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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. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic

    Sep 20, 2015
    NE, Ohio
    So I thought I'd take jayyj's advice and look for an entry level Gibson arch top to give me a birth year guitar that's sort of affordable. There are 3 1956 Gibson 225's (one is a 225T) on One is not so far away that I could drive there to check it out. One is in Mt Pleasant, SC, where I'll be in the near future visiting my sister, so I could check it out in person as well. The last one is in New Jersey, and I'm not driving there. I emailed all 3 and only the NJ owner (or should I say "ad owner")replied. Not much of a description on his ad, and when I asked him about originality he said things like "the owner said it...", and when I asked about the the condition of the original case he said he's "checking", apparently with the owner. So he doesn't know anything about the guitar and is just running an ad for someone else. Forget it. As for the others, you would think they would check on their listing, or at least be set up to get alerts when they receive a message, but apparently not.

    You gotta wonder sometimes.
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  2. Grizz2k

    Grizz2k TDPRI Member

    Sep 18, 2016
    Not for myself but I have an Esquire (tele convert) made in the same time and place - Mexico 1995 - as my fiance.
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  3. brown2bob

    brown2bob TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

    Jan 1, 2017
    San Jose, CA
    1959 wasn’t practical so I went with the year I started playing guitar... a ‘73 Tele Deluxe.
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  4. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Since I'm a '54, I could never afford a Fender, Martin, or Gibson. Maybe a Harmony or Kay, or something similar, but even those are getting expensive now.
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  5. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    May 9, 2015
    Seekonk, MA
    No? No even if your birth year was 1959?
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  6. markjames

    markjames TDPRI Member

    Mar 27, 2017
    I Nearly bought a lovely sunburst 61 Fender DuoSonic......But got pipped at the post in the shop....
    Still looking though.... I'd love a guitar from my birth year....
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  7. denosaur

    denosaur TDPRI Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    It would have to be in better nick than me to justify buying it.1954 ( had guitars even been invented then ?)
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  8. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Jan 23, 2007
    Easy , much cheaper to be looking for a 59 Tele than a Les Paul . LOL
    As said , I love old stuff , but I dont think for a minute that these guitars are better in any way , so I dont really want to pay lots more for old gear.
    I would still love old gear if it was worth nothing , LOL
    The value doesnt interest me , and I think the prices are insane.....
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  9. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va

    I started on a 74 Tele. I'd still have it but it got stolen. Fantastic guitar
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  10. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va
    A 1960 Gibson or Fender would be a bit pricey for me. And I honestly don't feel seriously attracted to most of them
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  11. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Dec 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    I can't afford a birth year guitar...
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  12. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

    Aug 23, 2014
    I've never thought about it before - a 79! Maybe not the best year but could be more affordable than some years?
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  13. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    Same year for me and I've explored the idea. There is a hard tail Strat from that year that looked ok, but they are supposedly really heavy.

    The Les Pauls aren't really that desirable for the money imo. They just aren't that attractive looking to me. If I found a great example in person I might be interested, but I'd be hesitant to buy online.
  14. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I've got a 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe witch I love

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  15. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

    Aug 23, 2014
    I would actually like a hard tail Strat. I block mine anyway. But I don't think I'd take a heavy one.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
  16. PixMix

    PixMix Tele-Holic

    Aug 30, 2008
    Not a guitar but a silverface amp. Lots of cool gear for the '70s kids, but I think Fender amps from this era are actually good. I once found a strat from my birth year, a '70s sunburst that actually looked great, picked it up, and ,my desire to even plug and test went away as soon as my arm felt the weight of it. Ugh.
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  17. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    For the last couple of years I have been looking for a birth year, 51’, I’m not really interested in a guitar that I can play or even a quality guitar, I just want one that has an interesting look that I can hang on the wall in my music area. Oh ya, one more thing, I don’t wanna spend much. :D
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  18. paulnoise

    paulnoise Tele-Meister

    Dec 20, 2013
    1980 peavey t40 1510599745074.jpg
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  19. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic

    Sep 20, 2015
    NE, Ohio
    I took jayyj's advice and bought a 1956 Gibson ES-125. What exactly has this accomplished? Nothing, but it's a very cool, old school classic that I will enjoy playing.

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  20. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    '61 Supro Dual-Tone.
    Most Gibsons and Fenders are right out of the question.
    I had a '61 Gretsch 6119, but it only had 3 sounds and 2 of them sucked.
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