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Your First Guitar With Your "OWN" Money...When and What?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by telefunken, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. telefunken

    telefunken Friend of Leo's

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    I recently started to play with the guitar I bought with my own money from a summer job. Got me to thinking about what's everyone's first self-bought guitar.

    Mine= 1982 Kramer Pacer Carrera

    I bought it new when I was 16yrs old.
     
  2. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    My parents did not support and even actively discouraged my musical endeavors.
    Therefore every single instrument I ever owned I purchased with my own money.
    My first was a cheap used classical I got for $50 when I was 16. Around 1973.
     
  3. Bulldog87

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    Red Epiphone SG Junior for about $100 when I was in college. Prior to that my dad had bought me a squier electric and a no-name acoustic. I've bought all the rest since
     
  4. tiskit86

    tiskit86 Friend of Leo's

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    LP Studio Lite in trans gold. First real job after college and had just started learning a year earlier on my father's '50 Gibson L4.


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    Didn't actually last that long. Traded it in for a SRV signature strat w/in 6 months.
     
  5. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yamaha FG335 acoustic. Bought it new in 1979. I worked 169 hours at $1/hr for it.
     
  6. brookdalebill

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    I am/was lucky.
    I had the full, loving support of my parents in my guitar odyssey.
    I was given good instruments, and had a great first teacher.
    The first guitar I bought with my own money was a Yamaki D-28 copy.
    I bought it at Piano and Organ Mart, in the mall (Highland) in 1972.
    It cost $149.95.
    I was 14.
    It sounded and played great, and I about wore it out.
    The first electric I bought with my own money was a 1968 Gibson Les Paul gold top.
    I bought in 1973, when I was 16.
    It cost $350.00
    I am/was indeed lucky!
     
  7. tfsails

    tfsails Friend of Leo's

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    A nameless cheap acoustic dreadnaught I bought in 1969 at the Chanute AFB BX when I was in the Air Force. It wasn't a very good guitar, but then I wasn't a very good guitar player. I sold it to another AF guy when I got orders to my first duty station because I had no car and no means to carry it on an airliner.
     
  8. wango55

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    I was very fortunate - my parents bought my brother and I a MIM Standard strat when we were in high school to learn with and share. My HS graduation present was an Ibanez AR250 - but I took my strat with me to college (since I wouldn't have to worry as much about anything happening to it). Once I graduated college and got my first real job, I used my first paycheck to purchase the guitar I had always wanted. Coincidentally, my local music store which no longer carried Gibsons, had one in on consignment - an SG Standard in Heritage Cherry. It's still one of my favorites and one I'll pass down to my son someday.
     
  9. Big_Bend

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    I was 18 in 1982, I just graduated high school when I bought my first guitar with my own money. My parents never bought me anything musical related.

    A 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty, which I still own. I paid $500 for it.

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  10. VWAmTele

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    First electric - purchased new in 73.
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  11. Brad Pittiful

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    early 90s american standard strat

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    about a year or so later i bought this...tele custom

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  12. Boyd

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    It was a telecaster - either a thinline or a standard, can't remember since I owned both during the same period. I think the year was 1970. But I still have my first acoustic, a 1974 Gibson J-50.
     
  13. BobbyZ

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    Spent the summer of 82 working for my dad, staying in cheap motels, eating in greasy spoons and painting.
    Since I was 17 and living at home I got beer money and a Les Paul Custom.
     
  14. dblues

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    One like this with my paper route money. About 1967. I read recently they went for 69 dollars but it seems like I paid less then that.

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  15. telleutelleme

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    I bought a locally made mahogany acoustic on Mactan Island in the Philippines in 1967. They bent the wood wet and then just glued and lacquered them. So humid there it wasn't much of an issue. Probably a $25 investment. Brought it back to the states and it dried out and split.
     
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    It was my MIM 60s Tele, almost two years ago when I was 18.
     
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    Same for me. Mine was a Columbus Strat copy in 1978. I had to tell my mum that I'd borrowed it.
     
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    My '78 SC1200 Yammy.

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    I bought this when I switched from drums to lead in the band in 1981. Prior to that I had been given a couple of guitars from family. It was slightly used and about $400 if I recall. I wanted a tele but couldn't find a decent used one where I was and the new teles were just too expensive for me at the time. The guitar is still one of my favourites after all this time and was my only electric for over 25 years. They were quite expensive when new. A very well crafted guitar from when Yamaha were going after the high end market and beating the domestic brand quality. It's the best playing "strat" type I've played with many options on the phase switching and it's never failed.
     
  19. Octave Doctor

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    The first acoustic was a new Yamaha FG-160

    The first electric was an original Danelectro 1 pup, $10.00 at a little store in Fairmont in 1973.
     
  20. Brad Pittiful

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    i guess i should add i bought an amp the same day i bought the guitar...for obvious reasons
     
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