It’s good to be back. Don’t get me wrong, America was the best holiday I’ve ever had. What can you say about going out to nice dinners every night, seeing bands every other night and zero alcohol-free days? But it’s nice to be back in our house with all guitars, recording gear and time to sit down and write songs. And I think we also came back with an even stronger drive to get out there and share our songs with the world. We’ve had a couple of rehearsals- everything seems to be just as good as when we left, so now we just need a time and a place to sing, strum, pick and drum. Which is coming along a bit slower than I’d like but hey, the word has been put out and you can’t rush these things. I’ve put together a list of my favourite venues (Black Bear Lodge, Rics Bar, Beetle Bar, X&Y bar) and hopefully some of them might be kind enough to host us one evening. Only a matter of time now…
But in other news, I have a new baby!
Playing this guitar overseas was probably a bad idea. Because I knew I sort of wanted one. But after I played it I knew I sort of needed one. But hey, if you’re in Canada you go and play a Canadian guitar and this one was ticking all my boxes.
I’ve always loved the shape of the Gibson ES-125’s. It’s a very sexy hollow body archtop which they started making in the 1950’s. It was marketed as a “budget” jazz guitar- pretty basic setup with none of the flourishes of the more expensive models.
The only problem is, they also STOPPED making them in the 1950’s, which means you can’t really get them for under $3000 and pesky things like mortgages and food make that a bit of roadblock to owning one.
So when Canadian guitar maker Godin (http://www.godinguitars.com/) announced that they were releasing some affordable archtops, my ears (amongst other things) immediately pricked up. So this thing had been on my radar for a while- but having a play of one was going to be a problem since there didn’t seem to be many/any in Australia. So when we eventually found that little music store in Montreal and the nice man pulled it down off the wall for me to play- I knew that my bank balance was going for a dive. But not as much as I thought. I managed to get the newest addition to my harem as well as a hardcase imported for around about $800 Australian (thankyou exchange rate).
It’s not a Gibson. And its not a 1950’s archtop. But in reality, I think I might like it just as much. Its a beautiful guitar and the shape of it might even be a little bit sexier than the ES-125. I love pretty much all things Canadian and having this Canadian Cherry beauty sitting in my loungeroom makes me very happy, even more so when I hear the sweet, full tones coming out of those gorgeous f-holes.
Now I just need to figure out what to call it…Godin calls it the 5th Avenue Kingpin (http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thavenuekingpinp.htm) which is pretty cool, but it needs a proper name. In truth, it’s probably more of a “Django” than my other guitar (since this is more the style of guitar Reinhardt would have played) but i feel like it’s something else…definitely female.
Something to think about.