There is something magical about that very first guitar you've ever bought. Everyone remembers the axe that kicked off their musical journey, and legendary guitarists are no different.
So, check out the first guitars of famous guitarists, 11 of 'em to be precise, courtesy of Total Guitar.
"A Hagstrom III. I came home one afternoon after finding out that [Jimi] Hendrix had died. I had quit the football team, and I announced to my family that I was gonna be a guitarist. And my older sister, who had just started teaching at a local high school, stood up and said, 'I'll give him my first pay cheque.'
"There was this white Hagstrom in the local music shop, that for some reason, to me, looked like what Hendrix played. I was so naive then, I didn't know what a Fender Stratocaster was. It was $124 - that price sticks in my mind."
"My first guitar was an acoustic, kind of plastic, nylon-string thing that eventually ended up breaking. I'm not sure where my parents got it, but it wasn't very good - it wasn't very nice to play [laughs]."
"It was a one-string Spanish-style acoustic and I got it right before my 15th birthday. My grandmother gave it to me. My uncle, my mom's brother, had a couple of guitars and one of them was this beat-up old hollow-body electric with a fake Bigsby, and it just never appealed to me, but the acoustic with the one string - for some reason, it was like, 'That's what I need.'"
"I had a Stella acoustic guitar that I played for two years. I recently found one just like it on eBay. I realized it was actually a small-scale neck, so it was really great for my little nine-year-old hands."
"When I was about six years old my parents decided I was going to learn to play guitar and they bought me a nylon-string classical, I don't even remember the make, but I hated it. I hated guitar lessons and after about six weeks I gave up and it went in the attic for about four years. Then, finally, I rediscovered it when I discovered my passion for music."
Bill Kelliher (Mastodon)
"My very first guitar was called a Starforce. It was actually a pretty decent guitar for what it was. It was a cheap copy of an Eddie Van Halen guitar - red with the white stripes and the black tape or whatever he had on his guitar. It had a whammy bar and all that stuff.
"I took all of the paint off of it - I went through my punk-rock stage - and had it spray-painted neon green and put a bunch of Sex Pistols stickers on it. There weren't stickers back then, so I just had to cut out pieces of paper and make my own."
"A Tara, which was an imitation Les Paul that I got when I was 11 years old. I remember it cost 10 bucks."
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
"My first guitar was an acoustic, a classical by Levin, that I got from my grandmother. At the time, I was into metal music so I wasn't really happy with an acoustic guitar. But she gave me some chord books, things like 'House of the Rising Sun' and some Beatles songs, I remember.
"My first electric was a Les Paul... Well, it looked like a Black Beauty. I bought it for £40, so it obviously wasn't the real deal!"
Herman Li (DragonForce)
"Like a lot of people starting the guitar it was just the cheapest Squier - I was 16. After that I got into [Joe] Satriani and [Steve] Vai and started doing all the whammy bar stuff and tapping, so after a year I traded it in for an Ibanez and since then I've pretty much played Ibanez."
Satchel (Steel Panther)
"I was eight years old and it was an acoustic guitar made by a company called Global. I wanted an electric guitar, but when I asked for a guitar they bought me an acoustic for my birthday and I was really, really p-ssed off about it too. You know what - I've still got the guitar."
"I started off with a cheap Les Paul copy. Before that, it had to be an acoustic guitar, originally. I don't even know the name or the brand.
"My actual first real good guitar I saved up for was a Gibson SG. It was a big deal, because it said 'Gibson' on the headstock and, 'Oh my Lord!' You've got an actual, real guitar, man."
So, what was your first guitar? Let us know in the comments.