First guitar

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  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Silver Supporting Member

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    Ibanez RX170 (emerald green)

    I don’t have it anymore but it looked just like this one.

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    If that’s not “real” enough, I had a purple Jackson DK2 that looked just like this one...

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  2. Nyarlathotep

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  3. ned7flat5

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    In late ‘70, when I was 14, my older bro gave me a tobacco sunburst Harmony Meteor H76 (with Bigsby) - “if you learn to play it, you can keep it”. It was a US made guitar which carried a bit of prestige given the affordable junk that was about in Oz at the time.

    I stumbled about with Jimmy Crack Corn and Campdown Ladies but it wasn’t coming together - I was too interested in hanging out, riding bikes etc.

    Then, one day it vanished.

    The day I turned 15, he gave me a (now) firetruck red Harmony Meteor H76. I knew it was the same guitar with a very nice paint job but I sensibly said nothing.

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    Fortunately I was picking up riffs from the first two Sabbath records that I could initially figure out on one string and the rest is history or, as some might have uncharitably remarked, hysterical.
     
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  4. DCross

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    It was a red SG copy. Around 1975. All I remember is the pickup selectors were sliding buttons. Amp was a little solid state piece of carp.

    The funny part was when I bought a "real" guitar - Ovation Preacher (hey, it was the 70s), my dad said "you have to give the old one to a poor kid". I agreed, so we brought it to the church and asked the old priest if he would give it to a poor kid. He said "of course" and we left it with him. A few weeks later we went to a folk mass and there was my red SG - being played by that same priest. My dad walked up to him afterwards and said "I see you found a poor kid to give the guitar to". The priest turned redder than the sacramental wine and said "I really like this guitar". All good.

    Regarding the Ovation - yeah, I know, but even back then I remember my guitar teacher telling me that Fenders stunk unless you got an old one and Gibsons were too expensive. So, there ya go. Next one was a Kramer with a real Floyd, made (er...assembled) in good ole NJ!!!
     
  5. JDJ

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    1962 Gibson SG Special for $300 in about 1988 or so. Beater special. Sold it in 1993 but just bought it back about six months ago!

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  6. Winterwind

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    My first, which I still have and will never part with, was a Japanese made Sigma DR-7 acoustic my grandparents bought for me when I was a kid. She's 34 years old and despite the dings and scratches she still sounds and plays beautifully.
     
  7. kkregsg

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  8. American_Bears

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    I got a very cheap strat copy, bought new in London when I was 15 by my parents for I think GBP69, along with a Washburn practice amp. It was black, and looked better than it sounded. I could never get it to stay in tune, and the strings always felt stiff, with a sticky neck. But I got through my first year of playing guitar, learned barre chords, got into Hendrix, and got good enough grades for my dad to buy me a USA Telecaster when I was 16. That was such an upgrade; I'm glad I had to earn it, and didn't start with a quality guitar.

    The original guitar is languishing in my parents' basement somewhere still. Unloved and virtually unplayable. I'm almost tempted to do a setup to see if there's anything worth preserving, or using it for a project.
     
  9. sxcustom

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    Charvel Model 1 in black. Got stolen after a gig in college. Don't miss it.
     
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    Squier M80, exceptionally comfortable neck and only lacking in the pickup dept.
     
  11. epauley

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    The first guitar was a Teisco. It played and sounded terrible but I felt lucky just to have a guitar.
     
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  12. Yr Blues

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    First acoustic was some beat up Yamaha. First electric was a red Peavey.
     
  13. Robert Libutti

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    Like many, started with a Squire Strat. It was fine. But then I got an Ibanez Talman with humbuckers and was hooked on 'bucks every after. Still have the Talman; still a nice guitar.
     
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  14. neil99

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    My first guitar was my dads acoustic, it was an Old Kraftsman, I beat the hell out of that thing, action was a mile high up the neck but played real nice up to the third fret! that and a beatles song book and dads 8 tracks were my lessons!

    My first electric was a Magnum hardtail strat copy, man that was awesome! after a few years it turned into a beater and was eventually van halenized, took a router to the plywood body and nailed a humbucker into it with a lone volume pot epoxied into the body. Ive gotten better at mods since then,but hell it was the 80s!!! it sits in my bedroom closet.....
     
  15. erikzen

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    This is very similar to my story. What Kramer was it? My friend in high school had a Kramer DMZ 3000, with the aluminium neck. He bought for $350 but after about a year he wanted a Les Paul. I ended up buying the Kramer for $300 and he put that money towards the Les Paul. The Kramer was actually a pretty nice guitar. They go for $1000+ these days. Eventually I moved on to a Strat and the Kramer sat unused for many years and also lost touch with my friend. About 7 or 8 years ago I pulled it out again after it being dormant for at least 15 years. Set it up, put new strings on it and realized it was a much better guitar than I had originally remembered. I played it for a while but found it still really wasn't my style.

    About the same time I also got back in touch with my friend, who I also hadn't seen in about 15 or 20 years. When I told him I still had the Kramer he was flabbergasted and couldn't believe I held onto it for all that time. I asked him if he would like to buy the Kramer back from me but he said he couldn't afford it. I said, sure you can. I'll sell it back to you for the same $300 you sold it to me for and you can pay me over time. I convinced him to take it and now he has his first guitar ever back in his stable. I'm sure I could have easily sold the guitar for $700+ but I would have felt guilty about making a profit after I told my friend I still had the guitar, and I also knew I wasn't going to play it so I was really happy to get the guitar back into his hands.

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  16. Drew66

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    My first real guitar was a Hondo copy of a Fender Lead 2
     
  17. T Dizz

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    Harmony strat copy from the Sears catalog. Red with a white guard. Also got a Gorilla combo.
     
  18. Baba

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    Kind of funny, my first electric was a Teisco/Kawai that looked just like this:

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    While I don't consider it my first "real" guitar, they sure seem to be fetching a decent amount of coin these days, especially considering I got mine for free.

    I consider my Kramer Focus 2000 to be my first "real" guitar.
     
  19. cho

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    1981 Washburn Falcon. I got it new when I was 13 years and it was my only guitar for the next 10 years. (My only amp during this time was a Sunn Beta Lead).
     
  20. Slash

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    not this exact one, well could be but not likely. It was around 1983 or 1984. I thought it was so cool back then :facepalm
     

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