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Your first electric guitar. Pic's or it didn't happen.

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by rockinforJesus, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    I was on TDPRI earlier today, and saw an interesting thread that I hadn't seen here yet.
    What was your first electric guitar, do you still have it (pic's required if so), and bonus points if you have a picture of you in the era you first purchased said guitar.
    I'll go first... 1985-ish Mach 1 X Series flying V. Not sure who makes it (maybe Aria?).

    ...and the epic era pic LOL

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  2. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    1965 Maton Fyrbyrd. The pickups were pretty ordinary, couldn't wait to trade it in on an Epiphone Casino asap. This is not my guitar in the pic (I had the standard 3 pickups) but the color and everything else is correct.

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  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    My first electric was an Ibanez bass that I saved up for at age 13 by mowing lawns in the Arizona heat, and yes I still have it but don't have any pics handy. The first six-string I bought for myself is my Gretsch 5120 that I recently upgraded and acoustified, so obviously I still have it. Bought in 2012 at the Guitar Center in Laredo, Texas when I lived there. When I got a Strat, and later a Tele, it became a bit of a case queen to the point that I was contemplating selling. I pulled it out about a year ago to work on a song it seemed well-suited to, and I fell in love with it all over again. It's been my #1 since, and since the upgrades is really delivering the sounds I'd always hoped to get from it. My Strats and Teles are jealous, and I want a few more Gretsches. Plenty of pics right here:
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Nice one! I still have both, '50s Harmony that was my brothers and '61 Les Paul Jr. thats the actual first guitar i ever bought at 17 or 18. 1504488590962847253583.jpg 20170320_103753.jpg
  5. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Gretschie

    Feb 20, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    DSCN0596.JPG DSCN0013.JPG My first guitar? This '96 Epiphone Sheraton II. Doesn't get played much; but, I'm not really a guitar player. Basses, 90% of the time. Here's my first Gretsch; a '96 Broadkaster. Why it's my ONLY Gretsch should be fairly obvious...:rolleyes:
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I don't think I ever had a picture of my first electric---a single pickup Silvertone amp in case. It was over 50 years ago, so, pix unlikely.
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Dang! Pretty snazzy gettin a Sheraton for your 1st.
    I love mine, super fancy deluxe ride!
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  8. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I was a keyboard player and started playing guitar late in the mid 80s. I was making little home recordings and wanted some guitar sounds so I got this used Fender Stratocaster.
    The seller had two, an almost new looking 77 and this beat up 73 which was $50 more. I had read in Guitar Player magazine that older was better (actually the seller told me, incorrectly, that he remembered it being bought new by his band's guitar player in 71) so I got the older one.

    I play the green AVRI more often though.
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  9. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    A pre-lawsuit Luxor Stratocaster in natural. Oh yes, I was a real Blackmore fan back in the day. My first Strat stayed just a few months in it's natural look before it was oversprayed in black. Needless to say a good guitar, well built in Japan.

  10. Gretschman2

    Gretschman2 Country Gent

    Apr 8, 2013
    Enetai, WA
    My first electric was one of these, a Kustom K200. I was a moron for getting rid of it.

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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Black strat, maple neck, "Gilmour look" made in Japan. Looked great, and that's all I can say about that.

    Unfortunately all old pics are analog media and not scanned yet. Doubt it will happen anytime soon, if ever.
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  12. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    Fyrbyrd. Yep, my first electric. Think it was around '64.

    And it was pretty good for its time. Well it suited me then. And, as all can see, it came with a Bigbsy.

    But I'm buggered if it gave me the hassles I'm experiencing now with my G6120.

    Possibly could it be that string changes were sortta rare events? I used to in those times change strings whenever one broke. So you could possibly go six months without a change.

    By the way, in those days, the strings were probably a lot heavier gauge than those that are available now.
    I never heard of slinkies until about twenty-five years ago. I've tried 'em and can't stand 'em.

    Happy now with my .011s and my Gretsch.

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  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Sears Tiesco , single pickup , around 1974 , came with a plastic amp that was the size if my computer screen with a 3 inch speaker . Man I was rockin'
    Thanks Santa ( wish I still had it )
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  14. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Synchromatic

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I don't have any pictures of the actual guitar, but it was one of these -

    The name on the head is 'Satellite'.
    If you ever see one on ebay, leave it there. Whatever they're asking for it, it's too much, your money's better spent on cigarettes.
  15. organic

    organic Synchromatic

    Jan 22, 2011
    Worcester UK

    Watkins Rapier 33. Only Brits who could afford American guitars in those days were rockstars and they usually only had one.
  16. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    My first electric was rich b---h copy. Can't recall what name was on the headstock. I traded it for an sg copy a couple years later because Angus was my hero.
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  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    1973. For some reason we were switching guitars for pictures. I'm in the middle with the Woolworth's Teisco although my guitar is the red one on my left. 12 pounds at the second hand store. It was a cut down Rossetti. The silver discs stuck on Because the guy from Slade did it. Both my school buddies here still play.

  18. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    IMG_0056_5ffefe3d-67f9-4be1-87aa-0284fc187137_1024x1024.jpg Late 70's Tobacco Sunburst Gibson SG that I bought in a pawn shop. (Photo is not my guitar)
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  19. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    I remember the Watkins Rapier from the 60s and I gassed for it for many a year! Same with the Futuramas!
  20. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    I bought my first electric guitar in the early 70s.
    It was was a Baldwin (Burns) Double 6 which I bought from our local mom & pop music store.
    They had two which were left over from stock after Baldwin/Burns folded.
    The price was £ 75 but one had a duff middle pickup which they were offering for £ 50 to clear. Needless to say I took the the cheaper one which even came in an original huge Baldwin hard case exactly like the one in the picture.
    I had the pick up rewound by Kent Armstrong and it was one hell of a machine!
    I used it for a couple of years in my first real band as a 6 string - must have been mad!

    It was exactly like this only the paint was not as faded as this example - it was pristine, mint condition.:-