What Was Your Fisrt Good Guitar?

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  1. obx351

    obx351 Active Member

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    For me this is a subjective question and has two parts in two places in my lfe. My first "good" guitar was a blond '82 ES-335 dot reissue followed closely by my first "good" vintage guitar, a '58 Les Paul TV Special. Both were bought in the early 90s and, like the [email protected]$$ I was, were sold both in the late 90s. My restart 15+ years ago started with an '01 R8 sunburst followed closely by a red '64 ES-335 (bottom photo on the
    left), both still in my possession.
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  2. guitronics

    guitronics New Member

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    Man,what a deal....was it used when you got it?
     
  3. TST

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    My first "good" guitar was the very first guitar I bought, an Ibanez Gio. It was the cheapest cool looking guitar I could afford with a Humbucker. Held up pretty well when I had it. I wish I didn't sell it as it had all the memories.
     
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    I bought an Epiphone with Gibson pickups in them about 8 years ago when there was an economic downturn and so Gibson was trying to upgrade the Epiphones to make them appealing and affordable. Little did they know they were a little too good. I haven't bought a Gibson ever and the way Epiphone did NAMM tells me nothing has changed my mind either.
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Aw man ,that's horrible (because Im a lifelong Raider fan ,always wanted a silverburst)
    I was 21 in '84 ,so I was just on the edge of goin' either way. Thankfully, I was not swayed by the lure of the super strats ........Doesn't mean I didn't end up trading off a couple Les Pauls
     
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  6. nkd

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    A '71 Ibanez Les Paul Custom bought in '74, I still own it.
     
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  7. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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  8. Baldmusic

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    OK, subjective question:
    At about 18 after a series of 'entry level' guitars I bought a brand new black RG550 for $1499 NZD - my dream guitar. It was completely the wrong thing for me, but I was green and enthusiastic! Terrible choice, I should have bought a amazing Paisley Strat that I was torn between at the time. Long since sold.

    A couple of years later I bought an Ibanez Blazer - best guitar I ever bought. I still have it and play it regularly.

    Another I bought in my early days and should have kept was a lawsuit Ibanez 'Firebird'. An amazing guitar, it was absolutely mint - this would have been late 90's. I sold it to a Japanese collector who flew out to personally collect it, along with several other early Ibanez's I sold at the time from my collection.

    PS - a bunch of guys on here still own guitars that they bought new well before I was born ('78). Respect! I would have owned 100's of guitars over the years, but have only kept the Blazer - everything else is for sale at the right price, or until my a bout of GAS hits...
     
  9. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Ya never know what you might like down the road.
    What is the question BTW?
     
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  10. Gene 689

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    Hi all,
    My first guitar to learn on was a Marlin Slammer when I was 16, a cheap strat copy, it was terrible, high action, sounded dull through my dad's amp. Even my dad found it difficult to play, he had been playing about 20 years & was in a club band playing 60's music. I had it about 6 months & was struggling to play it & my dad said I need a better one. My dad had a few catalogues to look at, ( no Internet back in the late 80's) Being a wannabe rock/metal player I was drawn to the Jackson/Charvel/Ibanez guitars. Shark tooth inlays & a whammy bar a must! But these were out of our price range .
    I told a guy at the local Carlsboro music shop what style I liked & he let me look at a few catalogues, Washburn & Hohner. That's when I saw the Hohner Professional ST Scorpion in black! I fell in love with it, it was just what I wanted. It cost £249 back then, cheaper than the Charvel/Jacksons but looked the same. The action & intonation was spot on once adjusted (a good learning excercise for a novice) the pickups "select Designed by EMG" had a switch each to turn on/off so a good range of sounds was available. It sounded great when plugged into the marshall combo in the shop. I wore this guitar out over about 10 years! Frets worn, tremolo worn, electrics still worked fine though. It finally bit the bullet when I slipped carrying it down some stairs, it bounced allot, hit the bottom & the neck snapped
    I learned guitar on this, so it has a special place in my heart. A great guitar for the price with the looks of a guitar twice the price.
    I currently have Jackson Slx in black...reminds me of my Hohner....Happy days......
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  11. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My first good guitar was a 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in ‘clownburst’! Lol! I was 15 at the time and I was soooo excited! I bought it new and it came with the rectangular HSC that Gibson included, at the time, with their guitars.

    I paid $378 out the door, and with my own money, I was psyched. I’ve only got one pic of it and it’s torn. Here it is, you can see part of the HSC behind me on a table, it’s got orange felt cloth inside.

    Oh, and also in the pic is part of my Super Six Reverb, what a behemoth,...and that thing is NOT on a table or stand or something, it’s on the floor!

    @BftGibson will appreciate the amp in the pic. :D

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    Very cool pic !! I remember drooling over the LP's in the Sears catalog.. look at that silver !! Nice, thanks for the share
     
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    Strat1 (2).jpg My very first electric was a Sears Start copy, 1979. I still regret selling that...but with the few dollars I got for it, and with an additional $450 I earned at a crappy dishwashing job, I bought a new 1979 Hard tail Fender Strat, which I still own!
     
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    went from the no-name finger bleeder to a >67 Gibson SG Melody Maker two pickup with trem. Bright candy RED! which I hacked up and put P90s on it, my folks agreed to buy it if I committed to take private lessons for at least 1 year!.. ha ha ...long gone swapped for a gold top in 70.... LOL
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    First guitar I bought for myself, a 3/4 scale Fender Musicmaster W/case yardsale $5.00 1972. Still have it. Also my first guitar paint job w/gold leaf. First Real guitar 1980 G&L F-100 series II.
     
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    why does everyone have round guitars? pointy guitars rule ok? ok !
     
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    First good guitar was actually my first electric guitar, It’s a made in Japan Jackson JS30, It was the entry level Jackson but the quality was great ,still have it till date since 2003, I know it’s relative not a long time compared to most of you guys here but I started at a not so young age ,love this guitar though. The bad thing though is where I live we have a lot of taxes so I paid a little shy of $1000 back then :(
     
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    My 1st good guitar was a used 1987 e series mij stratocaster....was refinished in British racing green and had a dimarzio hs3 in the bridge.
     
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    My first electric guitar was a Jedson 'Telecaster copy' (of sorts) which I thought was good at the time and still own it. Second a 1963 Stratocaster which is certainly an improvement ! and I still own it.
     
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    I started on a classic, which was my Dad's. *My* first good guitar was a 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Reissue Explorer (the very first reissue of the Explorer) At the time it was just a good used guitar and I paid a few hundred dollars for it in pristine shape. Nowadays it's rare and pricey. I sold it to buy a brand new late era (85 or 86) Norlin Les Paul Custom (Black) that was a gorgeous dog. Horrible mistake. The next weekend I went back to the store, but The Explorer was already gone and I couldn't buy it back.

    Anyhoo- learned my cowboy chords (TIE- the Eagles) on this 1954 Gibson ES-125. He's a Woman, She's a Man sounded pretty righteous on it, believe it or not.

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