Folks have alluded to seeking out guitars from the year they were born. Do you have a birth year guitar? If so, what's its story, how did you come by it? (assuming it didn't come out of the womb with you)
I wish I could afford my birth year guitar ('63) Strat or Tele.
I don't even bother looking at them and even if I could afford it,
I'd probably never play it which makes it even more not worth it.
I do not own one, though I wouldn’t mind at all. I DID recently pass on buying a Gibson ES-175 from my birth year that had major—and not particularly skillful, from the looks of it—repair work on the back, as well as having been refinished. Went with a ‘97 Heritage H-575 (175 equivalent) and have no regrets.
52 Gibson, a friend bought it in a pawn shop when he was in the navy. He never learned to play, so after 50 years of sitting around he gave it to me.
Wasn't seeking a birth year guitar, but was surprised when I checked the numbers.
My birth year was a year or three away from the "best period" of a certain brand and specific type of guitar. I have one of those guitars, but it's been modified to the point of not truly being one of those guitars. Not that I wouldn't have done my own modifications anyway, but the original pickups would still be in it.
A couple few years back I went hunting for a ‘70 Tele. In my searching I came to realize that I really wanted a rosewood neck. This severely limited my options, especially in my price range. Ended up with an early ‘71 that I am happy with. So, I got close. Cigar or no cigar, I don’t know. It has a 4 bolt neck too. This was a must for me.