Denied no longer

If you know anything about me you know that I love steak, fine women, casseroles and definitely guitar. If you locked me in a room with those four things I would never leave to see the light of day again. I’ve been playing guitar for 16 years and during that time I’ve never really splurged or invested in a nice instrument for myself. There have been plenty that I have wanted, but I always had this mental block that said “you don’t need that” or “when you’re good in like 20 years, then you can buy that”. I’m not sure where this internal dialogue came from but it sucks and I could never shake it. Then I noticed different friends that had been playing for only a little while buying kick ass instruments, when this happened I realized that I could do that too! I realize this is all ridiculous, but this is what was going on in my head. For the past 8 years I have had my eye on a few different guitars. I love Gibsons and Gretschs especially the semi-hollow body variety. They’re big, beautiful and have lots of knobs. Of the semi-hollow bodies I always wanted a guitar like Chet Atkins used to play. He’s one of my favorite guitar players and I dreamed of owning a replica. Yesterday I made that dream come true.

Phil told me earlier this week, “Um…you should go to Showcase Music, I’m pretty sure they have that guitar you’ve been obsessing about for the past month”. I went there yesterday to see if he was full of it and for once he was telling the truth. I made a beeline directly for the Chet Atkins model and I heard someone say “Lookout! He’s going for the expensive ones!” They brought the beauty down and set me up to play. And play I did. Before I was gonna throw down a huge fistful of cash I wanted to make sure she was the one and she felt alright. I played and played, played past the guy trying to bang out some blues on a strat, played past the death metal head next to me sounding like a chainsaw buzzing, played through the salesman’s break, played past the afternoon snack time, played until the salesman came back and said “Can I put the guitar back now?” And to that I responded “Not today my good man, I’m feeling saucey. I think I’m gonna buy it, do you accept cash?” Maybe that last part didn’t happen but if it did that’s what I would’ve said (Kudos to whoever can tell me what movie that’s from).

I brought the beauty home (I don’t have a name yet…suggestions?) and played for a bit and thought it was nice. It wasn’t until I got motivated and changed the strings that she rocked my world. Seriously. I can’t put her down as she just sings and sings. The most amazing thing since changing the strings is that she hasn’t gone out of tune at all! I am thrilled. If you know anything about guitars you know that after you put new strings on it takes awhile for them to stretch and adjust, so they’re constantly going out of tune until they’re broken in. I don’t know if it’s the Grover tuners, the bigsby or Chet Atkins, but she just stays in tune no matter how I bend her.

This past day has really been surreal, it has been so many years in the making that I’m in a daze, a happy guitar fueled daze.

Please take a look at the videos below. The first one is a lil’ tribute to Chet. Playing a song like he would and the second one is a Stray Cats song, since Brian Setzer Plays a guitar very similar to mine, I thought it was appropriate…now if I could only play like Setzer.


  1. momma said,

    July 14, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    How about a little head bob and a smile!! Awesome - love the Setzer stuff - more please!

  2. Jake said,

    July 15, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    I agree with momma. You look like a grumpy old man! :p

  3. Aimzee said,

    July 16, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

    Congrats!!! Love it! How exciting!!!

  4. Reese said,

    August 3, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

    Showcase, eh? I know that name. I think my dad used to have an office there or worked there or something WAY back in the day.

  5. Reese said,

    August 3, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

    P.S. More random info about my dad… he is supposedly the voice that sings “United Furniture Warehouse…”


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