Has your dream guitar changed since you grew up?

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Mine always was a Les Paul. Then I got one, and a few years later my dream guitar became a 335. Then I got one of those and now my dream guitar is a 175.


"The older we get the more hollow our guitars become" is true.



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  • carloscarlos Frets: 891
    The longer I play, the less I'm bothered by gear. So to answer your question, it's changed from an Ibanez Jem as a kid, to a Klein headless, and so on until now where I honestly don't really care as long as it's playable, intonates well and keeps in tune for the duration of a 30 minute set.
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 649
    When I was 15 my dream guitar was a Strat Ultra. Never played one, but the review and pics in Guitarist made me drool. Plus it had ebony fretboard and Lace Sensors which I mistakenly thought David Gilmour used, he actually used EMGs. I remember I used to think the logo looked cool as well, not one of those 'silly' 50s-60s spaghetti logos. Nowadays I lust over vintage single coils, maple fretboards and Spaghetti logos :3
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  • jakzekjakzek Frets: 23
    My dream was always a Les Paul Custom (used to love the darkness as a kid!).
    Got bought a Westfield Les Paul copy when I was like 12 for a birthday present which I thought was great but it probably wasn’t, then bought a battered Les Paul studio years later which was pretty awful, came back from 3 years at Uni to find the headstock had magically broken off while in a soft case while I was away (Mom claims she didn’t touch it at all.....)
    Still wouldn’t mind a Custom one day, but I think after I get a strat sorted I’ll be gas’ing for a 335 or similar in red (similar to Noel Gallaghers just without the bigsby!) 
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  • StevepageStevepage Frets: 786
    It used to be a JS1000 or the Chrome Boy. Now I don't have one though I have always loved the look of the Charvel Guthrie Govan
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3118
    edited January 11
    My journey has been Strat -> Ibanez 335 -> Strat -> Gibson 335 -> Super Strat -> Morgan custom LP ->Tele / Cabronita/Thinline etc (with occasional irrational obsessions on the way e.g. 1980s dayglo plasticene monkey grips )   plus .... some GAS must haves PRS Custom 24, Mike Stern Pacifica, Goldtop/Lemonburst LPs and a hankering for a Duesenberg TV)

    The jazz route has been 335 -> cheapo jazz box -> 175 (hankering never fulfilled) -> Sadowsky Jim Hall (only thing that'd move me now would be an opportunity to own a real D'Aquisto - my Sadowsky is based on Roger Sadowsky's experience of maintaining Jim Hall's D'Aquisto for 20yrs. Short of a big lottery win a real D'Aquisto is very unlikely)
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 339
    I always wanted a les paul in black with a cream pickguard when I first started playing and am much more strat and tele focussed now.  Still love a 335 though.
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 6160
    When I was first learning, I wanted to be Jimmy Page so "needed" a Les Paul. I've owned loads of them since... none of them cherry sunburst!

    Then I discovered Gilmour and "needed" a Strat. I've owned loads - I had a Squier Silver Series for my 21st and I've come back to it. I wanted a CS but ended up buying a PRS 503.

    Then I discovered the joys of the Telecaster. So I bought a good one. It was nicked. I bought another good one and it got destroyed by a "luthier" who knew less than my neighbour's cat about refretting... painful. So I bought another good one. I still have it. Its probably my number one guitar.
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  • Well these days I only want practical guitars and GAS after cool basses instead.

    When I was a kid I wanted a guitar to do everything, then when I realised that couldn't be done I wanted one of everything.  Then by the time I'd owned one of each thing I wanted to try I figured I don't actually like that much different stuff, so cut back to just the standard Fender/Gibson/PRS stuff. 

    However, now I've discovered how much I like the Evertune bridge for the music I'm playing I now want to add more guitars with Evertune Bridges, and keep my old ones as they are.  There's not really a single dream instrument anymore though.
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  • steersteer Frets: 135
    I guess my dream guitar used to be a pointy superstrat of some kind.

    Now my dream guitar is a Gretsch 6120. 

    So in answer to your question - Yes.

    I would feel a right dick standing on the stage with a pointy superstrat these days, with my balding head and middle age spread! 
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  • carloscarlos Frets: 891
    Low key want a 10 string classical guitar... so I guess I do have a dream guitar.
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  • Well these days I only want practical guitars and GAS after cool basses instead.

    When I was a kid I wanted a guitar to do everything, then when I realised that couldn't be done I wanted one of everything.  Then by the time I'd owned one of each thing I wanted to try I figured I don't actually like that much different stuff, so cut back to just the standard Fender/Gibson/PRS stuff. 

    However, now I've discovered how much I like the Evertune bridge for the music I'm playing I now want to add more guitars with Evertune Bridges, and keep my old ones as they are.  There's not really a single dream instrument anymore though.
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  • adamm82adamm82 Frets: 275
    mine seem to change with what artist I like at that time.

    I went a bit Van Halen crazy for a while so bought a Kramer, 
    now I am big on Led Zeppelin I have a Les paul telecaster and considering a danelectro not that I really need it.

    I want a double neck too but I know really I don't need it. 
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1097
    I can't answer that.........I haven't grown up.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 439
    Its still an original blackguard Tele from 52 or 53.....the price has changed somewhat as has the authenticity surrounding most for sale. 
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  • JeremiahJeremiah Frets: 290
    My dream was always to play a BC Rich or other ridiculous pointy guitar, in a jazz band.
    That dream died when I discovered that I don't like jazz.
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2088
    Red Strat ala Dave Gilmour
    Lowden ala Bensusan & Hedges

    Now:
    Gretsch Duo Jet - obtained, success! 
    Gibson J45 - one day if I get tired of my AJ

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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 11525
    I had my dream guitar, then it got stolen, now I don't get too precious about what I play.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 4
    I don't think I had a dream guitar when I started. The first guitar that I played that I really loved was a friend's USA Strat. He'd taken most of the finish off the back of the neck, and done a bit of 'rolling' of the fret board edges -- 1992 or thereabouts -- and it was just a lovely, responsive guitar.

    I suppose now, I'd still like a really good Strat (although it wouldn't be a USA standard), but I'd also like a really good classical (8 string, maybe, or a Southwell A-Series), and a really good T style guitar. And a nice archtop ... and ... and ...

    I suppose it hasn't changed much, but I like completely different kinds of music these days, which is a tribute to the versatility of the basic Fender designs.
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 835
    When I first started playing, I didn't really know much about guitars at all. It was maybe a year or two later that I saw Robert Smith playing some kind of Fender guitar that I'd never seen before, but thought it looked and sounded amazing. I subsequently found out it was a Jazzmaster.
     It took some time before I found one, and it just happened to be Olympic White, just like Smith's.
     I've subsequently bought two more Jazzmasters. Bloody love the things!
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • GarthyGarthy Frets: 1135
    Wanted a Strat, now want a Soloist.
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  • Chris_JChris_J Frets: 47
    Don't know whether I ever had a dream guitar as a kid, but, I remember being very taken by a Jem on the front cover of a magazine. 

    I now own my current dream guitar. A nice 335.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 3464
    edited January 11

    I guess the very first guitar I wanted was probably a Strat, but my first proper dream guitars were Japanese models I saw advertised in the first few issues of Guitar Player I bought, around 1981:

    Ibanez Artist AR300, Washburn Falcon, Aria Pro II CS400, Yamaha SG2000

    I still love those guitars, I still think they look brilliant, still get excited when I see them on eBay... but I know most of them weigh a ton - as was the fashion at the time - and I'd find the necks too skinny.  I do actually own a CS400 now, and it's not bad, but I'll probably never buy the others although it's still not too hard to find nice examples in good condition.

    I don't think I really have a dream guitar now, but I like conventional stuff like Strats, Teles, SGs and LPs.

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  • No... I got lucky in that regard, when I got my dream guitar, it was alright.
    I didn't hate it or anything, I loved it, sounded good, had that neck profile I was craving, had the weight too (which I assumed impossible to find in my budget). Yeah.
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 6731
    - "Put your hands on the Holy Bible and scream "WANK!""
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 2477
    My dream guitar was one with strings...............don't know why but as a kid any guitar I got my hands on was always one or two strings short but it still sounded good in front of the bedroom mirror with T Rex on in the background
    I did like the star shaped guitars of the Glitterband and Dave Hill of Slade .....................oh dear
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  • Jez6345789Jez6345789 Frets: 755
    My dream guitars have remained pretty constant. 
    It was always the Kossoff/Greeny Les Paul thing when I was a teenager. I never had an interest in Strats other than liking Floyd and Gilmour but never saw or heard myself with one and only did a partscaster to scratch the itch.

    As all these stay pretty much above my budget I get distracted by alternatives and shiny things. 
    PRS Private Stocks are like crack cocaine, Its like  I stumbled on the first one now always looking for the 2nd LOL

    The long wanted wishlist
    A good vintage 50's Les Paul (now being fulfilled by the Greco)
    A good Vintage Junior   (Being satiated by a home build GSP DC)
    A good Vintage 59/60's Strat (still probably want a CS rather than an original )
    A 000 Martin ( convincing myself my 300 quid Cort Adirondack is nearly as good lol) 


    I see loads of things that catch my eye or ear my love of PRS came long before they were popular or I even new what they were it was something I tried and it was the best I had ever played at the time and its still a guitar that makes me play way above my pay grade. 

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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1121
    After getting my dream super strat, I actually don’t have a dream guitar any more.

    Which is good because now I can concentrate on playing guitars rather than buying guitars.
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  • antonyivantonyiv Frets: 36
    Well...I thought the tele is the most ugly guitar in the world, built only for country players. I thought Gretsch were very outdated and "meh" at best. I wanted 7 string Ibanez to play metal riffs.

    Now Gretsch Power Jet is my main guitar, the tele is my number three and can't stand 7 string guitars and low tunings.
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  • NeilMcGNeilMcG Frets: 18
    My dream bass was always a Musicman Stingray, but I have never been able to bring myself to spend the money.

    I don't care now, I've got a s/h Fender MIM P-bass and an old Yam BB1100s - both play well and sound good, they are all I want.


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  • I always wanted a guitar with a stupid shape like a Flying V or Explorer. I now prefer something more understated. I deliberately bought my PRS SE Custom 24 because I wanted a guitar with an OFR bridge that didn't scream 'Metal' like a Jackson or Ibanez. I also hated Les Paul guitars yet I now own a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I hated Stratocasters yet my third guitar is exactly that, albeit converted to an HSH configuration. I just grew up I guess in the same way that I used to like shredding players but now I find it boring.
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