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What was your first acoustic guitar??
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I learned how to play on an old nylon string that my mom owned when I was 14 but the first steel string guitar I ever owned was an Ovation. I think it was a Balladeer but I honestly don't know for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Romere Jun 17.

 

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Joe Romere replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"In 1967 my folks bought me a Red Ryder (pun) acoustic guitar to learn to play on. I remember wanting to learn so bad, but was only given a basic instruction booklet (was Mel Bay even alive back then?) and a pat on the butt. I could not figure out…"
Jun 17
Roger Williams replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"I grew up in a musical family that loved and played country and gospel. Dad had a small Martin. I dont remember the model but I started to learn chords on it. Mom showed me the chords. Several uncles played music as well including the fiddle and one…"
Jun 12
Terry Angelli replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"I started playing bass guitar in 1965. It was a cheap Danelectro which had very light strings. If standard bass strings were installed it would bend the neck out of shape! I kept watching the other guys with six strings thinking "it's only…"
Apr 26
John Ansink replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"I was in the Navy aboard ship when I really started to learn. Not sure what make it was, but it was missing the second string. Other than that :) it sounded ok but the action was high. I didn't know about how to fix this. Anyway, this was a…"
Apr 16
Randy Lee Hano replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"At age 16 I got my first guitar. It was a Hohner Acoustic that I used until I got rid of it for an Ovation 86 Collector which I still use to perform and play today. "
Apr 10
Clyde Joseph Ortego replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Hey All: Back on the forum after a long absence.   My first acoustic guitar was and still is a 1965 Silvertone flattop that my wife had when she was a teenager. I also own an DR 212 Epiphone 12 string acoustic which I made into an acoustic…"
Apr 10
Tony K. replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"In 1985 I was given a Yamaha FG410 as a Christmas present.  That was my first guitar. Somewhere around the year 2000, the guitar was pretty beaten up, neck badly warped etc.  (I didn't know anything about taking care of acoustic…"
Apr 8
gregory waits replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"In 1972 I was given a Yamaha FG200. I had that one for many years. But when I was on a NYE gig 14 years ago, someone burglarized my place and stole it...along with a Harmony Hollywood arch top.After sometime I decided to search out another one. I…"
Apr 8
Meredith Harley Inserra replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Yamaha FG 110.  I was in the 6th grade when I got it.  Wish I knew where it was today.  I'd love to know if someone else is taking care of it and it has a good home.  I traded it in on the guitar I have now, an Ovation…"
Dec 3, 2012
Josh replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
" My first guitar was an Old Kraftsman, made by Kay and sold through the Spiegel catalog. I was about 13 ( about 1962) ,and it was a Christmas gift. Horrendous action, so learning those first 3 chords was quite an ordeal, but learn…"
Nov 26, 2012
JB Maddox replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"A Sigma by Martin in the early 70's.  I had an older nylon I first learned on but cannot remember the brand."
Nov 12, 2012
Brian Warner replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"In 1964 I went to a music store in the mall (I think Chris Town, in Phoenix, was the first "mall" in the US too). I paid $50 for a used Gretch "Burl Ives" model acoustic guitar. I wish I still had that guitar. I sold it 5 years…"
Nov 8, 2012
Jim Swalley replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Ouch.  Bloody fingers.  That's really suffering for your art!  It's hard to tell for sure from the picture, but from the looks of that tall nut, it looks like it was designed as a Hawaiian lap steel guitar.  If that was…"
Sep 2, 2012
Lisa Thoms replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Wow, if it made your fingers bleed you are right - you must have REALLY wanted to learn how to play!  Maybe that's why when I started playing guitar my teacher recommended a nylon string.  I already had some fabulous callouses from…"
Sep 2, 2012
Mike Nepper replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"After giving it some thought, the first guitar in the picture of me might have been a Contessa? I got it from a friend for $15 in 1967. The picture is New Years Eve 1969. After the military, I got a Harmony all Mahogany small body with no tone but I…"
Aug 31, 2012
Mike Nepper replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"I honestly don't remember what the brand was or where I got it, but this is it a couple years after I started. This cheap steel stringer was a horror to play and my fingers actually DID bleed. I must have really, really wanted to play guitar. "
Aug 30, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Taylor 214ce, Larrivee LV-03RE, Mexican Fender Fat Strat, Regular Strat, Peavey Vyper Tube 60 amp, EV mics and Shure microphones, Crate PA.
What type of music do you like to play?
Blues, Rock, Country, Pop, Bluegrass, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative, Punk
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