Your first electric guitar?

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  1. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Thought it would be fun to hear from you what kind of bad assed junk you bought first! :D Yeah, it IS a bit late for halloween, but NOW it's time to let the freaks and monsters out!
    (Guess somebody must have already posted a similiar thread earlier, but here we go ... )

    My first buy, against better judgement and at the age of 12, was a black/red 'burst Riviera, a remarkably uninspired Strat copy. I remember it left me something like 30 Euro poorer! This was way back in 1984, and you have to understand that 30 Euro was NOT a lot of money back then, haha! (Only joking, that guitar cost me all my savings!)

    Can't remember too much about the guitar. It had pretty grusome action and, after what I remember, a limp, thin tone from the two embarrissingly lame single coils.
    Got rid of the Riviera some months later and got me a one of the few guitars I later would regret I sold: a PEARL Les Paul Custom-copy. ( I sold the Riviera for 50 Euro! Highend guitar-budget-time it suddenly was!:D)

    Yeah, couldnt find any pics of the Riviera "Flegmacaster", but still have pictures in my head, and sometimes they haunt me - like a fly, haha!:D
     
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    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    Yamaha Pacifica 112j, bought last year. Its not that long ago for me :smile:

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    I don't regret anything. Inredibly well build guitar for that price (230€). Probably one of the most sold beginner guitars.
    I don't really play it anymore as I like my Epi SG way more, due to the pickups and ergonomics. But at that moment, without any idea of what to look for in a guitar, the Pacifica was a good choice.
     

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  3. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Awrite! You're off to a waaaay better start that I had, I must say! The budget just may have something to do with it ..?:D Congrats on a good start-up axe!:D
     
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    Bob Womack Well-Known Member

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    How about this?

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    That's 1970 and the guitar company was so ashamed they didn't put their name on the guitar. It had FOUR single-coil pickups (hey, if three is good for the Strat...) a "thinner" switch, and a terrible action. I bought it used for $25 (my entire fortune) and brought it home in a brown paper bag on the city bus.

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  5. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Hehe, now we're really getting down and dirty here! :D An evil axe, this ... Brown papergigbag is just adequate :D
    Amusing stuff, thanks for sharing!:D
     
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    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't 12 anymore when I bought it. So yes...I had a little more budget than 30€. :D I also guess that today there are a lot more inexpensive guitars of reasonable quality compared to 30 years ago.
     
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    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    Don't you regret getting rid of it (for nostalgia reasons)? I mean...it was your first guitar. I don't think I will let mine go, even if it just collects dust. Then again, I didn't need to sell it to get money for the next guitar.
     
  8. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Regarding low-priced electric guitars you are so right. With that said, I got a hunch telling me that ripping off children isn't as legit as it used to be.:D
     
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    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Needed the money, yeah. I wish I kept that Pearl Black Beauty, though, it was great.
     
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    My first electric guitar was a rather nice Tokai Stratocaster (Springy Sound). Bought it from a buddy, and it was my main guitar for about five years. I sold it a couple of years ago. I could probably have got a lot more money for it that I sold it for, but I hadn't really played it for about 25 years (I never really was a Strat guy), so I figured it was better to let someone who could appreciate it have it.

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    Tokai, eh ..? Compared to the Riviera, thats corksniffing!:D
     
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    Seemed like a good idea at the time. I kinda wish I still had it.
     
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    Nice one! :D What on earth is it?
     
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    A Squier Affinity Stratocaster in sunburst finish ! :smile:
     
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    This is me at 14. The guitar became electric a few weeks later when I put a pickup on it.
     
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    Haha, yes, it was actually pretty nice. I didn't really realize it at the time, though. I bought it simply because my buddy had it and wanted to sell it. He was playing an Ibanez Les Paul and like it better than the Tokai. He seemed to be buying, selling and trading guitars all the time. He now runs Christiansand Backline Service renting out tons of equipment, so I guess he did well with his guitar shopping!
     
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    If my memory serves me well, it was this bass. Pics from Reverb, since it was in the late 60's and I don't have any pics of mine.

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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    I bought my first guitar from this selection, sometime in the mid 70s:

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    You can probably all guess it was the 'West One' on the top right. ;)
     
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    My first electric ruined me for all others, I wish I still had her.

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    My friend left his electric guitar and amp at my house when I was 10 or 11, I can't remember what it was exactly but some kind of Fender Jaguar copy. I couldn't play it at all but I was hooked from that moment until now.
    My first guitar was a Les Paul copy that my parents bought me, I don't know who made it. Of course I ended up taking it apart and trying to paint it. Hmm, I still do that it seems.:rofl:
     
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