What was your first guitar? It was a Kay, sold by Sears; a low-end, cheapo v... more
What was your first guitar? It was a Kay, sold by Sears; a low-end, cheapo version of what Gibson was making; a steel-stringed, acoustic, f-hole guitar. It was very, very rough to play for a 9-year-old, to hold the strings down to make the chords.
When we moved to Lincoln Park, my mother could afford my first electric, a solidbody Sears Silvertone, two pickup, black with white trim, either a Jet or Rocket, some ’50s-era name. It was actually a quality guitar for a $125.
I had traded the Silvertone for a Fender Esquire, which is the same as a Tele... more
I had traded the Silvertone for a Fender Esquire, which is the same as a Telecaster except it had one pickup.
Finally, we got the manager to spring for another bank loan and I got a Gibso... more
Finally, we got the manager to spring for another bank loan and I got a Gibson ES-335, and Fred Smith got a Gretsch Tennessean, and the bassist, a Fender Precision.
I saw Jeff Beck playing an old Les Paul, so when I met a kid whose father had... more
I saw Jeff Beck playing an old Les Paul, so when I met a kid whose father had one, I traded my 335 for the Les Paul, one of the originals. Unfortunately, it was stolen after a gig, and in fact, almost every guitar I’ve ever owned has been stolen.
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