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Rick Knight
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Aug 2nd, 2019 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah. In my first working band, I had an SG, a Bandmaster head, and an Orange cabinet. The bass player had an Ibanez copy of a Rickenbacker and a Peavey head and cabinet. The lead guitarist had a Strat, a 50 watt Marshall and 4x12 cabinet, and
an old amp (Casino?) that was the backup for all 3 of us. Nobody had a spare instrument and I played a lot of gigs without a spare cord or set of strings. The only way to get a new instrument was to sell or trade the old one.

littleuch
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Aug 2nd, 2019 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep. Sears Silvertone, then a 1970 Telecaster. Then a string of 70's Strats, then a 67 ES-335. I offed that guitar (I hate myself) in the mid-80's and around that time started expanding into multiple electrics. I just watched a vid from around 86 at my BIL's house of me gigging with a 79 Strat and a mid 70's Tele Deluxe that I totally forgot I had (wish I still did). Sometimes when I'm feeling old cranky and rebellious I fantasize about offing all by gits and getting one nice guitar; a Tele. No, a Strat. Maybe a LP. Nah, has to be a Strat. I think.

Twangmeister

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Aug 2nd, 2019 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I had my mother's '34 Gibson LC1. But starting with a '58 Harmony Espanada I kept an electric around. A few years later I bought a Black Jack violin bass. For a few years I upgraded periodically but stayed with one bass and one electric.


It wasn't until I was in my fifties that instruments and amps started gathering like moss.

reverendrob
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Aug 2nd, 2019 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I had one and one only for the first five years or so I gigged (broke the headstock on one, replaced it), ended up with a couple more and a bass.

Mid 90s I brought somebody home and she without understanding the irony of the movie quote she was uttering, looks over at the whopping 3 instruments.

"Are all those your guitars?"

I told her to leave before bad things happened.

I was going to re-enact that scene from "The Wall" movie if she stayed, I was not a good man then.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Aug 2nd, 2019 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back when I payed out I had one guitar and it had a Floyd Rose.

Now I don’t play out and I have... oh... a few.

pcalu

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Aug 2nd, 2019 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

How about one style?

Telecasters... :)


Laker
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Aug 2nd, 2019 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I owned a ‘62 or 3 Fender Jazz in ‘63 and was the only one until I traded it in late ‘64 for a new Precision (still own that one).

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Aug 2nd, 2019 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

A horrible Beltone was my first guitar. Just unplayable. Back in 1964.

Second was a Silvertone, finger killer. About 1966

Third was an Ensenada 12 string which was a pretty good guitar. 1972

Next was a '66 Fender Telecaster in 1975.

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Aug 3rd, 2019 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m glad I kept that old Framus. Though it was more of a quirky accident than an actual plan. When I went off to Collage I had a room mate in the second year who had Guild bass he let me use. It was so much better. I used it for about three years. The Framus wound up in a closet in my Mom and Dad’s house. That’s where it was when I was robbed back in the 70s and they got my 68 Fender Bassman.

I was surprised when I found it, left to my own devices it would have been lost, stollen or destroyed in my wanderings.

Around 1980 I got into a band with it using my old Fender Bassman 410. With in about a year I purchased the 81 P-Special, a great bass that I still use.

Well, ya know, once you have two of ‘em and keep them in the same dark closet they start to reproduce.

I’m thinking that Internet forums are, at least partially, responsible for the hoard, along with a much better job and real income.

When I purchased the P-Special I was still working at two restaurants, taking handyman jobs on my days off, plus playing paid gigs.

Now that I’m thinking about it. Those two basses and an acoustic Yamaha Dread I owned,(totally slipped my mind) was the total, a working P and an acoustic six string. I didn’t purchase another instrument until 2000.

Mom went up to Pittsburgh to be with her sister who didn’t have much longer to live, I had a good job and plenty of time so I went up to be with Mom and Aunt Donna, I stayed at Aunt Donna’s Townhouse. Her son had left a Telecaster and small amp. I didn’t think to bring an instrument with me so I played his.

When I got back to Miami I went down to the GC and they had a close out on the American Standard series and I picked up a very nice Tele. That’s when I joined the FDP, to find out more about the care and feeding of the Tele.

Hey! I can almost blame you guys for all the junkie like accumulation of guitars, this forum seriously got me started on building my own, after learning more about set ups and modifications it was the next logical step. Six of the heard are home made.

Thanks, I think, but then guitars are ment to be heard “o)

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Aug 3rd, 2019 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, my first electric back in about ‘77 was a black MIJ LP copy. I also acquired a black MIJ Strat copy.

However, when I started gigging in about ‘79 my only Guitar was an Ibanez/ John Birch Flying V and it was my only guitar until about 1985. I’ve actually still got it :-)

Think I had a peavey Classic 120 combo. No spare guitar or amp

I didn’t get my first real Gibson until I was in my ‘40’s. Nowadays I see kids in their early 20’s playing them.

(This message was last edited by Ayns at 02:12 PM, Aug 3rd, 2019)

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Aug 4th, 2019 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

From 1971 when I started playing guitar, until 1988 when I bought my first Strat. But the single guitars between 1971 and 1988 were swapped out several times. A couple of early 70's Les Pauls, and a 1968 ES335 that I never should have sold, but did make a nice profit on.

Mike DeTorrice
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Aug 4th, 2019 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep. 1966 through 1971 my one guitar pal was a beautiful Fender Mustang. Still have the Mustang, although it now has additional guitar companions.

Roly
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Whitehorse Canada

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Aug 5th, 2019 12:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never owned more than one electric.....4 or 6.
My bass of over 40 years is still my only axe.
Played bass for decades with no backup instrument....always had spare new strings....can't say I get the need for multiple axes.

Roly
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I don't get out much
Aug 5th, 2019 12:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe this is why I don't feel the need for another bass.

SN 027

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North Florida

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Aug 5th, 2019 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Roly, I kind of envy the one bass thing. I could live with either the 81 P-bass or the Guild Starfire, but they are so different. Like opposite ends of the spectrum with no overlay.

The heavily modified Bronco, is a blast and a beast an instrument that is worry free, it can get kicked around pretty hard. All four of my fretless basses I made myself and they range from my favorite bass to the signature bass signed by all the instructors and students along with Reggie and Roy Wooten at Victor’s Bass camp, to the 2 by 8 homedepot bass and the 20” scale cigarbox, all of them are used and enjoyed.

First home made fretless

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hushnel
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North Florida

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Aug 5th, 2019 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

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Aug 5th, 2019 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

First guitar. Big old mahogany and spruce dreadnought sold by western auto. Played a little like a cheese grater with big old Black Diamond strings on it.
First electric guitar was a Silvertone with the weird headstock and slider switches to change pickups.
First fairly decent electric was an Epiphone copy of a strat.
Paid 115 bucks for it and probably made more money playing it than any other guitar I have ever owned.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 6th, 2019 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

My first real guitar was a Yamaha classical that was the only guitar I had for perhaps 10 years. Prior to that (through the 5th grade), I had a ukulele.

But we tend to evolve.

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Aug 15th, 2019 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Up until 1976 I never owned more than one guitar.

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Aug 17th, 2019 04:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was 10 years old my first guitar was an acoustic my dad bought me at K-mart for 10 dollars. Black Diamond heavy gauge strings and an action about 1/2" high at the 12th fret. Almost unplayable. I learned a few cowboy chords on that one. The F chord was impossible to play. I don't remember what happened to it.

Then I got a Teisco electric for $60. Again from K-mart. More playable but I didn't have an amp. Still had heavy gauge strings and was hard to play but I learned a little more on it. Don't remember what happened to that one either.

Then I bought a Silvertone electric and amp from a grade school friend for $12. It was actually playable but the neck had a serious warp. I learned about lighter gauge strings and learned a lot more about how to play. I sold that one to a friend who turned it into a bass guitar.

Then when I was 14 I bought a 61 Fender Jaguar for $150 from a classified ad in the newspaper. My first "real" guitar. Getting that guitar really inspired me to play and practice. It was my sole guitar up until after I graduated from high school when I bought my 1963 SG Custom. After that point I never had only one guitar. The herd kept growing.

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