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What guitar that you still own has been in your possession the longest?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Otis Fine, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Meister

    Jun 3, 2016
    Chicago, Illinois
    image.jpeg Mine is a 1991 G&L ASAT. 25 years and our love has never been stronger.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2016

  2. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Well I bought and sold a lot of instruments and none of them were truly a keeper, most of them were kinda cheap stuff, but my current number one here (avri 72) is gonna go nowhere ever, that's for sure. :)
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  3. yeatzee

    yeatzee Tele-Meister

    Jul 13, 2016

    I still have all of them, never sold a guitar before. Granted I'm younger than your G&L haha. Silvertone strat copy was my first, crappy crappy guitar great Wall piece.
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  4. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Gretsch Pro Jet that I purchased about 2 years ago.
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  5. demon

    demon Tele-Meister

    Jan 18, 2015
    Northern Europe
    My Simon&Patrick SP6. Bought it new in 2000 when I couldn't really afford it. Smells as sounds as good as the summer day I got it. Will never sell it.
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  6. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    A 1970 Global branded Les Paul burst Copy I have had since 2006. I got it for nothing and it has had more mods done to it before I got it and since than can be imagined. It is on the bench pile to complete the pots and cap mods to go with a pair of humbucker sized single coil pickups swapped in there.
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  7. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    Larrivee L-09. Rosewood back and sides. Cedar top. Got it in 1995.
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  8. nicholaspaul

    nicholaspaul Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2010
    Suffolk UK
    I still have my first guitar, a Westone Concord II, which was a birthday present thirty years ago. It's recently been through a final makeover with a new paint job and Alexander Pribora pickups. It never sounded so good!

  9. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    Bought my Contreras classical in 1983. Did hundreds of gigs with it. I will never sell it.

    I had guitars before I had that one, and I really regret selling them now.
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  10. JohnS

    JohnS Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2003
    Sparks, NV
    I bought my 2000 American Series Tele new, so 16 years?

    Bought a 1978 Musicmaster Bass in 1982, so 34 years?

    Both still owned and played.
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  11. TmyBmore

    TmyBmore Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2016
    1986 MIJ Strat that I bought new for $125. It needs some work but it will play again!
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  12. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Mid-80's Ibby Roadstar RS-135. I've modded the heck out of it, including a refin and a new neck when the frets wore down, but it'll never leave me.
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  13. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    1933-ish Gibson L-00, about 25 years. It isn't my best sounding acoustic, but it has sentimental value and a lot of mojo:


  14. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    I think it'd be the Trini Lopez std (think es335 w/ Firebird headstock) purchased in '86 or '87.
    Still rockin' a set of flatwounds...
    Wish I'd play it more often.
    Peace - Deeve
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  15. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2014
    I bought a '52 Les Paul in 1969. The previous owner had gotten rid of the horrible trapeze bridge/tailpiece and put on a tune-o-matic and stop tail. He also apparently didn't like the gold top finish and had refinished the guitar a wine red color. It actually didn't look too bad with the original cream colored P90's. Since it had been jacked around so much, I got it for $300. It turned out to be a great player and sounds fantastic. It has been through some other changes since then, most notably paint stripped and resealed with lacquer and routed for humbuckers in 1972 (I know-probably should not have done that but it sounds great)! I still have it so have been playing it for 47 years. I've had several Les Pauls since, but this one is my favorite and is the only one I have kept. Having said that, I play primarily Strats or Teles today.

    Edited to add pics:
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  16. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 12, 2008
    94 Fender logo Sqiuer that I bought new in 94

  17. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Old fart alert: been swapping/ selling/ trading axes since the late '70's. I've had my latest CV Strat since '13. Kinda sad when I think about all the great gear I have let go....still, no regrets. I like what I have, and still get good tone.
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  18. Syrinx

    Syrinx Tele-Meister

    Aug 7, 2016
    Champaign illinois
    I still have the cheap acoustic I learned on- and my mom also learned on back in the late 1940s. Electrics, many have come and gone since my first in 76, but my Tokai silverstar and fender pink paisley strat have been onboard since 86.
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  19. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

    My mom gave me my Epiphone 278 for Christmas 1978. It's the red hot rod.
    It's first one on the left

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    Last edited: Sep 3, 2016
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  20. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    My old Ibanez Acoustic that I bought in ' still hangs on the wall beside me...:)

    Ibanez 2.jpg
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