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Paul L

New Jersey (Exit 4)

I need more Lemon Pledge...
Mar 6th, 2012 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most of it is fairly new; just recently did a major purge and acquired some new pieces. I believe the oldest piece of gear I own is my '06 Clapton Strat; most everything else is less than 2-3 years old.

Rick V

DeSoto, TX

Turn `em up... (my hearing aids)
Mar 6th, 2012 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1955 Les Paul Jr. I bought in a little mom/pop music shop (basement of a house in Fargo) in 1973. Paid $175 for it. It's a great player. It was well worn (in a good way) when I got it, almost 40 years ago.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Mar 8th, 2012 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rick, do you still have that almost uncontrollable Hamer with the soap bars?? I remember that guitar at one of the Dallas jams years ago, what a guitar!!!

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 8th, 2012 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My oldest guitar is a 1947 National New Yorker lap steel.

Oldest amp is a 1947 Dickerson.

Oldest Fender Amp is a tie with a '67 SR & a '67 ProR.

Oldest underarm guitar is a '71 Tele.

Edit to add:

1955 Hammond RT3 organ (after reading Riverside's post I remembered this thing)

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 11:52 AM, Mar 9th, 2012)

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Blue Jay, OH

Don't just do something...Stand there
Mar 8th, 2012 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Kay electric made in the early 60's, an Ovation 12-string from the mid 70's, a Soviet-era Russian synthesizer from the early 80's, and a Rivera-designed Fender Superchamp, also from the early 80's. That's about it.

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Mar 8th, 2012 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Amp- '71 Vibro Champ
Axe- '73 Martin D-41

Had a '69 Goldtop but sold it last year. Had that one for 42 years!

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Chicago, IL USA

Mar 8th, 2012 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a bunch of gear from when I was young.

My oldest is a 1930's Ricky B lap steel, that was given to me by my dad a long time ago. Lotsa stuff from the 50's & 60's, I didn't start selling anything until after my retirement and realization that I was heading for "the end game". So many of my guitars are "old friends" that evoke memories but I know I will never really play out again at my age and health.

I also own a fair number of recent manufactured guitars (mostly Custom Shop or varying manufacturers) and find modern guitars are more than a match for their older siblings. This is indeed a good time to buy guitars as even the most modest in cost is eminently playable. One only needs to choose a look or style and the guitar will very likely be as good or better playing and sounding than many "professional" level guitars from when I was was a youngster.

Rick V

DeSoto, TX

Turn `em up... (my hearing aids)
Mar 9th, 2012 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jay: Yes. Still have the `93 Hamer Special. Many Hamer's have come and gone since that jam about 10 years ago, but that one remains. It's got that mojo thing going. I think it's time for a jam at your place...

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Kathmandu, Nepal.

and your strange bewildering times...
Mar 9th, 2012 10:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oldest gear I have is my Princeton Reverb amp from 1966. Forty six years old now!

crispy goodness

Carolina Norte'

maple syrup beats kwality, every time...
Mar 10th, 2012 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to brag to people that 80 percent of the musical instruments I own are older than I am. I've had to sell a few things lately, but it's still mostly true.

Gibson Clavioline keyboard (The Telstar sound!)--1960
Ampeg B-15--1964
Fender Twin Reverb--1964
Excelsior Accordion--1965
Gibson Ranger & Explorer Amps--1966
Two Yamaha SG-2 Guitars--1966
Gibson G-101 organ--1967
Farfisa Compact Organ--1967
Fender Coronado--1967
Kustom K50 amp--1968
Fender Contempo Organ--1968

All of these rascals out-date me by at least a year.

I've got some other stuff dating to the 70's (My Framus BG-15 Bass, a Hohner Clavinet, A couple more squeezeboxes, a few old cranky pedals) some 80's stuff (pedals again), but the remainder of my gear (My Dearmond T-400, current Hammond Keyboard rig & Amps the remainder of my pedals) all date to around 2000 or so. The One exception would be the Dano '63 Bass I bought a couple of years ago.

Oh yeah--I've also got a Slingerland Banjo and a Sousaphone. Banjer is prob'ly from the 1920's. No clue on the Sousaphone.




Mar 10th, 2012 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

my eldest is a Hofner from 1962!
Great Guitar!

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Mar 10th, 2012 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oldest guitar is a 1957 Tele
Oldest amp is a 1947 Princeton Woody
Oldest pedal is a 70s Ibanez Supertube
Oldest accessory is a 60s Variac


Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Mar 10th, 2012 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's my gear list:

Tube Amps:

'66 Fender Pro Reverb
'66 Fender Princeton Reverb
'72 Fender Deluxe Reverb (65' Blackfaced)
'73 Fender Vibro Champ
'75 Fender Champ
'76 Fender Vibrolux Reverb
'84 Boogie MKIIC+ 60 watt combo
'84 Boogie MKIIC+ Simul-Class loaded
Bubinga/Wicker combo
'86 Boogie MKIII Simul-Class loaded
Red Stripe combo
'06 Sewell Texaverb 100 Head & 2x12 cab
'07 Sewell Texaverb 25 load w/ G12H30
'08 Brown Note D'Lite 44 "ODE" Head
'10 Hermida 1x12 openback G12H-30 loaded

Solid State Amps:
'85 Gallien - Krueger ML 250
'86 Gallien - Krueger Ml 250
'88 Gallien - Krueger Backline 100
'00 Marshall AVT-20

Bass Amps:
'08 Roland Cube 100 combo

'72 Fender Tele Custom
'72 Electra 2244 "Lawsuit" LP Custom copy
'74 National S.B. LP copy
'75 Electra MPC X-310 Black LP copy
'76 Gibson Cream Explorer
'77 Fender Strat Antigua Burst
'77 Westbury Performer SG copy
'77 Electra MPC X-310 Red LP copy
'78 Fender Tele Tobacco Sunburst
'80 Gibson Les Paul Standard (59RI)
Quilted Sunburst "Jimmy Wallace"
'81 Electra MPC X-310 Red LP copy
'84 Fender Strat Tobacco Sunburst
'88 Paul Reed Smith standard 24 "David Grissom" Goldtop
'91 Fender 50's RI Tele Candy Apple
'96 Fender 50' RI Strat "Blackie"
'97 Aria Pro II (Johnny Smith) Sunburst Archtop
'99 Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic
Cajun Red Quilt
'00 Epiphone G-400 LE Korina SG
'01 Gibson Les Paul DC Amber Quilt
'01 Paul Reed Smith Santana SE Blue
'02 Paul Reed Smith Tremonti SE Platinum
'04 Warmoth Franken Custom Tele
'05 G & L USA Legacy Black
'07 Gibson Black Explorer
'09 Fender LTD. ED. Am. Std. Daphne Blue Strat

Classical and Acoustic Guitars:

'83 Yamaha G-231 II Classical
'96 Takamine EF-508C Acoustic/Electric
'99 Baby Taylor
'01 Takamine CD-132SC Classical/Electric w/DSP
'03 Yamaha CG171SF Classical Flamenco
'03 Alvarez Yairi DY-40 acoustic/electric
'04 Ramirez 1-E Classical
'08 Boulder Creek Solitaire ECR1-B acoustic/elec.
'09 Breedlove Roots OM/SR acoustic/electric

'74 Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst/Maple Neck
'75 Ventura "Lawsuit" Jazz Bass Sunburst/R.W. neck
'79 Fender Precision Bass Black/Maple Neck
'79 Fender Precision Bass Natural/Maple neck
'85 Kramer Striker 700STB Fluorescent Pink
'89 Fender Jazz Bass Silver Metallic
'01 Hohner B2B Headless Bass
'03 Fender MIM "Special Edition" Ash Jazz Bass

Just Play

Northwest USA

Mar 10th, 2012 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picked these up along the way as just used guitars. Funny how their status has changed from used to something more elite - vintage.

1949 Gibson ES150
1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
1957 Fender Strat
1962 Fender Strat
1966 Fender Newporter
1967 Fender Telecaster
1967 Gibson SG Standard
1967 Gibson ES125
1969 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
1972 Gibson ES335
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Late 1970s Mountain from Mr.Yasuo Momose
1984 Gibson Dove



Mar 10th, 2012 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Digitech tsr-24S Processor. Still works good.



Mar 16th, 2012 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1930-1935 Oahu lap steel amp
1952 National 'Chicagoan' lap steel
1958 Fender Bassman
Early 1960's Magnatone 210 Student Deluxe amp (tube dates are 1961 and pot date codes are 1960)
1965 Gibson Melodymaker (Gregg Olsen, from Oak Creek and Milwaukee, WI - contact me about this)
1966 Eko arch-top acoustic
Silvertone DM 1425 Speaker cabinet with original Jensen C-12N
Vox Berkeley amp- no year available
Univox U-1011 amp chassis
Mid-1970's SD Curlee Bass (Model One)
Mid-1970s Gallien-Krueger 400GT guitar amp
1979 Fender Ibanez AW60 Artwood Acoustic
1989 Fender Strat Plus
1995 Ibanez RoadGear Fretless Bass
2007 Fender Baja layer's Club Tele
1960's Tel Ray oil can echo and various pedals from the '90s through about 2005

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Mar 16th, 2012 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most of my stuff isn't particularly old but I have a couple vintage amps

1962 Fender Deluxe (brown)
1972 Bandmaster

John P
Contributing Member

Heart of Dixie USA

guitar players have their pick
Mar 17th, 2012 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my L6-S in 1974. I also have a 1970 Fender Champ Amp. Everything else has been purchased since 2000.


Mar 18th, 2012 05:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

oldest: 1946 Gibson L-5
newest: 2010 Martin D-35

there's also a violin and a Swedish acoustic steel string guitar that are probably older, but i have no idea when they were made, probably early 20th century.

Mark From Hawaii
Contributing Member

The Aloha State, USA

only cowboys stay in tune after all
Mar 19th, 2012 01:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oldest piece of gear that I use now and again is an early 70s LP Custom that I got around '74. I think it's a '72. I also dust off a Boogie MkII from around '77 every once in a while. Just this past weekend I cleaned up my old "grape ice" Ibanez RG-560 from around '85. Put new strings on her, sprayed contact cleaner in the switch slot and took care of a dodgy bridge pup connection that was coming in and out. Oh gosh, I had forgotten what a fast neck this guitar has.

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