"Affordable" birth year guitars.

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by englishman, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Tony's Strat purchase got me thinking. People with birth years such as I (1957) are kinda limited with this. a 1957 Gold top... or a Telecaster... or a Strat are ridiculously expensive. Even if I had 20K I can't see spending that on one of these.

    So what are the options? Gibson, Fender and Gretsch are pretty much out of the running.

    I found this 1957 Magnatone on Reverb for 'only' $4000. There are also Silvertone/Danelectros in this price range.

    So what is your affordable birth year guitar?

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Cool looking guitar, Paul Bigsby designed. Eastwood is reissuing their version.

    There are 1957 Gretsches that would be relatively affordable: Rambler, Streamliner (6189-91), Corvette Hollowbody (6182-4,6187)

    I especially like the Lotus Ivory/Metallic Grey 6187; it sold for $1695 on Reverb.

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  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    As for me, affordable 1963 Gretsches include the Clipper, Astro Jet, Corvette/Princess, Annies. Even Tennys aren't too bad.
     
  4. I have played a few guilds from the 50’s. They were top notch, very comfortable necks. The aristocrats have that jet look, but are the lightest electric I ever played. The franz pickups are potent. Depending on condition, they range from below 2000 to 5500 or so. If they were made in my birth year, I would do it. But I am from a few years later.
     
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I've been looking for an Aristocrat for a long time, generally they start sin the mid $3K range. There are other Guild models that would be less expensive though.

    Harmony and Kay models can be good "bargains" - like the Barney Kessel:

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    There's a 1957 Kay Thin Twin Jimmy Reed on Reverb now for $1495 in good condition.

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    https://reverb.com/item/25757064-1957-kay-thin-twin-jimmy-reed-blonde
     
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  6. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Were Clippers made in the 50's? They're pretty affordable, relatively speaking.

    Just 2 weeks before my 50th I found a '63 6120. Best. Birthday. Ever. :D
    And the most I've ever spent on a guitar. Don't see that happening again.
     
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  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I'm pretty sure I'd never own an Eastwood :)

    I still don't like the 'big box' guitars, so it'd still have to be a solid (or similar style).
     
  8. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Well, I'm a realist, and with '53 being my birth year, I'm screwed!

    That said, I'm a happy and lucky guy with what I now have.
     
  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
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  11. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    One day, I’d like to have a birth year (1968) Fender Precision or Tele Bass
     
  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Came out in 1958, so wouldn't work for David, but would for younger people. It continued into the early 70s IIRC.
     
  13. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Gretschie

    123
    Dec 22, 2018
    Texas
    I kinda like G5422T......born in 1955. Telecaster? Nope. Strat? Nope. A Gretsch? Nope. Guess I'm SOL. This game not much fun.
     
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  14. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    3500, money I'd only spend on a Gretsch. But I guess the only one I'd want from '79.

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  15. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

    745
    Feb 13, 2015
    tejas
    This could work for me too. Although I'm technically a '74 vintage, my birthday is the very end of December so it's closer to '75 than '74.

    However, when I searched Reverb for '74 I saw this one and instantly fell for it. Fortunately it's a mustang and I'm a big dude, so I don't need to buy it because it'll be too small...or will it?

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  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Wow, that's nice.
     
  17. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    Maybe the Goya G-10 guitar like the one Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played in the Sound of Music. Excepting that particular guitar that she autographed, sometimes those show up for affordable prices.

    Maybe a Guild 12 string jumbo acoustic from that late 1960s era might fit within my budget.

    A Gibson Hummingbird would not fit my budget.
     
  18. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Gretschie

    471
    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Born in 1949. Not much to hope for.
     
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  19. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

    745
    Feb 13, 2015
    tejas
    Yeah, I kinda wish I hadn't looked...
     
  20. Crowbar

    Crowbar Electromatic

    63
    Nov 20, 2012
    North Dakota
    Guild D-25 that showed up at Dave's Guitar Shop in WI last summer, just a few weeks before I was traveling through the area. It was affordably priced as it was, but I had quite a bit of stuff piling up at home that I was happy with the value he offered and he was nice enough to hold it until I got there.

    Not my favorite color (kind of a dark cherry), but it sounds great and they had done some work to the bridge making it one of my best playing acoustics!

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