You can only take 5 albums to a deserted Island...

But there is a world class system there for your use.  Leaving many favorites behind but I must have:

Yes - Close to the Edge
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
Neil Young - Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky

Hi Marty,

Darn!  I love Richard Thompson.

Another luthier who has an incredible sensibility about him is Jeff Senn. I spend way too much time on for my own good, but as an audio manufacturer, it’s nice to clear the palate.

Apart from an almost 100% correlation between electric guitar design and turntables (only a few years ago, did I realize how tight this correlation is), I find many parallels among electronics designers in both pursuits (hi-fi and musical amplification).

All too many designers have incredible technical proficiency, but exhibit a lack of understanding of what makes music a magical experience. That’s for another thread ...

This desert island disc thread is a fun one, and I didn’t mean to derail it, so let me post this for everyone’s consideration ...

What 5 pieces of music can you discover something new in it every time you listen to it? Obviously enjoyment comes into play when you’re narrowing down the list, but if you’re captive on an island with 5 "fun" discs that you can’t grow with, you’ll likely want to kill yourself if forced to listen to them over and over and over again.

Thom @ Galibier Design


Funny thing about Teles (and the variants thereon)...

I own several really outstanding boutique variations, but I end up playing my good old, modestly priced Fender American Standard (tho it’s been modded with Barden pups) more than any of em. If anyone can top the original tho, Jason might be the guy.

Jason’s take on the LP is IMO downright fantastic and his quirkier designs - including a variation of the Turner Model 1 - are pretty tempting. He’s an outstanding luthier for sure.

The other "go-to" in my electric collection is a Henman-Bevilacqua that combines a bolt-on neck and long scale with humbuckers to make a cool Gibson/Fender hybrid (definitely more Gibson flavored, tho).

if we get another couple of axes on our Island, the Fender and the H-B are coming along, for sure.

To Thom’s notion of hearing somethin new with repeated listening -
my picks both go there aggressively and don’t.

I was definitely thinking along those lines for my choices. The four guitarists I chose to bring along (Richard Thompson, Lindsey Buckingham, David Hidalgo, and Dave Edmunds) represent four very different aesthetics in their approach to the instrument. Because they all "look back" in different directions and also "point forward" in different directions, this group allows for great variety in contemplating why they’re doing what they’re doing - my version of Thom’s point.

OTOH, I’ve listened to these guys for so long that I’m sure I’ve covered a lot of what’s in there. (Not all, but a lot of it.) To really do what Thom suggests, you’d almost need to bring along great music that you haven’t spent a ton of time with. Great idea, but a Tricky task to actually pull off, IMO.

BTW, my last choice was great songs sung beautifully. For those rare moments when guitars aren’t the point.
One of many samples that comes to mind:

Box of The Haydn Piano Trios played by Beaux Arts Trio
Brahms: Symphony No. 3, cond. by Rudolf Kempe/Berlin Philharmonic
Brahms: Double Concerto. Heifetz/Piatigorsky/Wallenstein
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 cond. by Ormandy/Philadelphia Orch 
                                                     1975 complete version RCA
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 cond. by Kertesz/London Symphony
1.  Rush - Power Windows
2.  Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
3.  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
4.  The Beatles - Revolver
5.  The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
No particular order:
pink floyd the wall
toto. Past to present 77-90
Queen a night at the opera
genesis a trick of the tail
Eagles hell frezzes over
bonus? Pulp different class