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So what was your 1st guitar? And do you still own it?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Don Rich Rules, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. Richie Cunningham

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    My first guitar was a joke. My brother’s friend gave it to me when he bought a new one. It was an enormous jazz box with an action so high I could have run a ski lift. He had painted it yellow and free-handed a Zakk Wylde bullseye on the top, in light blue. It was truly not a functioning instrument; I couldn’t play it.

    So the next time my brother’s friend got a new guitar, I had some money saved up from working on a farm. I probably overpaid for it, but I got his made-in-India Squier II fat Strat, dark red, rosewood, 21 frets.

    I sold the Strat when I was in college and not playing, and I give you my personal guarantee that nobody is playing that bullseye guitar now.
     
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  2. Don Rich Rules

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    HAHA!!!
     
  3. Deeve

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    Regretting its loss even today - from a mid 80s community thrifty-penny (pre-dating craislist) I bought at a fire-station, a just-above entry-level ply-top Yamaha, lightly modded for better tuners, then optimized & set up by Stephen Davies.

    Sounded like a ply-top, but played like an electric (w/ 12s).
    Flew fearlessly to no harm, but wound up getting stolen from the guitar rack I installed in the choir-room @ church.

    Thief got three utterly un-fence-able guitars: the pastor's Yamaha lefty (a teen gift from her now deceased father); the song-leader's (owned-since-a-teenager) Harmony Sovereign - w/ massive fret wear @ first position; and mine (under $200 cheapie w/ nice mods)

    I've played better guitars, but that humble Yam... I still miss it.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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  4. Don Rich Rules

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    If you liked the guitar and had a goodtime playing it the money really didn't matter.
    I'd like to see the hand painted Zak Wylde jazz box guitar. The mental image is haunting me!
     
  5. Don Rich Rules

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    I know what you're saying. A cool guitar doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
    And when you lose a guitar you lose a friend.
     
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  6. Don Rich Rules

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    I remember those two guitars. They were both made really well and they sounded really good.
     
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    Mine was a Kent plywood solid body electric from the 60's that I got in 1974. I took it apart and painted it blue if I remember correctly. I gave it away but to who I have know idea. I was 14. My first "real guitar" was an Italian 1965 Baldwin hollowbody(commisioned by Gretsch) that I eventually stripped the trussrod on and gave it to a friend for a debt. Wish I knew then what I do now.
    I paid $160.00 for it in 1978 while I was in the Air Force from Chicago Music in Tucson AZ. I only made $365.00 a month salary then. Mine was identical to the pics as far as the conditon and it had a custom case with a Baldwin logo on it.
    I wish I could get that one back. You can still get one however on Reverb for less than $800 if you can find one. I loved the violinish scrolled headstock.

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  8. Don Rich Rules

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    2 and a half? That's young!
     
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    You should be able to play like yngwie If you’ve played that long

    How does a 3 year old grip a neck?

    I’ve heard of youngsters playing lap style like thumbs Carlisle
     
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  10. Don Rich Rules

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    Now that's in beautiful condition!
     
  11. Don Rich Rules

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    It's all good! Stay well.
     
  12. Deeve

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    a lot of us trace it to "shortly after the Ed Sullivan Show. . ."

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    an early 1930's National Steel Body Guitar Duolian
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    I wish I still had it, but I sold it in the early 70s to pay for my '65 CAR Strat, which I also no longer have!
     
  15. WalthamMoosical

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    1969 Harmony archtop f-hole acoustic. It looks like an H1213 but that number isn't stamped inside. I've had it since about 1974. I played it an hour ago. I've ordered a bridge for it that I won't mind hacking to try to get the action lower.
     
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    Lol it didnt help that that Kay had action like a dobro anyway. And my granddad had an affinity for Black Diamind strings. My fingers bled quite a bit. I remember using a capo quite a bit to keep the action down. Well, I say capo. Pencil and a rubber band lol. I remember getting my first Kyser squeeze type. That was like Heaven
     
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    Peavey Tracer. After learning bar chords on that thing I could probably rip a phone book in half with my bare hands - the action was that bad. But it made me think that my next MIM Strat Special was BIG TIME.

    Still have the Strat.
     
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    An Epiphone SG G400... holy neckdive batman!
     
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    Screen Shot 2020-10-03 at 5.51.57 PM.png Long story. got this guitar when I was 12.1965. Don't have time to tell it now but I really miss it.
     
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    Stunning!
     
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