Your first 3 guitars

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  1. Otisblove

    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I’ve seen a lot of (and may have started some) “what was your first guitar” threads, but how about your first THREE, in order?

    Here were mine. I no longer own any of them and these are not pictures of my actual guitars, but they’re close. I think.

    #1 - Kay Star-Ter Series
    I remember nothing about it but that it was red and it was my first guitar.

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    #2 Lotus Les Paul copy
    I remember nothing about it except that I didn’t like it and it was silverburst. I seem to remember it being silver and black, but I can only find pictures of this silver and gray Lotus on the internet, so it probably looked like this.

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    #3 G&L SC-3
    My first really good guitar. After a year or so I traded up with the music store I bought it at (Don Lynn’s in Plainfield, Indiana) for a G&L ASAT Special that I still have. Wish I still had this one.

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    Can’t keep ‘em straight anymore. There was a Teisco Spectrum 4, a Norma acoustic, and a Teisco hollow body, but exactly when they came and went is a blur.
     
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    Horrible 1975 Harmony Stella acoustic. Suitable for slide playing. I learned barre chords on it. Pickguard attached to the top with screws! No images.

    Used Japanese Kingston pseudo Strat. Barre chords were easy. Had a nice neck really. Wish I had kept that...


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    Used 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom - still have the beast. :)


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    Yamaha FG 35 acoustic, Ibanez acoustic (forget model) and cheapie strat copy. I think it was a Pro Session? Piece of junk. After that it was an MIM strat on onward.
     
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    Started music life as a bassist.

    1) Yamaha Attitude Standard Blue Sparkle age 12

    2) Martin DM age 17

    3) Epiphone Thunderbird age 19

    Bonus first three mid life electrics

    1) American Standard Strat

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    I have almost zero photos of me taken over my life. However I have this old one from college sometime in the 70s, jamming at a 'Gong Show' in the dorm. It contains my 2nd and 3rd guitars, the first being a long lost acoustic. If I had either of these guitars, I'd still be playing them:

    Number two was a white Crestwood LP copy, plywood, that I put DiMarzio Super Distortions in. It was quite light, I could play it behind my head.

    Number three, being played by a friend, was a sunburst Electra MPC.

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    Amps were mine too. Obviously, the photographer was focused on something else, the folks getting ready to put on a sketch.
     
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    Photographers know where to focus. :p

    I did this too, early on. Likely not well. :)

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    And this... early on. Likely not well. :oops:

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    I have no pics of them, and all three are long gone.

    I first tried (and failed) to learn guitar in my 30’s in the 1990s.

    Man does that feel like a long time ago right now.

    I started with a super cheap Yamaha Super Strat looking thing with an even cheaper solid state amp.

    I eventually sold that and got an American Standard Tele, blonde, that had Texas Special pickups installed.

    And I bought a Fender Blues Deluxe amp.

    Just before the bottom fell out of the world in September 2001 and I had to sell everything of value I had to keep from losing my house, I bought my first real Strat—Fender called it the Deluxe Super Strat. Which was an idiotic name. I can’t remember if it was the blue or 3tb one, but I do remember finally understanding why people loved Strats so much.

    I only had it for a couple of months before I had to sell it, but it was a nice guitar.

    I didn’t get back into music again for over a decade.
     
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    I've owned so many after those two that weren't even remotely memorable. Maybe 10 or more? The next guitar that I kept though was a 50's classic series stratocaster MIM in daphne blue. Love that one!
     
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    2) Yamaha FG400A acoustic that I got in my early teens after I actually learned a few chords.
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