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Thread: How Old Were You When You Started Playing Guitar?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Louis, MO, USA


    I was 12, but it was on-and-off for years. Mostly off, now (May 2018) back on, sort of.
    Last edited by kvehe; 05-06-2018 at 08:00 AM. Reason: addition of my back-on status

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Stone Harbor, NJ


    I was 13, I wanted to be Elvis Presley.

    In order of age:

    Kamaka HF-4 Baritone C Linear Tuning 6/2009
    Martin C-1K Concert, Bb Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Kala KA SRMT-TRI Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/1/2015
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Re-entrant Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Pennsylvania, USA


    First guitar at 20 years old. My dad started collecting guitars and I would fiddle with them while visiting. He got me one for my birthday that year. I tried to impress girls around campus. It worked a few times

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Orange county.


    Several years ago in my mid forties
    All for sale; pm me:

    Brand new Loprinzi Honduran mahogany soprano w new hardshell case. $350 -> 325

  5. #15
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    Sep 2013
    Los Angeles, near the Beverly Center.


    In 1965 when I was 15, I took about 6 lessons from Jim Helms at a music store in Hollywood, CA. I got reasonably good at playing rhythm, but never learned music. Over the years I bought an Ovation 6 string and 12 string acoustic, Ibanez archtop jazz electric and acoustic 6 string and Fender Telecaster. Then 4 years and 3 months ago I bought a ukulele, participated in The Music Center Ukulele Play-Along a couple weeks later and I was hooked. I joined The CC Strummers and the Westside Ukulele Ensemble and never touched my guitars again. A year later I dropped out of the ensemble and took up the bass uke with The CC Strummers. Having the greatest time of my life twice a week and various gigs now that I'm retired.
    Last edited by kohanmike; 12-04-2017 at 09:52 AM.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    L.A. California


    Started playing, or trying to play guitar and ukulele from about 12 yrs old, 1976? , owned multiple guitars into my twenties. But I could never keep them in tune.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Never. Owned 2, could never play them.
    Oops, so you couldn't play them and couldn't be marvellous (this comment is made after seeing your profile avatar)

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Michigan, US


    I was 8, am 56 now. I stopped playing guitar in 2004 after developing a bone spur in the back of my fingering wrist. I realized a month or so ago that I can play the ukulele will little to no discomfort. Ukulele is a very cool instrument!
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Essex, UK


    I was 12 - my cousin’s husband played well - I watched him and was fascinated. He taught me my first song and gave me my first guitar which I stupidly swapped not long after for a copy of the ‘Beatles for Sale’ LP. I bought an EKO 12 string at age 14 which I still have today!
    I’m 61 now and until recently have played on and off letting family & career take first place; now retired I’m trying to play as much as I can.
    I often feel I could’ve been quite good by now if I’d applied myself over all those years, but I get by enough to have fun and enjoy playing which is what I feel SHOULD be the most important factor.
    Luv n stuff, Dave

    Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic
    50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo
    American Fender Stratocaster deluxe
    American Gibson SG Special
    Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90’s
    Ibanez GSR200 BASS

    * UKES
    Ozark 2035 banjole
    Kmise tenor banjole
    Cordoba 22T-CE Tenor
    Kala KA-CE electro acoustic

    * OTHERS
    Kawai KM-10 Grand piano & Technics KN-2000 keyboard

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Gloucester, UK


    I was eight, my uncle gave me a cheap 3/4 classical guitar and I had lessons on that up until I was 12. My teacher at that point refused to keep teaching me if I kept playing left handed because I "wouldn't fit right in an orchestra" and that turned me off for a few years after I tried playing right handed and didn't enjoy it. Got an electric (Epiphone SG) for my 16th birthday and played a couple hours a day on that for the next few years. Was in a few bands, made a few quid, sold a few CDs, had a blast! Still have that SG 15 years on, will never part with it. It's fallen out the back of a moving car, I've had to scrape my blood off it once or twice, it's got real history!

    Played mostly acoustic in my 20s and picked up the uke when I was 24ish. I enjoy playing the uke and find relaxation in it in a way I haven't with guitars for a few years. Playing the uke has made my guitar playing a lot better as well. If I had to pick one it'd be uke hands down but I'm very glad I don't have to pick one.

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