Which guitar has been with you the longest?

Jonny D

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What is your veteran guitar?

Feel free to break out acoustic and electric if that helps.


For me:
Acoustic: 1997 Taylor 514c with me since 1998 (16 years or so)
Electric: 1995 Epiphone Emperor Regent purchased new (19 years or so)
 

mcknigs

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I have my first acoustic -- a Japanese Epiphone bolt-neck steel string FT-145 bought new in the early '70s. Right now it has flatwounds and a Strat pickup installed in the soundhole. I keep it next to the computer and record demos with that guitar functioning for acoustic sounds, electric sounds (through amp modelers) and bass (through an octave pedal model).
 

serial

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The one on the front cover (1976 Hamer Standard) is the one I've had the longest. I don't play it very much though because it's in stupid clean condition.


Owned it since '97.
 
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dez

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'76 Strat which I purchased in 1984 and still use at gigs...

1984 -


2013 -
 

natmiss

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Acoustic: 1971 Martin D28 Purchased new in '72
Electric: 1956 Les Paul Special Purchased in 1974
 

mad dog

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'61 strat, purchased in 1975. And a '43 Martin 0-18 bought in 1978.
MD
 

GGinMP

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I got my 1992 Legacy from a friend in 1993.

I purchased my CFox acoustic new in 1999, had it stolen in 2009 and got it back in 2013.
 

kenneth

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Electric: 1989 American standard strat, truss rod now at end of adjustment, sadly
Acoustic: ca 1990 guild d4, still play daily.

Oh, yeah, both bought new.
 

guitarmook

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I have a squier strat that's been heavily modified, that I won in a radio giveaway in 1988.

I have a cheap 'memphis' guitar, setup for slide that was a gift in about 1989.

I have an early 52 RI tele (Apr 83) that I bought used in 1990 that I still gig with occasionally.
 

nmiller

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My '58 National Town and Country, purchased around 2007. The start of my oddball vintage collection.

 

jdr1014

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My oldest guitar is a 12 string "vintage series" Ibanez englemann spruce/rosewood I got in 1972 after finishing college. Ibanez was a new brand carried by a small local shop back then, and it was the best sounding and playing 12 string I could afford at the time and I loved it. Unfortunately it had a truss rod failure and was shipped back to the factory in Japan for repair. Sadly, it seemed to have gotten lost in transit and we figured it was gone forever. I was elated when the shop called nearly a year later and said "guess what just showed up?" Yup - my Ibanez 12 string showed up at the shop with a new neck. Several years later I got away from playing and that guitar sat in a cheap chipboard case for almost 10 years with the strings at full tension. Strangely, the neck remained straight as an arrow! I still have it and play it occasionally. Doesn't sound like my Jumbo Taylor 355ce twelve, but still pretty decent though.

As for electrics, my oldest current guitar is a 1996 Fender Lone Star strat that I purchased when I got back into playing electrics. I had a mid 60's Fender strat and BF Super Reverb amp "back in the day" that I sold to finish college. Frankly, I have several USA strats now that are better than that one was and also have a mint 74 SF Super Reverb that's better than my old BFSR. Nostalgia is nice but old gear isn't necessarily better IME.
 

Hackubus

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1979 Les Paul custom that I bought Valentine's Day 1994. lol yeah, it was my Valentine's Day gift to myself. But hey, it was only $400 and ridiculously clean!
 

AaeCee

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My '03 Gibson Historic LP '54 Custom. Such a great sounding/playing guitar, with the all mahogany body, ebony board, and A5 P-90 neck and std. P-90 bridge. A little weighty at 9.75 lbs., but I'll never part with it.

I have older guitars, but that's the one I've owned longest. Bought it new.
 

Steve Hotra

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My acoustic: 1973 BC B28 made by. Bernie Rico Sr. Still have it, with Braz Rosewwod
Electric: 1983 Gibson ES 335 dot. Still have it.
Brought them new.
 

custom53

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My 1975 Ovation Breadwinner.. Bought it new and still have it.. Near mint condition.. Haven't played it in years though..


 

rastus

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73 Tele custom-bought in 87; the neck is on it's last re-fret. The neck is within a hair of the end of it's adjustment. Funny, the only original part on it is the wood of the neck and the truss rod-everything else including the body has been replaced in the last 28 years
 




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