1st Guitar [Memory Lane]

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  1. araT

    araT Tele-Afflicted

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    A crappy korean "Casino" strat knock-off in a $300 starter kit - I've not owned a strat since..

    My first REAL guitar (the next one after the Casino Strat) was an Ibanez SA-160, which I still have and LOVE. I got that shortly before I started working in a guitar store, and so not much of it is original any more, It has a Seymour Duncan humbucker in the bridge, Schaller locking tuners, Schaller strap locks, and a few other bits & pieces - I think the bridge might have been changed too.. It's got one of the fastest necks I've ever owned.

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    Epiphone PR-5E

    Custom Rosewood Tele w/2 Hums (it is heavy as hell, thats why I got a lighter Axe)
     
  3. HighTower

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    Ah, you are the one who posted that to-die-for collection on another thread?
    The Ibanez has a "wizard" neck? All the other stuff you mention is close to what I'm doing to my mim standard. Schallers, lil 59 hum in bridge, .... and eventually a brass bridge from Armadillo. Good Taste:lol:
     
  4. HighTower

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    Telecustom2001,
    Welcome aboard! You might want to try an "ash" version tele. They are much lighter to me.
     
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    My first was an old Silvertone acoustic from Sears and Roebuck, sounded like crap but got me started, first electric was a 1965 Silvertone model 1488, sounded great and I still have it and the only thing that has been done to it is the volume pot and one of the tone pots have been changed, had a silvertone single 12 amp with it, thought I was on top of the world with all that noise. The silvertone is the red one in the pic.
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  6. Guitar_Ninja

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    My first was a Yamaha Pacifica 120SD, which my mom bought me for my 17th birthday after taking lessons on a rented acoustic for a few months.

    I still have it. It looks just like this, except without the pickup mounting rings and that ugly new logo they use now:

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    Here's my first, a '67 Teisco ET-200 (I think), still have her. I wore these frets down to just about nothing, this is going to be my first attempt at a re-fret, if I ever get the time :oops:.
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    - Jay
     
  8. boris bubbanov

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    I was thinking "Satisfaction" and "Jumping Jack Flash" actually. Even though I worshiped the Kinks and kept pushing for "Dead End Street" and "Waterloo Sunset" we never covered the Kinks before the public that I can recall. Lots of Stones, Doors, Rascals, Creedence, Hollies, Iron Butterfly (I know, I know), Byrds' versions of Dylan, and a few carefully chosen Beatles songs ( Rain, Birthday, Taxman) and as many of our own as we could get away with.
     
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    My first guitar was a cheap Kay classical my sister had. Then I got a National Bass. Tried that and decided I wanted a guitar. My first real guitar was a Telecaster Thinline, maple fingerboard, mahogany body. I tried that guitar and fell in love with it, even though I could barely play at the time. I put it on layaway and bought it with my high school grocery store job money. Awesome guitar. I'd still have it but it was right handed and I'm not. It sounded great flipped around and re-strung but a year later I found a used left hand tele in a store and traded.
     
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    My first acoustic was a Samick lefty dreadnaught my wife bought me almost 11 years ago (I was a late bloomer!).

    My first electric was a lefty Johnson sunburst strat copy with the old "arrowhead" style headstock (awful looking!). I parted ways with that one awhile back.
     
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    First guitar was a Kingston, bought for $100 from a friend in 1985. Also got an "Alamo" amp, long since gone. Probably 60s vintage for both, but who knows?

    I learned the basics on it and then just kept for sentimental reasons. It would still be playable, but not much point in that now. :)
     
  12. TwangoBango

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    This takes me right down memory lane.... first guitar here was a 3/4 Stella in about 1965 or so, followed a year later by a 1951 Gibson ES-175 which I still have. Don't play it much these days but it is still in good shape. That was followed by a Harmony Sovereign and a Hofner Beatle Bass, which was traded for a 1959 Gibson LP Jr double cut. Wish I still had that Jr...:oops:
     
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    Ahh Yes,
    My first, a Roy Rogers.
    4 years old and did not care if it was in tune.


    Telething
     
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    Started on a Wards Airline electric for $35 in mid 60's. A month later my dad bought me the 335. First amp was a Fender Deluxe Reverb. Use it for a couple of weeks and then my mom took me to the music store and traded it back for a Fender Super Reverb balck face. She didn't think the Deluxe was loud enough. I had very cool parents. The Super reverb is behind me in the pic. Wish I still had them. Biggest mistake of my life selling that combo.:cry:
     

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    Home Grown, I wanted one of those so bad when I was a kid -- one of my cousins had one and I just loved that thing. Couldn't wheedle my parents into buying me one, so I bought a used single pickup Kent and Kent amp from a friend's dad -- $35 the lot as I recall. That was my first. My second was a no name acoustic (the guitar I actually started learning on) I got from a friend for $3. My third one was a Harmony acoustic, a really nice guitar, even though it was at the very bottom of the Harmony line. Traded it and a few bucks for a used Fender Mustang and a new Bronco amp, both of which I wish I'd kept.
     
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    I got my first real guitar in early 1965, it was a Vox Student Prince. $99 out the door including a nice teardrop case. I traded it a year later for a new Fender Mustang. Recently I bought another one off ebay for nostalgia's sake. This is the only other one I've seen in person besides the one I had in the 60's.

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  17. mildwild

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    I don't have a photo of my first guitar in about 1963 or 64 .
    It was a early 60's Hofner archtop that my dad bought used for me .


    Didn't have it very long becauce the strap came off the guitar fell to the floor and the neck broke off at the body.

    After it was repaired it went to a friend of mine. I ran into him a few years ago ago he said he sold it to another friend and still regrets selling it .

    Mine didn't have the fancy inlay as in this photo. Don't remember what pickguard looked like or if it even had one .
    The headstock was black with Hofner (in script ) in think.

    I still have the bridge for some reason.

    Anyone ever seen anything like that ?


    Found this pix on the net and is very close to how I remember it.
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  18. HighTower

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    I have to ask.... how did that case stand up with the weight of the amp and the awkward height vs. width? Was it playable on a stage without falling over?
     
  19. Mightyaxeman

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    SG Deluxe

    1970 SG Deluxe I got back in 82. The original owner wore divots into the fret board. It was supposed to be stereo but it was rewired like a standard two pickup Gibson. U shaped neck with a flat back, Gibson stamped into the pickup covers, Gibson/bigsby tremolo, headstock volute, Les Paul style pickguard and block inlays. Sweet.
     

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  20. OldGuitarDude

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    My first guitar was an acoustic that my older brother bought for me. I had to do his chores for what seemed like forever. It was in the early 70's and came from K Mart. It and a Mel Bay lesson book, I’d spend hours in my room plinking on it.

    I’ve gotten a lot of guitars since then, I have all of them except that first one.
     
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