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My First Act guitar: A tale of affection, loss, and love renewed... in one act

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by patplaysbass, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. We've all seen them at Walmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, etc. Most musicians wouldn't touch them with a 20ft pole. I believe it was about 4 years ago that I walked into a shoe store and saw that they were doing a guitar giveaway, one of those fill-out-a-card-and-drop-it-in-the-box dealios. I almost always sign up for these, I've found that if I put my phone number and spam email address that I never check then they will never call me and I will never see their countless email offers. I didn't really think much of it at the time, but a few months later I got a phone call letting me know that I had actually won said guitar! It was pretty exciting, considering I don't usually win anything. A week later I had a package on my door step that could only be a guitar. So I open it up and find... a First Act LP-style guitar. Black with a bound neck/headstock and a Converse All-Star sticker on it. Not exactly what I was hoping for but a free guitar is a free guitar, am I right?

    I noodled around on it for a few weeks, even going so far as to restring it (super serious, I know). It actually played decently well and didn't sound too bad when it was plugged in. It definitely wasn't a Gibson, but it held it's own. However, I eventually lost interest because I was taking sax/viola lessons for the 5 high school ensembles I was in at the time while also playing bass in a garage band. Talk about musically maxed out. The guitar went into the storage closet, without a case, for quite some time.

    I'm currently transitioning between colleges and working in the mean time to save money. My parents let me move back in (lame, I know, but the free rent totally outweighs the uncool factor IMO), so I've taken on the task of cleaning out the entire house as a way of saying thank you. Last night I was going through that storage room and came across the First Act under a box of VHS tapes. Why anyone broke out VHS some time in the past 4 years is beyond me. I started playing it for kicks and giggles and much to my amazement, it was still completely in tune! The action was damn near perfect. It had obviously been thrown around a bit because it's a little beat up now, but aside from the strings being dead it plays and sounds like at least a $500 guitar. I'm extremely impressed. Does anyone else have a First Act instrument? I'm wondering if they're actually a fairly decent line, or if I just managed to get a good one.

    It just goes to show that free instruments really are the best ones.
  2. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I have heard that First Act has a "more professional" group of instruments in addition to the low cost ones. Although I don't have one of their guitars, I do have one of their cases. It is VERY nice. I've had numerous compliments on it and it's built like a tank. It's my favorite hard case.

  3. That looks solid as heck! Where'd you get it? I didn't even know they made upper end accessories.
  4. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I got it at a Guitar Center in California (I forgot the city). I recall the First Act website was relatively uninformative (at least in years gone by). If you want to find out more, my suggestion would be to get a contact number and give First Act a call.
  5. Hmm, very cool. I'll look into it next time I'm case shopping.
  6. My boy got a First Act guitar from another family one Christmas.
    It was a decent guitar. It tuned up fine, played fine and sounded
    pretty good. And it was the guitar that started it all for him.

    Now, he is pretty handy with a guitar and is playing upper tier
    models: a Fender Strat and a Martin acoustic among several others.

    One of his kid friends broke the First Act guitar. I guess they
    thought it was an El Kabong. I was miffed.
  7. I adore my ME501.

  8. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Heh, I just started noticing these things while shopping around in Target. Why not buy a Squier instead? Really.
  9. droo46


    Jun 16, 2011
    First Act has their Wal-Mart guitars and then they have a custom shop where they make real instruments. Their biggest mistake was giving both of these the same brand name because they are definitely not the same.

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