8/03/2006

After 3 1/2 years...

I have been blessed! The picture that you see on the left is of me holding my brand new (straight from the factory) Taylor Guitar!

A family in my ministry heard that I have not owned my own guitar since moving to California in 2003, and showed up at our mid-week program about a month ago and gave me a rather large gift certificate and said, "Go buy yourself a guitar." So, after I recovered from the shock of it, I grabbed them by the neck and gave them a huge hug and said thank you about 27 1/2 times.

One of the dads in my ministry has a friendship with a guy who's pretty high up in Taylor, and got me a hook up. So, today I went and picked up my hot off the line Taylor GS. It's the first really good guitar I've ever owned. And I could not be more thankful.

Thank you family in my ministry. Thank you dad in my ministry who got me the hook up. Thank you contact at Taylor. I feel extremely humbled, blessed, and thankful that you would see fit to bless me in this way. I love being a part of my church family...

P.S. As I set up my camera to take this picture, my cambodian hackey-sack fell off of my bookshelf and onto the guitar, giving it it's first ding.

I almost cried...

Actually, I almost said lots of curse words as loud as I could...

But, instead, I almost cried...

I guess the guitar is really mine now.

6 comments:

Josh Peters said...

i don't know why I didn't question this in greater detail... but what do cambodians put in their hacky sacks?!

Puddles said...

That picture looks a little scary. I think you are getting a little too close to your guitar.c

muzik316 said...

Here are a few instrument stories, kind of long but here ya go ...

I was in a ska band in the late 90’s... yes ska... think Supertones, Five iron Frenzy, etc... I played bass (I’m really a horn player which is kind of funny since I played bass in a ska band). I didn’t own my own bass and we had an opportunity to play at Atlantafest 99’ Two hours before we left I get a call from our minister of music he said, “Do you still need a bass?” I told him yes and he said someone dropped one off at his house that I could just have, he had no clue what it was. It ended up being a Fender P Bass and I have it to this day.

Story 2... I was heading off to college... again. This time to UF (go Gators) and really needed a good sax. I was playing a junker. Someone in my church took me down to the local music shop and said pick one so I did. He asked of it’s the one I really wanted... I said sure, he looked at the price and knew I was not telling the truth. I picked the cheapest one I could find. I was really eyeing the Selmer Mark VI in the back corner of the shop. He said what about this one... (The VI) and I was like its X number of dollars and was politely told that it was not an issue. Some times you just need to be humble and except the blessing. I later sold the horn to pay off debts and by an engagement ring for my wife. It was hard times and the only thing of value I had. She purchased a new Selmer Series III as a wedding present to me. I gave her a box of cracker jacks that I searched many months for.

Story 3... my new bass. It’s a Washburn T34 cost me $200 from a friend in need. Could not find it anywhere to get info on it. Truth is told when I called Washburn and the guy asked me how much I paid for it and he laughed hysterically. The pickup system alone cost almost $300. Add the rest of the gear on it and the bass was just over a grand (neck through mahogany etc...). What topped it off is that Washburn only made 20 of them. It never went into production.

There’s my instrument stories for you, give yours a good name and may she treat you kindly.

Matt McGill said...

I heard these were over rated? is this true?

muzik316 said...

Something being truly better is a matter of opinion & preference. I work full time in a local music store teaching and selling. The best advice I give to people searching for a new instrument is to get out there and plsy them. You will find the one that fits your taste (maybe not your budget).

offroadcamry said...

I think that Taylors can be overrated sometimes because most people equate high price with high quality. Taylor is kind of known for their ornate pearl inlays on their guitars. That tends to jack up the price without improving quality. I got one without it. In my opinion, this guitar is better than any other guitar I've ever owned. But I've only owned three others. And they were all pieces of crap.