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Why we own guitars

Steven K

New member
Mar 28, 2022
My parents started me on piano when I was 3 or 4. Since that time I played numerous instruments in orchestra and band. It was just a matter of time til I got around to guitar at 8 years of age. My first guitar was an atrocious acoustic with super high non-adjustable action and a cracked top, and although agonizing to play that never discouraged me.


Active member
Dec 25, 2012
I own guitars because I love the music they can produce.
When I was a young kid during the 1960s I was impressed with the music I heard that was constantly coming from my sisters' bedroom.
My sister was 10 years older than me and I was raised on a healthy diet of 1960s folk, rock, pop, etc.
I really liked the music as a total package but the components of the music were varied. The guitar tracks were the part of the music that spoke to my ears.
Got my first guitar around 1970 (52 years ago) and I knew it was right for me.
With the exception of a four year stent playing cello from age 11 to 15 (I believe Ritchie Blackmore also played cello) guitar has been my companion for over five decades.
Owned right at 400 fiddles and still have about 10% of that total now; about ~40.
It gets in your blood, it's about music, it's about fun, it's about a lifestyle, it's about your own 'truth' and it aint about making $$$$.
RTFO .........


Well-known member
Nov 23, 2004
The magic of playing music is the real reason I own guitars. Every other “reason“stems from that.


Active member
Apr 7, 2012
I started out playing trumpet. Herb Alpert was kind of the trumpet players Eric Clapton at the time. I was frustrated how I would loose my lip after playing long periods of time. Started getting interested in Bass Guitar. I wondered what it would be like to play a note & always get that note no mater how tired I was. My Grandmother bought me my first bass for $7, I don’t even remember what brand it was. I started out playing using the treble clef, being only familiar with trumpet. Then played by ear. I traded the bass even up for an electric guitar, maybe a Tiesco? Then landed a Harmony Bobcat for $45, my first playable guitar. Just shy of fifty years ago I bought my ‘69 Les Paul Deluxe & shortly after that my ‘67 EB-2, It’s been Gibson all the way ever since. With the exception of a fifteen year break for starting a family, it’s been a life long endeavor. Playing, collecting, researching, modifying sound, endless possibilities!


Active member
Jul 5, 2019
I was a percussionist, drummer, Tympani and trumpet player very young. Some piano and xylophone.

1965 at 18, I saw The Yardbirds with Jeff Beck at the Hullabaloo on Sunset Blvd.. That was it. From then on it was Guitar and Harmonica. In 1966 I saw The Yardbirds on Catlaina Island with Beck using his Les Paul--- was lucky to see a Classified ad for an old Les Paul---not really knowing much about it. other than watching Les Paul and Mary Ford on TV as a little kid. It was a 1952 Goldtop turned greenish gold. Whoever had owned it had used the heck out it.
Soon I figured out it needed converting to 1957 and had that done by Milt Owen at Wallach's Music City--in late '66 or early '67.

It went through all kinds of changes which I wrote about on the other LP site. Various issues were straightened out.

here it is today.


I also have a Page Telecaster, a Gretsch Resonator and a Yamaha Classical.
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Apr 2, 2020
I judge a guitar by the tone it can produce, not its cosmetic beauty. That's part of the explanation for why I own guitars. Impossible to judge tone by a picture. This forces me to purchase and retain many instruments. Plus, fine guitars can improve with age, and this explains why so few are sold.