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    Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I wonder what people here think about holding on to their cheap starter guitars.

    I'm debating if I should keep my Epiphone G400 (Epiphone's version of the SG). It was my first electric guitar. But I haven't touched the thing in years, or even looked at it. By my current standards I wouldn't want to play or listen to (sounds very muddy). Back in the day I tried many professional setups and even pickup upgrades which didn't improve much.

    On the other hand I am a sentimental sap and I have years of happy memories with this guitar. Also I wouldn't make much money from selling it. The only benefit would be clearing up space.

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    Kept [and keeping] my 1980/81 Ibanez v300 and 1985 Fender MIJ 62 Reissue Telecaster While I have many more to choose from, they've served well and are actually quite good specimens.

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    Never sell, ever. I've been temped for sure but the guitars I have are like time capsules to different times in my life and the people in it at that time.

    This is my first one, my Mom bought it new after letting me pick it for my eighth birthday. 3/4 scale, super hot but cool sounding 80's metal pups. It's first string change were with strings that would have gone onto my Grandpa's early 60's 345 if he hadn't have passed earlier that year. His guitars and bands are why I'm a guitar player.


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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My first guitar was a Harmony Acoustic, circa 1990 or so.
    It was the cheapest full-size they had. I traded it in long ago for better acoustic. (still not great, but better)
    My first electric was (and is) my Gibson SG. I'll never get rid of that guitar.
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My first 6 string was a lower line, late 80's Yamaha Dreadnought size acoustic. Looking back it was a pretty decent guitar, especially for the money.

    Years later it ended up being traded in toward a 50's Martin D-21 purchase. Screw sentimentality, I'd do that deal over again ten times out of ten.

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    KEEP IT!!! It may not be that important at the moment, and the temptation to sell it, to offset the cost of a better instrument may seem like a good idea, BUT... You'll be glad you didn't, like, 30 years from now...

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I still have my old Univox Gimme I bought from Wally Pikal Music when I was 17
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    NEVER SELL ! My wife bought back my Korean built 97 gold top les paul as a suprise Christmas present , i was delighted , for years i kept playing old band demos and albums and telling her how great that guitar was and that i regreted selling it

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    Quote Originally Posted by jb_abides View Post
    Kept [and keeping] my 1980/81 Ibanez v300 and 1985 Fender MIJ 62 Reissue Telecaster While I have many more to choose from, they've served well and are actually quite good specimens.

    Pretty cool, though I wouldn’t consider that tele a beginner’s guitar (at least in the OP’s meaning)...

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I've still got my 1970 Silvertone classical.



    I wore the frets flat and it isn't worth refretting but my parents gave it to me so it stays. You can find it as item #5 on page 387 of the 1970 Sears Wish Book:



    Note the mahogany-colored sides and that the chipboard case goes for an additional $8.50. That's long gone - an acquaintance got mad at me and glued it to a hotel side table, face down, in 1974. I carried the case until I found another abandoned at college.

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    If your first guitar was a decent instrument or you have sentimental attachment no reason not to keep it. If it's just a POS get rid of it. Life is too complicated to manage stuff you don't want or need. Simplify your life and move on.

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My Dad got me a 65 ? Blonde Maple cap tele in 1972.. $70 , which I did the hippie refin on
    The other choice was a 58 gold top for $200 , too much said Dad.

    Tele Sadly stolen from my car in DC @ 1999, my SS# is etched on underside of neck plate !! Sn# was 157xxx as I recall
    Please come home !!

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My first guitar was a Saturn (Sears?) bought in a music store for 50 bucks. It was an ES335 copy. That guitar was awful. Had a curved neck, scratchy controls and a bridge which was only held down by string pressure. Hit it and the whole guitar went out of tune. But as a complete novice guitar it suited the purpose.
    Randy California played a Silvertone in the early days of Spirit.
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My first-ish guitar is a Squire Stratocaster (I still have it) it was a upgrade on a standby guitar that my parents bought for me (till this one came in) so technically its not my first first, but i consider it my first actual guitar! Makes for a great back-up guitar for sets!!
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My first guitar was a mid-‘70s Woolworth acoustic, with piano-wire thick strings an inch off the neck. (It looked very much like the sunburst Sears acoustic that Bob Womack included in his post.) I eventually Pete Townshend-ed it as a teenager. My second guitar was a Hondo II Les Paul clone, which weighed a ton. I’m not all that sentimental that I left it in my mom’s NJ basement after she passed away, and it (presumably) was sold in a garage sale by the people who helped clean out her house back when I lived on the opposite coast. It seemed in retrospect to be placeholder before I acquired a real Gibson Les Paul.


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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I have the Harmony 3/4 size guitar that my parents bought me new in 1971 as well as the 1977 Yamaha acoustic that I played when I picked the guitar back up in 1979. I wouldn't think of parting with either of them.

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    had this kay copy 40 years

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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I've had a Charvel model one since I was in high school in the 80s. It's it's under my bed and it's case and probably gets pulled out once or twice a year. It's still plays incredibly well and I don't intend to ever get rid of it.
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    I sometimes think about the Sonex I had for a minute.
    I remember liking the neck and how it played. I can actually sort of remember how it smelled in the case. That one I miss because it was first and an old National Triolian because...National Triolian.
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    Re: Keeping your beginner guitars?

    My answer would be yes - you could sell it as money is replaceable but your first guitar isn’t. Most people start on a cheap entry level instrument so the money from the sale wouldn’t be much.
    I guess the only exception is if you’ve just started and want to sell it or trade it towards something better. But for me the sentimental value after a few years outweighs the sale price. In a similar way, many people miss their first car.

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