What was your first guitars?

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Rehearsing with my Fender rig for my first live gig. I don't miss the guitar, but I wish I still had the Amp. (1960 Champ)
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My first electric guitar was a '79 black Fender Telelcaster with a black pickguard and maple neck. I loved that guitar. Unfortunately it was stolen (along witha Strat that I don't miss nearly as much as the Tele) in 1989. Now I have 3 Teles and my Number one is a black '62 AVRI.
 

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Let's see- first acoustic was a beat up old Favilla that I bought in a really nice used instrument shop (Lundberg's in Berkeley), wish I still had it. First electric was a battered old piece that someone had evidently built from a kit; I eventually did some work on it for practice- it now has one wood pickup (like we used to use before these fancy ee-lectric things came along), the tuning machines from an Epiphone Les Paul (switched them for some Grover Deluxe on the Epiphone) and a single lace pickup.
Don't have a camera, but it's really not much on looks.
 

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What was your very first electric and acoustic? I'll start with my first guitar being a rouge dreadnought which I still have and is undergoing a refinish. My first electric was a series 10 danelectro copy. Post pics if you can, I'll have to find mine. Let's see some guitars!
I owe everything about playing guitar - having "my own" guitar - to one of my uncles. We took a summer vacation from our California home, and were visiting my dad's home city in Kansas where my grandparents still lived. My older sister had a cheap Tijuana nylon string "classical" guitar that she took with her. Every time she was out of the house at home, I would take her "Alfred's Guitar Method" book and turn it over to the chord charts on the back cover. I would sit there trying to contort my little 10-year old fingers to make the chords. Half the challenge was making my little hand manage the 2" nut width of that classical guitar!

Anyway...while in Kansas during that Summer of '65 or so, my sister went to the store with my girl cousin, and I stayed in my grandparents home and immediately grabbed her guitar to resume my effort to self-teach myself, so I could be the next George Harrison or Jeff Beck. My uncle happened to be in the house along with my dad, and when I played, my uncle realized that I was already better than my sister who was taking formal guitar lessons. He flat out said to my dad: "You need to get him his own guitar...he is GOOD!" He followed that by saying: "Let's go...we are going down to Nick's Pawn Shop to see what he has. I walked out with a $5.00, old kind of cowboy 000 size acoustic guitar. I remember asking my dad why it said "Stella" on the headstock? I had never heard of Stella. Turns out it was a gem of an American classic guitar brand from back in the day. My dad had no idea about headstocks and guitar brand logos/names, so he said "maybe it was a custom guitar for a lady named Stella." :) That guitar had rusty old strings that were massive...like 13's. My little 10-year old fingers were shredded, but I later came to appreciate the calluses. I also took model airplane paint, and painted "VOX" on the headstock, because I thought Brian Jones' VOX Phantom guitar was the coolest thing I had ever seen! Not too long after that, I learned that some guy named Leadbelly played a Stella guitar. Who the heck was "Leadbelly" I wondered? That summer and following Christmas were defining moments for me. My older boy cousin had brought the Yardbirds "Having a Rave-Up" album to Kansas, and we listened to over and over again, much to my grandmother's chagrin. That following Christmas, my cousin and girl cousin bought me an Animals album. I was locked-in: BLUES and Blues driven rock was my passion.

A year later when I was 11, that same uncle found out that I was in my first band in the 6th grade, and I was the bass player, "trying" to play bass on that six string Stella without an amplifier! Hilarious. :) So...my uncle called my house one evening, and he told my dad he had found a great electric bass guitar for me for $32.00 (no case) at the same pawn shop, and that: "no arguments...I bought it and I am sending this bass guitar out to California" for me to play in my band. It was a cheap, no-name MIJ knock off of a sunburst Fender Jazz Bass, but it was like new...MINT condition. I was 11, and had my own cool electric bass guitar. But then I needed an amp. I plugged into our guitar player's little amp with a 10" (8"?) speaker, and "shared" that circuit until I saved money for "half" of my Sears (Valco!) bass amp head and 1x15" cab. How we never blew the little speaker in our guitar player's amp, I have no idea. My dad said "if you can save half of the money for that Sears bass amp, I'll pay the other half." I am not sure that he thought that I could actually save that much money. It took me a few months, but I saved the money! You know those Sears/Valco amps of that time period: the amp that had space at the bottom in the back of the amp to slide the amp head into for transport...cool concept (but heavy with the 15" speaker too). I was so jazzed to have that amp. The speaker cab was a vertical cab standing at least 30-32" tall, and about 18"-20" wide, and then the head sat on top of that. It was like 3 feet tall, and it dwarfed our guitar player's little amp, so he went out to our local pawn shop and traded his little amp for a piggyback St. George amp (ever hear of those?). It looked like a piggy back Fender Deluxe Reverb with black tolex and silver salt & pepper grill. We were rock 'n roll gods in the 6th grade at our elementary school...we had a reputation, only because we were the "only" band in our school! I split lead singing with our guitar player, and we did "cool songs", not what we already knew was "A.M. radio crap". We did "Gloria" (Van Morrison and Them); "Wild Thing" (Troggs); "It's My Life" and "House of the Risin' Sun" (Animals); "I'm a Man" (Yardbirds style), "Satisfaction" (Stones); "You're Pushin' too Hard" (The Seeds), etc. Ya...some of that was "A.M. radio" stuff, but it was the good stuff. Just after that in early '67 we added "Here Comes My Baby" by the Tremeloes, and a couple of other songs. That was huge for us, because we were actually playing a song that had just been released on the radio. The kids went crazy with my playing that hard-driving bass line. They couldn't believe (in their minds) that we were "that good" such that we could learn to play a song that was brand new to the radio (funny the way kids thought back then). It was a pretty simple song.

The school principal and our teachers knew of us (our band was split among two different classes/teachers). We played at school assemblies and 6th grade classroom events. Sometimes already-adoring girl "fan classmates" would ask: "do you know anything by Herman and the Hermits or Chad and Jeremy? Our guitar player once said "hell no, we don't play that crap!" in the presence of our mortified 6th grade teacher. The kids roared with laughter, as the teacher wobbled and sat down as if her legs had collapsed, wondering if she was going to stop this revolting "mini concert" of 5-6 songs! Oh man...As is so often said: "Those were the days." And "sorry"...I have no pictures of those guitars...the Stella and the no-name MIJ Jazz Bass, but I can see them vividly in my mind! Sorry this was so long...certain questions in these posts bring back great memories that I love to re-live as I write them.
 
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First Electric was an El Degas strat copy (now heavy personalized). 47 years later I still own and play it. Of all of the guitars I've own, and there have been many, this is the one I can never part with. As for acoustics, it was an old archtop that I pried out of my father's hands.
 

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First electric guitar was pretty much like this - this one must have been well looked after, mine was already more beaten up before I got it! Audition/ Teisco 7002 or similar. It was 1973 or thereabouts, £30 second-hand with a practice amp thrown in. The whammy bar was fun but as soon as you touched it the guitar needed tuning again. Luckily punk rock was just round the corner.

Bought it from a friend who was trading up. He bought a black and white Epiphone that looked like a Strat but with humbuckers - I’ve never seen another Epi like it. He was a good friend, showed me how to play “Badge” and a load of other stuff. Happy days.
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First electric guitar was pretty much like this - this one must have been well looked after, mine was already more beaten up before I got it! Audition/ Teisco 7002 or similar. It was 1973 or thereabouts, £30 second-hand with a practice amp thrown in. The whammy bar was fun but as soon as you touched it the guitar needed tuning again. Luckily punk rock was just round the corner.

Bought it from a friend who was trading up. He bought a black and white Epiphone that looked like a Strat but with humbuckers - I’ve never seen another Epi like it. He was a good friend, showed me how to play “Badge” and a load of other stuff. Happy days. View attachment 978709
Yeah, those are weird guitars, here's the Gibson version
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My first guitar was a Kay that I acquired for 8 1/2 books of green stamps (just like the one in the pic). What a meat grinder, ugh. An Epiphone Casino w/vibrato tailpiece was my first electric guitar. The Epi and an Ampeg Gemini I were purchased on the same day in June '66 at Manny's NYC. One of the happiest days of my life!
 

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I'll switch it up to keep things interesting. My dad bought and/or gave me the first many guitars I had in my possession.

The first electric guitar I owned that I actually paid for was an Agile AL3100. Looked like this. Very nice guitar. Heavy. Shouldn't have sold it, but there it is.

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First acoustic guitar I owned that I actually paid for was a Yamaha FG800. Best $200 I've spent on a guitar. Still got it.

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my first electric: a Hagstrom "Kent", probably 60's, I acquired in december 1974, like this one, very thin neck...

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my first acoustic was a Hohner, 1976, cheap, sunburst, gigged with it and took it to college with me, still play it when i'm visiting my niece in New Mexico
 

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A horrible Hagström SGish electric with a clunky bolt-on neck and a vibrato that always threw the bugger out of tune. None of which mattered of course, so I merrily kept on torturing my folks by playing (to use the verb extremely broadly) it through a tube radio at full blast all the time :D Was about ten or thereabouts and just loved the distortion...
 

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A horrible Hagström SGish electric with a clunky bolt-on neck and a vibrato that always threw the bugger out of tune. None of which mattered of course, so I merrily kept on torturing my folks by playing (to use the verb extremely broadly) it through a tube radio at full blast all the time :D Was about ten or thereabouts and just loved the distortion...
I can remember when I first started not knowing what distortion was except that I liked it so imagine me playing Dixie with the gain turned all the way up lol
 

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First guitar was one like this. $13.50 tax included from Thrifty Drug Store, summer 1970. Mowed lawns at a buck a pop for it. Cheese cutter action, wouldn't stay in tune.
 

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My first guitar was a Stella by Harmony acoustic, which was apparently the Sears Roebuck brand of cheapo Harmony's, and it was my dads (he is not a guitarist!). It only had the A and G strings and when my mom took it to a repair shop the fella apparently told her it wasn't worth it. I kept playing with it until I had the basic idea of "Bad to the Bone" figured out, and which point my folks had the good sense to buy me a real guitar, which was a blue burst finished Johnson acoustic student guitar. Many Nirvana songs and "Over the Hills and Far Away" intros later, and with a few paychecks from McDonalds, I got an Ibanez AX120 and a Line 6 Spider II, thus unleashing years of bad high gain Zeppelin from my bedroom.
 

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The first guitar I started learning on was a beat-up old Hawaiian slide guitar my mom played in the '40s and '50s. It had a square neck and the kind of action you'd expect on a slide guitar. I was too young and stupid to even know how bad it was.

Once I showed I was actually determined to learn guitar by slicing my fingers to ribbons on that lap guitar, I got my first real guitar as a Xmas present ~1969: a Silvertone 633. It lasted a long time, and eventually I gave it to my nephew's son. He still has it.

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I went electric with an Epiphone EA 250, bought ~1974 with all the money I earned in an entire summer. After a couple years, it went as a trade-in on a used Gibson Les Paul Signature.

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