How many guitars have you given away to friends?

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  1. dented

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    Well I purchased several guitars for kids in the family but I don't think those count. But what I did give away with kindness and brotherhood....
    An early 70s blue label Epiphone 12 string. To a doctor friend of mine going away to research at NIH. He had tears in his eyes as I drove away. He really needed that guitar.
    A nondescript acoustic resonator, my first one, that I was done with. It was Chinese and had some swelling and contracting issues from cheap wood construction. But when it was cinched up it sounded nice. I gave this to an aspiring physician from Bakersfield that wanted to write music..
    I gave a nephew an OLP Strat all flamed out that I used to terrorize with. Parents called me on Sunday morning and put the phone up to the amp. LOL

    I'm about to give a member of my family one of my Telecasters in exchange for artwork on an Esquire project of mine. I'm having a hard time picking one. But he'll get one for sure.

    It's all good. I can't play 4 dozen guitars.
     
  2. sk25

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    Parts Strat to my dad after we put it together. When we finished it he got a huge grin on his face while playing it so I told him to keep it.

    Nephew's Silvertone Strat developed an electrical issue so I gave him a red Austin Strat I had (a shockingly great playing guitar all around).

    The same nephew really liked Explorer style guitars, so I gave him an ESP Explorer type for his birthday a couple years later.

    Gave a roommate a Douglas brand CSB Les Paul as a Christmas present. He went through some bad times so I'm currently holding the guitar for him, but whenever he's ready to take it back, it's ready.

    I know these are all fairly cheap (the ESP Explorer was the most expensive at almost $300 used), but I make sure they all function properly and play well before they leave my possession. Why give someone a guitar they can't play?
     
  3. guitarsophist

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    I donated a 200 watt GK bass amp to the music department at my school. I knew the guy who was teaching the big band class and he said they didn't have a decent bass amp. I don't play bass much anymore except on computer tracks so I gave it to them. On certain nights when I am in that building, I hear it thumping away.
     
  4. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    I've given away a couple of low budget partscasters, one to a young person and one to an older friend who used to play a little and wanted to get back into it. Both with maybe $200 in parts in em. Learning experiments that I played a bit and passed on.
     
  5. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    I don't give them away but I do loan them with the understanding that if they stop playing them I want them back so that I can loan them out to someone else. I've got 8 out on loan right now, 4 cheap Strat-oids I fixed up, a low end Takamine acoustic, an off brand classical, a Squier Standard Tele and a Peavey Fury bass.
     
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  6. zipseattle

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    I gave a Carvin DC127, all Koa circa 1991-ish, to my nephew, his first electric. I wasn't playing it (it was in storage) and he loves guitar. A week later he sent me a video of him rocking Purple Haze...

    Also, I recently gave a virtually unused Monoprice strat I got on Craigslist (it was going to be a test bed for mods that never happened) to the local high school music department.
     
  7. Ducerro

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    One - so far - a Yamaha FG730 Acoustic. And it's really "on loan" - however I don't really expect I'll get it back. I do have two that I need to give away though - a Squier Strat from the "plywood days" and a Epi LP Special. Both are just sitting around collecting dust.
     
  8. trev333

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    Most of the guitars I build are given away to school kids or friends.... quite a few leftys in there, too...
     
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  9. Jupiter

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    Nonsense! It wasn't an ounce over 12lbs.
     
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  10. Flaneur

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    More than I thought. Eight. Maybe nine. And an amp.

    Giving is good. Giving good guitars is....gooder. :)
     
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  11. BB

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    Over the past 10 years, at least 20. Prior to that, perhaps 8-10.
     
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  12. Crafty Fox

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    Just 3 so far.
    2 to friends and the other to a schools program.
     
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    Larry, 2, a Takamine acoustic electric dreadnought and a Ed Claxton dreadnought.
    Jimmy, 1, a part-o-caster Tele.
    Katherine, 1, a Gibson LG0.
    Bill C. 1, a Shenandoah D28.
    Katy M, 1, a nice, red Yamaha Pacifica.
    Marty, 1, a 57 Tele (really), it was stolen later.
    Kyler, a violin, one of my Dad’s (after his passing).
    Beth, 1, an LGO (also).
    I’ve given three friends mics, John, Matthew, and Jon.
    8 guitars, 1 fiddle, 3 mics.
     
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  14. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    About a dozen.
     
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  15. stormsedge

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    None, but it is early. I did purchase each of the grandkids a guitar.
     
  16. Jupiter

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    man, you're like the Johnny Appleseed of instruments!
     
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  17. Toadtele

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    I’ve never given a guitar away but I’ve been given a bunch. So that rocks
     
  18. FenderGuy53

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    Given away? Uh, zero. :twisted:
     
  19. HotRodSteve

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    • Two guitars, because I'd rather see them go to friends than sell them at a loss.
     
  20. GunsOfBrixton

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    I have given away 4 that I have built. A few more are in the pipeline. Including 1 that is a replacement for one that was stolen before it ever reached the person it was for.
     
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