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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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The longest you have owned a guitar?

I mostly have had many, many short term guitars all my life but have retained a few keepers:

ESP/LTD Viper 301 bought new in 2001, modded, and still have (14 years)

Ibanez AS73 bought new in 2006 and still have (9 years)

Takeharu nylon string bought new in 1976 and kept into 1985 (9 years)

Am. Std Stratocaster bought new in 1996 and kept through 2001 (5 years)

There was nothing special about the ones I kept other than I bought them new. I usually went for vintage or used stuff for many years. The Viper I bought on a whim and didn't think I would keep it long, especially preferring Fender or Ibanez. The Ibanez AS73 my wife bought me. The Takeharu was from my parents so I could learn guitar at summer school. The strat was a GC buy when I actually went in to buy a Gibson Les Paul Studio. Being a long time single coil guy I wanted to break out into fat humbuckers with a Les Paul Studio but the strat was so pretty and a hundred dollars less and simply had a much better neck and fretwork. None of the Gibsons, save the pricey 1960 reissue with 60's slim taper neck, were fast enough in their feel so I stayed away from humbuckers unless it was a fast playing superstrat.

If I had to do it all over again, being young and fearless playing in bands thinking I could do this for a living (yeah, right), and could keep long term, working guitars 10 or more years I would have bought an RG during the Ibanez golden years and used that almost exclusively. Of course Jemsite wasn't around and the RG was considered just another superstrat in the 80's among a whole sea of superstrats.

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Re: The longest you have owned a guitar?

Ibanez RG550, bought new in 1990 and still with me...
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Re: The longest you have owned a guitar?

Aria Strat bought new in 1984 = 31 years - superb condition but I rarely play it
Kramer 210 bought new in 1991 = 24 years - good condition I play it sometimes
left hand Carvin DC135 '88 bought used in 1997 = 18 years - heavily modified to right hand - I play it after my ibbs
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My old '76 Les Paul. I got it when I was either 19 or 20... so I've had it at least 26 years and it was my only playable guitar for most of that time. Just got new frets a few weeks ago, along with a new jack, jack plate, and 3-way switch. Honestly, I'm having to get used to it again... feels like a different guitar now.
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Re: The longest you have owned a guitar?

Had my 92 S540 LTD for almost 20 years, though I don't remember the last time I touched it
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Re: The longest you have owned a guitar?

up to this day, it's my beloved RGR1220 that I purchased somewhere around 2004.
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Three years, Charvel CX290, it was one of my first guitars, bought it off CL for $80 and it came with an Evo in the bridge. Don't play it much anymore, mainly because as I progressed with guitar, I gravitated towards Ibanez. Need another RG or five, one isn't enough!
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mine is a Charvel predator, bought it new in 1989, and it was my main guitar up to 1991. Still have it, love it, but rarely play it
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Wow, some of these guitars are older than I thought the players themselves were. While I am personally immature and never act my age, I am in my 50s as I assume a couple of you also are. But there's no need to confess about age.

I often thought Ibbies (or similar superstrats) were a young/younger person's guitar as they tend more towards speed, volume, and shredding and are probably one of the top guitars for the nu-metal, black metal, and death metal stuff that is more popular now than the classic/oldies rock I grew up on.
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do have a 1983 kawai aquarius I own since 20 years now. I made the frets realigned 5 years ago, fitted with DiMarzio, heavily modified (electronics mainly). Plays great -> my lespaul-ish guitar
and a 1995 RG 550 LTD I own for 15 years (and have changed the V7-S1-V8 couple to DM very quickly...) my prog rock/metal guitar

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Re: The longest you have owned a guitar?

Oldest I have is a '97 American Strat, bought new in 1998.
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1992 EX370 Jewel Blue, my first real guitar that I bought new that year. I still play it often.
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Wow, some long relationships with guitars - nice! I have a early 80's Strat that I bought in 1990 - and it was my main guitar for a long time - so it definitely has been an important part of my life for 25 years. I also have an Epiphone Genesis double cutaway, which was my first guitar that my parents gave me in about 1985 and I still have it but I don't play it anymore.
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I have a '94 RG470 that I bought new then. Also, my 7VWH I bought new in 2000.
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91 RG550 bought it used on 95 and i still got it so thats 20 with, it was my first Ibanez actually, its practically unplayable right now (worn frets, broken trem, etc) but i do plan on restoring it some day.

An RG270DX that i bought new in 99 think, my second Ibanez and one of the only two guitars i've ever bought new, its full of rust but still playable, i never really liked this guitar, i bought it to replace my 550 but never really lived up to it, it was a huge disappointment for me but at that time i didn't knew about MIJ, specs, or anything i just thought new Ibanez>old Ibanez.

Epiphone Les Paul, i bought this one used in 2009 after 5 or so years of not playing guitar anymore and it was one of the reasons that made want to play again, i still got this one although it has a broken pup ring, i know its an easy fix but since i don't play it anymore i can't be bothered.
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