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Your first guitar/amp/year and what do you have now

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

  1. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    1964-Aria Diamond hollow body electric with a Univox amp. Don't remember the model of the amp but it was a 12" combo, probably 10-15 watts. Went next to a Starfire III (cherry red) and a Teisco Checkmate 100 amp. First fender was a small cab Bandmaster. Tele came shortly after that. Too many to mention after that!
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  2. 24 track

    24 track Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    My first guitar:an AGS , model POS but mine was in red, if it didnt have strings it would have been a flyswatter


    My amp was a teisco something and I built a cabnet for it with no tools( well a hammer and a screwdriver , it was a work of art and i was 12

    now a days I have every concievable combination of stringed noise maker and louderators one could want

  3. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 9, 2015
    Seekonk, MA
    1975 I had a knock off of David Bowie's red Kent. Can't remember the make. It was rubbish I do remember that. The amp wasn't much better: a Univox 15 amp ss.

    Now, my number one is my avatar: Ron Kirn through a DRRI with an Eminence Maverick.

  4. slider313

    slider313 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 6, 2011
    My first decent guitar was given to my Dad by his friend. The friends son had stopped playing after a few lessons; circa 1970/71. It was a white fiberglass model with no name; which I found out years later to be an Oahu/Supro Dual-Tone. I plugged it into the "mic" input of a Dukane reel to reel, which had one 6x9 oval speaker.

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  5. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    For electrics,


    A then-new 1974 Les Paul Deluxe and a then-new 1976 Vibro Champ two years later.


    A 1956 Strat and a 1966 Deluxe Reverb.

  6. MarkA

    MarkA TDPRI Member

    Jun 17, 2017
    Creston BC
    I had a Peavy Predator guitar and for an amp it was a little Korg multi effects unit with headphones that when placed just right inside a ceramic jar skull thing it resonated a little more than just plain headphones cupped gently in a semi closed hand...

    Today I have an array of LP's a Strat and I am now building and playing Teles mostly. I play through a PRS Archon, Blackstart HT20 and a Fender Bassbreaker 15 in Wet Dry Wet... a slight improvement :)

  7. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    My first good guitar and map were a 1980 Les Paul Standard and a 1968 Fender Vibrolux. I bought both for $250 in maybe 1988 when I was a kid. The Vibrolux didn't work and it cost me about $150 to get fixed (a lot of money back then!). I also still have both but these days I prefer my Burst!
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  8. drlucky

    drlucky Tele-Holic

    Jun 19, 2012
    Fresno, Ca
    First electric guitar was right before my 15th birthday in 1977: a Hondo II Les Paul copy. I hear people go on about how good the "lawsuit" guitars are. Mine sure as hell wasn't one 'em. Biggest POS I ever played. Ran it into a 60's Harmony H306 tube amp that I wish I still had, as it was basically a Deluxe amp. I traded in my Hondo on a Memphis Les Paul Special copy that was not quite as big a POS.
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  9. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    My first electric was an epiphone dot, that i still miss. First amp was a peavey classic 30, that I miss. Both were workhorses I gigged with quite a bit. Now my main rig is a MIJ Les Paul with a UK made Orange rocker 30, and a AmStd Tele and DRRI. I have a few other guitars that arent in rotation.

  10. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    agreed. not all lawsuit guitars were made equal, especially anything prior to 1980 and even after. QC only went up from there. I had an 83 MIJ Fender 57 reissue that was okay, not great. and an 87/88 MIJ squier that is phenomenal. Every year later MIJ guitars I got were better than the last. culminating in my 2014 MIJ les paul that is better than any gibson ive owned personally.
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  11. Welker

    Welker TDPRI Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Clinton, Indiana
    Electra SG copy and a Gorilla amp.

  12. Rythameen

    Rythameen Tele-Meister

    Jun 24, 2017
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Played no name acoustics through most of my teens, by 19 I was woking at a mobile home factory making decent money and had a friend that played and convinced me to get an electric set up. He had a Les Paul burst that he had just bought, so we went down to the music store and I bought the 68 Gold Top that he had traded in. For an amp I got talked into a Sunn Concert Lead with a 6x10 cabinet.

    Now it is a Les Paul Traditional, American Strat, and my newest crush a Roadworn Tele, all into a Bugera T50 with a 1x12 Bugera cabinet.

  13. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Meister

    Aug 20, 2017
    Federal Way, Washington
    First guitar, an old Silvertone archtop with a Silvertone 1-12 " tube combo. Now my "Black 35" customized '51 Telecaster and a Vox AC15C1

  14. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    (G) = Sears Silvertone 1326 single-pickup
    (A) = Speigel Kay K506 (2x6V6, 12" spkr)​

    (G) = Telecaster & ES-135LE
    (A) = Super Reverb Amp​
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017

  15. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Kay Vanguard (no name) Guitar..
    Oahu amp

    Yikes... I am trying to go retro and find my Oahu and vanguard

  16. Rythameen

    Rythameen Tele-Meister

    Jun 24, 2017
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    My first guitar was an acoustic lap slide, didn't know it and could figure out why I couldnt strum chords on it till a neighbor clued me in, that was about 3rd grade. In 6th grade my parents finally got me a "real" acoustic from Unimart, kind of a precursor to Walmart et al. After about about a month the bridge popped off so my Mom went with me to return it. They said sorry, no returns over 30 days. My Mom pointed to a chair and told me to sit, then motioned the guy to follow her. They returned a few minutes later and the guy looked like he was going to have a stroke. He asked tight lipped what guitar I wanted. I pointed to a sunburst Tiesco and he took it off the wall, handed it to me and walked off without a word. I played that through my parents stereo until I was 18. Got a job and bought my first Les Paul, a goldtop with mini humbuckers. Currently have a 2014 LP Traditional, 2009 Strat, and a 2017 RW Tele, plus various resos, acoustics and lap slides. For amps, a Bugera T50 with a 1x12, and a Mahaffay HiLo Watt.

  17. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    I received my first guitar as a Christmas gift in 1985, it was a used Montgomery Ward type SG clone. I later received a Gorilla GG20 amp I believe. Now the list is too long :)

  18. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    My first was a Mustang (Daphne Blue) and Vibro-Champ I got for Christmas in '65. Now I have an assortment of Squiers and Fenders, and Mustang GT and Blackstar ID TVP amps.

  19. adamgdog

    adamgdog Tele-Meister

    Apr 5, 2017
    An Epiphone Les Paul special 2 in black that I bought new and a Peavey VYPYR VIP 1 between 2013-2014. Now I play a Fender tele, an Epiphone ES-339, and an Epiphone G400 SG pro. I plug straight into the system from my pedalboard now, but I still practice at home with the Peavey and my Blackstar FLY 3.

  20. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    My first electric guitar was a Ventura Barney Kessel. The year must have been 1970 or so. It cost about $90 and was pretty crappy, although I didn't know it at the time.

    My brother had a 50W Bogen PA amp, and we hooked it up to a 12" Hi-Fi speaker. That amp actually sounded great... tubes, baby!

    Today, I gig with a heavily modded '98 Nashville Tele and an amp of my own design and build.

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