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Tell us about your birth year guitars

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rze99, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yep thinking about it already for a big birthday year and am saving for it.

    I want to see yours and hear your story. Has it delighted or disappointed?
     
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    I got a wild hair up my arse two years ago and decided I needed a birth year guitar. This is something I found that was affordable yet cool. It’s a 1954 Epi Century. Still pays well and the N.Y. Pickup sounds great. AFBF7B8C-4A9D-4F71-A297-FA1DED13F4E8.jpeg 1D422238-D0B0-49FB-A986-24E1EB76994E.jpeg
     

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    i don't think i can afford a birth year guitar. but i'd rather have a 59 than a 58.
     
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    Mines gonna be a strat plus, I’ve yet to find the right one though
    Not too much excitement in 91’
     
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  5. howardlo

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    Not even sure I’ve ever even seen a guitar from 1947. Would most likely have to be an acoustic or at least an old jazz box with a neck pickup mounted to the end of the fretboard, like a D’Armond.
     
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    I have a 1962 Martin D18 .
     
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    Like me that’s kind of a funny time at least as far as cool collectible guitars, all the “good” ones were either made a decade before or after

    I guess they are cheaper though as most aren’t as desirable
     
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    1963. I don't think I could afford one at this juncture, at least one of a brand that I would want.
     
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    1953 martin 000-18. Sweet guitar. Got it in the 1990s, before I knew about the so-called "mystery top" 1953 Martin guitars. I believe by the look and sound it is a "mystery top."
     
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    Here's my story of the birthyear guitar that got away:

    Around 1990 I was looking to upgrade from my Kramer Striker 200ST. I went to Silver Strings music, a well-known shop in St. Louis that had some nice vintage stuff, to look for my first "professional-grade" guitar. I had $600 cash on me that I had saved up working at the grocery store. After spending an hour or so trying out a bunch of guitars, I had narrowed it down to a 1970 Les Paul Deluxe in sunburst or a new 1988 Charvel Model 4. Both played and sounded great and I was torn. The salesman said he could do $600 out the door on the Charvel, but the LP would be $600 plus tax, so around $640. I ended up going home with the Charvel. I can still get about $600 for the Charvel but we all know what that Les Paul would be worth today! The good news is that I still have the Charvel and it is still an absolutely fantastic guitar that I have played the heck out of. Plus I graduated high school in '88 so it's still kind of a special year to me.
     
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  11. Electric Warrior

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    Tl;DR: Mostly disappointment. I guess it all depends on the guitar in question!

    I bought a top-shelf Tokai LP that GC priced in as a Chinese model but it was a wreck. I threw hundreds of $$$ to bring it to playable condition. After, the fretwork and action were impeccable and as good as anything I've played. Sounded good after I threw Antiquities in it. The rest of the guitar was never what I wanted it to be: the look, neck profile, not heavy (about 9.5 lbs.) but poorly balanced. It took a long time to make the decision to sell because I will probably never find one at that price again. Still, I was honest with myself and learned a lesson on that one. Got my money back on it, though.

    I had an Ibanez AS200 for a while, too. It was a little beat up so I got a good deal on it. I can see why people really like them. Like the Tokai, you could tell it was very solidly made. Beautiful to look at. You are instantly in that jazz fusion sound. It was quite bright and a very fast player. But it was never what I would consider comfortable to play. It had a shallowish D profile and big, wide frets (perhaps it was refretted). I never got on with it and later sold it.

    I have had some Electras which may have been from my birth year. Those were Working Man models. Not much to say about them other than that they were built like a tank, surprisingly light, but pretty utilitarian...hence the name, I guess.
     
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    I don't think I could afford a guitar from 1960. Instead, I look for a H.S. graduation year guitar. So a '79 25th Anniversary Strat is always on my radar. Even those are getting pricey. And given that, its still just a Strat. I think I'd really like to have an early '70's Tele....
     
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    1962 here, I've looked but not really found anything that I'd drop any kind of money on. I'm thinking about having a custom guitar built for the big 60 next year instead.
     
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    I suppose I could, but wouldn't.
     
  15. rze99

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    probably wisest approach
     
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  16. rze99

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    a ‘79 Strat? Are you serious?
     
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  17. rze99

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    Very intriguing.

    Don’t share if you don’t want to.

    Oh. You don’t.
     
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    Sweet
     
  19. E5RSY

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    Does birth year + 1 count? '66 Gibson. I'm vintage '67.

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    Whilst a Telecaster is tempting - afraid I'd gofor a Gibson ES175, think I'd go for the natural finish :cool:
     
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