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

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  1. Don Rich Rules

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    I remember the Epiphone acoustic Dreadnought guitars had a bolt on neck.
    Humming birds are beautiful guitars.
     
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    Some crappy Yamaha acoustic,was my first guitar. And happily, no. I got rid of that guitar when I could afford my first a solid wood acoustic. That was 26 years ago.
     
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    My first was a large F-hole arched top National. The neck was cork screwed, so after I figured that out, I traded it for a Peavy T-15, and haven't looked back.
     
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    Fender Bullet. Fiesta red. Nice guitar - don’t still have it.
     
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    In 1995, when I was 17, I sold my motorcycle and used the money to buy a Seagull Folk Cedar model, which I guess was the Seagull equivalent of a 000-18 in size but with mahogany b/s and a solid cedar top. No pick guard. Very plain, matte finish. Bought it at a small guitar shop in Worcester, England. I still have it.

    A year or so later, someone knocked it off a stand and the neck broke at the headstock. I was gutted. I got some glue and did a hack repair job in my bedroom, and it healed up just fine. I have never adjusted the truss-rod, so I'm not sure if the glue I used may have paralyzed it?

    Action is quite high, but the main thing about this guitar is the width of the neck - very wide! Much wider than my dad's Yamaha which I had been using before I bought the Seagull. I struggled a bit at first, especially with wrapping my thumb over for F chords, but I think it made me into a better player.

    It always sounded great, and these days it sounds really lovely, warm and mellow. But I rarely choose it over one of my Martins. I recorded ten or so albums of fingerstyle folk songs with it, and I will keep it forever!

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    Regarding my first guitar, well, it wasn't really mine, and I no longer have it. Neither me nor my siblings remember what happened to it.

    But there are a couple of similarities to your experience and mine. It was my Dad's. And it was an archtop.

    It wasn't actually the first guitar of Dad's I ever plunked around on. That would have been his 1961 Stella by Harmony H929. But the first guitar I used after I got serious about learning in 1967 was his Harmony Archtone H1213 archtop. Like I said, I don't remember what happened to it, but it's long gone.

    But earlier this year I got serious about finding one. At first I was thinking the exact same model as Dad's, that H1213. But in the process, someone's comment here on TDPRI about a birthyear guitar made me realize that I could shoot for both a Harmony brand archtop and my birthyear guitar all in one. So I widened my search parameters, and in May I scored a 1953 Harmony Broadway H954 archtop. So I now have an MiC (Made in Chicago) Harmony brand archtop that was made the year I was born. It is actually a better model than the one my Dad had, but it's certainly an homage to my Dad and that guitar that I got serious on.

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    I think they came out mid 60s, bit like Watkins Rapiers or Horner. Decent guitar though I had no idea how to set it up. I had a 15W Jennings amp with a single 10” speaker and got a decent enough sound.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    My first guitar was a $17 acoustic from May Company's basement store. With any luck, it's in a landfill somewhere. My first electric was a Gretsch Astro Jet, and it's long gone, I have no idea where it is now.
     
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    First guitar I learned to play on was this one:
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    My mum’s old (late 1950s / early ‘60s) 3/4 scale nylon string Swiss guitar. I started learning on it in 1974 or thereabouts. I borrowed it back from my Mum about 20 years ago and I still have it & still play it. Pretty scuffed and the intonation is suspect but it has a nice tone.

    My first electric:
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    Watkins Rapier 33, this photo is probably 1978. I don’t have the guitar anymore (or the 5W JHS practice amp I played it through) but I do still have that strap.
     
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    My first guitar was a Kay Warped Neck I bought from my best friend for ten dollars. Horrible guitar, but it got me hooked. A couple of years later when I was in college overseas, I bought a brand new Framus 12-string.

    Next year it will be 50 years old. Holy cow!

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    That's a cool guitar! It looks like a Martin parlor guitar from the 1860s.
     
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    Time flies! Nice guitar!
     
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    I know what you mean... the brand is Goldklang and my Mum’s guitar teacher recommended it to her when her original guitar was stolen.
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    My 1st ever was a Harmony flat top, got it from a kid in my class for $5 in 1964. Don't have it or any picture of it. My first electric is the Zim-Gar pictured below, gotten in 1965. Still have it and every now and then I tune it up and give it a play.

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    3rd hand Kaye archtop with action you could shoot arrows with.
    El Kabong’d it after I got something better.
     
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    That logo branded into the body, I've never seen anything like it.
    What a great guitars to have!
     
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    It was an approximate 1960 Harmony F hole acoustic. No truss rod, a neck bigger than a tree trunk, the action higher than the golden gate and it was the ****s to play. I played it for about a year. No I do not still own it and I have never missed it. After that my folks thought they would do a little better and bought me a new 1961 Gibson dual pickup melody maker. What an improvement! That one I still wish I had it.
     
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    A 1976 Fender classical, LONG gone.
     
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    At one point my dad tried to pick up guitar and got Del Rey classical. He lasted a few lessons and realized he wasn't a guitarist I guess. He left the guitar in the corner of his closet. I'd sit in there and plunk on it. So he gave it to me. I promptly put steel strings on it and was off to the races. The action was probably 3/4" at the 12th fret. I have no idea what happened to it.
     
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