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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Zebulon Bluze, Nov 17, 2015.
None, or too many, that's why they played guitar.
What's wrong with 2015 all of the sudden?
I started on a Kay single pup hollow body from Spiegel's at Xmas. that lasted a little over a year until I wore out the brass frets. Then I got the Melody Maker, a '62. $75.00.
yer outa line mister!
If this were '65 you'd be the receiving end of the waffle paddle.
Straighten up and fly right young man!
Well for me it was 4 years later in 1969 and I walked out with a Harmony Stella acoustic guitar. A few years later I got my Teisco and a Kalamazoo amp.
Twenty years later for me. 1985 and my thirteen year old self is awestruck with Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
My dad took me to Rainbow Guitars in Tucson where we found a $99 Antares Strat copy. Black with white pick guard, matching black headstock. Made in Japan(?), it was the closest thing to what Yngwie played in our price range. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Not too long after Pops let me use his Gibson guitars... They were much better!
I would've gone the sleeper route...
Maybe an old Gibson EH150 amp and a 30's lap steel along with a beat old Epiphone archtop and neck pickup.
I remember some of those old acoustics having an action so high and such light gauge strings on them to even make them close to playable that they'd cut into your fingers like a knife. So when people say this is the "golden era" of guitar manufacture they ain't lyin'.
Looks like my first guitar. Harmony Stella acoustic guitar. No case though. $17 from Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalogue. I was 14 in Gander, Newfoundland.
I started out at age 13, in 1965 with a used Harmony Stella "cheeseburger" acoustic that my Dad got for $35. Got my first electric in 1968, a Teisco Silvertone with a Lafayette amplifier for $80. Sold guitar to a buddy a few years later for $25, then had no electric until 1990 when I got a Peavey Falcon that wouldn't stay in tune.
By 1965 I was making enough to buy my own. But in 1959 my dad bought me a Melody Maker. Sunburst, not red. We never even looked at anything else.
Old Les Paul jrs were going for $75 back then.
1971...yep, Dad was there...and I walked out with a lightly used Harmony Rocket H54. My first electric guitar! I hope somone is still playing it.
Thanks for all of your memories, all really positive. As for you shpelling correctors, you know what you can do.
I use to go to the mall with my mom and sister jsut to stand there and look at those guitars. I know exactly what your talking about. Around St. Louis they were Bentley Black Les Pauls that they displayed. Those and the little page from the Sears Christmas catalog were dream-weavers.
A bit early for me although about '69 I was picking up my father's late 50's Gibson SJ and learning the chords. My grandfather then gave me a damaged Framus for Christmas- the action was higher than a Dobro, but I still played it.
When I turned 16, my dad took me to the bank and co-signed for a loan to buy a set of drums (we were that poor) I started playing in a band and paid the loan off quickly and never had another guitar until I bought my own electric in 1980.
Being one of the younger ones on the forum, it was the christmas of 2012 for me and I was 16. My first guitar was a jaxville strat copy and is a horrible piece of craftsmanship, really thin neck and un-level frets and weighed a tone. Photo not mine and wasn't really what I was looking for an acoustic would of fit that bill, but the parents got it half right. I do predominantly play electric now but wish I started out on something better but still grateful.
4 guitars since then,
and most recently a partscaster.
Hey, I just remembered the brand of the amp. It was a Holmes. Good times.
The value of these things is impossible to predict. Who could have guessed that old Teiscos and the like would be a hot item these days. The Melody Maker has also had ups and downs in the market place. They were decent guitars, but were hardly cheap. Looking at the money that just about anything that survives form the 60s and 70s is astounding.