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Doug Swenson
New Member

From: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

posted 16 October 2004 08:52 PM     profile     
I have a red MSA Sidekick serial #1M1808, don't know the year. I replaced the pickup with a George L's, made a world of difference. Even though it is a beginner model it stays in tune forever.
Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 17 October 2004 06:01 AM     profile     
Doug....your MSA shows to be a red Sidekick model single 10 which left the factory with 3 pedals and 1 knee lever. It was originally shipped to our distributor in Chicago, and it was born on January 7th 1974.
les green
Member

From: Jefferson City, Mo 65101 USA

posted 17 October 2004 02:55 PM     profile     
73 rosewood D10, 8 + 4
74 rosewood S10, 3 + 5
tbhenry
Member

From: Chattanooga /USA

posted 24 December 2004 05:11 PM     profile     
Is it possible to add more knee levers to the Sidekick??
Al Marcus
Member

From: Cedar Springs,MI USA

posted 24 December 2004 06:58 PM     profile     
Onward and Upward. I have had many different guitars including MSA's.

But this one is the topper of them all!.

I now have a used new MSA S12 Millenium with 9 pedals and 5 knee levers, previously owned by Pee Wee Whitewing. Lucky me.......al

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Bob Baringer
Member

From: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

posted 29 December 2004 09:23 AM     profile     
Still have "ole'reliable" Red Maple 1975 double 10 SS with 4 knees n 1 virtical,Geo L E66 both necks,still have original PU's and pedal board volume,now use Hilton VP..giged this over 20yrs. now have back problems but loved it all the same...Bob
Bill Beall
Member

From: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

posted 01 January 2005 03:11 PM     profile     
I just bought an MSA (my first psg) D10,8 pedal, 5 lever. It's got a blue mica finish on it. I can't find a serial number on it anywhere but it has a label stating that it was assembled and certified correct by Bud Carter. The MSA label on front is just the block letters MSA and like the rest of them it's built like a tank, absolutely bullet proof.

Any ideas, Reese?

Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 02 January 2005 05:35 AM     profile     
TbHenry....IF memory serves correct (and that was a long time ago) the Sidekicks originally had three knee levers, and the pulling system on that little guitar is the same triple raise and triple lower changer we were using on all MSA's at the time.... provided you can find the parts, or make them, it should accept all you have room to install.

Bill....Thats an interesting MSA you have. I don't recall a blue formica guitar that was a production model, but we manufactured many thousands of guitars, so I could be mistaken.

If it's a production guitar, which the "assembled by Bud Carter" sticker indicates....that would not be the original nameplate.

Also you should find a serial number on the bottom side stamped into the aluminum close to the changer system. If you find it let me know and I'll be happy to look it up in our old production records and hopefully provide you some history about the guitar.

Walter Stettner
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From: Vienna, Austria

posted 02 January 2005 07:42 AM     profile     
Hey Reece,

I originated that post but never gave you the serial number of my guitar - it is 2C 230. Could you give me some info about the history?

Thanks and Best Regards, Walter

www.lloydgreentribute.com
www.austriansteelguitar.at.tf

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Bill Beall
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From: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

posted 02 January 2005 09:16 AM     profile     
I found the serial number, Reece. It is 2C387. Can you give me some history?

Bill
steel lovin' preacher

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Samuel E. White
Member

From: Greeneville TN.

posted 02 January 2005 10:57 AM     profile     
I have two freinds tha each have one.One is a 71 and the other is a 76. The 76 is played out every week end in the Massachusetts area and it belongs to Roger Trahan. The other one is played in my other freinds bed room as he has a single neck Sho bud and it is a lot lighter than the MSA.He is Richard Lucke in Rhode Island. They are both beautiful Steels and in great shape.Ops there is another one in Rhode Island that is played out a little and it belongs to Gil Veiw.He took the bottom neck all off and made a SD-12 out of it.Was a double 12 Imagin what that one weighed.
Sam White

[This message was edited by Samuel E. White on 02 January 2005 at 11:03 AM.]

Webb Kline
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From: Bloomsburg, PA

posted 02 January 2005 11:54 AM     profile     
'74 D10 Classic

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Gary Walker
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From: Morro Bay, CA

posted 02 January 2005 01:14 PM     profile     
I had a new '75 WhiteTidewood D-12, 9 & 5 with the C6 on the front neck, E9 in back with a George L Pentad pickup on the E9 and it's floating around Southern California and I wish I had it back. I sold it in '91 to help pay for the new Mullen. I now can afford to own more than 1 or 2 and wish it would come home. It stayed in tune, sounded awesome and yes, weighed more than the Red Baron but it didn't budge when you kicked the pedals and levers.
Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 02 January 2005 03:35 PM     profile     
Walter S....2C-230 shows to be a double 10 rosewood formica guitar which left the factory with 8 pedals and 2 knee levers. Sorry, but the exact date of manufacture was not entered. It was originally shipped to our distributor (CMI) who at the time was located in Chicago.

Samuel W....MSA records indicate 2C-387 as being a black double 10 which left the factory with 8 pedals and 2 knee levers. The exact date of delivery was also not entered into record. It was originally sent to my friend Freeman Cowger in Detroit who later went on to produce the "Little Buddy" steel and is now deceased.

Webb K. and Gary W....Thank you both for being part of what we consider to be the MSA family!

Bill Beall
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From: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

posted 02 January 2005 04:17 PM     profile     
Thanks, Reece. 2C-387 is now a blue formica double 10 with 8 pedals, 4 levers and a left knee lift. Don't know where all it has been but I bought it from Bobbe Seymour a couple of weeks ago for a lot less money than you would think for that much guitar. It'll do everything I'll ever need it to do. Good thing about it is that I won't be hauling it around all over the place. It'll stay here at home until I get to where i won't embarass myself or the guitar in public and then I'll load it into the back of the pickup for a short ride to the church building where it will have a permanent home.
tbhenry
Member

From: Chattanooga /USA

posted 02 January 2005 04:45 PM     profile     
Hi Steve, Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that you are going to restore your U12 MSA. I bought some maple of ebay and took it to a carpenter friend together with the old cabinet and he made me a copy for $40. I did most of the rest of the work myself. If you need to get parts try Wayne Link in canada he has everything also Mcmaster Carr have those washers nylon or delrin for the changer. If you need help let me know. Regards, Brian Henry
Marcin Czop
Member

From: Warsaw, Poland

posted 03 January 2005 04:53 PM     profile     
MSA Classic (1C-6566), red SS single 10 model with 3 pedals and 4 knee levers.

The guitar originally was shipped to Jeff Newman in Tennessee. That was one of the guitars he used to take with him when putting on teaching seminars.
Now in Europe!

Manufactured in early 1982, about April.

David Wright
Member

From: Modesto .Ca USA.

posted 03 January 2005 05:10 PM     profile     
Heres my first guitar, a msa on a Bradsrack built in 1970....with a Bb6th on it !!! Wonder if it's still around...

[This message was edited by David Wright on 03 January 2005 at 05:12 PM.]

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Jerry Heath
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From: Harrah, Oklahoma, USA

posted 03 January 2005 05:40 PM     profile     
My back-up is a MSA Classic rosewood mica S-10 3 X 4

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tbhenry
Member

From: Chattanooga /USA

posted 04 January 2005 01:49 PM     profile     
David, What exactly is a "bradsrack" and why would one use it?
Frode Bjoernstad
Member

From: Oslo, Norway

posted 04 January 2005 02:26 PM     profile     
My MSA semiclassic s-10 with 4 pedals and 2 kneelevers made the trip from USA to up north here in Norway spring 2004. The Serialnumber is 1s107. Reese could you tell me what year and in what shape it left MSA ?
Frode
Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 05 January 2005 01:14 PM     profile     
Frode B....Thank you for playing an MSA.

You have the distinction of owning one of the very first production MSA guitars ever made. At this point in time, your guitar is the oldest production model to which anyone has ever inquired. It goes so far back it was on the first page of the first production book.

At that time we didn't enter specific completion dates into record. I can however tell you it would have been made in middle to late 1973. It was originally shipped to "Coast Music".

It would be great if you would place pictures on the forum of a 32 year old MSA.

Phil Sikes
Member

From: Oak Harbor, Washington, USA

posted 05 January 2005 05:15 PM     profile     
One more for the list. My first and only is 1C215 a Universal with 8 and 5 that I love like crazy. If I had known how much fun this was I would have started a long time ago..

Phil

Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 05 January 2005 06:48 PM     profile     
Phil S....Well whadoyah know, 1C215 is a bingo. Your guitar was originally made for Junior Knight. He'll be glad to know it's found a great home.
Frode Bjoernstad
Member

From: Oslo, Norway

posted 06 January 2005 02:28 AM     profile     
Thanks Reece!

Wow.. It's cool to know the history of the guitar. It's in 98% mint condition, and it looks real nice. The pick up sound's a bit thin and have been quite microphonic until i rewaxed it. It's quite a struggle to tune it perfect as well (push/release?), but I enjoy it real much! I guess it probably is a kind of collectors item, but it's in regular use in the Oslo clubs. I don't have a detailed picture of it, but i have a couple of concert shots of me playing it. But I don't know how to post them.. I can email them to someone who knows if anyone is interested?

Have a nice day!
Frode

Phil Sikes
Member

From: Oak Harbor, Washington, USA

posted 06 January 2005 07:38 AM     profile     
Holy Cow, I have a famous steel!! I sure wish Junior had left a few of his hot licks on the fretboard for me. I do appreciate the info Reese, can you tell me when it was built and how it was outfitted when it left the factory?

Thanks - Phil

Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 06 January 2005 12:19 PM     profile     
Frode B....I have an update for you concerning your MSA.

New information brought to my attention during a conversation today at MSA provides the conclusion your guitar was made in May or June of 1971, which adds even more distinction to your guitar.

Phil S....While at the MSA factory today I spoke with Junior about your guitar and he told me he had already contacted you and expressed his excitement that his old MSA had finally re-surfaced. He was also excited to know it still had the original raised fretboard.

In answer to your question....your guitar left the factory with 7 pedals and 5 knee levers.

If and when you ever want to sell it, I hope you give Junior the right of first refusal.

Bart Maloney
Member

From: Houston, Texas (from Tomball, TX)

posted 11 January 2005 10:55 AM     profile     
Hey Reece, how are you? I just got a s-10 MSA Classic that I am having world of fun on. I was curious if you could tell me a little of the history on it. Here is the number '1C5774' Thanks and have a great day!

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Reece Anderson
Member

From: Keller Texas USA

posted 11 January 2005 02:29 PM     profile     
Hi Bert....I'm doing great, thank you for asking. Welcome to what we consider to be the "MSA family".

Serial number 1C- 5774 shows to be an emerald green single 10 which left the factory with 3 pedals and 4 knee levers.

It originally went to Brook Mays Music in Dallas. Your guitar was born in July of 1977, however the exact date was not entered into record.

Thank you for your inquiry and all the best to you and yours.

Bart Maloney
Member

From: Houston, Texas (from Tomball, TX)

posted 11 January 2005 03:22 PM     profile     
Hey Reece, Thanks so much. The guitar is still green and i am just loving it. Thanks so much for the help. Take care.

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"Keep on Keepin' on"
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Roger Losey
New Member

From: Harrison, Michigan, USA

posted 16 January 2005 07:00 PM     profile     
I own a 77 MSA Classic walnut D10 8/4, and an MSA Sidekick. I love them both and since I am just learning to play, I can't wait to hear the beautiful sounds that I know they are capable of producing! The Classic is all original and as solid as the day it was built.

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ROGER
'77 MSA CLASSIC D10 8/4, MSA SIDEKICK, PEAVEY SESSION 400, GOODRICH 120

Grant Johnson
Member

From: Nashville TN

posted 19 January 2005 08:36 AM     profile     
I love my 1974 Classic D-10!

When I have the funds I hope to get a Classic SS D-10 in the Cherry Laquered Maple.
I love the warm tone of the Super Sustain Pick-Ups.

Lincoln Keegan
New Member

From: Roanoke, Virginia, USA

posted 19 January 2005 05:12 PM     profile     
Let me start by saying I'm new to the pedal steel guitar. I picked up an MSA Classic? PSG (S/N 2C5935) after researching steel guitars for several months. I based my decision mainly on the opinions and comments from forum members regarding MSA guitars: reliability, loyalty, and pride seem to run quite deep in the MSA family. She needs some TLC so I thought I'd start by tearing her down and refurbishing. This will certainly provide me with a solid understanding of how this instrument works (mechanically speaking) before I actually start playing. Also, I've seen some beautiful restoration photos on this forum so I know it's possible. If I run into problems - this Steel Guitar Forum is always here. I'm hoping to learn as much as possible about this late 1970's?, lacquered maple? MSA guitar (Currently configured as an SD10 - 3 X 5). Any information or photos of "sister" guitars from this same time period would be greatly appreciated...

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