If you could start over, what guitar and amp would you choose?

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  1. drumtime

    drumtime Tele-Holic

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    I still have the guitar I started with in 1963. I'd like to get my first 2 amps back - a National with one big knob, and a Danelectro twin 12.

    I generally like whatever rig I'm playing at the moment, so I'm easy. I've had the hots for a tele, a strat, and a les paul over the years, and have acquired those, although the les paul is an Agile copy. When I get rich, I'll get a real Gibson, because I've always loved Gibsons, but the Agile will work til then.

    Meanwhile, I'll keep using most of my money for groceries, gas, and electricity.
     
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    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    My ‘84 Am Std Esquire’d Tele and any JCM800.
     
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    Corvus Tele-Meister

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    If I were young again My 50 watt Marshall (probably JTM45) and my '63 TV yellow (off white) SG with vibrola.
    Starting again now knowing what I know now and with gear available today Fender Deluxe and '52 Tele.
     
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    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I kind of wish I’d bought the telecaster that my bandmate talked me out of. I bought a Yamaha instead. Now I loved it, but when I finally got the a Tele, it was like 'ah! This is what I was after all along'.

    The fender m-80 which I bought at the same time remains my all Time favourite amp.


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  5. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My 1971 Telecaster and my Sound X505R
     
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    Alter Tele-Meister

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    Amp wise a Fender Vibrolux and a Marshall studio vintage. Guitars I'd still want one of everything :D
     
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  7. dkmw

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    When I was a kid, we coulda got that rig for under $1000. I wanted a fancier guitar, though. Idiot....
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'd want to keep my #1 Telecaster, mainly because of its Warmoth mahogany, "fatback", conversion neck. (24 3/4" scale) and Bootstrap pickups. While I'm happy with the amps I currently use, I'd like to get BACK the Black Face Deluxe Reverb I foolishly sold a few years ago.....that amp was "special".
     
  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Telecaster + Deluxe Reverb, rather that Stratocaster + Princeton Reverb. I didn't own a Tele till I had already been playing music for 12 or 13 years, and my learning on such a low headroom amp forever shaped my playing style. Wish I had had a cleaner and louder amp to start, and a simpler, slightly dirtier guitar.
     
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  10. RottenTheCat

    RottenTheCat Tele-Holic

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    Tele Thinline, 69 version, Blackface Twin Reverb.
     
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    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    I had one a few years back, & foolishly traded it , I saw it at the same shop last week, in “roadworn” condition for $400
    (about 2x what I paid & got back) After figuring in a service I decided to let ‘er sit. It is a very cool amp, but I have a few that are a little bit cool so they will do.
     
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    Start over? No way. But if I did, I'd probably start with a Telecaster. I'd buy a bedroom amp and probably make very similar mistakes to the ones I made getting to where I am now. I might not wind up with the exactly the same stuff, but I'd still have a Tele and Strat with noiseless pickups, a Gretsch (this time with tone controls, not a mud switch), and something from Gibson. I'd almost certainly upgrade to a tube amp that has some natural breakup. I'd also pick up a good acoustic along the way. The reason I say this is that I'm pretty happy with what I have now and the mistakes I made along the way were set right pretty easily.
     
  13. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I suppose I can start over most any day, but I'd I could go back in time I'd start with lessons.
     
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    I can never go back.
    But I am always happy to go forward.

    Some people look back on certain times of their lives, and say, "Man, those were my glory days. The best times of my life."

    I like to think that my best days are always ahead of me, and in a way, that becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    My first real rig, when I was a teenager and not yet joined to the Army, was an early 1970's Fender Twin Reverb amp and an early 1970's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe gold top.

    I sold it all when I went off into the service, and, to be honest, there's no way I would ever endeavor to recapture that particular lightning in a jar.

    I'm a much better player now, with a broad appetite for all kinds of amps and guitars.
    It's a new adventure every day, and I love exploring them all.

    :)
     
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  15. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I started playing in 1964, and I played 70 gigs with a nine piece soul top 40 cover band my senior year in high school, 67-68. That was with a Gretsch Tennessean and a blond 2x10 Tremolux. Good stuff and no regrets.

    Doing it over with what I know now, I could have saved a few bucks and just gone with a tweed Bassman and a blackguard tele or a goldtop LP standard. That stuff was cheap on the used market.
     
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    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    A good Jazzmaster and a vintage Bandmaster Reverb.

    Ask me tomorrow, though, or in an hour, and I'll come up with a different pairing. Because SO many are SO good.

    It's like eating good fruit. You get that great watermelon going, and for a while, nothing else exists except you and the particular joy it gives. A few days later, and you've been conquered by a peach.....
     
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  17. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Holic

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    You can start over!
     
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  18. DanDII

    DanDII Tele-Meister

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    I started with a Gibson Marauder and Peavy SS practice anp.

    Do over for the same $$$?

    Tokai 'F' copy and a used '68 Fender Bronco or VibroChamp.
     
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  19. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I don't totally understand the premise except "you have no gear and you get to choose one electric and one amp" - in that case, Vibrolux and a tele (as close to my parts tele as possible). I could be pretty happy with a good AC30 though.
     
  20. Antmax

    Antmax Tele-Meister

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    I don't know about guitar, I really like a variety of guitars and about 30% of my hobby is messing with them, making them better for me personally.

    But I would tell myself that despite not having a lot of disposable income, to not bother with affordable modeling combo amps or software. Get a tube amp, a cab and something like an HX Effects unit and concentrate on enjoying the guitars.
     
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