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So, where did you buy your first electric guitar?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Thrup'ny Bit, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    So, when I was 12 or 13 years old, I pestered the life out of my poor old Dad, he finally gave in and I :rolleyes: bought a horrendous Japanese noname Strat "copy" for £45 from this illustrious establishment.

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    I just came across the photograph of the place and know @simoncroft and @s5tuart will remember these kinds of shops with great affection. :)


  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Guitar Showcase, San Jose, CA.
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  3. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Weeee doggie Strat-Talk Supporter

    at a music shop in Fulda Germany, back in the mid '60's.
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  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    my first electric was a gift, but the first one i ever bought with my own money was a charvel model 6 from rhythm city in atlanta.
    i think its a guitar center now.
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  5. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 19, 2012
    Canada, near the other end
    "George B Kindness & Son" in Toronto 1970. It was a violin maker/repair shop my dad frequented as well as a Gretsch dealer with a Japanese line...Ventura! I bought a Ventura 335 copy for $100 and kept it until my 71 Mustang came along only for it to be kicked to the curb not too much later by my 67 SG Custom.:cool:

    My dad owned a vintage Heinl violin purchased from the maker (who I met as a child) but didn't get along with him about repairs etc. so he took his instrument and custom to the Kindness company for life. I met George Kindness when I was very young and in later years got to know his son Bob over guitar dealings. Bob is gone now too but the respect and gratitude I have for the people and that place in my early learning years can never be matched...thanks, with all of my "Kindness":thumb:

    The violin? The instrument is currently on consignment at the instruction of my mother, with the maker @$20k+:thumb: Nice little bonus for my mum!:cool:
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  6. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    From the kitchen manager at the bar I was tending, who was getting married and selling some gear. I was talking about how I needed an electric so I could play in a band my best friend from kindergarten had invited me join.

    The kitchen manager Mike said "Yeah, I've got some guitars I'm selling. Some pretty nice ones too." I asked him how much he'd want, and he said "Between 2 and 3 hundred I guess."

    Made arrangements to meet at his house and the first guitar he showed me was a 1976 Stratocaster hardtail natural. As soon as I saw it I said "Sold! How much you want for it?"

    He said "I said between 2 and 3 hundred, right? That one's $300. But don't you want to see any others?"

    I figured he might have something better, everything he showed me was pointy metal guitars. B C Rich Warlock, Mockingbird, Jackson, Charvel. Nothing I was interested in, it was 1994 and we were going to be covering the Seattle sound bands.

  7. Bopocaster

    Bopocaster Strat-Talker

    Jan 8, 2017
    A kid in high school said he had an electric guitar and wanted $50. I said great and had my dad drive me over. Sunshine of your Love played on the radio and I took that as a good thing.
    For $50 I got my first electric a 1966 Firebird V with case. Good starter.

  8. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2017
    Nawth Alabama
    Gruhn's Guitars, Nashville, TN...back when they were on Broadway. I don't remember what I used for trading material. I couldn't afford the vintage pre-WWII L-5 they had in stock (although it would have been a great investment), so I traded for a tatty, blonde, ES-175D.
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  9. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    Bought a Series 10 off a buddy who decided to quit guitar and play bass.
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  10. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    Brian Guitars, New Haven CT

    my mom stopped by on her way home from work
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  11. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 22, 2014
    Same Shed Different Day
    First electric was a Teisco del ray, $49 out the door from a discount store..

    First Fender was in 72' or so, an old mustang $50. Hated that dang thing but it got the job done I guess.

    First Strat was from B-Sharp music in Minneapolis.
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  12. DaveyC

    DaveyC Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 21, 2016
    East Sussex
    Sunn Mustang HSS strat in white, was 1990 and it cost £90 I think.
    Should have kept it.
    It was a toss up between that and a Marlin sidewinder.
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  13. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Local guitar shop.. Not a fender dealer.. but shop sells things on consignment.. was advertised as new old stock.. 2006 MIA standard Stratocaster.. needless to say probably paid a couple of hundred dollars more because guy selling on consignment needs a piece of the pie. Lol
    But after playing it, still think it was worth every penny. Love it.
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  14. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Strat-O-Master

    Feb 13, 2014
    Lechmere, can't remember if it was the original Cambridge store or the Dedham one. It was a Cruccianelli Italian made 330 type. I was drooling over the Bandmasters they had that day but ended up with a PR.
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  15. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Actually my first guitar was 1982. B.C rich mockingbird paid $500 , that was a lot of money in the 80s.. but have heard the B.C rich mockingbird I had back in the day is worth over $3000 now.
    Must have been a rare Bird.
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  16. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    1967 - American Music - Beaverton Oregon, USA.
    I was 12. I'd been playing trumpet for five years, cello for one, and classical guitar for about three. My dad acquiesced and permitted a Fender Mustang and Vibro-Champ into his house.

    Things would never be the same again.

  17. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 10, 2016
    Rocky Mountain Way
    At a now defunct local shop here called Wagstaff Music. Bought a new 1994 Peavey Predator strat copy in black with a maple neck. Still have it, though it doesn’t see much action these days as it’s dropped down the list just a bit.;)
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  18. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    Mine was a 74 Tele I paid 150 bucks for. The guy had just bought a new LP so he ditched the Tele. I wish I still had it
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  19. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    I bought a Lotus guitar in mint condition with a really nice leather case. It was a metallic silver and identical to a Strat. I loved it but had to part with it to a pawn shop because eating was apparently far more important.
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  20. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-Talker

    Feb 27, 2012
    1970 long gone shop on Walthamstow market in E London. Single pickup Hofner Colorama £15. Complete dog (no offence to dogs!!!).
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