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Sonic Youth's website says, about Lee Ranaldo's Thinline Deluxe:
"Used by Lee: 1983-2009 198? (earlier?) -- EADECD/EADGBE 1983 -- EADECD/EADGBE (World Looks Red, Confusion is Sex, Shaking Hell, Making the Nature Scene, I Wanna Be Yr Dog, The Good and the Bad) 1985 -- D#D#C#C#GG (I Love Her All The Time) & EADECD/EADGBE (World Looks Red, Confusion is Sex, Making the Nature Scene, Burning Spear) 1986 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Burning Spear) & EADECD (World Looks Red) 1987 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) 1989 -- EADECD (World Looks Red) & EADGBE (I Wanna Be Yr Dog) 1990 -- EEBBEF# (Dirty Boots) & F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) 1991 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) 1992 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Drunken Butterfly) 1993 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Drunken Butterfly) 1995 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) 1996 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) 1999 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross) STOLEN 1999, RETURNED 2005 2006 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Rats, Jams Run Free) 2007 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Rats, Jams Run Free) 2008 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Jams Run Free) 2009 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Jams Run Free) NOTES:
Lee owned this early '70s Tele Deluxe for nearly 20 years, dating back to pre-Sonic Youth days. It was his primary "screwdriver guitar" in the early 80s, shuffled tunings in the late 80s and basically remained in F#GA until it was stolen on July 4th, 1999 in California. It was surprisingly returned to the band in 2005 along with his 'Target' Travis Bean, which was in considerably worse condition. The Tele was returned to playable condition and though 'Shaking Hell' and 'World Looks Red' became staples of the 'Rather Ripped' tour, this guitar was instead used in a new tuning for 2 Rather Ripped tunes. Gauges: .046 .046 .026 .026 .017 .017 (F#GA) Brown finish before theft, now blue F-hole 2 humbuckers Originally had a maple fretboard neck, which was replaced with a rosewood fretboard neck at some point between 1987 and 1989 Originally had no pickguard, pearl pickguard added in 1983, black pickguard added circa mid-80s 1 slider switch 2 knobs Circular sticker (unknown) Infinity sticker USA flag sticker Serial # -- 370090 Played by Lee in "Death Valley '69" & "Mildred Pierce" videos Listed as "F.HOLE" on '95 set lists. Listed as "TELE 2" on '99 set lists. Kurt Cobain borrowed this guitar to guest with Mudhoney on 'The Money Will Roll Right In' during their opening set for Sonic Youth in Castaic Lake on September 26th, 1992."
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