Yesterday I had some business in a town that's about a three hour drive from my home. Between that down and my home there is a big, bad, ugly stretch of Interstate 95 that is at its worst on Friday afternoons. Just where the pleasant country road that I was on and this ugly bit of interstate intersect, there's a really cool town named Fredericksburg, Virginia. I took care of some errands and got in touch with a friend who lives there to make dinner plans and between the errands and the dinner plans I had an hour and a quarter to kill.
In Fredericksburg, Virginia is a very nice guitar shop named Picker's Supply. While I like my local all-purpose shop, they are oriented mostly towards the gigging rock and jazz musicians with a heavy concentration on basses and guitars. Picker's Supply is all about bluegrass and Americana music. There's banjos and mandolins and upright basses and fiddles and all sorts of acoustic guitars. There's fantastic lesson books (still kicking myself for not picking one of them up, but I have so many that I haven't even touched yet). It's a great place. And the staff is awesome.
Well, I was in my quest for a campfire guitar and was looking at the $300 to $600 guitars. $600 is pretty steep for a campfire guitar, but in the right circumstances I might save up and go for it.
So there I sat, playing an archtop with fret holes - not a sound hole. Real fret holes in an archtop - for under $600. It sounded... AWESOME. I loved it. That's fell in love number one. Well, my picking must have improved some because one of the staff there heard me playing and started bringing me guitars to try. This one I didn't like the neck. So he brought me one with a big neck that I liked but the sound left me feeling so-so. Another spruce topped guitar of which I have two. No need for another. So then he brought me a Martin D-15M. Solid mahogany back, sides, and top. Ugly darned guitar to look at but OH...MY...GOODNESS... the feel and sound of that guitar. That was number two. He told me to make an offer. There was a missing peg for the strap. I think I could have gotten a little off for that and got the price right reasonable. We had begun negotiations to put in an LR Baggs Anthem pickup. Were I single and didn't have to worry about what my funny-little-honey would have to say about it when I got home, I'd have left there with two guitars and $1500 (or more) in debt. Good for me, I do have a sensible and loving wife, and so I walked away. But I have a baaaaaaaaad case of GAS that Tums won't relieve.
[edited to correct my handle - I used one from a different site]
Last edited by Zurf (2011-10-01 15:52:33)