Vintage Guitar

Some people buy and sell their guitars with great frequency. I have had a number of different ones over the years. However, one that I will never part with is my Martin 00028. I bought this guitar at Christmas 1976 and it has travelled the world with me over these last 40 years. It sounds better now, than when I first purchased it and is like an old friend. It has to be treated right - it does not like being thrashed!

I have a couple of regrets though. One, is that I traded in a beautiful Gibson J-45 in order to buy the Martin. Wish I had kept hold of it. Another, is that I threw away the original blue Martin case that came with my 00028. I should have kept it, even though it was pretty much beaten up, after all my travels. 

What is the oldest guitar you have in your possession? 



 

9 comments

  • Petra

    Petra Zollchow, Germany

    In 1989 my mother bought me a Carl Hellen classical guitar that has moved with me a lot. It has a lot of scratches, has had several surgeries already. But it has been my best companion as a sunday school teacher, guitar teacher, choir leader and to accompany people in worship.

    In 1989 my mother bought me a Carl Hellen classical guitar that has moved with me a lot. It has a lot of scratches, has had several surgeries already. But it has been my best companion as a sunday school teacher, guitar teacher, choir leader and to accompany people in worship.

  • Noel Richards

    Noel Richards

    @Petra, sounds great.

    @Petra, sounds great.

  • Trent Canupp

    Trent Canupp North Bend, Washington

    I have a Greven OM model. It is based on the 000 Martin body size. I purchased it from a friend, Curt Bartlett, in 1981. He had the guitar built in 1979 and has the serial number #79. Like you, it has traveled the world with me. There's lots more I could share but I will never part with it. My daughter has already told me that when I'm gone she gets it.

    I have a Greven OM model. It is based on the 000 Martin body size. I purchased it from a friend, Curt Bartlett, in 1981. He had the guitar built in 1979 and has the serial number #79. Like you, it has traveled the world with me. There's lots more I could share but I will never part with it. My daughter has already told me that when I'm gone she gets it.

  • Noel Richards

    Noel Richards

    @Trent Canupp, I know all about that. My son gets the guitar when I am gone.....

    @Trent Canupp, I know all about that. My son gets the guitar when I am gone.....

  • Alan Matthews

    Alan Matthews Alton

    In the sixties I had a Gibson hummingbird 12 string which I loved, then one night after a gig at. Motorway service station on the M6 on a cold winters night I slipped and fell on the ice and broke its neck, I had it repaired by a specialist guitar builder in Ireland and when ( eventually ) it came back it still played like the original hummingbird. I reluctantly sold it as I needed funding as I was planning to get married. Now play a Taylor dreadnaught which I absolutely love, no need for any effects pedals as the sound it makes is glorious.

    In the sixties I had a Gibson hummingbird 12 string which I loved, then one night after a gig at. Motorway service station on the M6 on a cold winters night I slipped and fell on the ice and broke its neck, I had it repaired by a specialist guitar builder in Ireland and when ( eventually ) it came back it still played like the original hummingbird.
    I reluctantly sold it as I needed funding as I was planning to get married. Now play a Taylor dreadnaught which I absolutely love, no need for any effects pedals as the sound it makes is glorious.

  • Noel Richards

    Noel Richards

    @Alan Matthews, Great story. A quality guitar never needs any effects pedals. I too have broken the neck on my Avalon Americana. Or rather, airline travel did that!! But it has been repaired by Irish luthiers also.

    @Alan Matthews, Great story. A quality guitar never needs any effects pedals. I too have broken the neck on my Avalon Americana. Or rather, airline travel did that!! But it has been repaired by Irish luthiers also.

  • Simon

    Simon Tasmania

    What happened to the black Tak?

    What happened to the black Tak?

  • Stew Henderson

    Stew Henderson Margate

    I still have my first 'serious' guitar, an Ibanez RG550 (pointy 'superstrat' from when they were originally popular) back in the late 80's/early 90's when hair metal ruled. I don't use it much anymore as I've since moved over to strats, Les Paul and a Gretsch. I just can't part with 'Ethel' the Ibanez as that guitar has so many memories linked to it. It was used in my old youth group band when we played, it was what I led worship with, what I taught with and what i learned on. It's no good for the hard rock/metal stuff anymore (It's moved on. like me). The maple neck has gone that orange hue with age and the pickups have noticeably mellowed too. Still it lives in the guitar cupboard and occasionally sees the light of day when were reminiscing of our youth (Or occasionally gets used in the studio). I have had a couple of guitars that I occasionally miss such as an old Westone Thunder 1A and an Epiphone Sheraton. Both of these have found suitable replacements now though. I currently have 9 guitars about the house (and the kids have their own ones too). We just have to figure out where to store it all in the house. I think the dog may have to go to make room.

    I still have my first 'serious' guitar, an Ibanez RG550 (pointy 'superstrat' from when they were originally popular) back in the late 80's/early 90's when hair metal ruled. I don't use it much anymore as I've since moved over to strats, Les Paul and a Gretsch. I just can't part with 'Ethel' the Ibanez as that guitar has so many memories linked to it. It was used in my old youth group band when we played, it was what I led worship with, what I taught with and what i learned on.

    It's no good for the hard rock/metal stuff anymore (It's moved on. like me). The maple neck has gone that orange hue with age and the pickups have noticeably mellowed too. Still it lives in the guitar cupboard and occasionally sees the light of day when were reminiscing of our youth (Or occasionally gets used in the studio). I have had a couple of guitars that I occasionally miss such as an old Westone Thunder 1A and an Epiphone Sheraton. Both of these have found suitable replacements now though. I currently have 9 guitars about the house (and the kids have their own ones too). We just have to figure out where to store it all in the house. I think the dog may have to go to make room.

  • Noel Richards

    Noel Richards

    @Simon, The black Tak, was borrowed from my friend Wayne Drain on a few occasions recently. However, back in the early 1990s, I had a black Aria Elecord, which was stolen from me in 1995, when I was doing a gig at London Bible College!

    @Simon, The black Tak, was borrowed from my friend Wayne Drain on a few occasions recently. However, back in the early 1990s, I had a black Aria Elecord, which was stolen from me in 1995, when I was doing a gig at London Bible College!

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