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Danerada
12-04-2012, 10:41 AM
So When I first started playing I bought a cheap Epiphone acoustic. After a couple of years I bought a Guild D4 and didn't pick the Epi up again. A few months after that my mother has a friend that she was in group therapy with who played guitar, but hadn't played in a while and thought it may be therapeutic to pick it up again, but had no means to buy one. My mom asked me if she could have the Epi and I gave it to my mom so she could give it to the lady.

I have a niece that wanted to learn to play and she was working very hard to learn, so I gave her a cheapo hollow body I had sitting around (after a good setup and cleaning) and she loves it.

My son was learning to play so I gave him one of my Larrivees...he has since given it back because he stopped playing, but he still picks it up now and then.

I have given a few more away, but no need to go into all of them. My point/question is have you ever given a guitar to someone? I love to see people falling in love with the guitar and then being able to hook them up. I am not always in a position to do so, but when I am it is one of my favorite things to do. I don't do it so I feel good about myself, because truth be told, I would rather keep my guitars. I do it because it brings joy and sometimes healing to someone...

Anyone else????

Rango
12-04-2012, 11:07 AM
I took a High school kid that was in my very extended family (long story omitted...) with no strong "Dad" figure with me to Guitar Center just to look.... I knew this kid was smart, but could go either way.... I was off looking at stuff and he was playing this Red Squire Strat. It was Christmas time and they had them on some super sale. I asked him if he liked it and he just glowed. I bought it for him on the spot. I also gave him a multi effects pedal with a head phone out so he could play. From the reports I got though the grape vine...he played that guitar a lot.

He's an Avionics Tech for the C-5A in the Air Force now, just made SGT. and is stationed in Spain.

I like to think it was money well spent. :D

Boogie
12-04-2012, 11:11 AM
The gift of music is timeless and peerless, and just goes to show how much you freakin' ROCK! :cool:

Danerada
12-04-2012, 11:26 AM
and just goes to show how much you freakin' ROCK! :cool:

Nah - I know there are others here that have done the same thing and more...I would like to hear about it is all.

David Eaton
12-04-2012, 11:29 AM
Yeah, a Ovation guitar, a couple of amps at different times (Fender Ultra Chorus, Peavey Classic 30), some effects. Usually surplus stuff I wasn't using, or wouldn't use after a new purchase. Usually given to people who had real use for the gear (a couple of them played regularly in their churches with sub par gear) but didn't have the financial means to upgrade.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 11:30 AM
Yeah, a Ovation guitar, a couple of amps at different times (Fender Ultra Chorus, Peavey Classic 30), some effects. Usually surplus stuff I wasn't using, or wouldn't use after a new purchase. Usually given to people who had real use for the gear (a couple of them played regularly in their churches with sub par gear) but didn't have the financial means to upgrade.

Nice man...

Danerada
12-04-2012, 11:31 AM
I took a High school kid that was in my very extended family (long story omitted...) with no strong "Dad" figure with me to Guitar Center just to look.... I knew this kid was smart, but could go either way.... I was off looking at stuff and he was playing this Red Squire Strat. It was Christmas time and they had them on some super sale. I asked him if he liked it and he just glowed. I bought it for him on the spot. I also gave him a multi effects pedal with a head phone out so he could play. From the reports I got though the grape vine...he played that guitar a lot.

He's an Avionics Tech for the C-5A in the Air Force now, just made SGT. and is stationed in Spain.

I like to think it was money well spent. :D

Good stuff...

Mikegarveyblues
12-04-2012, 11:34 AM
Yup, i've given guitars and amps away in the past to friends and family.

They where just cheap ones mind you!!!

My girlfriend is a teacher in a primary school so i've already decided that a couple of my other cheap guitars (An acoustic and electric) will be donated to her school once i've got my use or need to make more room.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 11:36 AM
Yup, i've given guitars and amps away in the past to friends and family.

They where just cheap ones mind you!!!

My girlfriend is a teacher in a primary school so i've already decided that a couple of my other cheap guitars (An acoustic and electric) will be donated to her school once i've got my use or need to make more room.

Outstanding...I've donated amps to a Church Youth band and I love the idea of giving to a school...

Hopeful Sinner
12-04-2012, 11:54 AM
My nephew Kelsey has watched me play guitar since he was very young. He was always mesmerized by it but for one reason or another neither of his parents would ever get him a guitar. So I had acquired a ton of gear from a friend in a trade and I went through it and put together the easiest playing guitar, after a quick setup, which was a Yamaha HSS so he could get a wide range of tones and a Peavey Supreme amp that was surprisingly versatile and not bad at all for solid state...
Well, I wish there was a "happy" ending but it never "took". He quit playing after a couple years. But, he will not get rid of that guitar or amp for anything! His mom says when it comes up he just says No, my uncle Jon got me that! Warms my heart and maybe, just maybe one day he will pick it back up if it stays in that room!

AP515
12-04-2012, 12:34 PM
There are a number of disadvantaged kids in my church. About 7 of them asked me to teach them all to play guitar after seeing me play at a church talent show. After a few weeks of loaning them my SE's to learn, I found 5 Squier strats (2 did have guitars already) and cheap SS practice amps on CL for the ones that still needed guitars. One has gone on to play really well. One switched to drums and another the bass. The others drifted off like kids do, but a new round of kids want to learn at times and they get the guitars from the kids already through the system and I teach the new ones on the same old guitars. It works....

WEDGE
12-04-2012, 12:34 PM
My nephew on the wifes side is 11 and has been playinng the ukelele, and is dad has a Martin that he does not get to touch. When I went to Maine for Thanksgiving I took up a Squier strat and a Squier sidekick 15 amp with all the goodies like strap, cables, etc for my nephew. He lit up like one of us had been given a Private Stock!

Danerada
12-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Great stories fellas. Keep 'em coming.

Jet Whitey
12-04-2012, 12:56 PM
I gave away a thinline Yamaha acoustic to a friends kid....it was my take to Mexico Beach guitar. I was given a VW giveaway guitar and I passed it on to another friends kid that wanted to learn. I knew some dude in Maryland wanted a "Birth Year" guitar and it's something I've wanted also for years, but 1964 seems to be the year stuff jumps in price! He was born in 1965 and another friend of mine was giving up his 65 Gibby MM......Another friend and I decided he needed it for his B'day!! Karma's a GOOD thing!!!

Aeetus
12-04-2012, 01:26 PM
I've given a few things away over the years for various reasons. A couple of 4 x 12's (Orange and Marshall), Carlsbro Valve head, Classic 30, Epi '65 ri SG with Maestro, Yamaha YSG, some pedals and pick ups....Sometimes people are just down on their luck, sometimes they just really liked something I wasn't using much, sometimes I had multiples of the same thing. Even though my gear is nothing compared to some of the collections on here I feel extremely privileged to have what I do have, and if I can make someone's day it's all good. My own gear selection is nothing like what it was 3 years ago, had to sell loads off when the economy bombed but I kept my favourites.

sergiodeblanc
12-04-2012, 01:32 PM
Yes, and just recently a Squire Bronco bass to an older friend who has just retired. He has money, but just needed a little push to get started.

LSchefman
12-04-2012, 02:15 PM
When my son was 4 I had a mini-Strat made for him. It's still in the family. I also gave him a PRS CU22 Soapbar when he turned 14, later a nice acoustic guitar. Over the years, most of his birthday or holiday presents have been music-related.

t.shamone
12-04-2012, 03:03 PM
If I remember correctly, I believe I've given away five guitars, all in Jamaica. The first guitar I gave away was during my second trip down in '84.
I met Maurice the year before and decided a guitar would be a great accompaniment to the singing and drums. "Reds" still has it today.
Anytime I got a acoustic that I knew I would not use, I would pass it along. I would also bring down strings, tuners, end pins etc.
The look in their eyes when you hand a set of strings lasts a lifetime.

wilerty
12-04-2012, 03:41 PM
I've given three guitars to my son over 16 years including a Strat, PRS SE, and a Bass. In addition I have given two acoustics and one electric to two neices and one nephew, when they were all about eighteen. They all still play and it was wonderful to give the gift of music. I've been playing 50 years and wanted to pass it on ...

veinbuster
12-04-2012, 04:57 PM
I keep the stuff I grow out of just so I can find it a new home.
I hate seeing someone try to learn guitar on a total piece of junk because I know how frustrating it can be - and how easy that makes it to quit prematurely. I usually have between 3 & 5 guitars in that state. I present it like this "Keep it as long as you want. If you get tired of guitar, bring it back and I'll find it a new home."
Last summer I had to sell one of them for $15 because the guy was too proud to take a gift.
I only have 2 such right now - one for someone 7-12 or so and one full sized.

Michael B
12-04-2012, 05:44 PM
I have as well...years ago I gave my nephew a nice BC Rich, which I found out later he sold. Gave a couple friends acoustic guitars, not real nice ones. And I gave a guy I knew son a epi electric a small amp and a distortion pedal cause he liked guitars and i knew his father would never get him one...that kid ALWAYS waves when I drive by....makes my day cause I know how much he liked getting the guitar and amp!!

Goldtop
12-04-2012, 07:32 PM
I'm thankful to say that I've given away several guitars over the years, and I've never once regretted it. Some Fender Strats, some Takamine acoustics, a Randall RG 80 once a few years ago. Not to get into too many details, but just a few months ago I donated a Washburn over on VR. Really, though, all I did there was give the guitar. I don't have a camera, so I got in touch with a member there (he's a member here too I think), and he did all the leg work. But together we helped someone who needed it, and that's what matters.

I only managed to keep in touch with one person that I gave something to years ago, and that was an older woman down around Dallas. (I gave her a Takamine.) She still cries when she talks about it, which means so much to me. She's a nice lady with a rough life. I wish I could have done more for her.

Goldtop

38Roars
12-04-2012, 07:49 PM
Honestly I have given away at least 6 guitars.... Some to buddies that needed them, some to beginners.....
Also, gave a PRS Studio to my daughters husband about a year ago, however he was being such a douche about 6 months ago I took it back and sold it. When she asked why, I told HIM he didn't deserve it anymore. That got his attention and I will forgive but not forget!

Buildermike
12-04-2012, 08:15 PM
I've donated my used acoustics to our school system as well as my children's instruments they no longer used. Those programs were greatly appreciative of the donations. I've also gave one of mine or purchased instruments for my nieces and nephews when they asked since it was important to foster that interest.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 08:33 PM
This is great stuff you all....

bluefade
12-04-2012, 08:50 PM
I've decided,before i die,to give my private stock guitar to one of the large music schools. my only request, on doing that, would be that the school award the guitar to their most outstanding student to be used in the pursuit of their career.

markie
12-04-2012, 09:16 PM
I get one of Phenny's Guitars if he kicks the bucket before I do............................. Does that count :dontknow:

Danerada
12-04-2012, 09:53 PM
I get one of Phenny's Guitars if he kicks the bucket before I do............................. Does that count :dontknow:

As long as it's not the one with that ugly wide stripe on it...:)

Dancing Frog
12-04-2012, 10:23 PM
Yes, I have given away three. My first guitar, a Univox Les Paul, went to a former roommate along with a Stage 400 and an Aria Pro Acoustic. Then, I gave a kid my '69 Telecaster Thin Reissue with early Joe Bardens. He needed a decent guitar for a band, and I already had better Telecaster like guitars with my Johnny Hiland and my 305 Proto. He killed with it.

Herr Squid
12-04-2012, 10:25 PM
I gave away my first electric guitar (a Kramer Focus HSS superstrat-oid) to a friend of my brother's in about 1989. He was infatuated with guitars and dead broke. I'd just bought a brand new Fender HM Strat, which made the Kramer totally redundant. Felt good! I've never regretted it.

11top
12-04-2012, 10:29 PM
As long as it's not the one with that ugly wide stripe on it...:)

Yeah, it's a chubby little stripe.

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x131/jimbobisincinerated/miss-chubuary.jpg

Markie, I'm livin' by the Stephen Wright motto: "I'm going to live forever; so far, so good."

Danerada
12-05-2012, 08:11 AM
I knew there were some good hearted people on this forum. I am happy to see the big hearts and giving attitudes present here.

Elchinodelgado
12-06-2012, 04:47 AM
I've given away two guitars: An Epi LP Special II to a very close friend who wanted to learn how to play and didn't have money for an electric guitar. The second one was an acoustic, not a brand but a low end model, to an uncle for him to play in the church's choir.

solacematt
12-06-2012, 10:23 AM
I had a friend years back who was going through a lot in her personal life and really wanted to learn the instrument, so I taught her a bit and gave her this random Yamaha acoustic to replace this old beat up one she had that couldn't keep tune. I figured if it stayed in tune it wouldn't be so frustrating for her, god knows she had enough on her mind and didn't need something else added to the pile.

vchizzle
12-07-2012, 10:57 AM
My fiancee and I gave her son a bass and amp. She finds it absurd how much I'm willing spend even on accessory type stuff. She doesn't really get it other than seeing the stupid amount of stuff I buy. But, my dad got me going this way and I love doing it for him. He's getting pretty good too. To the point where I'm gonna pick up a drum program of some sort and start writing/recording some stuff with him...he doesn't know about it yet, but I know he'll be excited.