Well it may be only months, but it seems way longer to me, what you my ask. Guitar shops all closed, I miss going to my local guitar shop to have a look and a little play on any new guitars they may have in. Last time I went they had just received a Art and Lutherie Legacy guitar, and it played and sounded very good to me, must stop thinking about it, because the more I think about it the better it becomes. It's ages since I bought a new guitar, don't think I have bought a new guitar this year, maybe one day when or if this lockdown ends I'll go and try it again, just for the fun of it. Are the guitar shops open where you live, what was the last guitar you tried, just for the fun of it, was it any good.
Today I had quite a time finding a Notary Public. At the bank, you have to make an appointment and wait just like going to a doctor. The county license offices are closed until who knows when. There was a line of cars at a single window at the credit union. I finally found a car dealership where the notary guy just happened to come in today.
For me, this is the first negative experience I have had since this whole crazy thing started. Compared to those without jobs and financial difficulties it is rather mild, but still an unusual hassle.
There was quite a line outside a store at the strip mall near where I live. I don't know what that was all about, but I thought those folks were really quite patient, just quietly standing there waiting for who knows what to happen.
What I want to see, with all the experimentation for a miracle drug to cure COVID-19 is that it turns out that THC is the magic bullet, and that it must be taken into the lungs by inhaling the smoke. What I would expect is to see headlines in the news stating that due to lack of interest, tomorrow has been called off and the stock of companies making pizza and junk food, soaring. Screaming Yellow Zonkers to the rescue!
For those too young to remember:
That may sound far fetched, but no more so than what is already going on. Who ever thought that guitar stores would remain closed? Next thing you know, we will be told that UFOs are real. Wait, that all has happened in the past month too when the Pentagon finally spilled the beans!
If this post seems strange, just consider that we are way past the point of taking life seriously, if we ever did. We are living in a Twilight Zone episode and sobering up won't change a thing, for those in such a state as to think this is nothing more than a hallucination.
Last Edit: May 18, 2020 18:42:52 GMT -5 by tbeltrans
Yes when you mention Alvarez Guitars, it always reminds me of the local guitar shop that only sold Alvarez Guitars, he always had a real good selection, pity the shop closed down a few years ago, always great guitars and not really that expensive. Not seen any Alvares Guitars for sale lately. Anyway when you go to get your new tuner and some strings, don't go trying any new guitars because you know where that leads to, yes a very expensive set of strings.
Derick, Oh, don't worry. I won't be touching any guitars when I go there. Ukuleles however, that might be a problem. Have had a hankerin' to add a uke to my little flock. If they have any real nice ones, I might be in trouble. LOL.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Derick , Oh, don't worry. I won't be touching any guitars when I go there. Ukuleles however, that might be a problem. Have had a hankerin' to add a uke to my little flock. If they have any real nice ones, I might be in trouble. LOL.
Yes Ukuleles can be addictive so be careful. Had quite a selection of ukes a few years back, favourite size was the Concert and Tenor. Got rid of my last one a few months ago, due to the grandson taking a fancy to it.
Post by seagullplayer on May 20, 2020 4:47:02 GMT -5
I really don't remember what I tried last. Nothing serious in a long time. I don't have a relationship with any local shops anymore. The two I did have both closed a few years ago.
The Louisville, KY guitar center is close to my granddaughters house. I was stopping in there pretty often before all "this" hit. I'm not sure what is going on with them (Guitar center) there was a news report about them not paying their rent.
In Indiana they should be open or able to open this week or next.
My wife and I where planning a trip up to Sweetwater Music before this. I wanted to try out a new Epiphone Masterbilt Frontier. But I'm not sure where they are or where I am on that adventure...
Epiphone Masterbilt AJ45-ME Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500ME NS Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Seagull M6 Spruce Gibson J40 (1972 era) Yamaha 365S (1980 ish) Taylor 110, 2004 Martin DC-160GTE
Our local guitar shop announced last week he's closing June 1st. I'm not going to miss him. He was always a snob to me. Even his son and daughter-in-law left him last month. He was partially retired and they were running it, and she had been doing the repairs for a few years. They had a "difference in opinion" and abruptly left, announcing they will never go back. They had no idea he was closing until people started to message them. Oh well, no big loss.
I haven't touched a guitar in a store for many months. I don't have much interest. Even though I've sworn off buying a guitar this year, I do have a heavy interest in finding a vintage Yamaha 12 string for the neck to make a small body version of the YamaXL, the YamaXLjr. Yesterday I sent an email to a guy on CraigsList, 2+ hours away) and offered him $50 for his wrecked FG-512, he was asking $100. If it doesn't happen, oh well. I'll find one eventually.
I delete all emails from Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, and Sweetwater without opening them.
UPDATE!! I heard from the guy with the broken FG-512. He sent pics. It looks to be in great shape, except for heavy drop damage on the lower bout. The neck looks awesome. There was no acceptance/denial of my offer though. I assume communication and pictures means yes. We shall see. I'm itching for a road trip!!
UPDATE UPDATE - Maybe not. He finally replied to see if I was interested. If not he'd move on to the next offer. I'd assume the next offer will be higher than mine. Might not happen. I asked if he looked at the link for my YamaXL. Maybe that will convince him to let me have it.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!! He accepted the $50 offer. Because he saw my crazy YamaXL project.
TonyKgull , I had always thought of ukuleles as toys until I tried a resophonic uke at a party and fell in love with the sound. By the time the night was through, I realised that they were not just for strumming chords, but were great for chord melody and finger style. A couple of weeks later I bought a Kala concert uke and I was hooked. In the jug band, I now use a uke for 4 or 5 songs a show. I had to bring a stool for a while, till I figured it was much easier to put a strap on it and play standing up. I have been gifted a few ukes and banjoleles since that party about a decade ago. I even own the concert size reso-uke that I played at the party.
Kala concert which I no longer own - "I like to linger in the moonlight on Honolulu Bay." Because Ukulele Lady is the only song where we wore the Dollar Store leis in those days, I know what song I was singing. Later we sometimes wore them for Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian.
My student, Kyle and I, doing a couple of baritone uke duets at the local uke club open mic. We did The Ash Grove and Over The Rainbow.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Yes, the newish 800 series Yamaha's are very good. A couple of years ago I went to a "Dare To Compare" Yamaha event and brought my vintage FG-180. None of them could beat it but the FG-850 was very close. They didn't have all the models though.
I haven't been to a music store that had anything I might be interested in for about 2 years. Ukes don't tempt me, my mom had one when I was a kid, I had a guitar. I learned to play her uke, but it never did anything for me, and so I have no interest now. I don't know why I didn't like it, I just didn't. That's okay, I have enough to do with the instruments I DO like!