How many guitars have you given away to friends?

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  1. rob5755

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    I gave a modded Squier '51 to our real estate agent at the closing on our home to show my wife's and my appreciation for his patient efforts. As a jazz guitarist, he got all teary-eyed.

    Mission accomplished. :)
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    Over the decades of my “guitar life” I have been gifted with several wonderful guitars, and amps, too.
    I understand the good feeling of it.
    I practice catch and release with guitars (not so much with amps).
    Anyways, I think guitars are (sort of) waiting for their right owner/operator.
    I have a few touchstone instruments that I keep, about a half dozen.
    The rest come and go.
    I’m not a collector, and I’m generally not too acquisitive.
     
  3. Old Plank

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    I had a Jazzmaster style, custom-made - an Eric C. Brown - and later gave it to a buddy who always lets us jam and practice in his garage. It's the "house guitar" for anyone in need.

    Also have a lower-end Yamaha electric - SE-350 probably from the 80's - that I plan to give to the local elementary school.
     
  4. archiemax

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    Over the years I've given my brother a lap steel with benders that I made, and a rebuilt '68 Carvin 335-style 12-string. Also made him a 4-pickup solidbody but he supplied the body & neck & paid me for the parts. When a friend of mine came home after a long absence I gave him this axe I made 'cause we'd been talking about Mosrites:
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    Got a bass playing friend who subs with us from time to time and also works in a Beatles tribute band so I got another friend who'd had this bass sitting in his garage for the last 10 years or so give it to me:
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    ...fixed it up & gave it to him. He looks pretty pleased:

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    ...dunno if this counts but I've got a niece who's just starting out on guitar and wanted one like I play so I made this one for her, only charged for the parts:

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  5. Old Plank

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    on the reverse end of things, my '66 Firebird was given to me by my sister's best friend, whose late husband had quite the collection of vintage guits.
     
  6. Slim Chance

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    Bought one for my BFF to try to motivate him to play. He already had an LP. Didn't help. It only gets played when I convince him to come by for a jam. He says he'll play more this year. We'll see. Not worried about him selling it. He won't.
     
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  7. suave eddie

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    Several of you have given away more guitars than I have owned in total in more than 50 years of playing.
     
  8. GGardner

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    Interesting subject. I've lent gear to people for years (and been entrusted with other people's gear for years) with the understanding that it's not a gift, and that someday the owner will need it back, but who knows when, if ever. I have an electric bass that a co-worker lent to me in the 90s just before he got married and moved to D.C. I never heard from him again, but it is still his bass.

    I once lent a nice acoustic to a friend who kept it for years and then separated from his wife and moved out of the house but left most of his stuff, including my guitar, in the house. I had to go to the house and ask the wife for my guitar back. She was angry as hell and talked my ear off for a half hour about what a jerk he was.

    Is there anything else like that? Would your neighbor ever say, "You can borrow my chain saw and don't even think about returning it until I come calling for it in 15 years."

    Another musician-thing?
     
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  9. Bulldoggio

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    Let's see---
    '66 Mustang to my son
    Burns baritone to a talented youngster
    Carvin tele to a friend
    very nice handmade acoustic to a friend
    Yamaha classical electric to a friend
    Green Saturn violin shaped guitar to a friend
    Strat copy to a neighbor kid
    100 year old classical to a friend
    '63 Gibson Hummingbird to a friend
    ukelele to a friend
    Maton jazz guitar to a friend

    all I can remember...

    and I've been on the receiving end as well.
     
  10. Charlodius

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    Two. Nothing valuable, but the people I gave them to were beginners who appreciated them. A Squier strat and an Agile 2000.
     
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