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    Ratae's posts got me thinking about birth year guitars. Who has or is looking for a guitar your same age?
    I don't want t spend the money for an original but did try out an Epi Les Paul 56 re-issue. Nice but I just didn't bond with it.


  • #2
    Hmm For me it couldn't be a Strat then :-/
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    • gardo
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      It could always be acoustic

  • #3
    Closest I have, is a 64 or so Beatle bass by Domino. Really don't seeing the point in having one the same age as myself.
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    • #4
      i'm a '74 and i have a '75 lp custom, from gibson support it could also be an '74 but as it does not have the 20th anniversary inlay its mostlikely a '75

      i always played with the thought of buying a '74 strat, but as i am totally happy with my CIJ 69 reissue strat, and 70s strats are hit and miss and they want rediculous money for them i stayed away from them.

      i'm not paying $5000 or more for a mediocre instrument. for this money i could get a much much nicer other guitar

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      • #5
        Finding something decent from 57 would be tough to find and expensive. Its even tough to find something that dates back to when I first started playing in 65. I did settle with a 40th Anniversary Les Paul that has the feel of a vintage guitar. I think the oldest is my 70's Rickenbacker. I have no problems with any age guitar so long as its well made and sounds good.

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        • #6
          I have a 1971 Les Paul Custom, and I have a 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb.

          I was born in 1971.
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          • #7
            Originally posted by Chordite View Post
            Hmm For me it couldn't be a Strat then :-/
            There are all kinds of wonderful oddities, so called student guitars like the LPJ that can be had from the 50 and 60s
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            • gardo
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              Maybe he's so old that Strats weren't even made

            • Chordite
              Chordite commented
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              Yes Gardo, that is what I was implying

          • #8
            Anything I'd like in my year would be worth too much (67). I would love a strat from that era but its not happening.
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            • gardo
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              I had a mid 60's Gretsch Clipper that was great.. It was a single pickup student model hollow body and I would still have it but my former girlfriend convinced me that I didn't need so many guitars.
              I see them on ebay for a around $1000 http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=gretsch+clipper

            • billybilly
              billybilly commented
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              stop feeding my GAS, lol. Nice suggestions.

            • speakerjones
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              I have a '67 Guild Starfire IV that I picked up for $1100. It's missing its pick guard and has some honest play wear, but plays and sounds great. Deals like this are probably easier to stumble upon on in the states though.

          • #9
            In my birth year (1945) guitar production was pretty much on hold because of something called world war two. I couldn't afford a '45 Martin anyway.

            My great grandson was born a few weeks ago - I'm going to build him a birth year guitar - 2016.

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            • billybilly
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              That's awesome!

            • badpenguin
              badpenguin commented
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              High cool points there Mr freeman!

            • DeepEnd
              DeepEnd commented
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              Seriously cool. I'm sure he'll treasure it.

          • #10
            Like WRGKMC and billybilly, a birth year ('53 in my case) guitar for me would be rare and expensive. If I did buy one it would be a case queen because I'd be afraid to play it.
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            • #11
              hmmm from the responses here, there are only old people hanging around here, and i'm the youngest one,
              really nobody below 40 is here? this forum has an age problem

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              • gardo
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                I may get old but I refuse to grow up

              • MarvelUndies
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                Pretty sure I'm the youngest person here (born 1992, 24 years old), if that makes you feel any better?

              • t_e_l_e
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                who let this young guy in?

            • #12
              I'm so old I think I'd have to get a lute.....
              I was kicked out of music class for passing notes...
              Tuned out, turned in and dropped off

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            • #13
              I was born in '62, so there's tons of reissues that line up with my birth year.

              I have the birth year guitar to beat all birth year guitars. I've mentioned it a few times before, but if I told you about it here in this thread you wouldn't believe me. Not only the year, but the serial number matches my birthday...
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              • gardo
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                You Win

              • t_e_l_e
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                pics or it didn't happen... also pics from your id of course

                PS: have i told you i'm in IT and speciallize in security and identity theft?

              • Phil O'Keefe
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                Since you work IT and specialize in security and identity theft, you'll probably understand why I'd rather not post a pic of one of my most valuable guitars, much less one of my driver's license.

            • #14
              Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
              I was born in '62, so there's tons of reissues that line up with my birth year.

              I have the birth year guitar to beat all birth year guitars. I've mentioned it a few times before, but if I told you about it here in this thread you wouldn't believe me. Not only the year, but the serial number matches my birthday...

              Another 1962 model here

              I have a 62 Tele RI that's kind of like my go too electric.

              It was MIJ and I think I bought it in 1985.

              My wife was born in 58 and her parents should have bought her a flame topper LP when she was born. I told her she would have been in a good spot with that purchase.

              Oh yeah i have a 62 Strat RI too, but I don't play it very often. Screwed up the back leaving a leather strap on it for too long. Otherwise it's perfect.
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              • #15
                When I was in my late twenties, a friend of mine showed up at my door with a 1954 Stratocaster that he had just purchased for $1600. He informed me that it had been advertised in the newspaper a few months earlier for $600. I saw the ad in the paper (it did not specify the year) but I had two strats at the time so I didn't bother to investigate.

                I, along with SRV, was born with the Stratocaster in 1954 and I don't believe it's a coincidence that I have been playing them since Hendrix was around.

                The problem is those '50s strats that are as old as me are prohibitively expensive now.






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