December 14, 2005
I was inspired to
1. The flagship of the fleet: a 1964 Martin D-28. It may not be the best-looking guitar in the world after the years it spent in bars being marinated by beer-spillage and cigarette smoke. It may not be the easiest guitar in the world to PLAY, either, because I have the action a little high and I don't use light-gauge strings. But I'll put the SOUND up against any acoustic guitar I've ever heard. I like Steve H., but I'm calling BULLSHIT on this:
"My Gibson sounds better than any Martin on the face of the planet."
Fuck you, Steve. If you'd bring yourself to a Jawja blog-meet, we could duel it out neck and neck and SEE about that.
2. A 1972 Guild D-35NT. I bought it back in 1976 when I was having some work done on the Martin. It became my emergency back-up guitar.
3. A Tacoma Papoose. I agree with Steve that the action is a little rough, but the sound is very good for a miniature guitar. And, yes, it IS difficult to hold if you sit down to play.
4. A very ugly Fender Telecaster. It's in the picture above with the papoose. I'm partial to beat-up, ugly guitars and the Fender obviously fits that bill. Plus, I believe that a Telecaster is the most versitile electric guitar around. You can play ANY kind of music on one.
5. An Oscar Schmidt OG 312 Twelve-String. Pound-for-pound or dollar-for-dollar, I don't believe that you can beat Oscar Schmidt guitars for a quality instrument at a reasonable price. Ask this guy if you don't believe me. I picked out an Oscar six-string for him from my friend willy's inventory and Jim was delighted with the guitar.
6. An Oscar Schmidt OG-2 six-string with a beautiful jet-black finish. This is the one I usually take on road trips with me today. It plays and sounds great and I paid less than $200 for it.
7. A washburn t-12 electric bass. Hey! I needed a bass for my home recording and I couldn't beat the price on this one. Mine has a wood-grain finish instead of the baby-blue in that link. I think mine is better-looking. I also bought a Peavy TNT-115 amp to go with it.
8. A Murrell lap steel. It's a piece of shit, but I like to dick around with it every now and then.
I also have two banjos, two mandolins, an autoharp and a fiddle. Don't ask me why. I buy musical instruments the way I DON'T buy guns. If I like it, I get it. You never can tell when the thing might come in handy.
Besides--- it beats pissing away money on trivial, ephemeral things, like marriage. NONE of my musical instruments has ever hauled me into divorce court.
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