Bryan Adams reveals the identity of his “first real six-string”

Bryan Adams
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As far as song openings go, Bryan Adams’ Summer of '69 is up there with the greatest earworms. One listen is all it takes, and for the rest of your days you’ll recognize those infectious gain-tinged D powerchords from afar and the singalong-inducing lyrics they precede: “I got my first real six-string / Bought it at the Five and Dime”.

It’s one of Adams’ most famous lyrics, but it’s one that has thrown up a string of questions for guitar fans, not least the identity of this fabled “first real six-string”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.