When I was a kid my elderly uncle had a Hofner ... no idea the model ... big, blond jazz box. I was in awe of it ... when he died a few years ago the guitar was auctioned off before i knew it was for sale ... I would have bought it just for sentimental value.
When I was about 17 a mate of mine had the first genuine SG I'd seen, It was probably a 1966 model (or close.) and it was glorious to play. I coveted that guitar like hell!
When I started working for a music shop at about 17 also, our amp repair guy had a lovely old Gretsch Country Gentlemen that I played at every opportunity I could. That probably lead to me having the modern Gretsch I finally bought in the summer last year.
One of my first 'good' bands featured the vocalist/blues harp player from the 'Fifth Dimension' and he had a 1961 SG Junior that he used mostly for slide. Lordy that guitar streamed and growled. I'd still like to get a good SG Junior.
I was playing in a metal band when the other guitarist got one of the first Jem 77s in Desert Sun yellow I'd seen in the flesh ... it was a glorious guitar, and whenever I could I had a play ...
I'll end the list with a romance that came true: I'd serviced and looked after a guy's Les Pauls for quite a few years ... and always loved his 70s reissue Les Paul Special (sunburst) ... a super expressive and when needed, very raucous rock instrument. I always bugged him to sell it to me, and finally he did ... it became my main gigging guitar for quite a few years till I stupidly sold it.
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