In truth, this was my first guitar; my brother's '65 SG Special, bought new. I got it in 1967. Still have it.
If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
-- Homer J. Simpson
My first guitar was a crappy "Univox" Les Paul goldtop copy, with a bolt-on neck. I think it was 1976 when I got it - I was 15. $90 if I recall, with a chipboard case.
After a year or so it was replaced by a Gibson L6-S, which was an enormous step forward (even if they aren't all that great in absolute terms.) But it had pretty good action and played easily. I wore out the frets on the thing in about three years, and traded it for a 1979 Hamer Sunburst which I still have. But that's another story.
1962 Fender Jaguar Sunburst - ok that was my second axe. First guitar was a US Black Strat made in mid 90's
It was a white Epiphone super strat H-S-S with a strat type trem. Bought new around 1987 IIRC. I had put a Dimarzio Super Distortion in there and sold it in 1990 in order to buy my Ibanez RG550 which I still have!
1992 PRS Cu24 Tortoise Shell, "10",Birds, Reg Neck
2005 PRS 513 Brazilian Rosewood Orange
My first guitar was an acoustic. Sigma imported by Martin. Had it for many years. My cousin's kid still has it. First electric was an Electra Les Paul clone (see my journey thread). I would probably buy it back for sentimental value.
Early 70's Hagstrom HB II. ...loved it...my version of an SG...actually really nice guitar.
First guitar? It was a fairly horrible "Global" SG copy from Montgomery Ward. 1977.
First "real" guitar? '77 Les Paul Custom that I got new (NOS?) in '79
I traded up to an Ibanez Talman in '94 and still have it. I'm too attached to that one to let it go. I'm actually doing some upgrades and will have it refretted this year for our 20th Anniversary.
This is a cool thread, lol.....brings back some horrible memories of my first "guitar." A VERY unplayable Strat knockoff in tobacco sunburst with a tremolo bar that would make the guitar go out of tune if you looked at it. Heck the thing didn't even have a name on it from what I remember. The company was most likely too embarassed to put their name on that junk! I do not have it anymore, nor would I ever want it back in my house! Haha.......dern I sure thought I was cool standing in front of the mirror holding that junk-tar listeneing to Motley Crue lol.......must have been around 14, circa 1983.
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Yes........I have OCD!
In 1972, I went to Clawson's music in Corpus Christi to pick up a 12 string Yamaha guitar. I was 15 years old, and quickly found out I needed a bigger budget to buy guitars! I left that day with a YAMAKI 12 string. It was $200 cheaper than the Yamaha, and all I could afford. I kept that guitar for 12 years and ended up selling to my boss to give to his son for Christmas. Funny he still has it as uses it for Church gigs ...
actually I never bought a Yamaha, but saved for an Ovation,.. Never got that one either....
I found my dad's old dimestore acoustic in my grandmother's attic when I was 14. The action was a mile high and it hurt like heck to fret notes with the 30 year old strings on it, so I tuned it so I could play the Star Spangled Banner and only have to fret about 4 notes the whole song (LOL!!!!) My dad took one look at what I was doing, and I think that scared him into getting me a tutorial book. 6 months or so later, when I had gotten decent at playing that old beast, they realized I was somewhat serious and got me a Yamaha electric starter pack, which made my fingers a LOT happier. Great guitar to learn on!
-I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.
SE Custom 24 25th Anniversary - SE Akesson+57/08's - SE 30 Head/Cab
I'm so psyched for beginners these days with the advent of Youtube and internet guitar lessons.
I know I already posted in this thread about my Teisco, but I have no pics of it.
It was a crappy beginners guitar I got when I was in grade school.
My second one that really got me playing more since it was better quality was a '71 or '72 Univox Les Paul copy.
Soda straw thin neck, and it played fairly well.
Here is a pic of it and me around '72 or '73 (film date says processed July of '73) so I would have been 16 at the time.
I got a '73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe for my 16th birthday in May, so not sure why I was not playing it, so I think then this pic was actually from July of '72 when I was 15.
We were on top of a semi trailer in West Seattle at the Hi-Yu parade that is about one week before Sea Fair when the hydros and Blue Angels show up.
My first guitar was a 61 or 62 Les Paul Jr. It was acqtually my dads who bought it from a guy he worked with for $100 back around 1987. I kind of took ownership of it for many years, carrying it around without a case and basically treating it like it was a $100 guitar. Wish I would have known that it was collectible, I would have taken better care of it. My dad still owns it and I did finally buy him a case for it.
Custom 24, 5909, 305, Al Di Meola Prism, Paul's Guitar, SE Angelus
Mesa Lonestar Special w/4x10 Mesa cab
My first was a 1970's Epiphone ET-270. Has two single coil p/us that are very similar to P90s. Has a bass boost (actually more like a bass cut) slider switch. Still have it. Recently saw one on ebay going for around $450... I know (back then) my parents didn't spend more than $50-$100 initiatlly. Actually made me smile to see one still out in circulation.
My first guitar back in 1978 was a black Les Paul Custom copy by Custom Kraft--essentially a Kay guitar from what I understand. It was made in Japan and served me well for many years until I could afford better instruments. No, I do not have it any longer--sold it at a garage sale. And, no, I do not want it back!
"When I'm in my head I'm in a bad Neighborhood!"
Yes, I still have my first guitar, a Supertone from the 50's that was bought by my Great Grandmother for my Great Grandfather new some time in the 50's. It's a hollowbody with "F" holes.
The top is caving in where the fretboard meets the top...
And the Fretboard is cracked up to the 9th Fret...
Despite all that it still has a great rich warm tone. Also if anyone knows any thing about these let me know. What I've told you is all I know about these guitars.
EDIT: Upon some research I found out it's made by Harmony and sold by Sears. All the musical things, i.e. instruments, record players etc., sold by sears was branded Supertone. It seems that it's a bit older than we thought as it seems the Supertone name gave way to the Silvertone name in the late 1910's and early 1920's.
EDIT 2: I found another on online that says it's a 38 so I'm not sure when the dropped the supertone name but it seems they were running both the supertone and the silvertone.
EDIT #;Last one sorry, as if anyone cares, I found out how to tell what year it is and it's a 40. Stamped inside is S-40.
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I gave that pitch some vibrato, pitches love vibrato.