What do you remember the most about your first new guitar?

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  1. AxRookie

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    For me, it was something you wouldn't think would be something synonymous with a musical instrument, The smell of it, In 1981 I had made the last payment on a new Fender Stratocaster which was a black body, white pickguard, maple neck guitar with a hard case, And I took it home for the first time and I opened the case I can still distinctly remember it sort of had a unique "new car" smell that I can't even describe but I can still remember it like it was yesterday! It's funny how the mind works and how complex and how deep it goes to form a very vivid long term memory that I doubt I will ever forget...
     
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    I remember that it was a single cutaway, and had an arrowhead headstock, and that it was white with a black pick guard. That's all I remember. I don't even remember the brand.
     
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    My first guitar was a Fender acoustic.
    Bought brand new on March 17th 1992.
    St Patrick's day was a coincidence.

    I remember the smell was fantastic.
    I used to hold the sound hole up to my nose and smell it every time I took it out of the case.

    Like a dog saying hello.
     
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    I just remember how shiny it was... none of them are now.
     
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    My Duo Sonic and Brown Deluxe. I remember playing the amp vibrato over and over with the 3 chords I knew!
     
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    Mu first guitar was a squier. I remember the strap mot keeping it on me very well.

    My first new guitar I bought was an esp v100. I remember loving the action and the depth of the paint, but not loving how wide the fretboard was.

    My first hard shell guitar case I bought new had a very specific smell to it. And still does. Takes me back 16 years to using it to take my portable cd player and some CDs with me everywhere.
     
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    I'd say smell, too.
     
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    I guess I just remember how heavy it was, and how I was a little disappointed in the pickups due to microphonic squeal. I'd had several guitars before, but the first brand new one was an Ibanez MC-200 Musician.
     
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    That it was a classical acoustic (albeit a decent one) and I was a 12 year old in the dawn of hair metal.


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    It was a 1983 Sigma. To me it was a new Martin. Still have it, but it's not a Martin to me now. Ha.
     
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    Red Kent Strat knock-off that I bought from my grandpa’s/uncle’s junk stores (one of ‘em ... next door to each other) ... don’t remember cost, as this was 46 years ago ... P-O-FREAKING-S, but the cheese slicers on my fingers made me a stronger player ... eventually ...

    Technically, my first guitar was my dad’s Kalamazoo acoustic I started playing when I was six ... he’s long gone, but it still plays ...
     
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    My first new guitar was a cheap nylon string bought in Tijuana, which I remember nothing about. My first new one that I remember was my '65 Daphne Blue Mustang that I got for Christmas that year, along with a BF Vibro Champ! That cool blue color, and pearl pickguard, chrome, slanted pickups with the slide switches, wiggle stick, awesome Fender headstock, and silver hard case with orange interior were gorgeous to an 11 yr. old budding rocker! Since then I've become averse to pearl pickguards, preferring something less gaudy, although I tolerate it on my Sonic Blue Deluxe Roadhouse with Texas Specials, 'cause I'm too lazy to change it.
     
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    First New Guitar, was a 1996 Martin D-35, and it’s a keeper.

    Backstory: I met a gal and fell in love. (She eventually became my wife). She said that I needed to get out of my credit card debt, which was around 2500.00 USD. She knew I had an extensive baseball card collection, and encouraged me to sell it. I balked, thinking that I love those cards, and I would never give them up. I had quite a few Diamond Stars, Goudey, many Topps from my childhood, including an almost complete set from 1960. No way! But, she kept nudging me, and I started to think: they are not that useful except to look at them, and then put them away. Then one day sell them for a profit? I found a buyer, who was a guy I played softball with, and he said to come up with a price. I studied the book value of every card, and came up with 10,000.00. So, I told him 7,500.00 and he offered 5,000.00. After some tough deliberation, I accepted. One of the hardest decisions in my life.

    Anyway, I paid off the credit card debt, and I still had 2500.00 left. She said, “why don’t you get yourself a nice guitar.”
    I priced the Martins in my area, and they were going for 2400.00. I contacted Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center and they wanted 1800.00, so we made the trip to Maryland. Now I have something I can put to good use instead of a bunch of stinky old baseball cards.:D

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    For the acoustic, the smooth mirror glossiness of the finish. Epiphone bolt neck dread , christmas-gifted to me sometime around maybe 1978 or so
    For the electric, smell here, too. Squier Bullet strat, from around 1986
     
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    A red Teisco 335 style, what I remember was how bright the red was.
    Several guitar players ( uncles) who had nice guitars all remarked how nice it was, especially for $39.95 at Uncle Miltie’s pawn shop.
    Circa 1965 I didn’t have an amp.
     
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    My Takamine looked like a Martin, I could see that, and never having played a Martin I had no reason not to believe people when they told me it sounded just as good, and the price was 'way less. I remember the one lesson I took the day after I bought it. It might have all been different if I'd looked at a Gibson or a Martin back then.
     
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    Carvin LB-50 bass in spring of 1983. In those days, there were few, if any, in-stock instruments from Carvin. Everything was built to order. I remember how nicely the neck fit my hand, the feel of the ebony fingerboard, and how low & buzz-free the action was. Most people think it has active innards, but it doesn't. The pups are just that powerful.
     
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    Mine was an '84 Gibson SG Silver Sky. It was a work of art, the color was a very whitish silver that reflected whatever colors you were standing around (very cool when you had different colored spotlights). I ruined it by putting a Kahler tremolo on it, probably six months after I got it (it was the '80s). The trem shattered the finish like a windshield into tiny little squares. It's been refinished three times since. I'm about to do it again, and do it right this time. It's gonna be Pelham Blue now.

    Here's a Flying V Silver Sky from the same era (not mine). The finish has yellowed a bit over the years.

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    My first guitar was a '72-'73ish Gibson SG Special, when they started making them again with black plastic mini-humbuckers that had pole screws.

    My main memory was the whacked finish. It was the transparent Cherry finish, but the front of the guitar was bleached out to clear from hanging on a music store wall facing the Western sun for a year or two.
     
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