Your first electric guitar?

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  1. zenken

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    Oh, wrong on both counts.

    1) I didn't buy it. It was a Valentine's Day gift from a girlfriend at that time.
    2) It sure was no "bad assed junk."

    My first guitar was a made in America Fender Stratocaster. And, yes, (sorry SG fans) it is the best guitar I own and the best guitar I have ever played.

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    So ... what kind of bad assed junk did you yourself bought first ? :rofl:
     
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    I sure hope you didn't let her get away! (Both) ;)
     
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    I had an unknown acoustic sometime in the sixties. I never actually learned how to play.

    In the late 70s, as a young professional, I went to Paula's Music in Jacksonville, FL and looked around until I found just what I wanted. Several friends from work got together for jam sessions on a regular basis and I wanted to join in. One of the friends, Leroy Shedd, had been a professional in his younger years. He had a "Segovia" acoustic that was very rare and incredible! What a sound.

    Back to my first "electric" guitar from Paula's: I picked out the most beautiful cherry red Gibson I have ever seen! I took it to the group and they said, "Oh wow! Man! That's an SG!" I really didn't know what I had, I just thought it was the best ever. Unfortunately, that SG was lost in a house fire in 1990. I don't think I ever would have parted with it otherwise. I also lost an Alvarez White Eagle (?) in the same fire...

    Fast forward to last year and my next first electric. Now, almost retired, I went to a local shop and signed up for lessons. At my first lesson, the instructor and I surveyed the available guitars. I purchased a used Ibanez starter guitar, (less than $200) kind of cherry red, naturally. Didn't do much that first lesson just explained what I had in mind. Turned out, that guitar was a beater and needed a lot of work. I went back to the shop that week and asked about alternatives. They offered me $50 in trade! (I now shop at Glen's in downtown). I kept the guitar and it now works pretty well. I take it along when I travel.

    I have since purchased a Vintage (brand) VS6 - SG copy. I'm no longer a young professional and my retired budget isn't what it used to be....

    I am now working through Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven. It is like a guitar course in 8 pages. Barre chords, remember?

    I will get another real SG some day.

    Jeff

    PS. I was an electronic whiz at the time. A friend had a tube (valve) guitar amp chassis that didn't work (just the metal chassis). He gave it to me. I got it working and improvised with a Radio Shack speaker and that was my first amp. I have no idea what kind of amp it was but it sounded pretty good.

    Transistors were still the new fangled devices back then.
     
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  6. NMA

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    The first guitar I actually bought was this...a 12 string Rickenbacker.
    (Once I learned how to play guitar on the Strat that girl bought for me, I had to get the coolest guitar ever made.)


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    Haha!:D
     
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    Yeah, sounds like he knew what he was doing then, hehe.:D
     
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    I had one of those. I built the amp into a case and loved it until it rather violently shocked me.

    Bob
     
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    Aria! Had forgotten about them!:D
    edit:sorry, trouble with quotes here..
     
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    sorry, trouble with quotes here..
     
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    Aria! Had forgotten those!:D

    You got it right the first time, you!:D
     
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    Coool..!:D
     
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    Woah... Sad to hear bout that fire, but cool to hear you're still strumming away.:D "Stairway", yeah ... phew .. Never learned it properly myself.:D And wow! Impressive amp-work!:D
     
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    Mine was a Jackson Dinky I got for my 10th birthday. EMGs, and a Floyd, I hated the skinny neck on it, and the EMGs, so I sold it.
    Do I miss it? No, not really.
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    There is one that got away though, but I don't wanna derail the thread :ohno:
     
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    Well that pretty much looks like a a dream collections of fine instruments you have there.


     
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    God that Les Paul is stunning
     
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    Cool thread! I came out the gate charging with.....a SG! '88 or 9@ 17yrs old i took the bus to downtown San Jose and spent my first tax return on a modded '61 L.P. Jr. that i still have. 20180514_185334.jpg
     
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    1969 SG Special

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    Brutal! Did you fix it?
     

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