I have a buddy a guitar today ...

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  1. P-Nutz

    P-Nutz Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    ... I wasn’t using it and he needed one ...

    I know there’s others here who’ve done the same ... weigh in ...
     
  2. thunderbyrd

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    I do not know how to "have a buddy a guitar". do you mean you Gave a buddy a guitar?

    I gave away a guitar once.
     
  3. brookdalebill

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    I’ve given guitars to Larry (2), my daughter, Katherine, Beth, Jimmy, Bill, Marty, a fiddle to Kyler, and a mic each to John and Jon.
    Giving instruments to worthy and grateful people feels wonderful.
    You’re helping them spread the joy of music for both themselves, and their listeners.
     
  4. P-Nutz

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    No, I meant I have a buddy who’s a guit ... oh, wait ...
     
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    DonM Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I bought one for my son in law; Tele of course.
     
  6. P-Nutz

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    Me, too!
     
  7. trev333

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    I gave a guitar away yesterday to a young guy with a disability...

    An old friend is his day carer and brought him over to look at some guitars I made..and maybe get me to make him one..

    He wasn't that proficient a player, but knew a few things and had an acoustic and a violin he plays on...

    I had a HH ESP Ltd guitar here that my amp tech gave me, to give away..... he had to glue the scarf joint together and find a tail piece... an old strat trem plate worked great.... lets say it's kinda roadworn...

    So, I gave it away along with a cable and tuner to the guy.... He was over the moon and wants me to go to their weekly music group to look in....

    it's a nice sounding/playing guitar, too... just not for me....:)


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  8. ricardo1912

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    I gave an acoustic to a colleague who's daughter was learning to play at school. She loved it and the music helped her with some difficulties.

    I did give one to my younger stepson years ago but eventually it ended up as an ornament. He's still got it tho, which is nice.

    Good to share the music.
     
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    I made a tele for a friend, for his 60th. Birthday, he was over .the moon
     
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    I gave a kit HH Tele to my 13 Yr old granddaughter who is in Yr 7 ( 1st Yr HS ) and doing music, she has to learn a song pretty quick.

    Her choices were Smoke On The Water or Riptide ( Vance Joy ), the latter got the nod I wasn't prepared to let another SOTW player loose in the world.

    I've got a Peavey Rage 158 gathering dust for her if she gets through the first song, her parents don't know that yet :D
     
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  11. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Holic

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    You have a good soul. I gave a guitar once. Well, actually it was a loan to what turned out to be a deadbeat & I never got it back. The good news is that was what got me into homebrew axes, and of the instruments I have made, most were better than the one I lost.
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    I've built guitars and given them to friends. My brother still plays a bass I gave him
     
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  13. Kirchensfan

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    Great idea to pass on unused gear. I have given a couple acoustics and a Mex Strat & Tele to a friend who teaches. Big military base nearby and some of the kids can't afford decent instruments. Other odds and ends as well over the years. Occasionally get to see them used by the kids when I stop by the studio, goes along well with his giving a lot of free lessons.
     
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  14. Mike Eskimo

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    I took candy from a baby the other day.

    Surprisingly easy !
     
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    I’ve been on both sides. Other than gifts to and from immediate family, I’ve been the recipient of three good guitars and I’ve given away some. I’m currently building a Tele Bass for a friend down on his luck, free of charge. I’m using a reclaimed Bronco neck and a cheap tele body I got from ebay.
     
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    I bought a black w/white pickguard First Act strat at a yard sale for $10 and fixed it up with my dad. Tort pickguard, some very lively pickups, new electronics...he couldn't stop grinning while he played it so I gave it to him. This guitar was my introduction to the fact that cheap guitars aren't necessarily bad guitars.

    Gave my nephew a lightweight red Austin strat that I've posted about a few times on here; best playing strat I've ever handled (never played any of the real high end Fenders, so I can't compare it to those). He was playing a beat up heavy old Silvertone strat with switch problems at the time in his high school music class and needed something a little more reliable. Bought him an ESP Explorer type later on as a birthday present.

    I have several I wouldn't mind giving away if the right person came along.
     
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    I gave my brother my Epi Casino for his birthday one year,I had 3 thin lines at the time. Gave my old playing partner a really good Mexican strat one year.I like to give away musical stuff!
    On the flip side,I had a well off co worker give me a 78 Guild d-55 sunburst! that's a rare one.He was moving to Arizona and had Martins and Taylors to play.This is my most cherished guitar by far.
     
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    I gave away my favourite Chinese OM acoustic after it was diagnosed with a twisted neck. It wasn't. i gave it to my beautiful son and don't have the courage to ask for it back. It is an electric/acoustic OM with Herringbone around the sound hole and perimeter.
    It's slim , has a solid spruce top, i bought it 20 years ago but can't ask for it back- not since it was given. I love it. I know it's cheap but it sounds good and feels so good it's the only one I have that I can play Classical Gas on.
     
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    I got a Squier strat + small Peavey amp for a ridiculously cheap price, and gave the strat to my brother in law because he wanted to learn to work on guitars. It was his favorite color, and not mine. He made it into a great player, and uses it almost daily.
     
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  20. DekeDog

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    I treat my guitars like family. I don't believe in owning more guitars than I can play, and what good is a guitar if it's not being played? I had a Gretsch Nashville G-6120 that wasn't getting played since it was squeezed out by some newer purchases. I absolutely loved the feel, playability, and the sound, but what I didn't care for at all was the Bigsby and the limited upper fret access. I have a buddy and his girlfriend who love performing rockabilly and love Gretsches but didn't have the need or cashflow to make that kind of purchase. So I gave the guitar to him. It gets played and gigged frequently, and they are very appreciative. Made me feel good, too, to have given them that much happiness.

    I've had two other guitars, a 1999 American STD Strat and an Epi Joe Pass that I could not bond with, despite putting money and mods into them. I'm on the Arts Commission in my town, and we frequently have yard sales to raise money. I put a stupid low price on both of them and put them in the sale. Don't know who bought the Epi, but I do know that some kid's mom bought the Strat for him. I ran into that kid a couple of years later without knowing who he was, and he told me about this great Strat that his mom got him for a steal. That made me feel good, too. Of course, I did write those tax deductible donations off at full value while the Arts Commission took all of the cash from the sales. Win/win/win.
     
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