That gorgeous blue Ibanez
that I posted about the other day is probably-definitely not
ever gonna come home with me. Really, I'm not in the market for a new guitar - not right now, anyway. It's too big, number one; and also I'm committed to getting better at playing the one I have before I go running around cheating on it with other guitars, hehe. If in six months or more I still feel like I need a new one, I'll look into it then.*
Don't get me wrong, I love my guitar. It's 37 years old, with a gorgeous mellow voice, and with the new strings on it it sounds amazing
- and it's much easier to play, too, in spite of the fact that the new strings are sharp as hell (my callouses will catch up). My main concerns about it are the width of the neck (versus my short fingers) and the size of the body...which may not even turn out to be an issue. One way or the other, when I sit, the front edge of the thing cuts into my right arm really hard, and it hurts like hell even after a few seconds. I thought "smaller body" right off the bat, but in researching various body styles, I'm realizing mine is actually already pretty small for a full-size guitar. Plus, smaller ones than mine tend to have shorter necks, too, and I really don't think I could handle a shorter one - as it is, as I move up the fretboard towards the body, my elbow gets pretty cramped.
I did find, though, that if I stand up and put one foot on a chair, I can angle the thing so that the arm-edge thing is hardly an issue at all, AND my left elbow doesn't get so cramped, so my next stop is to try to put a strap on the thing and see if I can't just play standing up, or at least perched on a taller chair where I don't have to rest my arm on the thing at all. I notice, though, that when I do that, I tend to wanna walk around and stuff (like I do when I'm just singing), so maybe putting it on a strap is exactly what I need. Plus I breathe better when I stand up, big surprise there
I don't know where I'll be, skill-wise, in six months, but I want to try to work up at least two songs to at least a not-half-bad performance level so I can actually play on stage at Springfest. I think I have plenty of time to get there. But in order to do that, I need to be able to hook into the system, and my little acoustic isn't down with the whole electric thing - it needs a pickup, and while I should probably have my own cable, I may be able to borrow one if they're too expensive. (Sure, I could mike the thing, but I've seen them do that out there, and it doesn't come off all that well; lots of wind noise and weird distortion).
The inevitable conclusion here, then, is a trip to Guitar Center sometime this week for:
- a strap
- strap buttons
- a sound-hole pickup
I'd completely forgotten that back when my guitar still belonged to my mother, she had this woven, embroidered hippie-chick strap (kinda like these
)...what the hell ever happened to that thing? I remember her using it, but I don't remember ever having it once she gave me the guitar. Weird. Anyway, I'm thinking of getting something similar. Have to see what they actually have in the store.
In the meantime, long story short, I recently disassembled a large, old, Ikea computer desk that I replaced with a smaller one that B and I built in April; yesterday we used some of the wood from the old desk to build a guitar stand for Kress' basses and my acoustic. It's not done, but here's a sneak peak
* On the other hand, if I DO ever get a new guitar, I am absolutely lusting over this one. It's gorgeous, nicely made, sounds like it's just the right size. I'm hoping that GC has one I can
touch when I go for parts this week. :)