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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / My old Alvarez is gone

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Aug 16th, 2019 03:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought my first guitar in 1974, an Alvarez 5023 in a cardboard case. $150. It was a D-28 knockoff, all laminate with that crappy adjustable bridge. But what did I know about bridges? I was delighted to have it. It had "Alvarez" in MOP script on the headstock, not the stylized "A" that they started using soon thereafter.

It was my only guitar for 30 years, and I played the heck out of it. It sounded pretty darn good for what it was. I played in a few weddings with it, my first public performances, back in the '70s when I knew just a few chords.

Somewhere along the way I acquired a better case for it. But then I bought a better guitar, then a couple more, and the old Alvarez got put aside. Eventually it ended up on display on a high shelf at our last house because I still liked to look at it; the top had gone a dark amber, pretty.

We have a teen musical phenom in our little town, a thirteen year old skinny kid who sounds like Adele when she sings. She plays the local Open Mic once in a while, and is a big crowd favorite. I started giving her guitar lessons a few months ago, and she is doing well with it. I loaned her that old Alvarez to learn on.

I've decided to downsize my guitar collection, plan to get down to two, my old Guild and the Goodall. Will be selling a couple of nice old Yairis soon.

So yesterday she was here for a lesson, and as we were wrapping it up I told her that Alvarez was now hers. I gave it to her. What was my first guitar 44 years ago is now her first guitar.

It occurred to me that that guitar is probably the oldest thing I own. It was a bit bittersweet, but I'm happy that I let it go. Guitars need to be played, and that will be once again.

damuniz
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She turned me into a newt!....
Aug 16th, 2019 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

You did good!

MJB
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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Aug 16th, 2019 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop, good on you man!

stratcowboy
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Aug 16th, 2019 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

You tryin' to make us cry, or something??

littleuch
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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 16th, 2019 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any conditions like "if you decide to quit..."? Only reason I ask is I did something similar to a family member (amp) and found its destiny was a pawnshop. I nearly cried when I found what he was given for it.

Gene from Tampa
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The Discombobulator
Aug 16th, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!

Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 16th, 2019 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have some dust in my eye or something...

Ya done good!!!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:33 AM, Aug 16th, 2019)

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Aug 16th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a similar old Ibanez acoustic - my first actual left-handed guitar, purchased when I was in college in around '77-'78.

I still have it, occasionally restring it, but it doesn't get played much. But like you, it was my main guitar from college until 1992 when I bought my first "good" (i.e., all solid wood) Larrivee OM-05.

I learned so much on this old guitar -lots of memories, so it's very hard to let it go. If a situation like yours developed, I think I could do it.

Congrats, Ragtop - very generous of you.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Aug 16th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

No, littleuch, no strings attached. And I told her to bring it to me if something on it needs attention.

And I'll still get to see it at our weekly lesson.

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Aug 16th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

P.S. Ragtop - I bought that Ibanez from Vince Russo at Russo's Music when he still had his shop in his basement in Papillion, NE. I suspect you may have known Vince, or done some business with him somewhere along the way over the years?

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Aug 16th, 2019 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

mikey, I did not know Vince. I am friends with the last owner of Russo's, Jim. He is a good guy and a MONSTER guitar player, and he lives a couple hours away from me now in Colorado. His shop in Miracle Hills was a favorite stop of mine when I was out running around. I never bought a guitar from him, but would try to buy my strings and etc. from there to help him keep the lights on.

I bought my Alvarez at Sol's Pawn Shop up on N. 16th, just north of downtown. Back then they sold new guitars in addition to the usual pawn shop crap.

I can remember feeling like I was John Denver when I walked out of there with with that guitar and cheap case in my hand, very exciting!


reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Aug 16th, 2019 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah - I also shopped at Russo's quite a bit when Jim owned it, too. I bought a few guitars (acoustic and electric) and at least one amp there, and my sons (a guitarist and a drummer) also bought stuff there. My son Nate actually won a drawing there once for a very nice $400 Levy's leather gig bag, which fits his SG very nicely!

However, over the years I've spent a LOT more at Dietze...I'm betting I paid for one of Tim's cars...



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Aug 17th, 2019 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

It’s a cool thing to do, I like doing it so much I started finding old POS guitars and making them playable. When I come across a kid determined to play of a family with low resources I give them one.

At the moment I have a violin and a Esteban. the guitar I’ve already finished, the violin I need to re-hair the bow.

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