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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. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
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  2. luvdablues

    luvdablues Electromatic

    Mar 5, 2017
    ottawa, canada
  3. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I believe that the "M" you are referring to is actually the Greek letter, Sigma and is part of the headstock logo to be read as below, and so, the brand of the guitar.

  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Country Gent

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Not mine, but it looks just like it. I bought a (then) brand new 1984 Memphis les Paul copy:

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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    There's alotta cheese in this thread:D
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  6. MickeyB

    MickeyB Electromatic

    Jul 24, 2017
    Birmingham England UK
    Vox Stroller. Circa 1963
    Oh you lucky guys, having axes that at least look as though they could be played.
    As a beginner in the 1960's (yes, I'm that old) in the UK what you had and was available/used/ affordable /was things like this.
    They were cheaply made in a furniture factory by someone who might have seen a picture of a Strat - (cos if you ever saw a real one it was a years wages).
    Ply body so thin you had to use a TV co-ax plug; beech neck, no truss rod and as bent as a bow in no time.
    Still, it was red and plugged into the hi-fi, made some sort of a noise that annoyed the older generation.
    Great for posing and imagining - and I even had the Hank Marvin/Buddy Holly horn-rimmed specs!!!

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  7. Dave-B

    Dave-B Synchromatic

    May 23, 2016
    Westone Spectrum LX, circa 1985. I'm on the left here. Please note the period-correct shiny grey shirt and thin grey leather tie. Oh yes.


    Here's a better shot of the guitar. I still own it, but it's in a rather shabby state and some of its critical parts have seen better days. Not unlike myself.

  8. OHokie

    OHokie Electromatic

    Mar 26, 2016
    Can't find a picture, but I had a red & black crackle pattern Kasino solid body. Looked awesome to 14-yo me, played and sounded like garbage.
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  9. JHall55

    JHall55 Country Gent

    Dec 18, 2012
    Vantage Avenger. I think it was red originally. My buddy painted Kim Mitchell on it when we were in high school. Yes, I still have it.


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  10. MarkyMac

    MarkyMac Gretschie

    I was a late starter, having played acoustics all my life. Gave myself this present on my 55th Birthday. IMG_0167.jpg
  11. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    This isn't the actual item, but it looked just like this. It was branded "Melody" & no doubt was made by Teisco. Mine had a slightly different yet truly awful trem bridge. In about 1965 I paid $40 for it used. Apparently I was able to sell it because it's not around here any more. This was replaced with an awful Japanese bass, then in 1968 I realized I really wanted a 6 string again & bought a Strat. I couldn't afford a new one so I got a used one, which in those days were worth a lot less used than new. So I paid $130 for a used Strat which turned out to have been built in 1956. Yes, I still have it. Not sure if I would be able to get my $130 investment back on it though. 1st Gtr.jpg
  12. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Erm.......can we like........maybe....see the '56 Strat? Not to put down the Teisco or anything, you understand.
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  13. Rikki Ericson

    Rikki Ericson Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    Mine was called a Jedson. It was a single pickup in a cherry sunburst and shaped like an SG. It was a piece of ****, but taught me a lot. Any pics of Jedsons on the net are of a tele shape with tobacco burst. So either mine was rare or my memory is bolloxed. I bought it for 5 quid in 1976 off a friend of my sisters and played it through a wem ER40, which was stolen from school just before my band played it's first gig. Had to use a friends amp. Thanks for reminding me. Not. :-D
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  14. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Cort M-600. I miss it still!

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  15. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Lots of Jedson SGs on the net.
    This one doesn't look that bad. 2pickups though.

  16. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Wow, a Bigsby that stays in tune!!
  17. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    I guess it wasn't worthy of snapping a picture and waiting a week for the film to be developed.
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  18. larryr

    larryr Electromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    Just found this tonight. 1968. My Gibson melody maker. And my first garage band at 14. I think the Gibby was a 68 as well.

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  19. Rikki Ericson

    Rikki Ericson Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    Yep, I know. No single pups tho. Had a white scratchplate. too. Pickup in middle position. It's probably a memory thing........
    Although if it was the tele shape, it would explain my lifelong subconscious aversion to telecasters

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  20. GuitarJunkie

    GuitarJunkie Gretschie

    Feb 22, 2016
    PRS S2, sold this year and wondering if I made the right decision now.