What was your first guitars?

Telelover1

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First guitar was a 61 Esquire and an ugly brown Princeton. It was 1962 and surfin music was in. Later on I talked Semi Moseley into adding a Moserite pup. I loved the neck on that guitar and played it through my college years. Fast forward to today and the Squire Tele C necks feel exactly the same. The pic shows the Esquire after I had it finished in my version of a Lake Placid Blue at a local body shop. I’ve owned and played several vintage Teles but like a first love I’ll never forget my first guitar
 

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My first was an acoustic from Sears. Got it for Christmas when I was 8 (?) It had steel strings but should have had nylon. It met the floor in an untimely demise (sniff)
I'm glad I wasn't the only one whose first electric was a Teisco! (Bought it for $74 at K-Mart in 1972) [Found a picture online.] It got sold at a yard sale with a Kustom Bass amp
 

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My first acoustic was a white Rosetti arch top bought of a pal for £4.10.00 (roughly $2) in 1964. It was stolen two years late (not a huge loss).
My first electric guitar was a 2003 Ibanez Jet King 1 in cherry sunburst, bought new for £200. I sold it on and regretted it so much so that I recently picked up a 2005 version in the same colour for £130. In the UK, Jet King 1 models are like hens teeth, almost impossible to find, so I reckon I was lucky. There are plenty in Japan, but prices are high to which must be added import duty and tax, making the price around £500.
I won't be parting with this one any time soon.
 

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Used Montgomery Ward Airliner back in 1974 that Jack White later made popular (red plastic with white trim &c) with White Stripes.

Technically, I had a no name (Decca? Del Ray?) that never had a full complement of strings, so I don't think that should count.

I first learned, however, using my dad's Alverez acoustic, playing along with my sister's piano...
 

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When I was fifteen, my parents gave my brother, 8, guitar lessons for his birthday. The music store talked them into purchasing a Gibson ES120T and later a LG-1. My brother gave up his lessons pretty quickly, and I picked up the guitar as a way to "meet chicks." So, I started on the Gibson side of the great Gibson/Fender divide and developed a taste for good guitars, and hollow bodies, from the get-go.
 

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My first was a 1962 Hofner 3/4 bass. Red plastic coated body and slide switches, after that a MIK Black Squire Strat followed by a very heavy, made in Hungary Epiphone Les Paul Translucent Red. I seem to recall it being made in Hungary which I thought at the time was unusual
 

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First guitar was a classical guitar from Mexico. $10. My sister brought it back, 1964. Not exactly the epitome of craftsmanship, but was ok. Long gone.
First steel string flattop was a Harmony Sovereign, 1968, I think, also long gone.

First electric was an ‘85 SG. It survived my daughter’s punk band in the 90’s. Still have it.

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Technically, my first acoustic guitar was the Yamaha that my dad left in my room, but I never really played it because I wanted an electric guitar (cause Jimi), but the first acoustic I bought was a cheap Yamaha that I found in a pawn shop in Newcastle Australia when I was there in 2000. I had it for a few months while I was there and then gave it away when I left. My first electric wasn't really mine either, it was "loaned" to me by a friend in the early 90's. It was an old Harmony H-802 that was missing the bridge. I had to rig up something in place of it and bought new tuners (which I still have on my current strat) but never really got it to play correctly. The amp was some random Montgomery Wards type practice amp that had tremelo... But the first guitar that I purchased was a '98 USA Fender lonestar strat in arctic white. I had it about a year and ended up trading it in for a used SRV signature strat. Pics below are not of mine (I don't have pics of mine) but exactly what I had.
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You won't believe it but it was a 1952 Fender Telecaster. The year was 1973 and my dad went to an auction and no one would bid on it because it was old and worn. A man finally bid 10 bucks for it. My dad bid 11. The guy bid 12, and my dad got it for 13 bucks. It came with an old Supreme amp included and also the original case. Here is the only pics I have of it. BTW I wisely traded it for a 1976 strat in 1977 which I sold for 250 dollars..
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You won't believe it but it was a 1952 Fender Telecaster. The year was 1973 and my dad went to an auction and no one would bid on it because it was old and worn. A man finally bid 10 bucks for it. My dad bid 11. The guy bid 12, and my dad got it for 13 bucks. It came with an old Supreme amp included and also the original case. Here is the only pics I have of it. BTW I wisely traded it for a 1976 strat in 1977 which I sold for 250 dollars.. View attachment 978058 View attachment 978062 View attachment 978063
What an instrument to start off with!
 

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You won't believe it but it was a 1952 Fender Telecaster. The year was 1973 and my dad went to an auction and no one would bid on it because it was old and worn. A man finally bid 10 bucks for it. My dad bid 11. The guy bid 12, and my dad got it for 13 bucks. It came with an old Supreme amp included and also the original case. Here is the only pics I have of it. BTW I wisely traded it for a 1976 strat in 1977 which I sold for 250 dollars.. View attachment 978058 View attachment 978062 View attachment 978063
I love posts like this. Makes me feel better about all the dumb stuff I did in my youth :)

Cool photos BTW.
 

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In the early 80s my mom and uncle went in on an 81 Fender Bullet for me. Was my first guitar period. I started the owners club here about it:

Here is the one I play now. Someone repainted the body and the paint cracked and is wearing off, and I modded the bridge a little bit it’s original besides that. Plays and sounds great:
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Love it! This is going to be my go-to description for a guitar with unfeasibly high action, which up to now I have referred to as “like a cheese cutter” - like my first guitar. (steel-strung acoustic, no maker’s name, £8 new in 1972. “Amplified” by dropping a microphone in the sound hole and playing it through a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Nobody ever took a photo of me playing that thing).
 

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I started with a really basic acoustic - flat fretboard, cheap laminated top, etc. a real peice of crap. I was really keen though and wanted an electric so I decided to spend every penny I had on something fairly decent. I bought a 4 year old GIBSON RD ARTIST that was going for a bargain in a 2nd hand shop. I've still got it 40 years later and its my main and favourite guitar.
 

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I started with a really basic acoustic - flat fretboard, cheap laminated top, etc. a real peice of crap. I was really keen though and wanted an electric so I decided to spend every penny I had on something fairly decent. I bought a 4 year old GIBSON RD ARTIST that was going for a bargain in a 2nd hand shop. I've still got it 40 years later and its my main and favourite guitar.
Oh, now that looks cool!
 

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Love it! This is going to be my go-to description for a guitar with unfeasibly high action, which up to now I have referred to as “like a cheese cutter” - like my first guitar. (steel-strung acoustic, no maker’s name, £8 new in 1972. “Amplified” by dropping a microphone in the sound hole and playing it through a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Nobody ever took a photo of me playing that thing).
Sounds like a great peizo to have to work with!
 




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