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Amazingly I was going through some old boxes clearing out clutter and came upon this snapshot. Oh man, the memories! This was 1964 and my folks got me a Silvertone dual pickup with amp in the case. My folks likely thought it would be a passing hobby and soon relegated to the closet to gather dust. What was never anticipated was it was a long 40yr hobby with tons of gear, lots of good friends, great times and many a fine guitars later. Pictured with me is my best bud Mark who had his Gretch in hand and goofing off we were.

What a long playing stretch that made so many good friends, great jams, unforgettable times, and a life that enlightened mine and my love for the guitar and music. Unfortunately I had some brain injury that has left my left arm and hand unusable and can no longer play. But I'm awful blessed to have all those years and tons of great memories and tremendous friends. Even in 1964 I was lucky to have no less than 8 or 9 great guitar players within a few blocks...though my neighbors probably would have wished otherwise Big Grin

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A Takamine nylon string classical guitar. Mostly inspired by Christopher Parkening.

I still have it, though it looks like it's been through war.



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I got a Cort Flying V from Sears on my 15th birthday.
 
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I don't remember the brand, it was some obscure Japanese electric. It wasn't long before I got a better one. I can't remember what happened to it.


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I play the radio - a little bit.

But my kids both play. My son's first was a used Pawn Shop Squier Starcaster he bought for $75 when he was 11.

He's almost 18 now, and has over 12 guitars, and the newest acquisition is an American Strat SRV signature edition at just under $1700.

My daughter started on a discount Ibanez AE in blue, but her collection has included a Gretsch hollow body, a Gibson LP gold top, Martin acoustic, and a PRS.

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A 4-string Davy Crockett guitar; it had a bell shaped body. Don’t remember the brand of my first steel string acoustic, but it hurt to play and I never got past the cowboy chords.


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My mom's 1968 Martin nylon-string. Recently had a neck-reset.
 
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Early 1970’s Aria open body acoustic electric. Cherry burst. Refitted with a Bigsby.
 
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The long road ahead. My friend and musical genius Mike Dodd's folks bought him a Fender Jaguar, I flipped, had to have a Fender. A neighbor had a very neglected 65' Fender Mustang and I snapped it up. I stripped the hardware sanded and prepped the body and painted it in white lacquer. Topping things off, my next door neighbor Anthony worked in a metal shop and took all the metal hardware with the exception of the tuning heads and gold plated everything, tail piece, vibrato, switch covers, bridge everything. After assembly it was a masterpiece and had that notable Fender tone, the surf vibe. The neck radius was so small I often remarked a child could play it. An amazing guitar. It wasn't long before a friend just had to have it and I sold it and took the money to ACE Discount and bought my first Les Paul.

The first of many, however, what I wasn't aware of is that there were several LP models and I purchased a LP Deluxe with the single coil humbuckers. During this time I was fulfilling my commitment at The House of Harmony taking music lessons the folks paid for. Shortly following I was finally able to have Dad co-sign a loan and purchased my first awesome cherry sunburst Les Paul Custom with gold plated Grover machine heads and parts. Additionally the guy who owned Suniland Music knew my Mom so he also gave me a great deal for an Acoustic 105 Head with the 155 bottoms 4-10"s in the cab. That purchase fueled many years of some of the finest electric and acoustic guitars. I was hooked big time for the following 40 some odd years..


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Mine was a Gibson SG single pickup in Cherry Red. That was in about 1965. Some years ago, I bought a 1963 SG Les Paul Junior in the same configuration. It came with the original hang tags, strap and cardboard case.

I probably paid $150 for the first one and way tooooo much for the last one but Gibson is selling a re-issue of the guitar for $3,000.

I now remember playing it through a Vox Buckingham amp.

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A "Memphis" brand strat clone.
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A Series 10 by Bentley Les Paul copy that my dad bought for me from a friend of his around 30 years ago.

I still have it. I recently replaced all the electronics with quality components. It is playable again but I have never been a big fan of the LP shape and it is quite heavy. The hardware is typical for an import of that time period.
 
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Mid-‘60s Airline “Barney Kessel” like THIS one. I sold it to a friend after I came home from the Army, and I’ve wanted it back ever since!
 
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A Seagull S6 acoustic. That was only 8 1/2 years ago.




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I have a Seagull acoustic of about the same age. Has great tone.
 
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Mid-‘60s Airline “Barney Kessel” like THIS one. I sold it to a friend after I came home from the Army, and I’ve wanted it back ever since!

Very cool! Oddly enough I just recently read about Barney Kessel, when researching another guitar player. He was with the famous LA based Wrecking Crew, session musicians who played on thousands of recordings.


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Yamaha GC-A Spruce topped Classical. Still have it, it was a fine Guitar.

My 2nd was a Spruce Topped Ramirez 1A.

Both were way better guitars than I deserved to play.........


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The Sweet Spot. After acquiring my D-28 I'd take it almost everywhere with me. Late one very quiet night I left home with the pup and found an Elementary School down the street. I was just going to let him have free reign and tire him out before going to bed. Cutting through the hallways to the back field I happen to catch the echos bouncing off the concrete walls and floors. It finally caught my attention that here in this half lit concrete hallway it was an almost perfect acoustical chamber, I could almost here myself breathing. The Martin was sharp, crisp, and you could feel every note resonate within, with each chord change up you could here each of my calloused fingertips sliding over the bronze wound strings that had that true signature that something sweet and mello was opening into the open space of the air. I love the sound of those squeaks across the strings when it's still and silent.

It set a special tone that brought out each magical note played. Almost real connection with your guitar when you play, the sound feels like it wells up from the heart. Perfect tone, ringing clear, magic. Just me and my dog in a dark cold hallway...those tones are still with me today and will never be forgotten.

I'm going to guess here that I'm not the only one thats ever found that sweet spot. I know they're out there, I'm sure of it..


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Yamaha FG335 was my first real guitar. I sold it years ago and quit playing. About two years ago I picked up a cheap Ibanez and it got me interested again. Then on to a D’Angelico Premiere acoustic, then added a Squier Telecaster and a PRS. I’m sure there’s more in my future.




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