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

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  1. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Tele-Afflicted

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    The first guitar my parents got for me was an acoustic made by Saga. In hind sight it was a well made and good sounding acoustic but I didn't & never have had any real interest in acoustic music. I don't miss it.

    The first guitar I bought for myself was a 1987 MIJ Fender 60's RI.
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    It was a quality guitar but the more experience I got as a player the less it suited my style. I did a lot of crazy stuff to it including jumbo frets & LSR roller nut. I kept it for about 15 years after I stopped playing it but eventually let it go. Sometimes I regret that.
     
  2. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Some MIJ classical, nothing special. I left it in the States when I emigrated. My sister had it until a couple years ago. I think she got a c-note for it. It is not one of the ones I regret letting go.
     
  3. RhinestoneStrat

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    My first guitar was a 1987 Korean Strat copy which I was excited to have until I got my first REAL guitar...a 1989 Yamaha RGX Custom that I still have to this day. It's a 5-piece maple/mahogany neck-thru-body with an ebony fret board & real crystal inlays. There's a master coil-split on the tone control and the vibrato system is rock solid with a pitch-rise adjustment thumb-wheel. This guitar feels like the Lamborghini of Super-Starts.:cool:

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  4. cometazzi

    cometazzi Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Yes:

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    Brand name is 'Norma', but it's a re-branded Teisco Del Rey, made in Japan in the 1960s. I bought this in 1988 for $20 from a C&W guy who acquired it for his twin daughters. The girls had no interest in it, and when I came to pick it up it was leaning up against a shed in the rain, with 3 strings on it.

    At some point early on, I painted "NOT" onto the fretboard because my idol (at the time) Scott Ian of Anthrax also had that on his guitar.

    The rest is a disaster of history.
     
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  5. megalo82

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    An Epiphone les Paul special vintage edition and I will never sell it! My wife gave me that guitar for Christmas 3 years ago!

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  6. gimmeatele

    gimmeatele Tele-Holic

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    A JHS natural finish jazz bass a like, bought in 1977 and we parted company in 1984, and always regretted let it go, still hope it may return.

    My first 6 string is a 1996 Squier standard tele, much nodded but still in my music room. :cool::cool:
     
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  7. Novak

    Novak Tele-Meister

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    ~1966 Silvertone solid body. Used money supposed to be for summer Scout Camp. Cost $56, ordered from Sears catalog. Ordered a tobacco-burst model, they sent me a black and white model with no explanation. I remember it had a thick neck. They sell a similar-looking "Harmony" guitar at Sweetwater now for about $1200.Replaced it with a Kent a year or so later because the Kent had 4 pickups and thus was of course "better" :lol:
     
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  8. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    I have the first guitar I ever played. It didn't become mine until 30 years later when my Dad died. It's a 1950s Framus. It's not playable and hasn't been for many years, but still I keep it.
     
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  9. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    My first guitar was a solid bodied (plywood) electric called an Airstream 3. Moved on around 1970
     
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  10. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just had a quick google and they still exist! 7F91ED98-1AB3-4792-9CE2-8E8A3A6B61F6.jpeg
     
  11. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Bolt on, no name SG copy with action that was about an inch off the fretboard. Completely unplayable lol.

    Long gone.
     
  12. jumpnblues

    jumpnblues Friend of Leo's

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    Sears Silvertone, purchased new (by my parents) in 1961. The strings were so far off the fretboard it was almost impossible to play and had terrible tone. I'm guessing it was likely made by Danelectro. But this, unfortunately, was just before Sears (Danelectro) came out with the model that had the amp built into the case, which fretted much easier and sounded much better. A neighbor across the street from us really liked the black body and white pickguard and swapped his Gibson Les Paul Jr. with a single P-90 to me for the Silvertone. I came out smelling like a rose on that trade. That was in 1962. Soon after I had a whammy bar installed on it for surf music. And so I started my journey through countless guitars over a span of 60 years.
     
  13. KATT

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    My first electric was a 1994 Japanese Squier Stratocaster. I've used and abused it heavily over the years and used to take it to school on a bus in a thin unpadded gig bag. I take much better care of my guitars now though! I still use this guitar for gigs and barely any of it is original except the body, neck, neck plate and pickguard.

    I've refretted it with jumbo frets, intalled Fender Lace Sensors, CTS pots with an out of phase blend contol instead of the 2nd tone knob, Callaham vibrato, Kluson tuners, Schaller straplock buttons, graphtech nut. Most recently I built a Treble Booster circuit and installed it under the pickguard wired up to the push/push switch on the blend knob. It sounds great!

    I did start to strip the guitar back to bare wood years ago (as you can see on the back) until I realised that there was no wood grain. I looked into it and found out they used HDF (high density fibreboard) for the body on this model!

    It's still a great guitar though.

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  14. Gene O.

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    My first guitar was a Baron beginners acoustic that I got at age 9... and I no longer have it, thank God! I struggled with that guitar for 2 years ('65-'66) before my dad bought me my first electric - a sunburst, thin hollow body, double cutaway, Bigsby-ish whammy-totin' Kent. I wish I still had that one.
     
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    Technically my first was a Yamaha nylon string guitar that I got in about 1976. I kept it until about 1980 when I got a better classical guitar as I as taking it pretty seriously. No idea what happened to the Yamaha, though I still have (albeit don't play - it lives in its case) the replacement.

    My first electric was an "Anson" strat copy that I got for my birthday a year or so later. Japanese made, plywood or similar body, branded exclusively for the Australian market. Not great sound-wise, but it did play and stay in tune. They go for rather silly prices (given what they are) when I see them for sale. I traded it when I worked in a music shop in about 1985.
     
  16. notmyusualuserid

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    A cheap and horrible Eastern European acoustic.

    It went as soon as I could afford something better :)
     
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  17. sk25

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    The first guitar I called mine was a rough little black Memphis brand strat-shaped thing with a rail humbucker and a 3x3 headstock. Action more than a quarter inch high was its main problem. I had no idea what I was doing at the time and it spent most of its time in my dad's closet. Years later I put a shim in it and that helped its playability tremendously, but I think the neck itself may not be the most stable.

    The first guitar I ever bought was a black Squier SE Special Strat in a beginner's pack. I liked the guitar, but I knew very little about guitars at the time and upgraded to an Epiphone '66 G400 as soon as I could, which is a shape I decided I liked one day. I then had my dad sell the strat to a guy at his work because the internet, in its infinite wisdom, told me that Squiers in general and SE Specials in particular were best used not as musical instruments, but as things to fill empty space in trash cans. Looking back, there was nothing at all wrong with that Strat; I just didn't know how to get a sound I liked out of that little Squier SP10 amp that came with it.
     
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  18. Stubee

    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    My first guitar was an unnamed steel string acoustic in 1968. A girl who played folk songs offered it to me for $5.00. I knew nothing about guitars except that Jimi Hendrix played one so I hesitated. Five bucks was also 5+ hours of work for me back then. My friend Duke finally interceded saying “Oh come on, how wrong can ya go for five bucks!” so I bought it.

    You can go very wrong when the strings are about an inch from the third fret. I bought a chord book and quickly discovered that even a first position C chord triad was impossible, and that was that until I borrowed my younger brother’s Harmony Rocket in 1970 and actually learned a little bit.

    I bought my first playable guitar, a MIJ Epiphone flattop in 1971. It was a pretty nice guitar but I sold it to a friend in 1973 because I’d come across a Hummingbird that sang to me even more sweetly.
     
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  19. rarebreed

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    Don't remember the exact model, but my first was a Univox 335 copy. It was traded in 1967 for the Epiphone Casino that replaced it. I still have the Casino.
     
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    That's a guitar that looks very futuristic!
     
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