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What was the first guitar you ever bought and where did you buy it?

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My first guitar was a black Columbus LP copy, bought for £45 in 1984, from a little music shop in Southbourne - can't remember the name. Lovely guy named Bernie was the proprieter. It was the first of three I bought from him - I also bought a blue Aria Pro II and a tobacco sunburst Strat. I don't have any of them any more, but I did gig the Aria for a couple of years.

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My first guitar was the cheapest Kay available, my mother got it with three (?) books of Top Value Yellow Stamps, 1961 or '62. The first guitar I bought was a fairly nice Japanese classical, December '64 from a long gone little music store on Broadway in New Haven, CT., cost around $75. Moved up to my Guild F-212 summer of '65 (Banko's House of Music, Ansonia, CT).

Brad

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Summer of '63. Des Moines Music in downtown across the street from the Yonkers department store. Dunno what happened to it - maybe Aster has an idea or two.

 

It was a cheap import no-name classical that was surprisingly playable regardless.

 

I think I spent maybe $50 for the guitar, cardboard case, Pete Seeger's Folksinger's Guitar Guide and a paperback batch of material from Singout magazine. And a decent set of strings, strap and pitchpipe. I still have the strap and pitchpipe along with the two books. The guitar is long, long gone.

 

I'd been playing trumpet in everything from a rock/jazz band to high school marching/concert bands to even a little bit of orchestral stuff regardless that I was a horrid sightreader.

 

But I'd been around the folkie scene enough to know the guitar was too much fun to ignore and that some day I could play anything from Bach to cowboy, jazz to even a rock and roll. A cupla years later loss of my front teeth led to the end of trumpet playing. It was a good thing I'd been pickin', 'cuz I kept doing more and more ... a rock band, then another couple of 'em, then country and...

 

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Well, here's my wife hanging out with him a few years ago. [biggrin]

 

THAT IS SERIOUSLY COOL! Hope you don't mind me saying so, Searcy, but I love everything about that picure.

That has really put a big smile on my face.

Thanks so much for posting that photo.

 

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My first guitar was a no-name beat-up old acoustic. Bought it for $1.00 form a friend down the street. Didn't know how to play. Played Smoke on the Water on the low E-String. My first electric was a $40.00 Grandpa Pidgeon's special. Barely playable, high action, didn't know anything about adjusting it, just banged out chords the best I could.

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