I think I need not mention my love affair with the guitar. If you have read any of my earlier posts it comes across quite evident. When one ages, we tend to acquire more things. From the previous spoken love, I started collecting guitars. The true guitar behind the 1976 stratocaster is actually a 1964 Fender Jaguar.
I love the off-set shape of the jaguar and wanted a vintage one. This preceded me learning the valuable lesson of "never buy a guitar on eBay". I was misled by this online dealer that I decided to attempt to acquire a jaguar from. Vintage City Music out of Lansing, MI sold me an "all original" guitar. Jaguars are known to be complex instruments. When I received it I couldn't figure it out. The bridge pick up seemed dead. I called up Guitar Showcase and they pointed me toward the direction of Mark Brown, whom I am forever indebted to in the guitar buying world. I took the guitar right over to Mark. He told me that the neck had been refinished, possible fret job, new reproduction tuners and the neck pick up needed to be rewound. All in all about $700 worth of work to get it up to snuff. I said, "ah, I got ripped off" and Mark so eloquently replied, "How much did you pay for this guitar? $2500. You didn't get ripped off, with the work you would have a $3200 guitar, about the price of a vintage jaguar in good condition." I love his thought philosophy.
The jaguar story does have a good ending. They had a 24 hr. return policy, and honored it as "24 hr. business days" and took the guitar back with me paying the shipping. Now I had cash burning a whole in my pocket.
|60s Smugglin' Pat|
|80s Jammin' (note Blackie in the background)|
And this is how it sounds......
|Patrick Joseph Ryan 1951-2009|