Friday, July 25, 2014

You Can't Buy Happiness...



Whenever I'm at a music shop trying out a guitar or some new pedals, the sales guy will normally ask me what kind of music I play. My usual answer would always be, "a little bit of everything and a lot of nothing." That pretty much sums me up because I don't have any particular type of music that I play exclusively. To be honest, I usually only use the guitar as a tool for songwriting, rather than a vehicle for anything greater.

The funny thing is that, when I do my usual Led Zeppelin type of riffing or let loose a few SRV licks in my own sloppily way, the sales guy will then ask me how old I am. Then he'll suggest a different guitar or pedal, as if I was born yesterday. Kids these days shred some John Petrucci or Paul Gilbert licks when they try out guitar gear, apparently. Old farts like me, on the other hand, are still playing riffs we learnt as teenagers.

To put it  in perspective, I was 12 years old when GnR's Appetite for Destruction came out. It was a great time to grow up. The mid to late 80's had great guitar bands that took rock and metal to a different place. Even your regular pop song on the radio had a melodic, semi technical guitar solo that added another hook to the already catchy song.

As I grow older, I have an even greater appreciation for the guitar. Now that I can afford better ones, the joy of playing is even greater because the easier the playability, the more likely you are to play and practice. Cheap guitars in the 80's, when I was a kid, were not easy to play, believe me. The fact that I didn't give up must have meant I really loved the instrument.

I'll post some photos of the guitars I have collected over the years soon. I've got quite a decent collection now. I'm thinking of thinning the herd a little bit to free up some funds to do other things. You can never have too many guitars but finding the time to play and appreciate them all isn't easy to come by these days.