Monday, July 13, 2009
Out with the old....
So, I bought a bass guitar. I really struggled with the decision to buy it. I figured I must know someone who can lend me one while I explore whether or not this will be something I do in the long term (be a bass player). And sure enough, I did find a few people who had bass guitars. They just weren't Fender J Basses, like the one I wanted. I researched it. Basses. And I got obsessively meticulous. I went to guitar stores and played them. All of them. And the Fender J Basses felt right. So right, they made me feel like I wanted to become a long term real life bass player. So I made a deal in my head. I will buy my own Fender J Bass, but I will SELL one of my Fender electric guitars in order to do so. And that's exactly what I haven't done yet.
You see, when my dream Fender J Bass became available on eBay BEFORE I sold my Fender Esquire Reissue, I figured fine. I'll buy the bass. And then I'll sell the Esquire. But it was 4th of July week, and who's really looking to buy a guitar on eBay during the 4th of July? So now the week is over. And today I snapped open my '59 Fender Esquire Custom Shop Reissue to take photos of it to put it up on eBay. But it's just so...heavenly. I mean, what a GREAT guitar. How can I sell that one? What am I thinking? It was my go to guitar for "Buying Bridges" when we were touring. It just sounded SO good with a little chorus pedal. Just the right amount of scratch in the rhythm part, and when I kicked it in with the over drive pedal for the closing dual solo with Sibby, oh how we'd sore together. It bounced off the back of the arena walls in Chicago when we opened for The Stones. Which got me to thinking! We opened for THE STONES!!! How could I ever get rid of THAT guitar? I can't bare to...so which guitar do I sell?
Maybe I should sell my Martin M3SC. That's the Shawn Colvin signature model. For any of you that know me, well, you know what that guitar could possibly mean to me. I bought it with money from our record deal advance. It was like a dream to even HAVE money from a real record deal advance! Now I'm contemplating selling off that very same guitar I bought with the money from my record deal advance? Who does that?
And only a fool would sell a '67 Fender Tele. I mean. That's not even an option. I could buy 25 Fender J Basses with what I SHOULD get for a '67 Tele. It's not even the same market. Or the '78 Tele for that matter. I could probably get 10 J Basses for that. And you certainly can't expect me to sell my '52 Tele Reissue that is my PRIMARY electric guitar through thick and thin. It's the Springsteen look a like. The one I PLAY.
Obvi. NOT selling the 1964 suburst Gibson J-45. I mean. That's not happenin'.
And you didn't just ask about my Buck Owens' Harmony acoustics. NO.
So anyway. This gets me back to my original dilemma. What to sell...what to sell...I can't just BUY guitars ad infinitum. I just googled ad infinitum and I'm using it correctly here. My primary job currently is raising MY OWN babies. So that's not very lucrative. I mean, rewarding - certainly. If dirty diapers paid for guitars, I'd be in business. Unfortunately, that's just not the case.
So let me go take the photos of the '59 Fender Custom Shop Esquire. And maybe I'll sell it. Because if I'm going to play bass, I do need a bass cabinet too...and I CANNOT imagine selling my Vox AC 30 amplifier to offset the cost of a new Ampeg Bass Cabinet....!
ps-I gave up trying to figure out how to layout the photos on this post. Before babies, I held myself to a much higher standard. Now, I strive for DONE.