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Your First Electric Guitar (and, do you still have it?)


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Hi All,

 

What was your first Electric Guitar, and do you still have it?

Mine, was a 1964 Fender Stratocaster, 3 tone sunburst with

rosewood fingerboard. And, Yes, I still have, and cherish it!

Had to get that, because Buddy Holly had a "Strat!"

2nd Electic was a Gretsch Country Gent (1965), 'cause "George" had one! I sold it (foolishly)!

3rd Epiphone Casino (1966) 'cause "John" had one.

OK, I'll stop there, because there are too many, now, to list.

 

How about you guys/gals?

 

CB

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My first electric was a Tiesco Del Ray, second a Vox Phantom - No, I don't still have them, thank God. My first acoustic was a $13 Stella. i actuallyhad that until a year or so ago when a friend needed an acoustic for his 8 yr. old son to learn on which was how old I was in 64 when I started.

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Eight, huh....bluesstringer? Good for you! I was all of 12, when I got my first guitar (A "Western Auto" Truetone, flat top that was nearly

impossible to play, the action was so high), and 14, when I got the Strat (new, in 1964)...as a birthday gift, from my Mother.

 

Haven't been the same, since...lol!

 

CB

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God, you guys are old.... :-

 

My first guitar was a bass... A "Montaya"... Some short-scale Japanese POS made outta bananawood (actually, I think it was particle board..) with a god-awful sunburst.. This was back when "Made in Japan" really meant something!

 

My first six string was also a Japanese POS... Can't remember what the "brand name" was... It was a bad copy of a Gibson hummingbird.. Also with a god-awful burst.

 

My first electric was a Harmony Jaguar copy.. I actually loved that guitar.. I wish I still had that guitar.. Even though it was butt-ugly with a (you guessed it) god-awful burst.. I don't know when it was made, but it might be worth something today..

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Here's mine.

 

My first roommate bought it for me on my 19th birthday in 1987. It's a Mako strat copy.

 

I always hated the head stock because it wasn't a Fender, so I did the faux Rasta work on it.

 

Probably around 1990 it was also 'upgraded' with Fender Squier pickups and pots.

 

To this day, it's never stayed in tune for more than 30 seconds, but it's my first guit and I've still got it.

 

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My first electric guitar was a Penneys Penncrest, early '60s, ugly sunburst. It was a really crumby guitar, but at the time I thought it was hot. I saved up for it from my paper route, I was 12. I don't have a clue what my first amp was. My dad owned an electroncs store and he gave me some kind of an amp to use for a hi-fi, I wished I still had it. He helped me build a speaker cab for it. It's all long gone. I remember going to the music store as a teenager and wishing I could afford a nice Fender or Vox amp and a Strat. Only in my dreams.

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God' date=' you guys are old.... O:)

 

My first electric was a Harmony Jaguar copy.. I actually loved that guitar.. I wish I still had that guitar.. Even though it was butt-ugly with a (you guessed it) god-awful burst.. I don't know when it was made, but it might be worth something today..

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Well....I'm as "old as dirt," as they say. Mind and body! LOL! My good friend had that same Harmony Jaguar copy, and prior to my getting the "Strat," he used to let me play on it, sometimes. Compared to my "Truetone" it seemed like it

played itself!

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First electric guitar was a 1970 Gibson ES-330 - I still have it.

 

First flat-top guitar was an Epiphone - unknown model, the serial number and model number on the tag is faded but it does say Epiphone Company, Kalamazoo MI, Made in Japan - I still have it

 

First bass was an Faux-Fender J bass - I still have it.

 

First sax, Selmer Modele 26 - I don't have it (wish I did, they are worth a fortune now)

 

First flute, Ida Maria Grassi - unknown model - I still have it but it's worthless

 

First keyboard - Yamaha PS6100 - I don't have it.

 

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Hmmm....it was around 1979 or so.

Have no idea what make it was.

But if you have ever seen a guitar at a yard sale for around $25, its was probably one of those. I'm sure you all have seen what I am talking about. Strat shape, ugly color, cross between a tobacco and ultra ugly sunburst.

I kept it "stock" for about a month then made my own body out of 2 pieces of inch thick plywood (soaked in thinned out epoxy). Then carved it into an explorer type shape. Except the I made the horn curved. It sounded better after that.

 

My first REAL guitar was a black Ibanez Les Paul (bolt on neck) with an SD pickup in the bridge. Went into a music store planning to buy a Strat (had $600 cash with me), and the Ibanez was the first guitar I saw. I thought it looked sooooo cool (I was 20-21). Had a really wide neck. But I liked it. I bought that around 1980-1981.

 

Many years later (about a year ago), whats the first guitar I bought? (I had quit playing electric for awhile) a black Epiphone Les Paul Standard O:)

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My very first guitar was an Italian made acoustic. Can't remember the name. I gave it to a friend of mine who wanted to learn.

 

My first electric was a Hofner Verithin, a sort of 335 copy. It was in very poor shape when I got it but it was dirt cheap. I was recommended someone in LA who could restore it to its former glory, but he made a mess of it, and it played worse when I got it back! I ended up throwing it away when I bought a Strat.

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My first "real guitar" was one of these, a 1971 Sg "Pro". mine still had the Gibson "Bigsby".

I'd owned a few pawn shop junkers but this was my first playable guitar..wound up trading it for a late 70's Fender strat. Wound up not liking that one so much...traded it for a Les Paul Recording guitar..and so on.

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My first electric guitar was a Synsonics Pro Series Strat in 1998. (Does that make you feel old or young?) Before that I played my Dad's unused (for 20 years) acoustic guitar, but simply couldn't stomach the "acoustic" part since my passion was classic 70's rock. I still have it (and have beaten the hell out of it)!! Terrible guitar, but it served as the stepping stone I needed to fall in love with the guitar. I'll never sell it because it opened the door to a love for guitars that I don't think will ever die.

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What was your first Electric Guitar' date=' and do you still have it?

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I got my first guitar 12/25/64, a red Domino with a small Supro amp. I haven't been able to find one exactly like it, but I did find a Sunburst Custom Kraft which is the same guitar:

 

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My second guitar was and Ideal copy of a Rickenbacker 12 string, and last year I actually found one on the 'Bay:

 

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I have it strung as a six string, which I often did in the day. The pickups, bridge, knobs & tuners are not original, but I do have the original parts.

 

The originals are long gone...

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God' date=' you guys are old.... O:)

 

My first electric was a Harmony Jaguar copy.. I actually loved that guitar.. I wish I still had that guitar.. Even though it was butt-ugly with a (you guessed it) god-awful burst.. I don't know when it was made, but it might be worth something today.. [/quote']

 

Yes, we (I) am old and not getting any younger either...tempus fugit..

 

My first electric was a Harmony Meteor..back in the the summer of '65..played

it till my fingers bled.."Jimmy" quit, and the lead singer "Joanie" got married...

 

anyway..I loved that guitar..it was Harmony's copy (i think) of the ES-335.

Nice burst, addon Bigsby and De-armond style p_ups. Sure wish I had it today...

along with the Riviera and Guild Mk II classic that I foolishly sold back then,,,

now I'm just an ole man playing my ole man archtops..

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First electric was a Tiesco Hiett Deluxe 3/4 size I got back about 25 years ago for 10 bucks...yeap still got it.

First acoustic I got when I was about 8 or 9 a Sears...tuned it so all I had to do was pick the strings to play Tom Dooley, at about 14 some friend of a friend showed me how to tune it and 3 or 4 cords and I was playing a real song "rolling on the river" CCR style. Don't have it...little brother trashed it. Next was a Winston acoustic I got for 10 bucks...still have it and still play it every now and then...even tho it has seen better days...not the best guitar, but it has mojo memories.

Capt

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First electric was a Harmony with a strat shape. The pickups were some kind of strange affair that you could sing through and get a distorted sound from your voice (lol). It got me through my first band days and I picked up a Hagstrom 3 pickup guitar from the music store where I taught beginner music lessons after school. My first "real" guitar also came from that store...a cherry red Mosrite, just like the one on the early Ventures album. I don't have any of those still in my possession. I had to trade each time to be able to afford the next one. I wish I still had the Mosrite...

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