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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Geoff738, Jan 6, 2020.
My grandfather's 1937 Dobro. Still plays great.
I'm a 55 model. I don't think I could afford a guitar older than me.
Truth is .... if I had that kind of money for another guitar I'd buy another new custom shop / boutique whatever. I've got plenty of memories to keep me in touch with the good old days.
I can always find a reason for needing another new fine quality electric or acoustic guitar.
The economy needed my help.
A local guitar salesman needed to make one more sale to meet his quota.
I didn't have enough guitar cases against one wall of my music room. I was afraid the dimensions would become distorted and detract from the resale value of my mobile home.
None. At my age (72) and born in 1947 if I did it would have to be an acoustic. Electrics, at least with factory installed pickups, weren't even around yet.
I do have a 1959 Guild archtop acoustic, but that is 12 years younger than me.
I don't think they made guitars back then when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
My prized possession is a ‘64 Horner Senator bass- not a violin bass, a big arch top with a single staple pickup in the neck position. It sounds amazing and Klaus Voorman signed the pick guard for extra Hamburg mojo.
I also have a ‘67 Horner violin bass with black tapewounds that records like a dream and a ‘63 Gretsch anniversary 6 string with hi lo trons.
Since my model year is 1961, it's a stretch. I do have a '67 Martin 00-18, and that's probably as close as I'm going to get unless I buy a National.
I have owned pre 1956 guitars in the past, but it’s been a while.
Nope, but almost.
My Tele is a 1963 (plate serial # is '63, neck date is '62).
But I'm a 1960 model.
Never had the opportunity to own a classic. I just always bought sort of used but not vintage. Even back in the day before vintage mania hit most of the guitars were contemporary. Man I wish I took advantage of that then.
Not quite for me, I'm a '55 and my red Tele to the left here is a '59. We are both refins haha!
1935 Henry L Mason, likely made by Harmony. It was hanging on the wall in a coffee shop in Willcox, AZ for years. I was finally able to get it when the place closed. I did a neck reset and fixed the cracks. It's 00 size.
Well that's kinda the thing with good tools that change into valuable vintage collectors items.
IMO valuable vintage guitars are poorly suited to working musician gigging tools.
If wealthy and set up with a big studio full of gear maybe having a guitar worth $10k or more makes sense, but I start to struggle when a single piece of gear goes up much north of $1000.
Because many of us have been going through gear since what is now considered vintage was just used and affordable, and maybe also due to buying pro gear rather than price point gear, the gear we hang onto tends to increase in value over time if we bought smart.
I like the fact that almost every piece of music gear I buy goes up in value, but I don't like the fact that some of my favorite gear that was really just basic stuff keeps valuating itself out of my price range.
A Plexi Marshall or 335 doesn't get better with age, but culture decides it's worth big bucks and I have to sell it because I don't treat tools like jewels.
I had one from IIRC '61 or '62 when they still called them LP Jr.
One evening as the music stores on 48th St in NYC were closing a guy was trying to sell it, but none of them wanted to buy a guitar at closing time, it wasn't as hot on the market as today, and it had a bridge HB replacing the P-90.
Also the case was a nice plywood archtop case so not original.
I actually asked in the last shop if they thought it was stolen or whatever, and they said they had no problem with the guitar just not excited enough.
Got $175 from an ATM and took it home.
Ultra light good playing guitar but super neck divey.
Funny how tonewood is made fun of yet how much of that nice light weight mahogany is used in current production guitars...
Can't get it any more!
I'm ten years older than my oldest guitar.
It's shame I don't own any guitars older than me. They'd be worth a lot of money by now.
Gibson certainly had ES-300, ES-175 and ES-125 guitars with factory-fitted P90 pickups by 1947.
At the ripe old age of 22, most of my guitars are older than me. My favorite guitar is a Silvertone 1448 and that's certainly older than me
1966 Gibson LGO
1966 Hagstrom HBii
1936 Martin 017
Too too too too too nice!
Numerology is cool now and then when a number pops up that sticks out.
Looks like whoever did the refret sanded the middle of the board flatter and left more radius under the E A B and E strings?
Or maybe it's an optical illusion? Could be just the way the frets were leveled too.
My 1955 National Chicagoan older than me. I have a 67 Epiphone Galaxie that's a year older than me.
I still gig the Chicagoan.