Tell me about your birth year guitar

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cheap Trills, Jul 23, 2021.

Do you have a birth year guitar?

  1. yes

  2. no

  3. who wants a guitar that old?

  4. a guitar that old would be too expensive

  5. still looking for it

  6. no interest

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  1. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    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)
     
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  2. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Any thing I would want from 1960 would cost more than I can afford.
    You know it would be a tele right?
     
  3. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity

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    Are you doing a background check?
     
  4. ineed1more

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    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.
    YMMV
     
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  5. Rich_S

    Rich_S Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    1959? Puh-leeze.

    Maybe a nice sunburst LP? How ‘bout Jim Campilongo’s toploader?

    Yeah… not gonna happen.
     
  6. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I did have one, coincidentally after feeling like I needed to get one after reading a previous birth year guitar thread on here, ha.

    I got an 84 Ibanez Roadstar. It was cool. It got me on a big Made in Japan guitar kick. But after a while the novelty of a birth year guitar wore off and I moved on from it.
     
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  7. CV Jee Beez

    CV Jee Beez Tele-Afflicted

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    I've thought about it but it was not known as a good year for Fenders or Gibsons and that's what I primarily play.
     
  8. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    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.

    Some day, though…
     
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  9. Flip G

    Flip G Tele-Meister

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    That would of course be a 2006 Daisy Rock Fantasy; because I'm young at heart and as cheap as they come. :)

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    jfgesquire Friend of Leo's

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    1967 Country Gentleman

    I was born in March, it's neck was stamped in April.

    I've had it for 35 years.

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    jrblue Friend of Leo's

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    Never understood the relevance. Aren't birth year guitars just a pretext for buying another guitar? There are a lot better criteria for choosing musical instruments. Seriously.
     
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    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A 56 Tele , I don’t think so
    I did look at a couple different reissues but wasn’t interested
     
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  13. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I'm sort of in the same boat. Who was making the best guitars in the late 70's / early 80's?
     
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    1963 Melody Maker. The only electric I wanted and could afford/justify from my birth year.

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    I voted “Who wants one that old?”

    I don’t think there were any solid body guitars in production that year. Not just yet.
     
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    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    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. IMG_20200820_070453936.jpg
     
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    Maybe Ibanez, I don't know
     
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    I only have one from 11 years before I was born. It's in clean condition because they hadn't invented dirt yet.
     
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    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.
     
  20. lil scotty

    lil scotty Tele-Holic

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    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.
     
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