"Affordable" birth year guitars.

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  1. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    224
    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  3. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Gretschie

    366
    May 1, 2018
    Philadelphia
    I don’t know if they’re affordable, but since I was born in 1985 I’d love a real single pickup Charvel super strat with a Floyd
     
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  4. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    1954 - so it ain't happening:(o_O
     
  5. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    655
    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    1987 so I have quite a few options that wouldn't break the bank, would go either double anniversary or a tele
     
  6. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    400
    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    BTW, I was born in 1945
     
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    An affordable and playable guitar made in 1947? Fat chance! :(
     
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  8. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

    Age:
    56
    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Another '63 guy here - I lucked out getting two refin'd Fenders (Jazzmaster and Jaguar). The Jazzmaster was the most I ever paid for a guitar and I doubt I'll ever spend that much again. The Jag was less expensive.

    Another '63 Fender that I've seen is the Duo-Sonic, around 2k or under (especially if they've been refin'd or modded. The only problem is the 22" 3/4 scale guitar would feel like a toy to me, so at this point, I'm thankful for what I've got. I would love to find a '63 Gretsch but prices have been climbing on any that I would be interested in.
     
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  9. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    62
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
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  10. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Gretschie

    181
    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin
    1950 here which means nope. Maybe I could afford a pickup? Whatever I would stumble across most likely wouldn't be all original which would be a good match as I'm not all original myself. :D
     
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  11. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    400
    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    I gave that a lot of thought, but decided to leave it be. I cleaned it all up and made it playable. It's an interesting guitar and the forerunner of yours.

    The guitar was designed by Paul Bigsby, and the pickup is also a Bigsby design.
     
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  12. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

    745
    Feb 13, 2015
    tejas
    You need a BC Rich Warlock or something like that from '87! Maybe something in neon green or pink?
     
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  13. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    How about a birth year car? I want this 68 Mustang more than a 68 guitar. It helps that it matches my gold top 0B7C8690-0FBC-4D8D-8CBC-E034D0AE4ED0.jpeg
     
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  14. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Gretschie

    181
    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin
    Yeah, that would work too. I learned to drive in my mom's 64 1/2. She had 67 and a 68 as well; all convertibles. Later, I had a 66. Wouldn't mind having any of them today!
     
  15. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    400
    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    There weren't many cars made in 1945.
     
  16. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I'd say a '71 LP Custom, expensive sure but not totally insane at around $6000.00 avg. Screenshot_2020-07-31-09-40-53-1.png
     
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  17. afire

    afire Country Gent

    In '75 they were still fully hollow with X bracing and 21 frets. In the '80s, they started partially routing the bodies and leaving heavier integral "bracing" and 24 frets. So, a '75 Rickenbacker actually has more in common with a '60s Rickenbacker than a modern one.
     
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  18. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    655
    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Lol, you have a good point there, it was the time for all the rock hair bands, and id have no problems doing pink.
     
  19. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    You could go for both the car and the guitar, with a Ford and a Fender!

    Or, the Pontiac and Gibson: Firebird. Really cool if you were born in the Bi-Centennial year: 1976!

    Birds of a feather...

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    Not many people remember the impact this movie had at the time, maybe because it was only the #2 hit movie in 1977. I mean they had Bandit on kid's lunchboxes and everything.

    (#1 movie in 1977 was a little George Lucas production, you might have heard of it.)
     
  20. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    64
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Could you get a birth-year tank? There were a lot of those made in 1945.
     
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