Your first ever guitar?

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  1. Silverman

    Silverman Strat-Talker

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    Do you still own it? My first was an Epiphone Les Paul Special II. I got rid of it shortly after I played a Classsic Vibe 60s strat in the stores.

    If you still have it, let's see a pic!
     
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  2. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    Do not have an image of #1. It was a 1975 Harmony acoustic. The action would have worked well for slide, but I persisted. Learned barre chords on it. The scratchplate was fastened with three little screws.

    Here is #2, a 60s(?) Japanese Kingston electric Fender-something. Had a nice neck really.

    Wished I had the forethought to save both for nostalgia sake.

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    I still have #3. Probably the oldest image I have of it - 1977:

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    The most recent image:

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  3. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    My first guitar was a 1/2 scale, vacuum-formed plastic toy that came shrink-wrapped to a cardboard backing. It was yellow and blue, had plastic frets and nylon strings attached to friction pegs. I was 10 and talked about nothing but guitars. My dad gave me the plastic toy and said, “Learn to play that and we’ll see about something better.”

    I showed him. :cool:
     
  4. fretter

    fretter Strat-O-Master

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    Mine was a used Hondo Formula 1, neck-through, tremolo bridge but missing the bar. The end of the long fin was beat up, so I sawed off the jagged edges and painted the stump black. I found a soft case for it and then sold the whole thing for cheap. It seemed like a worthless guitar in the 90s but they're quite collectible now. It looked identical to this one (without the sticker, although for a while I had a Mercedes star on mine. The selector switch should be Gibson style):

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  5. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I wish... I had a Sears Jr. sized acoustic when I was 11 in 1975. It was horrible but I took it to a local luthier in 1987 and had it completely fixed up so a friend of mine who wasn't financially stable could give it to her kid for Christmas. I have no idea what happened to it.

    I still have my firs good guitar though. I bought it 39 years ago. 1981 Ibanez AS100. I even bought it a buddy recently, also a 1981 AS100. The original is on the left.

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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    Loooooong gone. Some beginner acoustic.
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    I got an Alvarez acoustic. My mom splurged on the $250 price tag but I wore that thing out over the next 5 years or so. My friend borrowed it when I left for the army and it got passed along and passed along never to return. I miss it.
     
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  9. roadhog96

    roadhog96 Senior Stratmaster

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    Still have my first and will never sell it. It’s a Audition with Gold Foil pickups made in Japan in the early 60’s. Paid 79.95 for it new. Has a HUGE neck and sounds phenomenal.
     
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  10. T-Rey

    T-Rey Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Mine was a Harmony H802 that I got from a pawn shop when I was a kid in the 80's along with a Gorilla GG-25 amp. I was so excited to get it! I remember getting home with it that first day and plucking out "Rock n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" on the high E and scraping the pick up and down the low strings and thinking it was so awesome!
     
  11. JJ119

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    Mmmm Hmmm

    Ibanez X Series

    Still got it
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    My first guitar was a non branded red burst pluwood acoustic that I got when I was a kid. That one is gone now and has been for at least 30 years.
    My first electric was a 1995 Squier Bullet Series that my parents bought me when I was in college. I do still have it and it looks totaly different from the penguin suit black and white that ot once was.
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    Another Sears acoustic here, only in 1957. It was not near worth the $12 my parents paid for it.
     
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    A Tiesco something, kinda weird Stratish look. It was given to me. When tuned to pitch you could slide your entire hand under the strings above the 12 fret.

    I threw in the dumpster and bought a nice simple excellent Yamaha acoustic.
     
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    A Tombstone finish MIA (pre-Japan) B.C. Rich Warlock. Original HSC. Plays great. Always did. My daughter still has it.
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing

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    Yep.
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    1967 Federico Garcia Madrid. Acquired in 1967.
    Still play it arthritis permitting.
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Kramer Striker ST-something...Long since passed away.
     
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    integra evan Senior Stratmaster

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    My first guitar was a Samick 3/4 size acoustic. Nope i don't have it.
    My first electric guitar was a Gibson Les Paul Special DC Lite. Dont have the guitar but I may have a picture somewhere
     
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    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    A 1957 Sears Silvertone "something" with a small Silvertone amp of the same vintage. Bought 'em new with my saved up $'s from working on my Dad's farm!
     
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    It was one of these. Fake wood finish on a plywood body. I traded it for an amp, back about 1987. upload_2020-10-23_20-42-30.jpeg

    On every nick it got, the finish peeled off, like pilling off plastic wrap. Ibanez RS100.
     
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