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Viera
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Dec 28th, 2017 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I know, pretty cheesy. There was actually quite a bit of discussion on this topic at other acoustic guitar forums awhile back.

I took up an interest a few years ago when I turned 57. I was born in 1957 so there was the double 57 thing going. OK very cheesy.

The problem was anything electric by Fender or Gibson in good shape was way out of my price range. As for acoustics, there wasn’t anything special (IMO) going on in that era. Martin had gone to straight bracing which I believe Gibson also had.

I considered a 57 D-18 in excellent condition. It was being sold by the original owner on consignment at Gryphon Stringed Instruments. They were asking $5000. I couldn’t talk myself into pulling the trigger at that price without playing it first. I wasn’t looking for a wall ornament; I was looking for a player.

After that I pretty much lost interest in the birth year guitar thing. If it ever happens it will be by happenstance.

Anyone else own or considered a birth year guitar?


Pinetree
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Dec 28th, 2017 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have some stuff from my graduation year, but birth year would be TOO old.




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Dec 28th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a birth-year guitar and a birth-year amp (1961).

But year of production had nothing to do with my obtaining them; I got them years apart. It's simply a matter of a fine guitar and a fine amp, and that's why I have 'em.

The year of production adds no magic to the tone recipe for me.

Viera
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Dec 28th, 2017 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ wise words

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Dec 28th, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Legal Disclaimer: if having a birth year guitar or amp inspires you to be a better player, then it matters!

Inspiration and skill are pretty important to us twangbangers.

Cain't nobody tellya differnt.

M Tracy
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Dec 28th, 2017 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a couple guitars older than me, nothing I’m too interested in from 1979 though. I hear Gibson made some nice anchors around that time, maybe one of those.

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Dec 28th, 2017 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just took delivery today of a USACG body and neck so I can build a '62 (my birth year) spec strat. As close as I will likely get to a real '62! I've had the idea for about ten years, finances got crippled by Beautiful Baby Daughter coming along, and to be finally able to do it is a real treat.

I've already bought a neckplate with the serial number being my initials and 1962. Cheesy? I don't mind!

I just found a pic I did on Virtual Guitar Builder from June 2007. They say the best things are worth waiting for. The pink is fairly close to what I have in mind, I'm working on doing a paint mix as a physical sample match for the finishing shop at the moment.

The idea of a birth year guitar for me is like the big present people often get for their 50th. It's more of a celebration of the fact that you exist, beyond other more ordinary birthdays. So yes, I'm all for it.

Profile pic (from before they had 11 hole guards on the Virtual Builder)

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Dec 28th, 2017 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a Les Paul 1960 Classic. That's the nearest I'll ever get to a 1960 LP ;-)

Viera
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Dec 28th, 2017 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice vomer! Pinetree likes it. :-)

Ayns, that's one way to do it. I've always liked those 60 Classics.

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Dec 28th, 2017 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is a thing on a lefty forum I visit. I’m not interested.

I don’t know what I might want from 1961 that I could afford.

And Marshall wasn’t in existence yet.

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Dec 28th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Born in '56, I have a '56 Fender Studio Deluxe lap Steel. I didn't plan it, it just happened.

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Dec 28th, 2017 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was born in 1949. I don't think there were many electrics then but there were lots of Martins and Gibsons. I did own a '47 Martin 00-17 but I sold it.

Te 52

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Dec 28th, 2017 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wouldn't mind having a year-of-birth Gibson LG-2 acoustic, but a nice one is *way* out of my league price-wise.

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Dec 28th, 2017 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a '57 Telecaster with old refinish to natural nitro and black guard. It came with nocaster pickups, non-original electronics, and a well-executed patch of a humbucker route. The body, neck, and hardware all checked out. I found a rewound set of vintage '57 pickups and vintage electronics. It has ended up being one of the best vintage purchases I've ever made because I got it at a reasonable cost and yes, the year, my birth year, had everything to do with it. There's a photo in my profile.

I also have a '57 Princeton and a '57 Champ. The Champ has a July stamp which is my birth month. It is often played.

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 10:04 PM, Dec 28th, 2017)

Modal Magic

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Dec 28th, 2017 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wanted a Fender Custom Shop '65 Strat for so long and when I finally decided to commit they had stopped producing them.

When the AVRI '65 Strat was released I jumped on it. Way cheaper than a custom shop build and as far as I can tell, fairly accurate.

I wanted a '65 because it is cool owning something that existed the year I was born. The AVRI isn't a '65 build but it's the closest I'll get to my year of birth.

RicOkc

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Dec 29th, 2017 03:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

No way I could afford one.

vomer
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Dec 29th, 2017 04:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

LOL Viera. You can't please everyone, when it comes to pink guitars. But here's what I think is the closest Fender came to that pink, a Custom Shop strat in what they call Coral. (Mine will be minus the relicing.)

Gorgeous CS job (for people who don't like pink guitars?):

PS love your tele, Doc.

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(This message was last edited by vomer at 06:23 AM, Dec 29th, 2017)

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Dec 29th, 2017 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I certainly wouldn't mind having a '53 Telecaster.

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Dec 29th, 2017 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

They weren't making guitars when I was born.

Cal-Woody

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Dec 29th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 56' Les Paul with P-90's for my birth year. It's an Epiphone but got all the deluxe treatment from Sweetwater when they offered them. It's been plec'k, Gibson P-90's and a hard shell case.
Outside of buying a 'real-deal' Gibson, I love everything about it!
And it is Pelham Blue. Gorgeous instrument, plus I changed out the bridge and tail stop with Tone Pro's and added some Gotoh locking tuners. It has all the Gibson tone and dynamics with a slightly smaller price tag. It still came in around $1000 total but I have No Regrets!

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