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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. Jcmltv

    Jcmltv Electromatic

    Feb 24, 2017
    This is my first guitar. Got it from Sears when I was about 15. I still have it and took this picture just now! Needs some work. :)
  2. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    WOW! Never seen one of those-- quite an original take on the Gibson Explorer theme.
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  3. Calula

    Calula Electromatic

    Jul 28, 2017
    My first guitar was a nasty chunk of burning wood as pictured below - I couldn't possibly want to take a photo of it, so I had to google for pics. It was a bright red Maison strat - the Chinese version of the 90's, not the ones handcrafted in the UK in the 70's. I could better cut a nut just with teeth, it couldn't possibly be kept in tune, the frets were sharp as stilettos... this thing almost made me fall out of love with guitars! Almost... :)

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  4. slimwilson

    slimwilson Synchromatic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Mobile, Al
    First guitar was a Silvertone Strat that was black with a white pickguard. Quickly adorned it with stickers, as was the punk rock tradition at the time. No pictures of it, so just imagine or go look in a music mag. First guitar I ever bought with my own money is a Syncromatic Gretsch Junior Jet in purple cream. I still own that guitar, and will probably own it til my dying day (or pass down to a kid when I have em).
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  5. Zeke

    Zeke Gretschie

    Aug 14, 2017
    United States
    My first electric guitar was a red Kent 335 copy I bought at a hardware store. No photos of it exist. This is a Cameo Explorer I got from a pawn shop which I think came next. I still have the body but everything was stripped off when I gunked everything up with a smoke bomb in the neck pickup cavity. :)
    Dude on the right is playing a Carlo Robelli (Sam Ash brand) LP into a stupidly loud Fender Twin. I still have that old Univox piggy bank amp too. My lone effect was a Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 box with a plug that plugged directly into the guitar or amp (?). Photo is from the mid 70's.
  6. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
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  7. Rikki Ericson

    Rikki Ericson Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    That was my second guitar after the Jedson. Made of plywood and the trem broke as soon as I tried to be Jimi. I was 16 when I got it. My dad got it fixed for me and I only kept it for sentimental value. Finally sold it around the mid 90s. Funny thing is, I wish I still had all my old geets. Never sell em kids. :)
  8. buzzanderson

    buzzanderson Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2015
    Centreville, VA
    A '94 American Standard Strat, in Candy Apple Red Metallic. I paid $30 extra for the matching painted headstock. I've since equipped it with Texas Specials and a mini toggle for seven pickup combinations. It's still my favorite.

  9. J Bird

    J Bird Gretschie

    Dec 2, 2016
  10. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    If i never sold any it would be absolute gluttony! I own like 30 now so it would be well over 100......i would need an extra houseo_O
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  11. mbkri

    mbkri Synchromatic

    Sep 22, 2012
    IMG_0058.JPG A 70s Columbus Les Paul copy made in Japan just like this but it had a crappier finish. I bought it used in 77 and I learned to play on it by playing along to the Antz, Pistols, Banshees, Buzzcocks etc. I had an H and H transistor head, an old PA speaker and a Little Big Muff and it all sounded great to me back then.
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  12. NickGretsch

    NickGretsch Synchromatic

    Aug 30, 2011
    Cornwall, England
    IMG_0099.JPG Well not quite my first electric, that was a Hofner Colorama without a tremolo. Can't find a photo of that model.
    But here in all its humble 60's glory is the Hofner Suoer 3. Bought as an early Christmas/birthday present (birthday's in December) back at the end of 61. Timing was great as in early 62 I was asked to join a local band, staying with them till 66 and this guitar did sterling service in that busy band for four year. It also was the 'learner guitar' for my three boys who have luckily all gone on to be fine musicians.

    This is a stock photo off the internet, sorry but that ol' Hofner resides right back in the corner of my little home studio, stuck behind too much junk :eek:
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  13. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

    Jul 6, 2014
    IMG_7915.jpg This picture is from 1987. My first guitar was 480 Rick from 1975. I still has it and I got it in 1984.
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  14. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    I've had a couple of those, a white one and a paisley one. They aren't bad at all.
  15. Johnno

    Johnno Gretschie

    Nov 27, 2016