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Birth year guitar?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Maroonandwhite, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. Maroonandwhite

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    I posted a separate thread on getting a new guitar with humbuckers. That has morphed into a yearning for a guitar from my year of birth (1986). I’d still prefer something with humbuckers but am not opposed to changing pickups later on so I’ll include single coils.

    I’m not looking for some super original masterpiece from that year but would like a nice player.

    Anyone have some thoughts on what to look for with a $500ish range? Squire or Fender? I’m unfamiliar with build qualities in the different ranges from that time period.
     
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    Almost anything from my birth year would be way out of my price range, now
    I once owned 57 Tele, and I gave it to a friend, about 30-odd years ago.
    It was later stolen from him.
    You might find a number of affordable gems from your birth year.
    Perhaps a nice MIJ Fender.
    MIJ stuff is usually well made and sounds good, too, IMO.
    Good luck!
     
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    If you prefer humbuckers, go for it.


    Cool idea...I wish I had a '51 Nocaster.
     
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    I own a couple. 1954 Strat. 1954 Goldtop Les Paul...


    ...both reissues.:lol:
     
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    I am only a few years older than you and have thought of this idea as well in the past. The problem is that the first half of the 80's were pretty dismal years for the "big" brands. Fender was floundering, Gibson was making guitars that weighed so much that they could form a new star if two of them were placed close together, Gretsch had effectively gone out of business..... I have had and find the Guilds of all eras to be extremely well built, though the prices might be slightly beyond your budget and selection is slim so finding one from '86 is easier said than done (funny enough my last Guild was an '86).

    For that $500 range I'd be looking for Fenders, maybe an Ibanez.... possibly a Hamer (not sure what prices those bring).
     
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    MIJ 1986 Contemporary Strat. Squier or Fender

    That's all I can think of from 86 in your budget
     
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    For $500, maybe an Ibanez Roadstar II or a Squier. Not much else in that price range.
     
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    A guitar from the year when became aware of things, around three years old, would be the one to get.
     
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    Good point. Dearmond guitars might have been making headway at that stage, while Aria were a well established Japanese make then.
     
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    I would also agree there isn't much exciting from 86.
     
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    Yep, same for me Bill.

    Joe B. already bought them all anyway.

    But I suspect even if I had that kind of money, I'd buy 10 newer ones... :rolleyes:
     
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    I can't afford a 60+ year old guitar, but I can have one made on my birthday...just many years later:cool:

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    I had a 1980 Gibson The Paul. Cool guitar in my 20s but as I got older I didnt care for those T Top humbucker or the thin body. It was more of an SG than a LP.
     
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    The Fender Elite Esprit from that era.Quality Japanese made and pretty good sounding for that time.Also for something a little different,the Katana.Maybe a little pricy.
     
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    I came to suggest an Ibanez Roadstar as well. In fact I bought one for my birth year guitar (1984).

    Japanese Ibanez are awesome guitars for the price.
     
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    From what I've gathered, not for Rickenbacker.

    I, too, think a Japanese-made Fender or Squier is the way to go for the original poster. Patience will be needed to find one within budget, but I don't think it's impossible. I like that better than getting a bad one and having people draw conclusions about the general build quality of that year.
     
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    As others have pointed out, the mid 80s isn’t a great era. There are some exceptions, however.

    - MIJ Fenders (Vintage Reissues, Elites, Squiers)
    - US made shred machines: Kramer, Charvel, Jackson, BC Rich
    - Higher end Deans, Hamers

    Unfortunately, decent examples of all of these go for roughly double your price range, but deals are out there.
     
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    I'm in the same boat. I've been gently pushing the idea of a birth year guitar and amp with my lovely wife. The problem is I was born in '65 and like Telecasters. Love to hear some recommendations for that year. Sounds like there are some good options for the OP. Good luck! Hope to see a pic when you get it.
     
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    Got a Martin 000-18 that predates my arrival by a couple years -- close enough for me!
     
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    I may have to up my price range a bit which isn’t a big deal. I kind of think those HM strats with the single humbucker and black headstock just scream eighties. Assuming they play decently enough that may be the ticket.
     
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