Gear You Still Have From When You Began Playing

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  1. Kutt

    Kutt Well-Known Member

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    Who here still has gear from when they started playing many years ago? More specifically, gear that you look at that gives you fond memories and is special to you?

    I have lots and lots of gear, but when I see both my Charvel 475 Deluxe and my BOSS CH-1 from the early 90s, I get all warm n' fuzzy. They are my most long tenured material possessions for good reason. The Charvel was my first real guitar and was a Christmas gift from my parents when I was about 14 years old. The CH-1 was my second pedal ever (after a DOD Thrash Master) and it sounds magnificent.

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  2. Neil Skene

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    I only have two things left, my Ibanez SM9 and my 80's strat plus which is heard all over this forum.
    Had to get a loan for the strat and my Dad bought the pedal when I was in year 10 at high school 1984 I think.
    That pedal has seen some crazy times and been in some bad situations as well as good.
    Its been bashed, thrown, soaking wet, kicked around my shed floor for years, spent time in hock shops with my Strat, pulled apart and survived fights (in the shed) and even survived my brother in a rage destroying anything of mine he could see in front of him with a pick handle. I used it for a headphone amp when I had no amp.
    I took it to jams at my mates places which usually involved some sort of liquid being spilt on the floor and the pedal, It still works! It has outlived some of the people that used, were amused by or abused it including my brother.
    The Strat went through most of this as well but kept out of the way a little better.
    Wish I still had my jcm800 combo and my boss chorus from those times as well.
    All the other stuff I have now has led a super tame and quiet existence.
     
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    J Saw Well-Known Member

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    This thing has been following me since 1989.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Just recently sold an EH Big Muff from the 70's for a very pretty penny...
     
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    For me, it's a Cry Baby (first pedal I ever bought), a Boss DS-1 (first dirt pedal I ever bought) and a Hiwatt Lead 100 (my second tube amp, and one and only 100 watter). They all went through the "bar gig" years with me, had some fun times with them. Still use them today (but not as much as back in the '80s).
     
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    I remember coming back from a jam one night in this blokes old F100. Him my brother and me with all our gear in the back driving like idiots laughing like mad.
    I all of a sudden remembered (after tuning back in on the big noise I could hear) and looked out through the back window into the tray of the ute to see all our gear rolling around like boiling chunky soup. My Marshall was upside down and my brothers bass not in its case sailing past the back window.
    What a blast!
     
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    My very first left handed guitar I bought myself was a Yamaha F335 acoustic in 1980, I learned to play on that guitar and it sits to this day in the corner of my family room for me to pickup and noodle on now and then, fond memories every day I look at it. I don't have my first electric any more it was junk but I do have my first amp a Peavey Backstage combo I bought in 1982, it sits in the corner of my music room unplayed but I remember all the good times I had with it growing up. :yesway:
     
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    I have my Magnatone Zyphyr (in pieces) and a C. Bruno parlour guitar from the early 1900's (unplayable).

    The C. Bruno was a gift from my grandfather.

    It's a possible bird cage now.
     
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    Just this thing...…….
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    Bought this Showman and JBL K120 when I was 15. Built a speaker cab in shop at school (long gone) and this was my rig for several years... until I could afford my first Marshall. Sure wish I had my Firebird from back then... ShowmanFront.jpg JBL_only.JPG
     
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    Still have my first guitar, a Wes Mitchell (who?) acoustic I dug out of my friends trash. It had a broken neck. Also have my first electric, an Epi LP-100. I still play that acoustic, but not the electric.
     
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    I had a love-hate relationship with a $5 swap meet Harmony classical w case.

    Five bucks.

    Strung it w Ernie Balls, lowered the bridge bone notches, walked 2 miles of train tracks to school with that case to school for 1st period lessons every day, mounted a Dimarzio VS-1, then smashed it.

    About 4 years ago I saw the spitting image at Santa Monica Salvation Army with the same cardboard case with the same fabric covering, same rosette for $19.95.

    Asked half-heartedly if I can take it for 40% off. It went home with me in the front seat I don’t know why.

    Perhaps it was all that luggaging around on train tracks, kicking bottles cans and huge stones outta my way on the path to school like I was it’s hostage while other kids had bikes or got rides to school. But whenever I visit my locker it’s the first in the stack before the Gibson’s or anything else because I just stare at it and remember.
     
  13. Mitchell Pearrow

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    The only piece of gear I have left from the beginning!
    Is my attitude to learn to play better. Sorry guys all the old stuff has gone down the road!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    fifteenohms Well-Known Member

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    Mitch am I just stuck in a Pet Sematary sort of loop here?

    If I smash it Tuesday for example to “bury the past” you know it’s gonna show up again
     
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    I started my musical journey as a drummer. And I actually kept my very first drum sticks! I have them to this day.
     
  16. Mitchell Pearrow

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    Wow that is unbelievable
     
  17. Mitchell Pearrow

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    I didn’t smash it, but I did purchase another one (Gibson Explorer)
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    C070B8EC-F2ED-4D75-91FA-5CA11BC46662.jpeg Bought a used 1974 Fender Jazz, in 1977, for $300. From a guy down on Washington Blvd in Los Angeles when I was 16 years old. Same case and same strap. Still play it, recorded with it last week.
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    Also have an Atlas mic stand I bought at 16.

    Still have my late 60’s Kustom 200. Picked this up in ‘77 or ‘78. I used in with two Sunn 2x15’s (long gone). One of the cabs had CREAM stenciled on the back. When I bought one of the Sunns from a guy in the Valley, Randy California was there just noodling away on a guitar when I went there to get it.
     
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  19. GuitarIV

    GuitarIV Well-Known Member

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    I still have my very first electric guitar, simply because it was my first:

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    It's the Paul Stanley signature Apocalypse Pro and even though you couldn't pay me enough money to play anyones signature guitar these days I'll never sell it. It's one of the reasons I stuck to this wonderful instrument :)

    She needs a lot of work. Shitty tuners need to be replaced, new nut cut, the neck needs shimming, she's in dire need of a fret job and/or refret and a proper set of electronics and pickups wouldn't hurt either.

    I'll fix her up one day eventually. For now she's just sitting in a case.
     
  20. JimiRules

    JimiRules Well-Known Member

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    My first guitar. Even though it looks a tad different from when I first got it.

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