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How many of you have a 'birth year' guitar?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by StrangerNY, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    My guitar collection now includes guitars from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. I can't think of anything I'd really like to add (although that's always subject to change) besides a guitar from the 50s. And since I was born in 1953 (yup, old as dirt, I am), I really like the idea of finding a guitar built in my birth year.

    To be realistic - a '53 Fender or Gibson will inevitably be pretty pricey, so I may have to lower my sights on what the possibilities would be. But looking at Reverb, I am seeing a lot of guitars that would be pretty cool to own.

    So the question is - how many of you have guitars built in your birth year? Got pics?

    - D
     
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  2. WingedWords

    WingedWords TDPRI Member

    68
    Feb 4, 2015
    Kent, UK
    Huh, even less chance for me. 1950.
     
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  3. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Holic

    740
    May 29, 2016
    Kansas
    I've thought about it. a 1989 MIA strat would be nice, but I have a hard time liking a lot of the colors that were available during that time frame.
     
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  4. Generic Schmoe

    Generic Schmoe Tele-Meister

    196
    Oct 23, 2015
    Huntsville, TX
    I don't have one, but would like to pick one up one day. Given that I was born in '64 and anything Fender or Gibson from then would be stupid expensive, it will likely be an old Epiphone or Guild jazz box.
     
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  5. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    Finding something that I would want that was built in 1956 would, likely, be so ridiculously outside of my budget that I've never really given it any serious thought.

    I suppose I might be able to find something more affordable from that year (i.e., not Fender, Gibson, Martin, etc...), but it's never been a priority for me.

    Now that I think about it, though, I have started shopping for a lap steel. I might actually be able to find something I could afford from my birth year.
    Still not a real priority, but something to think about.....
     

  6. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    I missed it by a month or so. I was born in December 1952, and my old Telecaster is a 1953.
     

  7. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    41
    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    I don't own one, but I really wouldn't mind a mocha telecaster deluxe from 1976. And I guess it's feasible...

    I started GASing for one after I saw someone play one at a Bob Weir studio concert a few years back... I think it was some Jerry Garcia anniversary tribute, but I cannot quite remember what exactly.

    Yum!

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    730
    Aug 14, 2015
    Nashville

  9. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I did.
    I gave it to a friend.
    Blonde 1957 Tele.
    It was stolen from the friend I gave it to, thirty years ago.
    One piece body, and feather light.
    Oh well, stuff is stuff, ya just get more.
     
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  10. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    A lap steel is a pretty good choice! You can get ones made in the 40s or 50s for only a few hundred bucks.

    - D
     

  11. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    There are Gibsons out there that won't break the bank, but they're not all original, have repairs or refins. I actually think I'd be willing to let that stuff slide, as long as it wasn't a catastrophic neck break or something.

    But on the other hand, there seem to be a few Gretsches and a lot of old Harmony guitars in really good shape for under a grand. I could live with one of those.

    - D
     

  12. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    65
    Jan 4, 2014
    Arivaca AZ
    A 52 guitar would break my budget. 'll settle for one that looks like a 52:twisted:
     
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  13. felis

    felis Tele-Holic

    987
    Sep 4, 2011
    Antwerp/Belgium
    My story about a birth year (1966) Tele, for which I drove 3 times back and forth to Köln with cash at hand, returning without it every time.o_O
    I just couldn't get myself taking it home with me, despite the fact that I had my mind set on owning a birth year guitar.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    I do have great respect for Fender and their original design, but I'm not going to buy a guitar that cost 8 times more and is not at least as good or better to me and I emphasize 'to me' than my 1980 TE80 Breezy.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    So I made a compromise and settled for a 'Epiphone inspired by "1966" Century' (while still having the Breezy as my number one). ;)

    [​IMG]
     

  14. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    You have an enormous amount of restraint to turn down bringing that Tele home - although I was recently in a similar situation. I quit smoking back in February, and my wife gave me the green light to buy (in her words) an 'awesome' guitar, with a budget of $3000.

    I went looking and found quite a few really nice guitars, but at the end of the day I just couldn't spend that much money for self-reward. So I kept looking and found an '82 Gibson Les Paul for less than half my budget. I'm still happy with the purchase and not feeling guilty about it!

    [​IMG]

    That Breezy looks like a very cool guitar. And the Century is a looker! Congrats.

    - D
     

  15. Teddyjack

    Teddyjack Tele-Holic

    Age:
    51
    780
    Jan 2, 2017
    Burlington, Vermont
    I have a birth year amplifier. 1966 Fender Super Reverb.
     
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  16. Muku

    Muku Tele-Meister

    226
    Jun 9, 2008
    Santa Barbara
    I tried (1955) but got a dud. Anything of value this year is kinda pricey. I have spent $5,600 on a Goodall but that won't get me the creme of my year.

    The cars were better designs this year than the guitars.

    No biggie. its just a cool number. I can dig it.
     
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  17. felis

    felis Tele-Holic

    987
    Sep 4, 2011
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Thank you, sir. ;)

    In the end and all things considered, (for me) it has to be a player, which the Breezy definitely is.
     
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  18. horax

    horax Tele-Meister

    482
    Jul 1, 2011
    colorado springs
    I was born in 75...closest I have is a 1966 Gibson SG Jr that I got in a trade.

    I want a 75 tele, but they're pricey and from what I understand, not the best of quality.
     
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  19. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 9, 2015
    Seekonk, MA
    59 Lefties were kinda hard to come by.
     
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  20. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Tele-Afflicted

    Maybe- an early 50s Fender Champion lap steel (which was a lot more affordable than, say, a Tele or a Gibson of the same vintage). I'm going to assume it's a '53.

    D.H.
     
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