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    Talking with some guys from the neighborhood last evening during one of our sort-of-regular garage jam/noise-making/BS sessions, and the conversation sort of circled around to the wants and hindrances of getting a birth-year musical instrument for most of us said instruments originating in the 1940s and 50s. A young man who occasionally drops in agreed at how difficult it is to find one, lifted up his probable 90s Flatiron, and said that it took forever to find his birth-year mandolin. Then he added: It was kind of funny buying something this old. I mean, this is from my parents generation.

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    I recently had a similar experience with my daughter who was born in ought-5. She asked me on my birthday in what year I was born. When I told her she gasped, "Wow! You were born in the 1900's?!"

    I suppose it happens to all of us...eventually.
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    If anybody gets a lead on a nice low-mileage '88 I'd be pretty happy

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    Compounding issues for us forty-somethings is the fact that the seventies weren't exactly anyone's golden eras (other than maybe some of the guys doing Gibson copies). Have a sweet little 1974 Martin Style A, but it doesn't get a ton of play...
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    I threw in the towel when I was told by a young man that he had "read about Woodstock in history class."
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    My year ('53) was great for electric guitars and cars, but not so hot for acoustic instruments. All the classics of the 40's weren't being made the same way any more, and there was a long dry spell until the Golden Age of independent luthiery started getting rolling somewhere around the 80's.

    Considering that I've aged out of my electric guitar phase (and couldn't afford a Les Paul or Tele from that period anyway), maybe I should pick up one of these. I've got just a few years left until they take my car keys away...


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    It took many years of visiting sites from stores and places like MC to find an instrument from my birth year. One I both wanted and could afford w/o ruining my budget. I played it again last evening flatpicking a few tunes I am working on in the key of C. I said thank you to the guitar and whosoever was listening that such a lovely instrument came to live with me. I am truly blessed , or lucky if you prefer, to have the instruments I have to "play". R/
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    Compounding issues for us forty-somethings is the fact that the seventies weren't exactly anyone's golden eras (other than maybe some of the guys doing Gibson copies). Have a sweet little 1974 Martin Style A, but it doesn't get a ton of play...
    Yup. There's not much from the '70s that I really care to have. Instruments or otherwise. I look back at photos of my childhood and wonder "what were they thinking?" about clothing, architecture, hairstyles, even vehicle aesthetics. Decades up through the '50s had style. The '60s had groove. The '70s were just barf. I'm a product of the '70s but I don't see anything there worth longing after.

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    Yea, there are two things about getting old that are problems, one is you can't remember anything and the other is...............ah.................

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    Hey, the crappy Stella, Harmony, and Kay instruments I suffered through in my younger years because I couldn't afford a Martin or a Gibson are now sought after vintage instruments with great mojo. I still can't figure that out. Last week we had a member post an instrument that was "really old", 70's maybe 80's. Old is relative.
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    I face this daily, alas. I work with a couple 22-year-olds. One of them was talking about a house he'd seen, a mansion with white pillars on the porch, and my boss and I said "like Gone with the Wind?" and he had never heard of the movie. He said it reminded him of "Django Unchained."

    Probably the closest instrument to my birth year is my '52 strad-o-lin -- only a year older than I am.
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    '69 ... not a great year for instruments ... good year for music, though. Maybe I should just get an old Sly & the Family Stone LP and call it good.
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    Compounding issues for us forty-somethings is the fact that the seventies weren't exactly anyone's golden eras (other than maybe some of the guys doing Gibson copies). Have a sweet little 1974 Martin Style A, but it doesn't get a ton of play...
    I am with you on less than desirable birth years for instruments! I am mostly screwed on cars too.

    I had a birth year VW camper van (not that it is many peoples dream car, haha)up until our move to Reno, NV. Only now am I mature enough to realize just how cool that was (now that it is gone). Selling it is high on my list of regrets, despite it nearly killing me a few times! It almost took me and a friend to our death one rainy night coming down the Pacific Coast Highway. ahh, the joys of youth.
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    No mandolins but I have 2 amps from my birth year 1953. Both are in working condition and have that great primitive sound of an early tube amp.
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    OK children. Did they make mandolins in 1943? Ha, I'm sure they did but I'm also quite sure a birth year mandolin is just not affordable.

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    '65 is my year. I continue to keep my eye out for drum sets, as Ludwig put full date stamps on theirs from that era. I've got a couple of '69 sets and and EM-200 from 1959. Maybe I'll settle for a Fender blackface amp.

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    I Might have a line on a 1888 Dobson 5 string if you're interested…….

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip View Post
    If anybody gets a lead on a nice low-mileage '88 I'd be pretty happy
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    The only things they were making when I was born were tanks, guns, ammo and airplanes. They didn't get serious about anything else until 1945.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin View Post
    Yup. There's not much from the '70s that I really care to have. Instruments or otherwise. I look back at photos of my childhood and wonder "what were they thinking?" about clothing, architecture, hairstyles, even vehicle aesthetics. Decades up through the '50s had style. The '60s had groove. The '70s were just barf. I'm a product of the '70s but I don't see anything there worth longing after.
    Thanks Tobin.
    I've felt cheated for a long time. My '70s were spent in getting an education and I'm afraid I took it way too seriously and pretty much missed the whole decade.
    I'm now spending my later years trying to get some of that back.

    I feel much better now that I know I didn't miss too much.
    And I AM having fun!
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    Jeez, I've got instruments ranging from 1860 (estimated -- parlor guitar) through 2015 (Weber sopranolin). Closest thing to my 1943 birth year are the back and sides of my re-topped Martin 00-42 guitar, which date from 1940 when it was a 00-28G nylon-string. The top and neck are from the '80's or so.

    I'm just lucky to have functional heart, lungs, liver etc. from my birth year.
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    I thought I had two birth year guitars from my birth year, 1950, both Gibson flattops that were (and still are) wonderful guitars. I did a bit of research on them and discovered that they were actually from 1948. Oh well...
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    Being of '58 vintage there is not a lot I crave, though I have long had a notion for a Levin Model 40 Aristokrat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    The only things they were making when I was born were tanks, guns, ammo and airplanes. They didn't get serious about anything else until 1945.
    Yep, that's what killed off the original pre-War National and Dobro guitars. No more aluminum available for recreational uses. It all had to go to the War effort, and those guitars (and mandolins) were based on spun aluminum cones. National and Dobro died with the war. Airplanes were more important.

    National guitars were successfully resurrected in recent years, but the Dobro brand went through a bunch of different owners until Gibson finally bought it and basically killed it off through neglect. The desirable Bluegrass "Dobros" are now made by independent luthiers using variations on that original 1930's idea.

    The one instrument I own that's older than me is an old steel body, "fiddle edge" roundneck Dobro from 1936, because I just love the sound of those for bottleneck Blues. That's a really niche instrument though. Not much demand for them now. National guitars retained more vintage value over the years, and a new one is probably a better buy for most actual playing purposes. That goes double for mandolins. The current production National RM-1 seems to be a better instrument than the surviving National and Dobro resonator mandolins.

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    My body is birth year.
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