes them all sound the same. How does he do that?
    got the lolz in...

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by miczap View Post
    He's actively buying- and actively buying some really beautiful stuff.
    I had to stop scrolling ... too many, too much

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    JB has single handedly made "Guitas Safaris" trendy!
    Game on!

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Wow! I thought this post would have sparked a lot of discussion. Hmmm? 🤔

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    he sells a lot as well so he may be just keep the economy going on

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    I'm not a vintage guitar expert, but I'd be interested to hear some opinions from those here who are in regards to his collection and if he's been sold some fakes. I've seen a few guitars on his Instagram lately that even to my untrained eye looked pretty suspect.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by MWR View Post
    Wow! I thought this post would have sparked a lot of discussion. Hmmm? 🤔
    It might spark more discussion if there was a link to a place that shows his collection.
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    It might spark more discussion if there was a link to a place that shows his collection.
    https://www.instagram.com/nealschon/?hl=en

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    That link is only good for a few minutes.
    Is there a Burst in there somewhere?

    From what I saw though, he is definitely not "Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business".
    He does have some nice vintage pieces.
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    You can follow him on Facebook as he usually posts a video clip of him playing one of his new acquisitions. The last month or two have been great because he has been buying alot of great guitars & posting terrific videos of him playing some great stuff on most, if not all of them! They are all very enjoyable!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    That link is only good for a few minutes.
    Is there a Burst in there somewhere?

    From what I saw though, he is definitely not "Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business".
    He does have some nice vintage pieces.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    I don't think he's boosting anything , although Neal is having fun and sharing his collection !

    Who knows he might buy the other Torpedo Joe that just surfaced ........!!!!!!
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    That link is only good for a few minutes.
    Is there a Burst in there somewhere?

    From what I saw though, he is definitely not "Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business".
    He does have some nice vintage pieces.
    There are several bursts in there. And GTs.
    Maybe you have to be signed up for Instagram for that link to work.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    There are several bursts in there. And GTs.
    Maybe you have to be signed up for Instagram for that link to work.
    You do have to be logged in member for the link to work .
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    The myth :The most disturbing thing about buying a fake Les Paul is how my research after the purchase is received by Forum members ??? 2020

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    The Myth: If I would have lived with MOM & mooched till I was 48 I would play like Clapton !
    Think about it
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    https://www.facebook.com/schonmusic/

    The guy has been scoring a lot of cool stuff of late, then he posts videos shredding away on the guitars.
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    good for him ! ..Neal comes across as a cool dude and is definitely an awesome player

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Nugent View Post
    And he makes them all sound the same. How does he do that?

    This!
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Blegh Neal...While I love Journey's music, I got a bit turned off by Schon himself. I was selling a 2018 Brazillian R9, he contacted me to buy it via Instagram. Then proceeded to try and low ball me and tell me my pricing was out of line. I sold it about a week later for my asking to another person.

    I've got thick skin, so didn't bother me, but he was a total tool in his response after a few nice messages...once he realized he couldn't score a SUPER deal.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    https://www.facebook.com/schonmusic/

    The guy has been scoring a lot of cool stuff of late, then he posts videos shredding away on the guitars.
    Thanks Dave!
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    It might spark more discussion if there was a link to a place that shows his collection.
    👍

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Nugent View Post
    And he makes them all sound the same. How does he do that?
    he’s a pro ..like a lot of pro’s you can recognize their signature sound regardless the brand/model.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by MWR View Post
    Wow! I thought this post would have sparked a lot of discussion. Hmmm? 🤔
    Neil Schon and "vintage guitar" don't seem to resonate in the same thread topic. He's had great success as a musician and composer, yes. When it comes to his guitar work, everything is quite processed (saturated), however, and his style is pretty-much rapid-fire scale work. These attributes are the listener's pill or poison based on personal taste but again, "vintage" is not intuitive in that realm. He's an unlikely ambassador for an old Fender or Gibson electric, but maybe just the guy for a PRS.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by SDMFVan View Post
    I'm not a vintage guitar expert, but I'd be interested to hear some opinions from those here who are in regards to his collection and if he's been sold some fakes. I've seen a few guitars on his Instagram lately that even to my untrained eye looked pretty suspect.
    What are you seeing?

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Lotta Garys' black guards..


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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    What are you seeing?
    He posts so much I'm having trouble finding it now, but awhile back he posted photos of a Nocaster where the Fender decal on the headstock looked really off. A couple people mentioned the same in the comments of the post. There was also a burst that he posted that was the topic of some posts here: https://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/s...or-sale/page10

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by MWR View Post
    Have you guys seen the guitars that Neal has been buying on Instagram? Everyday he posts something amazing from vintage LPs to Strats to Teles to Jazz Boxes to Private Stock PRS. I asked Neal if he was buying everything he always wanted or if he was starting a museum or exhibit. He never really answered. I love Neal's playing and Journey IMHO is a powerhouse no matter what the critics say.

    Anyone have any insight on what he is up to? Gotta be up to a couple million in geetars already...
    Good to see cool guitars going to a player. Looks like he's trying to keep up with Joe B lol! I love to hear some of these plugged directly into a Plexi or a Tweed Twin amp.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    His tone is too processed on the clips for my taste..can’t really hear the guitar...they all sound relatively the same because of that. No doubt a great player...but tone on these too processed.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by jrock1 View Post
    His tone is too processed on the clips for my taste..can’t really hear the guitar...they all sound relatively the same because of that. No doubt a great player...but tone on these too processed.

    he’s a pro ..like a lot of pro’s you can recognize their signature sound regardless the brand/model. - apparently.


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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Do like his playing with Santana.
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    The myth :The most disturbing thing about buying a fake Les Paul is how my research after the purchase is received by Forum members ??? 2020

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    Think about it
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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Maybe his plan is to resell to Joe B., at an enormous profit of course!

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Joe B & Mike Hickey have been helping him find some of this stuff based on some of Neal's posts. Likely saying; "Hey we passed on this, but maybe you'd like it", which put Neal in touch with some heavyweight dealers so he's be able to acquire stuff other than Joe's 'passes'. Just my take.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Love Neal. I think he's a mega player and an all around good guy with some serious chops and, lately, some killer acquisitions. A true player's player. He also commonly engages with his fans on social media, which I think is extremely cool.

    One thing that slightly bugs me though, is when he posts those videos on Instagram of him sitting and playing beautiful guitar after beautiful guitar, his amp sound comes off as a tad bit static and it, in many cases, masks the actual tone of the guitar, IMO. Typically, it's a very saturated overdriven, bordering on heavy gain sound. Personally, when he's ripping on his Burst or his PRS' or Fenders, I'd love to hear the distinction between both guitars and their individual tonal characteristics. Just my $0.02!

    Also, this is my first post here. Greetings from Toronto, folks!

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch88 View Post
    Love Neal. I think he's a mega player and an all around good guy with some serious chops and, lately, some killer acquisitions. A true player's player. He also commonly engages with his fans on social media, which I think is extremely cool.

    One thing that slightly bugs me though, is when he posts those videos on Instagram of him sitting and playing beautiful guitar after beautiful guitar, his amp sound comes off as a tad bit static and it, in many cases, masks the actual tone of the guitar, IMO. Typically, it's a very saturated overdriven, bordering on heavy gain sound. Personally, when he's ripping on his Burst or his PRS' or Fenders, I'd love to hear the distinction between both guitars and their individual tonal characteristics. Just my $0.02!

    Also, this is my first post here. Greetings from Toronto, folks!
    Looks to me like there isn't even an amp involved. Might just be playing a plugin, since he goes to the laptop to adjust sounds.

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    Re: Neal Schon - Single-handedly boosting the Vintage Guitar Business

    Is he playing the same piece of music in each video?
    snag...
    just play.

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