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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by teleplayer99, May 27, 2017.

  1. zippofan

    zippofan Tele-Meister

    363
    Mar 16, 2014
    Pennsylvania
    My first guitar is my avatar, '78 or so Ampeg "Heavy Stud" Telecaster copy with a 24 3/4" scale, and an original Crate CR1 combo. Still got 'em both, and the Crate still sounds pretty bad unless it's totally clean. Speaker was shot after being used as a monitor amp for years, so I installed a Jensen C12Q. It's about to be used as a cab for a MOD kits 5 watt amp.
    Have more guitars and amps now, but since the originals made it through my misspent youth, I ain't getting rid of them!
     
  2. Mr Green Genes

    Mr Green Genes Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 23, 2016
    MI
    The first guitar that I bought new was a 1978 Peavey T-60, which I actually still have.

    At the time, I had a Gibson Skylark, which I don't still have, but wish that I did.
     
  3. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Friend of Leo's

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    After a year of begging (5th grade year) finally my non-playing dad and uncle went to a pawn shop (without me) and bought me a gold foil Teisco and a DeArmond R5T amp. Both cool as hell today but back then they were just old junk.
    A few years later i tried to make a Flying V out of the guitar and my parents eventually threw away all the pieces.
    The amp sat in the dirt floor of an old shearing shed for the next few decades. A River Litterally Ran Through It.
     
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  5. Kerberos

    Kerberos Tele-Meister

    Age:
    66
    139
    Nov 27, 2016
    Long Island
    This is fun! I started with a cute little sunburst no-name acoustic, that was excellent, back in Late 1962 or early 1963. I bought a really bad all flat blue electric for $65, paid the music store $5.00 a week. My first real electric was in 1964, a Hagstrom III. I had a little brown Fender Amp, maybe a 6" speaker in it. My parents then bought me a 1965 Deluxe Reverb. I was playing in a band, and through peer pressure, my bandmates wanted me to match their Fenders (Jaguar, Precision Bass in White) . I ended up with a white Fender 1966 Jazzmaster. So what do I play today?....a White 1966 Fender Jazzmaster, through a Reissue 1965 Deluxe Reverb. I working on getting a Tele, hopefully within the next week, and a Roland JC-40.
     
  6. Straydogger

    Straydogger TDPRI Member

    Age:
    65
    73
    Mar 26, 2017
    Western Pa.
    First guitar was a Kapa Continental......a real piece of crap.....probably a late 60's model. No amp yet. First "real" guitar was a '73 SG played thru a late 60's Twin Reverb. Now-a-days too many to list. Kapa Continental.JPG hb5hsdcx0y9ihoxomcai.jpg
     
  7. nixdad

    nixdad TDPRI Member

    91
    Mar 14, 2011
    Now in Little Rock, AR
    This is so interesting; I had to read them all...
    My first guitar at age 10 was an EKO acoustic-was a truly frightening thing to try and learn Mel Bay book 1.
    I was forever borrowing electrics for a good 3 or 4 formative years, Kalamazoo, Kustom and Peavey amps and Teisco and Harmony guitars. Had no clue.
    After having a paper route and bugging the **** out of dad, we went to Metropolitan music (Milwaukee) and he helped me get a brown Vibrasonic and a 61 or 64 Jazzmaster. The beginnings of the special times. They were just used equipment in 1970, you know?
    Hundreds of all kinds between then and now.
    A built up Tweaker 40-really interesting, capable for what I do, a Vox ad30vt in a head cab, a Crate V8 and a 2 x 12 with a couple Jensen Neo's for amps; a real Telecaster, a partscaster Strat and a ninety dollar Ibanez with the simple vibrato. And a whole buncha pedals
    For now. Gotta stay off the Bay.
     
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  8. Televised

    Televised Friend of Leo's

    Apr 26, 2009
    Portland, OR
    In '71, I was in a basement band in H.S. and I worked the summer at Rub-a-Dub Car Wash and saved up $125 so I could buy my buddy's '66? Silvertone 1483 amp/cab. I also borrowed my brother's Japanese Kent 12 string that had gold foil Pups and looked like a Gibson 335. I only strung it with 6 strings and due to the lack of tension, rather than use a wammy bar, all I had to do was shake the neck. Could never keep it in tune.
    Now days I play a '66? Silvertone 1483 amp/cab. It sat in my brother's basement for many many years. I had to replace capacitors/resistors and put in a 3 prong plug. Also took out all the 12 amp wiring that was hardwired to the 15" Jensen and put a jack in the amp head and cab. Just needed a little clean up/TLC. Surprisingly still has all the original RCA tubes and original 15" Jensen. It is giving no signs of crapping out anytime soon....in fact... I'm sure it will outlast me. Also have, Jet City JCA20HV amp head, Vox Pathfinder 15R, 2x12 cab, 1x12 cab, heavily modded MIM '06 Tele, Seagull S-12 Acoustic, Seagull S-6cw Acoustic and a Pignose 7100 shoe box amp.
    Pretty much stopped playing guitar when I went away to college in '73. Started playing again when my son took guitar lessons in '06 so that I could play along with him.
    Anyone can have a few off decades but was glad that i got back into playing the guitar again and glad that I could resurrect the Silvertone.....and me.
     
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  9. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    My first electric guitar was a red 60s Gibson SG Jr, it had been refinished.
    My first amp was a Silvertone that had the head that you stored inside the cabinet, doing some research it may have been a 1483. All I remember is it wasn't very loud, first chance I got I sold it and got a Fender Bassman head and cabinet!


    As of today my guitars are a parts Tele, Baja neck, FSR blonde body, soon to have Barden pickups.
    Fender American Special Strat w Fralin hot vintage pickups (SWEET sounding guitar!)
    PRS Santana SE with some Reilander PAF type humbuckers, also a nice guitar.

    And a WHOLE bunch of stuff in between, I can't begin to remember all of it!
     
  10. dannew02

    dannew02 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2010
    Erin Prarie, WI
    My first guitar of any sort was a no-name nylon-string 3/4 size acoustic from the "JC Penney Outlet Store" in 1983. My Dad literally paid $5 for it. If I kept up on my lessons, I could get a "real" guitar (as long as I paid for it) It took nearly a year for me to save up for THIS
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    A Hondo II LP copy, plywood body, bolt-on neck, single coil pups in "cans" shaped like HB's. I loved it anyway. My first amp was my Dad's Sony reel-to-reel tape deck plugged into my crummy JC Penney stereo, until I blew that up. I saved and saved and got a (used) Crate CR-19 amp.
    Now I have WAY too many guitars, but my "best" is a Matsumoku Skylark (sold by... JC Penney back in the day, see a trend here?) and a VHT Special 6 Ultra amp.
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    I've bought, sold and traded many guitars in the meantime, and had a great time doing so. It's fun seeing everyone's stories!
     
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  11. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    My first guitar was a Winston from Skagg's Hardware Store in Hayward, CA in 1966. $39.95 with a little amp. I can't remember if the amp was tube or solid state. It wasn't very good, but it got me started.

    What do I play now? I'd be here all day if I listed them all. Lately my gig rig has been a G&L Tribute ASAT Carvetop Deluxe into a Peavey Backstage Plus from the '80's that I got on ebay from an antique shop for $20.00 and shipping. I have SF Fender amps, a couple of Mesa's, a Rivera, Traynor... but that little Peavey does a great job for the gigs I do. There are pedals, too.
     
  12. Troubleandahalf

    Troubleandahalf Tele-Holic

    751
    Jun 2, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Reminds me of blowing a couple of my stepfather's hi-fi stereo amps.
    You could plug into the tape deck, and when you turned on record and pressed pause, you were live monitoring over the stereo. Ooh the sweet sound of db into the red on a Technics tape player.
     
  13. ReaL Madras

    ReaL Madras Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 8, 2012
    My first guitar was actually a bass, it was a wine red Ibanez Blazer Bass like this, but I don't think that the hardware was gold. IMG_1009.JPG I had a cheap solid state amp with it but I can't recall what sort.

    Earlier in life pre the Ibanez I had borrowed a sonic / baby blue Futerama from my Uncle for a year or two, that had an unnamed green wooden box amp with it that may have been homemade. My uncles brother actually used some of the guitar parts to make a toaster! Don't ask as I have no idea what or how this came about.

    After I left that band the Ibanez stood idle for about a year and I traded it to get the attached Aria Pro II that I still have, albeit it is with my son in the U.K.

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    I lost interest for quite a while after that and the Aria was loaned out to a few different people including once for about three years.

    Many many years later I was leaning towards getting back into it when I was working away from home and living in an apartment during the week in Norwich. I kept looking at hollow / semi hollow bodies and landed in buying a Gretsch Electromatic so that I could just mess about with in the apartment. My son came to visit and I kissed goodbye to that guitar as he loved it.

    The interest had been re-stirred and not long later I moved to Kuwait for work. In Kuwait the choices were very limited and I decided to buy an Ibanez SA and a Roland Cube. The interest was back, I started searching second hand sites for guitars and visiting guitar shops throughout the Middle East. I managed to get my hands on a Gibson ES-135 in Kuwait and I was off......That was about 2008 and now I have the below list:

    Gibson Firebird VII
    Gibson Les Paul R-7 Goldtop
    Gibson Sheryl Crowe
    Gibson Melody Maker
    Gibson ES335 Custom Edition
    Gibson ES335 Satin
    Gibson ES135
    Gibson Les Paul Studio
    Gibson SG

    Fender Strat AVRI 57
    Fender Telecaster mik
    Fender Telecaster Coxon
    Fender Jaguar
    Fender Roland
    Fender Cyclone
    Fender Shawbucker Strat

    Squier CVC
    Squier CV50
    Squier CV60
    Squier Japan
    Squier Deluxe
    Squier p90
    Squier HH Jaguar

    Epiphone Casino

    Weir Poorboy

    Gretsch White Falcon
    Gretsch 5120
    Gretsch 5620t
    Rickenbacker 330 (Two both Mapleglo).
    Yamaha SGV 300
    Yamaha APX 500
    Yamaha LL6
    Ibanez MMM1
    Ibanez AS103BM ABR
    Ibanez AR220
    Aria Pro II
    Teisco Bass
    Peavey T-60
    D'angelico NYSD 9
    Reverend Charger 290

    Fender Jazz Bass
    Fender Precision Deluxe Bass
    Fender Precision 51 Partscaster
    Fender Precision Bass partscaster
    Fender Precision Bass

    As for amps I now have the following:

    Vox AC30Hw2
    Vox AC4TV
    Vox VT20
    Fender Blues Jnr III
    Yamaha THR10C.....

    GAS got a bit out of control! :)
     
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  14. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    41
    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    A black POS mid eighties Rockson branded pointy headstock number, SSH pickups and action like an egg slicer. Bought new for my 12'th birthday in 1988.

    It came with a Squier 15 watt amp.
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    Traded the Rockson for a black-on-black Vester Telecaster copy. And that's the set up I used on my very first live performance.

    Soon afterward, I traded the Vester in for a Red Squier Strat, which soon after was joined by a sunburst Peavey T-15, which I refinished black.
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    I still own the Squier strat and the Peavey.
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    Although both guitars have been modded so much by me and resurrected using similar guitars that apart from the bodies there's nothing stock left on either of them.

    But my little Squier amp got lost when a "friend" of mine borrowed it just prior before he was evicted from his home and it got left behind.

    Sad, I would love to have that amp back, seeing how much of my formative years were shaped with me using that amp.
     
  15. tlimbert65

    tlimbert65 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 22, 2011
    Northwest Iowa, USA
    First: Harmony LP copy and Harmony 15W SS amp from 1978 JC Penney catalog.

    Now: Fender Tele and Gibson SG, Peavey Studio Pro 112 with a few pedals, CUBE 40gx.
     
  16. Scaper2014

    Scaper2014 Tele-Meister

    363
    Jan 12, 2014
    Stoke-On-Trent
    2006 - Squier Strat - Stop Dreamin' Start Playin' Pack.

    2017 - Fender 60's Telecaster - Vox AC15HW1X
     
  17. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Tele-Meister

    Age:
    55
    118
    Jun 7, 2017
    GCDB
    Unknown MIJ bolt neck hollow body, paid $25 @1978..$25 too much ;-( paired w/ a SS 1x8 combo, one of those cardboard things that were branded for everyone from Alden's to Zayer's IIRC mine was "distributed by Fred Gretsch Enterprises". also had one of those EH LPB-1's that plugged in to your guitar. Traded the whole mess for a Yamaha Classical in college. Didn't play electric again untill a few years ago when I had a chance to take some jazz lessons thru "tuition remission" while working at a local college. Started w/ my current classical (Horabe 35) but decided to get an electric, ended up w/ a Guild Starfire V, I also have a Martin X series AE, and a Epi Biscut reso w/ a DM adhesive pick up, plus a few wall hanger "slide guitars". Thinking of adding a Tele to the mix. Main amp is a Line 6 Duo Verb head that I run thru a 2x12 Carvin cab. Use a Boss ME 30 in manual mode for a pedal board, along w/ a Behringer He// BabyWah. I also have a Spider 15 for solo gigs, and a Crate Taxi for the A/E. Also have a Pignose & Rogue 000 A/E that I use for porch sitting, open mikes, jams & such. Recently was given a original AXSys which I am still exploring. Found a G dec at a yard sale today, so something else to have fun with..
     
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  18. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Holic

    Age:
    51
    588
    Jan 26, 2017
    USA
    First guitar was a Morris acoustic. I now have a Hondo acoustic that sounds amazing. First electric was an SG copy of some sort and I don't even remember what I used for an amp. My friend who really was good hooked his guitar up to my parents' old 70's console stereo creating a fabulous tube amp.

    Now I have an Am St Tele but my carpal tunnel is getting bad enough that I need a thin neck and I'm modding a Squier Strat. And then there's the no name LP copy I found in a closet that I'm not sure what to do with.

    It goes through a Vox AC15. I also have a small but loud Fender Princeton 65 solid state and that is currently serving as the PA in a garage band. A Shure 58 through one of those things yields better results than you might think.
     
  19. jaybones

    jaybones Tele-Afflicted

    First electric is a 1976 Stratocaster hardtail natural and a mid/late 80's Peavey Stereo Chorus 400 amp. $300 with ohsc in 1994, amp was a little more from a local shop.

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    Still have them both (hit a homerun with the strat), but getting ready to upgrade to a Peavey Classic 20 MH with 112C.

    Might get a second 112C for true stereo (chorus) playing.
     
  20. badvoodoo

    badvoodoo TDPRI Member

    33
    Jan 25, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    My first guitar was a 60's era Kay bass that I bought in August 87 (which I am currently restoring). In the winter of 88, I bought my first six string... An Ibanez Roadstar II and a 50 watt Marshall 5210 amplifier.

    I sold the Ibanez years ago and am now the proud owner of a 2006 MIM Telecaster and a 2016 Les Paul Studio. I still own the old Marshall, and have a Traynor YGL1 to compliment it.
     
  21. PearlJamNoCode

    PearlJamNoCode TDPRI Member

    9
    May 26, 2017
    Philadelphia
    First rig (2003-4): Ibanez GAX30 guitar, unknown Epiphone practice amp, broken DS-1 pedal

    Equipment owned and sold: Squier Telecaster, Line 6 Spider II 112 amp, broken Crybaby Wah, Vox Wah, Fender Tuner

    Current Rig: Vox VT20X, Epiphone Limited Edition '66 SG Reissue, Fender 50s Classic Series Stratocaster, Ibanez TS9 Overdrive, Mini Big Muff

    Wish List: Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster, Mini Crybaby Wah, Electro-Harmonix Canyon Delay/Loop/Reverb, Tone City Model V Distortion, Fender Blues Junior Amp
     
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