First Guitar, First Gretsch?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by drmilktruck, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Man I love these post because I love old guitars. The Stella post was great. I learned how to play on my father"s old Stella. Loved dads old guitar almost as much as I loved My dad
  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    My first guitar was a Sears Silvertone amp-in-case at Christmas '63. Learned a handful of chords, but wound up selling it to get a bigger amp for the Farfisa. I was far busier (and better) on keys than guitar. Six years later, I picked up a '69 Voxton flat top and a case for $100 while I was in the service. It's been all around the world in the back of a C-130. It's beat up, but I still have it.

    First Gretsch was a Synchro sparkle Jet, which led to the harder stuff---a 5235T Pro Jet and a 3140 Historic.
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Black strat, MIJ, unfortunately MIJ seventies budget style including a ply body and hard-tail-cut-in-half-tele-style bridge. Looked great though, very Gilmourish.

    1st Gretsch was a 2007 G6119-1959 RI aquired in 2010 ish...
  4. First Gretsch was a country classic ii. The one in my avy.
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  5. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    My first guitar, purchased used in 1978 was a Columbus Les Paul copy that was plenty good enough for me to thrash around on while i taught myself to play.
    Several guitars and bands later my wife bought me my first (used) Gretsch in 1992. Ive bought and sold and collected Gretsches ever since but i still have and love my Baldwin era Country Gent. An absolutely superb beast. 0698CC0F-BACE-4DBD-817E-23E26AFD3C60.jpeg

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  6. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    First guitar was the Washburn KC-40V I bought from a class mate to help fund his first Gibson LP:
    Pretty good starter guitar, aside from the licensed Floyd. Had it playing pretty good and it didn't sound half bad. Pictured here w/ my first guitar amp, a Peavey Triumph 60. It served me well until I got my own Les Paul a few years later. I still have the Washburn and gave the amp to the bass player for his birthday a few years back.

    My first Gretsch was a 5435T I ran into at the local GC used. It was only in my possession for about 3 weeks before the bass player found me a 5655T on CL and I sold the Pro Jet to him, here's a pic of them both together:
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  7. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Wow do i like that. Beauty!
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  8. wvincagold

    wvincagold Gretschie

    Jan 4, 2018
    My first guitar was a Yamaha classical. It was stolen when I was in the Marine Corps in Yuma AZ vmfat 101.

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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Sarah, my first Gretsch was a G5120 in sunburst, too. I didn't call it Rosie, but it is one guitar that I still regret letting go. That sunburst finish on the 5120 was absolutely beautiful.

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  10. Kikstand

    Kikstand Newbie

    Jul 20, 2018
    Lakeland, Florida
    First stringed instrument was a TV PAL toy ukelele. They were made out of New York in the 50s and 60s I think. First real guitar was probably a red Kramer 300ST. The Kramer stayed with me throughout my military career but was stolen from a storage unit in the early 90s.
    My first Gretsch is the G6118 I picked up a couple weeks ago. By far my most favorite guitar!

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  11. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    My first guitar was a Marlin hollow body electric, around 1968. Came bundled with a solid state Checkmate 10 amplifier. It was replaced around 1972 with a 67 Gibson non-reverse Firebird with 3 P90s (sure wish I still had that one!). The Checkmate was replaced just before the guitar, with a West Avalon (50 watt) tube amp with 2 410 cabs (at which time I became the scourge of the neighborhood :D).

    My first Gretsch is an Aspen Green 5420 (first series). Got it about when I joined the forum here in 2013. 20130504_152746_3_zps2352b843.jpg
  12. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    My first guitar cost £12 when I was 14. I would walk past the second hand shop on the way to school and one day it was in the window. It was obviously hand-painted white and a weird shape but the price was right. Even so, it took me at least a month to get it paid off so I could take it home. I painted it red soon after, this is it:

    Pretty sure this was its original state, a Rosetti.
    First Gretsch was a 6119. Here's a pic from the one gig I did with it, pretty much a disaster since my amp died right away so the backup was a Fender Mustang that seemed impossible just to get an 'amp' sound from, there were a zillion presets, but the owner had boatloads of effects on every one of them. The big body of the guitar never suited me so it had to go.

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  13. vyndance

    vyndance Gretschie

    Dec 12, 2014
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    First guitar was a knockoff Vox Phantom V in '65. First Gretsch was a 5120. I modded it pretty heavy and got it sounding and playing great. I could play it for hours setting down but just could not bond with a 2 3/4 inch thick guitar standing up. It went to a fella here on G-T.
  14. dlwilliams48

    dlwilliams48 Electromatic

    Mar 27, 2018
    I don't even remember what my first guitar was... I remember it was a cheap electric, single cut away, perhaps a Silvertone. It was destroyed in a house fire in 1966 but I did learn to play on it. First Gretsch is my recently purchased G2622.
  15. slimwilson

    slimwilson Synchromatic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Mobile, Al
    First guitar was a Silvertone Strat. The first guitar I ever bought myself was a Syncromatic Gretsch Junior Jet
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  16. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    My first guitar was a Kay student acoustic, the action was so high, that our 1956 Buick could have parked under the 9th fret. My first Gretsch was a pawn shop 1959 Chet with similar action. I was elated when I bought the Gretsch, but not as much as the guy that owned the pawn shop. And no, even with a Gretsch I could not sound like George and learn.
  17. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    My 1st guitar was this wazu Sears Catalog Les Paul Copy in 1976. I was like 10 years old. The thing had all of these switches, echo, trem, fuzz. It was a crazy piece of junk , never stayed in tune beast. I wish I would have hung on to it. My 1st Gretsch is just a couple of weeks old "Electromatic G 5230 Jet T" I expected less for the $$$ , I am utterly smitten by this beauty.

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  18. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
  19. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    love the guitars Sid. I also use Blackstar amps. HT Club 40. great amp.
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  20. Love it too johnny g, for the same reasons. Plus you mentioned how you felt about your Dad, which got me thinking about mine.

    Congrats Section2 (quarter way to being a section8?) and kjmac on your Red Sparlkes. Beautiful! And hey kj, Omaha was my home for 17 years, heading back for a month in a few weeks.

    Great stories and pictures. Sarah, I remember your Riveter!

    Lots of impressive guitars, too. Beardogs Super Chet among many.

    My first was a Kay box almost 50 years ago, and like CaliforniaSlim my first electric was a crappy strat knockoff- I wonder what happened to it, too!

    Sorry to say I don't have first GreTsch, my favorite looking guitar since I was 5, 6122-62
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