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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. Don Rich Rules

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    One of my closest life long friend had a Harmony F Hole the. I think it was a "Broadway" model. Nice guitar
     
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    2014 Squier HH Bullet I bought in 2016, found on CL for $75
    Since then:
    Fret level, Fender tuners, new nut, string trees, bridge, pick guard, pots, switch, and some Bootstrap pickups. I still can't play.:(
     
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    Very Nice! Up grading the parts was a good idea.
    If you are just starting out on the guitar find yourself a good teacher.
    Technique is a very important part of playing.
    My Dad was a guitar player and I learned a lot about
    how to actually play the guitar from him. I had a lot of fun learning how to
    play. Just make sure you're always enjoying yourself with it.

    Stay well.
     
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    Don't remember the make. Still have it, but the neck is completely off at the moment.

    My mom got it at a garage sale for $2 back in the 70s.

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    Alamo Fiesta, single pickup. I traded it for a Vox Stroller.
    It worked, sort of:

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    Mine was a brand new Teisco that I bought with $28 hard-earned bucks from a discount store called "Uncle Bills" in 1966. If I recall correctly, that $28 bucks probably included the tax. :)

    I learned how to play (some what) on that guitar; I played it every day. It had some pretty rough string action on it but I had no knowledge of what to do to make it play better.

    For a real setup back then, in the pre-internet days and pre-Guitar Center days (yes, there was such a time), it was either go to a music store that had a good guitar tech (that would have been Lay's in Akron Ohio -1st choice, or DeFiore's Music in Cleveland Ohio -a distant 2nd choice). The other option was, if you were fortunate enough to know someone (or know someone who knew someone ;)) with the skills, but that was pretty darn rare.

    I remember trying to trade that Teisco for a used amp. The fella that owned the little neighborhood music store (Mario's Music in North Royalton, Ohio) wouldn't offer up anything but a beat-up Ampeg and I still had to kick in some more of those hard-earned bucks. But that Ampeg was light years better than the old phono amp I had been using. Plus, it had reverb ;).

    So yes, that 1st guitar is a long time gone.



    Some un-solicited information:

    My second guitar was a little better - a used 1963 Strat that I bought for a whopping $120 hard-earned bucks in 1967. I bought it from a guy that quit the wedding band business and was trying to establish himself as a real estate salesman :).


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    nah I was busking one the street 7 days a week, playing patched together Son House improvisations 8 to 10 hours a day for over 5 year, The money was way better than a job I got really good at what I was doing people liked it a lot and I just burnt out. I never wanted to do busking again I traded it for a Beautiful up scale Takamine classical guitar found a good guitar teacher and bought the complete Paul Simon Songbook.
    Do I regret not having it , well yes and no.
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    Well I was fortunate to have a Dad who was a good player.
    When I started playing at age 10 he knew I needed a guitar that played effortlessly.
    He had Martin's, L5, Super 400, Strats Teles, it was like growing up in a Nirvana filled with guitars. There were no Guitar centers, only Sam Ash. Not that I'd ever bring or buy anything from either of those stores. We had a local Luthier who was affectionately known as "the butcher". But the butcher did decent set ups. As I got older, around 13 I could do all my own setups. I read a ton of books that all said the same thing so I just used that information and embellished on it. I never had enough balls to refret a guitar. Plus if I did any thing bad to the guitar I had no one to yell at. So as I got older around 17 I started finding out who were the good guitar repair guys and I went to them.
    So whatever happened to your Strat and Ampeg Amplifier? Do you still have them?
     
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    Looks like someth6 Geoorge Jetson would play on the weekends!
    Very cool guitar!
     
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    Sing at, I remember them well.
     
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    A cheap beat up no-name acoustic with 3/8" action. I got it for $35 in 1980. I played the crap out that guitar. Learned all the cowboy chords. Prolly fell apart in my hands. When I got a decent guitar it seemed easy.
     
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    My very first guitar was a nylon string acoustic that my mother purchased for me with S&H Greenstamps. I no longer have the guitar.
     
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    It was actually a "thin-line" —hollow inside—weighing about 4 pounds.
     
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    No Don, both the '63 Strat and the old Ampeg are long gone.

    In 1976 I was gearing up for a trip to Alaska. I had a friend and his gal who had just gone up about 6 months earlier and he was making a big paycheck up there and enjoying it. With all fish and animals and woods it sounded like a place I'd like to check out myself.

    The only problem - I was a little short on funds to make the drive in my old pickup and camper.

    So I ended up selling the'63 Strat to a guy who worked for Ford Motor Company. They were working a lot of over-time right then and he had money falling out of his pockets.

    He knew I was thinking about selling it, and asked me how much I'd take for it. I wasn't particularly knowledgeable about guitar prices, so I picked what I thought was a high number and told him $375 bucks. To my surprise, he pulled a wad of money out of his pocket and counted off $375.

    I'm still not sure if he or I got the best deal, but he was happy, and the $375 paid for food and gas for the the 13 day trip to Alaska, plus I still had my acoustic guitar ;).

    I really did like Alaska, especially in the summer. I ended up staying for 16 years and might still be there if not for some family emergencies that came up :).


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    First guitar was two pieces of particle board, about 1' X 2', glued together, with a Harmony neck affixed, and one DeArmond pickup.
    I was in heaven.
    First actual guitar was a Silvertone Danelectro, one pickup, wish I still had it.
     
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    In 1982 I bought my first guitar ... a 'burst Fender Jazz Bass second-hand. I do not remember the vintage (maybe 70s?) or the price. It still had the bridge cover on it and came with flat wound strings.

    A few years later I sold it and bought a Yamaha RB-something brand new which I still have. I needed the cash difference at the time and I wish I did not because I wish I still had that J-bass to play. The Yamaha is a great instrument, don't get me wrong, Yamaha make great instruments, however it's not a vintage J-bass.
     
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    I have to say the first electric guitar I bought is the Squier Telecaster I'm currently upgrading. Even though it's of Chinese manufacture it plays pretty well.
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