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Do you own any guitars as old or older than you?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Geoff738, Jan 6, 2020.

How many of your guitars are older than you are?

  1. None

    41.7%
  2. One

    31.8%
  3. Can count on one hand

    21.4%
  4. Can count on both hands

    4.2%
  5. Gonna need some toes

    1.0%
  1. Gigante_Miguel

    Gigante_Miguel Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I have a Gretsch ukulele that’s definitely older, and a Kalamazoo guitar that’s from about ‘65, so a year younger than me.
     
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  2. naveed211

    naveed211 Tele-Afflicted

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    Currently one, a '78 Alvarez 5052 SJ-200 copy (I was born in '84).

    But I've had a few guitars of that vintage or older before that, including a sunburst '62 Musicmaster which I wish I would've liked enough to keep. The neck was so tiny it was pretty much unplayable.
     
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  3. Chick-N-Picker

    Chick-N-Picker Friend of Leo's

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    I own a 93 Guild DV62NTHG that is stamped Oct 3, 93. I was born Oct 19, 93. So it is either a few days older than me or possibly the neck is stamped that and it finished production the day I was born. I like to tell myself that.

    I used to own a 70's epiphone 000 style guitar but let my brother-in-law borrow (basically have it) because he had nothing. He let my nephews tear it up, and he himself didn't take care of it. I shouldn't have let him use it but I felt bad that he didn't have nothing. That thing played so easy. I had picked it up in Nashville for $12 off a guy. Really really regret letting him use it now.
     
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  4. gitold

    gitold Poster Extraordinaire

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    CAAE8416-95A2-4972-8E89-07D7A94E5A60.jpeg 54 Epi Century
     
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  5. RWB

    RWB TDPRI Member

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    The oldest instrument I have is a Fender lap steel from the mid '50s. But I am from 1951 so I don't have anything older than me.
     
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  6. Obelisk

    Obelisk Tele-Afflicted

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    I own a parlor guitar from the 30's. I also own a pre war Lap steel with super old D'Armond p/u and mid 50's Fender lap steel. If you are talking amps, I would be onto my second hand as I own at least 8 amps made before 66(on second thought I would need toes. I collect amps).
     
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  7. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    None, I do look for a birth year guitar but not sure I can afford it if I find it. I would also need to play it. That would be a 1956 model. Kind of looking for an orchestra model Martin. Would prefer an OM.
     
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  8. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    I have a unknown Archtop that I would suspect is from the 40s ... might be ‘50s
    I have a Sears “ Supertone” uke from the 1920s..
     
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  9. RB522

    RB522 Tele-Meister

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    No guitars, but we do have my wife's grandfather's violin. He used to play for silent movies in Milwaukee as part of the house orchestra.
     
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  10. Steve Holt

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    I played a 56 Strat at Carter guitars in Nashville a few years back. They only wanted 27000 for it!
     
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  11. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Holic

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    I'm 16 years younger than my oldest. Technically we're both old, so it's not that big a deal.
     
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  12. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    I have 6 guitars and 3 amps older than me. They are really old...
     
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  13. brookdalebill

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    I have my father’s violin.
    It was made circa 1850.
     
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  14. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yes, they want a lot for 50’s electrics. I don’t really want a 50’s electric. If I can find a 56 player quality Martin I like maybe I can pull it off. This isn’t something I look for often. If it appears before me I might go for it. If it never does I won’t lose sleep.

    Saying that in the next few months I will mosey up to Nashville and wander through Carter’s. It is a dangerous place with many gorgeous instruments. But, I have beautiful nice playing guitars. The attached are the three Musketeers.
     

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  15. mefgames

    mefgames Friend of Leo's Double Platinum Supporter

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    I have a couple acoustics passed down from relatives that might be, but i answered none because I cannot verify their age. 1949 is a long time ago !!!
     
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  16. RadioFM74

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    One guitar: 1953 Höfner

    More gear
    - 1946 Epiphone Zephyr amp
    - 1953 DeArmond "guitar mike"
    - late 1950s (?) DeArmond Rhythm Chief
    - 1964 Fender Tremolux head
     
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  17. WingedWords

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    If I had a birth year guitar in the same condition I'm in I wouldn't want it...
     
  18. telemnemonics

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    I have some guitar parts older than me and a '50s Kay Stratotone that must be from before my time.
    I also have quite a few saxes that are older than me ranging from 1920s to 1960s.
    One of my violins is probably 1850s.
    Among my collection of tools I have a few that might be 10,000 years old...
    I like old stuff but the durn collectors drive old guitar prices into the comedy range.
     
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    But you know there is a buyer for every old beater!
     
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  20. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    My Casino is a very early 60’s one and has knocked around longer than me by a couple of years.

    Got pianos, violins, banjos and others instruments that are at least a century old.
     
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