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Old 12-07-2017, 03:16 PM
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Default Which guitar have you owned the longest?

The acoustic guitar I have owned the longest is a Takamine F340, which I have owned for a little over 20 years. Nothing wrong with that guitar, but I wish I had one or two of my fiddles from the mid 80's, when I first started playing. I started out on bass, then by chance I picked up an old Harmony acoustic from my cousin for $20. That's when I made the switch to guitar and never looked back. I wish I still had that old Harmony...

My first electric guitar was a '68 Gibson SG. I paid $300 at a local music store. I wish I had it back...The electric I have owned the longest is a standard Squier Telecaster that I have owned for 20+ years.

I see so many guys buying/selling/trading their guitars, I was wondering how many of you buy them and keep them? I keep most of what I buy these days, but have bought, sold and traded many over the years. Some I regret, most I do not regret.

I'm sure we have some great stories among us. Which guitar(s) have you owned the longest?
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:19 PM
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Also a Takamine.
A D-70 nylon string I bought new in 1972 for $49.95.

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Old 12-07-2017, 03:22 PM
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1981 Martin D-35. Bought new.
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That I still have, a Martin D-18vms that I've had about 11 years. Had a Mossman and a Kalamazoo a little longer but this e are no longer with me.
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My first electric guitar was a '68 Gibson SG. I paid $300 at a local music store. I wish I had it back...
That was way overpriced if you bought it new in 1968. I got my Gibson in 1966, when it was 10 years old and pretty beat up. I traded a cheap Japanese guitar and amp plus $100 for it. I've had it ever since, 50+ years.
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40 years ago MRSP was $595 when I bought Guild's top of the line dreadnought, the D-55.

It has given me, and countless others, an abundance of joy over the decades.

... and for only 4 cents a day.
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:36 PM
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That was way overpriced if you bought it new in 1968. I got my Gibson in 1966, when it was 10 years old and pretty beat up. I traded a cheap Japanese guitar and amp plus $100 for it. I've had it ever since, 50+ years.
Oh no, I bought it used in '85. I was 11 years old.
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:41 PM
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My D-55 cost me about $400 new, maybe $450. I bought it mid 70's so around 40-42 years.
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1978 Yamaha FG-335. Gigged with it and still played it out regularly until just last year.
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1968 Gibson J50, bought in 1972.....45yr........still here
1964 Gibson B25, bought in 1979,....38yr.......still here
Bout a hunnerd since then, passing thru....
Still want a d-35, n something, solid hog
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Way back in '69 I bought a tiny turn of the previous century Bruno ladder braced all solid wood Brazilian/adi parlor for $35.00. Still plays and sounds great!
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Guild D-55 from the Westerly RI plant made in 1991. Great guitar.
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1995 Webber OM bought in 2001, so about 17 years.
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:08 PM
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I've mentioned this a number of times in similar threads.

The guitar I've owned the longest is the 1928 Martin that Grandma bought new and gifted to me Christmas of 1965.
So just a few days shy of 52 years.

In second place is the 1988 Martin I bought new, thus 29 years in my possession.
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:09 PM
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My Sears Silvertone folk model from 1968, likely built by Harmony, now at 49 years old. It was my first guitar and was a present from Dad when I was nine and first showed some interest. Even though I now own several better guitars, this one will always have a special place in my heart. It lives on my office wall, not far from Dad's mandolin which I inherited.

The one that I bought myself and owned the longest was a my first new Martin -- a 1990 custom shop build, based on a J-40. It was intended to be a lifetime "keeper" but my aging left hand said otherwise a few years ago. It sold last summer after 27 years at my house.

Of the guitars I currently own, it's a tie: my 2001 Rainsong WS-1000 and my 2001 Taylor 414ce. There are a couple of others that are fast approaching that 17 year mark living in my house.
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