May 8th, 2005


And then?

Seems there's some work to be done here. I have become an emotional hot-head. I need to chill. Getting emotionally involved in things rarely serves one's long-term purpose. Whatever happened to my detachment?

There's an old saying that goes, "He who cares the least rules." I don't suppose it applies in every situation; I think it was meant to apply to love affairs and business negotiations. The party who is emotionally involved and cares desperately about the outcome can easily be led around by the nose by the party who is ambivalent about the outcome. There's some truth in that, for sure. I still think you should vote, though.

. . .

Sitting here watching what items are going for on eBay. I can find multiple auctions for almost every item I might try to sell. Some are kind of pitiful. An Ovation acoustic guitar just like the one I own went for $421. The list was like $1300 or $1400 when I bought mine. I didn't pay list, but I sure as hell paid more than $421. So it doesn't look like we've got a lot of appreciation going on here.

I'm not particularly fond of the guitar. It looks really nice. It would be a good guitar for singer/strummer type person who wanted to look cool. I would rather have a Taylor like Leo Kottke plays. He sometimes does a commercial for Taylor guitars in his act. He says that he had nearly every kind of vintage acoustic stolen, lost by the airlines (read: stolen) or demolished somehow. Nearly always somebody's insurance would kick in and provide some bucks for a replacement, but the problem was that these vintage jobs were not consistently available and were not all that consistent in quality either. You might find a Gibson Hummingbird that was one of the best playing, best sounding guitars ever made and the next one you came across might fairly suck. He says he sticks with Taylor these days because they are consistently good and consistently available.

So that's what I'm gonna do: Sell all of the guitars and amps that I've accumulated, but never really been happy with then, when I'm a degreed professional making an embarrassingly large salary, I'll replace them with a few I actually enjoy.

I'll keep the black one, though. Nobody else would want it, probably, much less pay money for it. It plays good and sounds great. T and I made it from a kit. I bought it with all the black hardware they would give me and then went out and found replacements for everything that wasn't already black. Then we painted it black and T made and aluminum pick guard that we had anodized black. It came with an ebony fingerboard without inlays, so the frets and the strings are the only non-black items on the thing. Oh, and the little inlaid position dots on the top edge (as you play it) of the neck. T asked me if I wanted he should drill those out and fill them with black epoxy. "No, let's not," I said, "I ain't that good. I'd end up counting frets all night long." So it is pretty much as black as you can make a guitar. Nowadays you can buy "Goth" models of some guitars that are black with black hardware, but we built this before any of that was available. My motivation was the novelty. Or what there was of the novelty. When people asked me what kind of guitar I played, I wanted to be able to say, "A black one."