Good guitars from the year you were born


l.pearson1825
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02/20/2021 1:49 pm

Hey everyone,

I was born in 1987 and I feel this strong connection to own a guitar from the same year. I would love to hear thoughts on what good guitars were built in 1987.

Thanks, Lee


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matonanjin2
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02/20/2021 4:42 pm

Seriously??!!?!? I won't even think about a guitar in the time frame I was born! I wouldn't be able to afford it. It would have to be acoustic as electrics did not exist yet.

What I have often thought about is a Fender Strat from the time frame of when I was in high school. I played bass in a rock band in high school. After I graduated and went off to college and then shortly after that got married I decided it was time to quit the band. As you can well imagine my new bride had a lot to do with that decision!

Since taking up 6 string I have often thought how a Fender Strat from that time would be fun. I played a Fender Bass through a Fender Bassman amp. And to answer what you have been wondering, this would be a late 60's Strat. (I graduated in 66)

I have continued to think about this and seen a few on places like Normans Rare Guitars. Maybe someday.


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02/20/2021 7:06 pm

I was thinking the same thing Matonanjin2. I'd need to take a out a second mortgage if I wanted a 62 strat.

Anyway that particular year and decade wasn't really known for any one spectacular guitar model that I can remember. It was the glam decade. Mostly what you saw were modded up guitars. Think Multi-necks. I took lessons back then (sadly I quit after about a year), but I remember the guitar shops with brands like BC Rich, Kramer and Charvel ( EVH Rip). The one guitar that was released in that decade and made some waves was the Fender HM Strat. The waves were both good and bad however, as they were a radical departure from the original strat with the humbucker (dual single coil) pickups in the bridge. Needless to say the fender purists were not big fans of that back then, but nowadays everyones changing pickups.

On the acoustic side the roundback Ovations were very popular at the time. Their sound was so clean and crisp and once Glen Campbell and Neil Diamond started playing them everyone joined the bandwagon. Martins held their own of course in the eighties.

If you dig online I'm sure you could find any one of the brands I mentioned, but guitars over thirty years old are generally considered vintage so be aware. Not vintage in the way of the 50's or 60's era but some of them might not live up to the price tag.

If you find something post a pic. Happy hunting.

Moe


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02/20/2021 11:59 pm

Yup... what they said. In my birth year guitars had just five strings and the musical alphabet began at A and stopped at F.

In '66 I played my first Martin. It wasn't my Martin, it was my buddy's 60's-something that he let me noodle with. Nothing's changed... couldn't consider spending the money for it then, won't consider it now.

Good luck on your hunt. My brand suggestions aren't novel; Martin, Fender, Rickenbacker.


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02/21/2021 3:26 am

Hi Lee,

I'm not sure what guitars were made in that year, but maybe think about the popular music of the day and it might give you some direction.

If I think back that far it would likely be GNR.


This year the diet is definitely gonna stick!

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02/22/2021 12:58 am
Originally Posted by: l.pearson1825

Hey everyone,

I was born in 1987 and I feel this strong connection to own a guitar from the same year. I would love to hear thoughts on what good guitars were built in 1987.

Lee, I don't know if it seems as such to you, but I feel I somewhat stomped on your thread. You wanted to know what good guitars were made in 1987, the year you were born in. I twisted the thread to make it about the year we were born in. Of course, it's always about me

I don't know if you are interested in electric or acoustic guitars, or both. But as a start here is a Reverb listing of electric guitars for sale that were built in 1987, 227 of them

https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=1987&year_min=1987&year_max=1987&product_type=electric-guitars

Here are for acoustics built in 1987 for sale:

https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=1987&year_min=1987&year_max=1987&product_type=acoustic-guitars

Of course, this doesn't give you a list of any new guitars that may have started production that year; just ones they have listed for sale. But it is still interesting. Some names I have never heard of. Langejans?, Manuel Velazquez?, Zemaitis?, Jolana Diamant?

William MG probably had a good "detective" suggestion in thinking about the music.


[u]Guitars:[/u] 2014 PRS Santana, 2013 PRS Paul's, 2009 PRS Hollowbody, 1972 Gibson ES-325, 2012 Fender Strat American Standard, 2012 Yamaha Pacifica, Martin M-36, Martin 000-15M, Seagull S6 Classic[br][u]Amps:[/u] Fender Blues Junior III, Boss Eband JS-10, Line 6 POD 500X, Quilter Microblock 45

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02/22/2021 2:13 am

"William MG probably had a good "detective" suggestion in thinking about the music."

Yeah... that's what I was trying to do with my suggestion of Fender, Martin and Rickenbacker. Unfortunately, I misread the target date as 19[u]6[/u]7.


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02/28/2021 9:54 pm

I have always thought that I would eventually purchase a 1961 Martin D-28. Been looking for one recently. I'll find the right one sooner or later.


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