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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 Meredith Harley Inserra Dec 3, 2012.

 

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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
Dane Whitley replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"This picture is absolutely awesome."
Aug 24, 2012
Terry Shea replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"My first one is still my only one - Seagull Menestral (see my profile pic). The action was ridiculously high, as I was used to the playability of my Harmony Rocket hollowbody. However, I attribute the Seagull's action to giving me the strength…"
Aug 24, 2012
Lisa Thoms replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"That is a GREAT photo!  Who else is in the group besides you?  I love that fiddle shaped electric bass (is that what it is?)"
Aug 22, 2012
Rev. Matt Fontana replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Ok a guitar update: I sold my Ovation to my brother (well actually to my younger nephew) and I'm still thinking of another jumbo or an Alvarez Baritone."
Aug 22, 2012
rayinstirling replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Jim, No sustain to speak of, just a dull thud, but through vox amp and 18" drivers it was a big thud :)"
Aug 22, 2012
Jim Swalley replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Ray, Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.  40 years is a long time.  I wonder why the Hofner sounded so dreadful.  I remember they were reasonably priced - I think Selmer sold them - but I've heard the hollow bodies made…"
Aug 21, 2012
rayinstirling replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"Jim, The violin bass belonged to Gordon who's holding my sister's tambourine. We worked together many times over the past 40 years but no more since his untimely death a few years ago. BTW the bass sound off that thing was dreadful. :) -Ray"
Aug 19, 2012
Jim Swalley replied to Gary Dupuis's discussion What was your first acoustic guitar??
"I started with an early 60s Harmony.  I think it was an H162, but I'm not sure because it was a a few years ago!  I did get a replacement in 1971 which was a 1966 H162 and I still have it.  What caught my eye in your picture from…"
Aug 18, 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.
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Blues, Rock, Country, Pop, Bluegrass, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative, Punk
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