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Title: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on January 29, 2012, 10:58:40 PM
I've got mine.  Forgot about it long, long ago.  It's a Yamaha red label FG-75.  Recently found it in my attic ( :ohmy: ).  The guitar must be from early 70's.  It's sort of rough looking and it's got two nylon strings left on it and a distinctly 70's guitar strap.  

I took lessons for about 2 months way back when, but my parents couldn't afford both piano and guitar and so the piano continued.  I'm sure it was stuffed in a closet somewhere at my parents for a very long time, and then I guess they gave it back to me somewhere along the way (maybe 20 years or more ago) and it wound up in the attic somehow.  Of course, this was way before I got a renewed interest in guitars and certainly before I knew how to care for a guitar.

I'd like to say it brings back a lot of memories, but the only one I can recall is the day I got it and what my guitar teacher looked like.  There has been many, many times over the last couple of years I wish I could have kept taking guitar back then.  Maybe I wouldn't be as crummy a player now as I am, and the FG-75 may have had more stories to tell other than long hot days sitting beside attic "stuff".  Instead, I am sure it looks with envy at the two cases carefully placed beside my bed that contain my Larrivee and my SCGC.





Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: broKen on January 30, 2012, 12:38:55 AM
I don't. But I do have this picture of it.

When I was ten or eleven I begged Dad for a guitar. He gave in and bought me one. I have no idea the manufacturer, but it was hard to play. A real piece of junk. I vaguely remember a chunk of brass that Dad made for a bridge/saddle. I stuck with lessons for maybe two months. I was playing C, D, G, and a few others. I had the C scale commited to memory, but I quit anyway. I don't know whatever became of it. That was the first one, but I'm not counting it. Fifteen years later I tried again. An Alvarez Yairi dred. Again I quit after a few months (yeah, I'm a quitter.) I sold it a few years later and bought a grow light with it. I did use that, which explains a lot of things. That was 25 years ago. Seven years ago I bought a Seagull and have played a guitar nearly every day since.
I know this is not the kind of answer you're looking for, but I've had some coffee and can't shut up.

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Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: flatlander on January 30, 2012, 01:55:21 AM
I've got mine.  Forgot about it long, long ago.  It's a Yamaha red label FG-75.
My sister has my first one. It was hers in the first place and she got it back later. Same model as your's. A 67 or 68 though.
Ha, found a picture of her playing it for my brother, when it was new.
(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/77098_1588577527047_1614094386_1420050_3239982_n.jpg)

Heres a pic a year or 2 ago with my in-law Micheal David playing it on left. (yours truely in center with Gallagher)
(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/180178_1686594897420_1614094386_1594644_5368752_n.jpg)


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: eded on January 30, 2012, 02:51:46 AM
I still have the Harmony archtop tenor that was my dads.  It was the first guitar I ever played.  I tuned it like the 4 high strings of a guitar (DGBE) and transferred the uke chords I knew to it. 

Not my first electric, but I still have the 67 Guild Starfire III I bought in 75.  It could use a little restoration but it still plays great and the pickups are the hottest I've ever found.

Ed


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 30, 2012, 02:59:00 AM
I wish I saved my first which was a Sears Archtop.Don't remember the modal.My next was my first bass which was  Norma and one day it just imploded.My first brand name was a Gibson B15 had it about a month when my older brother and sister had a party and the top got stepped on this became my first repair also.I still have and I still gig on every now and then.I just gave iy to my son as he is taking guitar in school.Oh ya its a hog top.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: SMan on January 30, 2012, 03:52:22 AM
 I'm sure I have posted this before but it is a 1970 Navarra Classical given to me by my Dad.  Inexpensive laminate guitar that still plays well.
 I've replaced the bridge and tuners.

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/smansbucket/Guitars/General%20Guitar%20pictures/Navarrafront.jpg)




Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: GeeNorm on January 30, 2012, 04:40:15 AM
I still have the first guitar I could physically play, a Sears electric that looks vaguely like a Fender Jaguar. Before that I had a Sears dred that shredded my fingers with its high string action. Maybe a setup would have made it playable but maybe not. Oh, I had a Roy Rogers half sized before that but it was just a wall decoration.

Norman


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Zohn on January 30, 2012, 04:43:24 PM
Thank goodness I don't - it was an Aria dread - and I really mean a dread  :yak: - it was the worst guitar for intonation imaginable.
The next one was an Ovation celebrity which was, well an Ovation...
My first serious guitar was the Takamine Crossover which I imported new in 1996  and I'll probably keep it.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 30, 2012, 05:14:45 PM
I don't have my very first guitar, but it's still in the family.  Someone in the neighborhood had thrown it out in the trash and I came across it in an alley on my way home from school.  I was 12 at the time.  It had a cowboy painted on the top which I promptly sanded off.  I remember it didn't have all it's strings and I played it that way for quite a while.  I didn't even know how to tune a guitar at that point.

My first "real" guitar was bought for me by my mum about a year later, for my 13th birthday.  I picked it out from the Sears catalogue.  It was a Silvertone model 26952 MIJ, exactly like the one in the attached pictures, except for the saddle, which was one of those height-adjustable metal saddles.  It is the guitar that I actually learned to play real songs on and first "performed" in public with.  I had it until my second year of college.  Due to my carelessness, it got knocked over while leaning against a wall, and the headstock broke off.  I don't remember what happened to it after that, but I got a new Norman to replace it at the time (1973).

After I got the Silvertone, I "fixed up" the old trash can guitar to the point it was playable, made a leather pick guard for it, and gave it to my younger brother.  He still has the guitar and it is still playable.  It's sound and intonation leaves a lot to be desired but it has great sentimental value for both of us.

The pictures are of the exact same Silvertone model as my birthday guitar.  I bought it locally last summer, and "restored" it.  I removed the metal saddle and filled in the slot.  Then I cut a new slot and installed a proper saddle that I made.  The truss rod was broken, so I removed the fingerboard and installed a new one that I got from Stewmac.  I also had to re-glue some loose braces and plastic binding.  I did a fret levelling  and it set up surprisingly well.  It played and sounded pretty darned good when I was done.  I have since sold it.


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Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on January 30, 2012, 05:27:10 PM
Ha, found a picture of her playing it for my brother, when it was new.

That is a great picture.  

I don't know the year of mine.  I may have gotten it as early as 1971, but I'm guessing '72 or '73 is more likely.  Who knows how long it had been hanging on the wall of the music shop - small, rural town of about 15,000 or so back then.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: cke on January 30, 2012, 06:20:07 PM
I had a nondescript small guitar restrung with nylon when I was eight, but I mostly played my Dad's Goya (in the signature) which is a fabulous guitar.

Then my folks gave me a Garcia Model 3. I played the hell out of that guitar for years: there are divots in the fretboard where I played the cowboy chords!

Still have it, but it is with my son in Atlanta. Recently I put new tuners on it and it has a wonderful warm tone, impressively low action and is very pretty.

Garcia's are somewhat controversial- some think they are great. Others deprecate them, as the importer - Sherry-Brenner of Chicago, had them made in Asia while the label claims Madrid. Big deal. It is a good guitar then and now.

My second guitar was a Yamaha FG300 red label from '68 when they were first imported. Nice nice sound and beautiful RW veneer, but the nut was  too tight for me and I gave it up.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: GGBB on January 30, 2012, 07:36:42 PM
Mine's long gone - I have no idea where or when.  It was a Kawai OM that I stole from my brother since he never played it.  It was like this (http://p2.la-img.com/306/1756/753548_1_l.jpg) one.  It was his Christmas gift one year and I don't ever recall him playing it - all it ever did was sit in the closet.  So when I was 15 and wanted to join my buddies leading choruses at youth group, I put new strings on it and tuned it up.  It played like garbage (nut height felt about 1/4" from the frets) and sounded only a bit better (intonation way off), but I didn't know any better so I stuck with it for about a year until I had enough money to buy my first real guitar - a Takamine F-349 when they still looked just like Martins from ten or more feet away.  That guitar served me well for several years and even took the abuses of summer camp in stride.  One evening at campfire, the endpin pulled out while it was hanging from my back cowboy style.  It fell about 3 feet straight down onto the top of the headstock - but suffered nothing more than a few scuffs.  It would be displaced when I bought a higher end Takamine in 1984 which was my only acoustic until last summer when I finally got the Larrivee I'd been dreaming about for years.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: carruth on January 30, 2012, 08:03:47 PM
My first guitar was a brand new Yamaha FG140. I still have it, and it still plays OK.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 30, 2012, 10:00:33 PM
Mine's long gone - I have no idea where or when.  It was a Kawai OM that I stole from my brother since he never played it.  It was like this (http://p2.la-img.com/306/1756/753548_1_l.jpg) one.  It was his Christmas gift one year and I don't ever recall him playing it - all it ever did was sit in the closet.  So when I was 15 and wanted to join my buddies leading choruses at youth group, I put new strings on it and tuned it up.  It played like garbage (nut height felt about 1/4" from the frets) and sounded only a bit better (intonation way off), but I didn't know any better so I stuck with it for about a year until I had enough money to buy my first real guitar ............................................
Interestingly, the fret markers on your Kawai,  look exactly like the same ones on my Silvertone (they are cheap "pearlized" plastic as I found out when I got too close with a heat gun when removing the fingerboard).  Also the body and fingerboard binding look to be the same.  Even the truss rod covers match.

The fingerboard on both seem to be of a similiar light colored rosewood.  Also, the bridges look like the same shape and design and of the same light rosewood.  And if you notice, the grain orientation on both bridges is the same (not perpendicular to the top, but skewed somewhat).  Do you know if yours originally had a metal adjustable saddle?  I'm thinking they could have come from the same factory in Japan.  Mine would have been made about 1965 or so.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: BenF on January 30, 2012, 11:28:28 PM
I still have mine, in fine playable order. My first summer at Uni I borrowed my flat mates guitar, as he couldn't fit it in his car when he went home for the holidays. It was a laminate wood guitar with awful action, that had been smashed in a robbery and repaired with fibreglass. Awful thing, but I learned a few chords and wanted my own. I got a Fender D21S. Solid spruce top, laminate nato back and sides, nato 3 piece neck, RW fretboard.  It did me well, but got badly scratched and dinged, and when a tuner broke it got abandoned.

I restored it last year. Stripped the finish, reshaped the damaged headstock, new tuners (thanks again to ducktrapper for his kind gift of ping tuners), bone saddle, new bridge pins, UST pickup, levelled frets etc.

I've got the action really good, and a heavily compensated saddle means intonation is bang on. It's fun in really low tunings, down to Bb or A on the E string!  Great for getting that John Martyn tones that I love!!

Seriously, with a bit of TLC, old beaters can bring much musical goodness.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: bacchus on January 31, 2012, 12:06:29 AM
I still have mine, in fact, I just picked it up from a much needed setup today.  It is a cheap electric guitar (LTD Viper 100FM) that I bought about 5 years ago.  I got my first acoustic about a year in and have only very recently got back into electric.  I got it setup while I anxiously await the Forum V RS-4, my first real electric ... hopefully.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: GGBB on January 31, 2012, 02:52:33 AM
Do you know if yours originally had a metal adjustable saddle?
It's been over 30 years since I've seen it, but I'm 99.9% sure that it had a pretty standard type plastic saddle like the one in the pic. It would have been later than yours, early to mid seventies.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: flatlander on January 31, 2012, 04:28:23 AM
That is a great picture.  

Quite dated huh? There was another pic from same time. Here pants were paisley too  :bgrin: She probably made vest and pants herself. Either her or mom.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: love2play21 on January 31, 2012, 04:41:17 AM
My first a takamine eg was sacrificed in order to purchase my L-09. A good offering it was I'll never have to need another guitar


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 31, 2012, 08:01:59 AM
It's been over 30 years since I've seen it, but I'm 99.9% sure that it had a pretty standard type plastic saddle like the one in the pic. It would have been later than yours, early to mid seventies.
I can relate to how ones memory fades after 30 years.  :whistling:  Thanks for replying.  I was just curious as they seem to have many similiarities.  I've run into I think three guitars now with those metal adjustable saddles.  I've changed all of them over to a "conventional" saddle and this has improved tone and volume in every case.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: rockstar_not on January 31, 2012, 02:28:42 PM
It doesn't get much play, but I still have my 1985 Peavey Milestone.  Technically it's not my first guitar, because I had a Washburn strat copy for a few weeks and the neck was still 'green' according to the store - they set it up 2 or 3 times over a 2 week period and it wouldn't stay in tune worth a darn.  They bought it back and I got the Peavey.  Pix:

(http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/8800/2010racheltriptoil034.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/535/2010racheltriptoil034.jpg/)
(http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/224/2010racheltriptoil033.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/265/2010racheltriptoil033.jpg/)

High School graduation present - with a little Peavey 'backstage' amplifier.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Michael T on January 31, 2012, 03:15:51 PM
Long, long story but for the sake of this post I'll cut it short. No pics of it in the file but it's a 3/4 size I gave to my then girl friend some 35 plus years ago. Married someone else and after she passed away my high school sweety and I got together long distance at first and then married. Low and behold, she still has it. Needs some tuners and saddle work but it is intact and doesn't seem to be damaged in anyway. I haven't got around to fixing it up because it is in storage and you know how it is, out of sight out of mind. I will get it taken care of one of these days if the good Lord gives me the time and I remember it when I take one of the others in. She never did learn to play but someone in her past must've started on fixing it up DIY style and didn't have  the parts.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: ST on January 31, 2012, 03:40:58 PM
My first guitar is long gone.

It was a Stella Harmony 12 string with 6 strings on it.  I think I had it for a week or two.

Here's a picture from the Harmony database

(http://harmony.demont.net/images/0/H912_Stella_12strings_18.jpg) (http://harmony.demont.net/model/233.htm)
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Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: lyric_girl on February 02, 2012, 12:53:02 AM
Nope, sold it two years ago. It was a Taylor 110 which was WAY too big for me. Went out and bought a Larrivee PV-09 instead.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: 247hoopsfan on February 02, 2012, 01:52:06 AM
Still got my first guitar, a 1972 Yamaha FG200 made in Japan.  At the time I was 16, so it was all I could afford with my limited income from mowing lawns for $2 an hour.  Cost me a whopping $115.  I have cratered out the fretboard on the first 5 frets, but I still play it.  What I would have liked at the time was  Martin D18, but I couldn't afford it.  The FG200 was the closest sounding to the D18, so I bought it.  Serenaded my high school love with it, and she is my wife of 36 years.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: ffinke on February 02, 2012, 02:00:08 AM
I only hope my first guitar is in a landfill or has long since gone up a brick chimney. The f-hole arch top guitar had resided in a Missouri attic for years and when I got it the action at the 12th was a hefty 1/2"+. Luckily I was only learning the first position chords and it proved that I really wanted to play guitar because I practiced until I had bloody stumps but would not give up.

I've been through many "real" guitars since and really appreciate a well set-up guitar.

f


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Zohn on February 02, 2012, 05:42:25 AM
Nope, sold it two years ago. It was a Taylor 110 which was WAY too big for me. Went out and bought a Larrivee PV-09 instead.

Welcome back Lynda!
 :smile:


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on February 02, 2012, 06:18:34 AM
Still got my first guitar, a 1972 Yamaha FG200 made in Japan.  At the time I was 16, so it was all I could afford with my limited income from mowing lawns for $2 an hour.  Cost me a whopping $115.  I have cratered out the fretboard on the first 5 frets, but I still play it.  What I would have liked at the time was  Martin D18, but I couldn't afford it.  The FG200 was the closest sounding to the D18, so I bought it.  Serenaded my high school love with it, and she is my wife of 36 years.

I love that story (and I can relate to the last sentence).  :guitar


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Mr_LV19E on February 02, 2012, 05:34:37 PM
My first was a electric, not sure of brand but it came with a Kalamazoo amp so maybe it was of the same. Took lessons for a few months but didn't stick with it because I wanted to play music not learn to read music. My dad ended up selling it to someone he worked with but I kept the amp. After that I had several generic twelve strings that I learned chords on and could sing along, each one of those became unplayable when the neck heals separated from the body. Then came the nylon stringed guitars my brother brought home, one of which had a twisted neck. I was taking woodshop at the time so I separated the fingerboard from the neck and installed a wedge and did the same for the nut and it was a great player after that. No idea what ever happened to those guitars. In the mid seventies I bought a twelve string Yairi DY-68 that was the easiest playing guitar I had ever come in contact with, learned a lot of songs and played with many friends but eventually got interested in other things (golf I think) and so it just sat in its case for 25 years, oh and I also had a Ibanez 6 string (Japan) that my youngest daughter now has.. Flash forward to a new wife and a much better life, she had it set up for me as a Christmas present. I had totally forgotten everything I had ever learned and it took a while to get back into it but I decided I wanted to learn how to play a six string without a pick so I got a Guild D-40 and a fingerstyle book and taught myself and shortly thereafter got my LV-19E. I sold the Yairi for twice what I paid for it and picked up a Crafter to take up north for campfires but sold it to my neighbor when I replaced it with a seagull folk which was recently replaced with my Recording King ROS-16 (000 12fret slothead). After the LV-19 I got a OM-03MT which I still have, a P-05MT that now belongs to queequeg  and my F-III which has turned out to be my favorite guitar and the one that I would grab if I was running out of a burning house.

Long story short, I don't.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: sayheyjeff on February 16, 2012, 03:25:05 AM
Still have my 1st guitar.  Its a 64 Gibson LG1.  Not counting the guitar that was rented for my 1st 2 lessons.  The guitar is in really nice condition.  Has a bridge plate added to protect against belly development, and an LR Dual Source.  Has some checking, but nothing serious.  Case was replaced a couple of decades ago.  The guitar still gets plenty of playing.

jeff


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: kvader on February 16, 2012, 03:54:59 PM
I still have my first, an Alvarez classical that is falling apart. Or maybe it was that Epiphone I had. I can't remember which guitar was first, but the Epiphone was terrible! I upgraded to a $60 Rogue Dread after that guitar.  :bgrin:


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: el guitana on February 17, 2012, 12:51:30 PM
Not my first, but in 1981 or 82  I bought an Augustino (LoPrinzi) spruce/mahogany dread, made in 81. This was my main guitar through the early days of my band, and has seen a lot of action, including a punch in the back (repaired) by a rowdy bar patron. It suffered some finish damage from mosquito spray, and a friend helped my refinish it. Then the friend had it...for maybe 15 years.
It came home to me recently. What a great guitar, so glad to have it back. I had the bridge shaved by 3rd Coast; plays like a dream.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/Music%20Stuff/Augustino007.jpg)


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on February 17, 2012, 01:59:33 PM
plays like a dream.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/Music%20Stuff/Augustino007.jpg)

And looks like one too!!!!  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: sailadams on April 17, 2012, 01:06:51 AM
I don't have my Sears electric, but I do still have my first acoustic guitar, a Mexican-made Epiphone dreadnought. Still a beautiful deep round sound out of that old strummer. I reworked it last summer and it sounds better than ever, plus is a little easier to play.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: ewalling on April 17, 2012, 03:52:01 AM
My first guitar was a nasty Kay dread-type thing that wouldn't stay in tune and had a crippling action. It served its purpose, though, in that I learnt my basic chords on it. It is, alas, no longer in the world of the living - I broke the neck off with my head when I was an undergraduate. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!    :winkin:


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: naboz on April 18, 2012, 04:20:06 PM
You want a story?!
I was going into my senior year of high school.  My friend, who had graduated the year before, was a drummer and teaching at a music store (he had studio drummed for Cat Stevens!). 1977, I was really getting into jazz/rock fusion (RTF, Metheny, Shadowfax, etc.) and loved the full sound of 12 strings being used.  Got what I could afford (even with his discount); a Crestwood 212.  Learned my chords w/CSNY songs and started playing with open/altered tunings.  Wooed the ladies and took that guitar everywhere. It went with me when I traveled the country (all 48 continental states) my first two years out of h.s.--busses, hitchhiking, my vehicles. I settled in Santa Cruz for a couple yrs. and on a return trip home left it w/a friend in S.C. Came back to find it needed some work (house hadnt been heated while I was gone).  When I went to pick it up at (I believe) Union Grove Music, there was David Crosby plucking around in the shop!  Upon return to MI. I had many musicians offer to trade straight up for bigger name guitars (one a Martin D-18)--it played and sounded that good (for a laminate body yet). Jammed one night (more like watched in awe) with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall in Ann Arbor.  I kept that 12 and one of my "wooed ladies" gave me a Yamaha FG 335 II that became my traveler.  [Fast Forward a few yrs.] I'm sitting on my rental porch when this beautiful lady keeps walking by each night as I am playing that 12, and then finally had the nerve to come talk to me.  Eight yrs. later we later will marry (I wasnt done travelling yet)!
A few more years...That Yamaha was traded when I discovered Larrivees.  Uncle Rob took it in and sent me one of the blackwood LVs!  When my ears had "matured" and I wanted a new 12 string (D03-12), my daughter said there was no way I could get rid of the Crestwood, and she paid for needed tuner replacements and some bridge work and it became hers!
She is away to college now, so it is held in trust in my room.  The bridge has bulged a bit, and I keep it in DADGAD to let it have a happy semi-retirement.  Until its next adventure, with my daughter.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Calmandcool on April 20, 2012, 03:20:16 PM
Nice story :)

Still got my first one. It's a nice classical guitar beginner instrument.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Dru Edwards on April 21, 2012, 03:38:03 PM
I still have mine. A cheap Series A electric I got for Christmas back in 1987. I still have my first acoustic also, a Yamaha 12 string I bought new in Jan 1989. Don't play either anymore but not something I want to get rid of either.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: broKen on April 24, 2012, 04:30:52 AM
She is away to college now, so it is held in trust in my room.  The bridge has bulged a bit, and I keep it in DADGAD to let it have a happy semi-retirement.  Until its next adventure, with my daughter.


A bridge doctor might fix that right up.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: B chas on April 25, 2012, 01:59:11 PM
Hagstrom I got at Mongomery Ward, in 1967. It's the black one. Got the 74 Strat (natural on the right) in 78 from a band mate. Still have both.


(http://i47.tinypic.com/157c07l.jpg)


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: rustyp on April 25, 2012, 04:43:37 PM
My first guitar was a childs guitar brought for me by my parents from Mexico. I wish I knew where that was. I'm gonna ask.
But my first grownup guitar was, and still is, a Mitchel. My mom goated me in to buying it because I was constantly borrowing and playing my sisters guitar.
My Mitchel has become the beach/camping guitar. It is seldom played, but still sounds nice by the fire with a new set of strings. I'm sure it would like to wrap a strap around the Larrivee's neck and strangle it. :-)
Rusty


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Denis on April 25, 2012, 07:38:34 PM
My mom and sister live in Nova Scotia and they have my first guitar.  It was a Dia II classical all laminate thing made in Taiwan.  Still has strings on it but I haven't played it in 6-7 years now. 


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: jimbrown618 on April 27, 2012, 01:27:12 AM
No, but I have my second one....A Yamaha SG-365SII...


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: jake5 on May 17, 2012, 02:09:42 AM
I'm so glad I don't still have my first guitar...it was a Lotus, and was awful!


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: old beginner on May 18, 2012, 08:53:24 PM
I still have a Yamaha six string (FG345) that I bought soime 30 years ago in a hurry since my guitar lesson was that very evening. I paid about 3 hundred dollars for it and it's sat for many years in the basement since I got my LV-05.

Its held up well over time. Still looks lke the day I bought it.

My wife is now looking to use the old Yammer as she wants to learn to play. The narrow fretboard is better for her small hands that for my big mits....


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: ducktrapper on May 19, 2012, 01:53:48 PM
I still have my first Larrivée.  37 years and counting. :cheers


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: Dru Edwards on May 19, 2012, 11:48:09 PM
I still have my first Larrivée.  37 years and counting. :cheers

Wow - that's fantastic. I wonder how many mid '70s Larrivees are out there. Can't be too many.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: ducktrapper on May 22, 2012, 01:18:55 PM
Wow - that's fantastic. I wonder how many mid '70s Larrivees are out there. Can't be too many.

Since there were no serial numbers, who knows? Not even Jean Larrivée, according to the recently posted video. At the time and I don't know how accurate it is, I was told he and three apprentices were building two hundred guitars a year in 1975. There's somewhere around a thousand give or take several hundred, I'd guess.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: pete12string on May 22, 2012, 09:49:00 PM
My first guitar was a plastic "cowboy" guitar I got when I was about 8 or 9 years old.  It is LONG gone!  :nana_guitar


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: brandon on July 08, 2012, 02:03:16 AM
My first was a Johnson dreadnaught. I still use it when I go on foreign mission trips so I don't risk one of my larrivee's getting beat up by delta. Can't beat it for 100 smackaroos.


Title: Re: How many still have their first guitar?
Post by: rockstar_not on July 24, 2012, 01:30:36 PM
My first was a Johnson dreadnaught. I still use it when I go on foreign mission trips so I don't risk one of my larrivee's getting beat up by delta. Can't beat it for 100 smackaroos.
Brandon,

Great idea. 

Here's a challenge - next mission trip - leave the Johnson there with someone that will put it to great use.  I went to Peru in 2010, and that's what I did - wasn't my first guitar, but one that was donated to me by a local teen - knowing that it would find it's home in the jungles of Peru.  Here's a blog I wrote (in reverse order so the story could be read from beginning to end) about it.

http://missiontripguitar.blogspot.com/

I challenge you to add your story to the mission trip guitar blog.