... acoustic guitar, that is.
For x-mas I just asked for money since I never really know what I want. Originally the plan was to get some sort of tablet thing or whatever. Well, I woke up this morning and decided I wanted to get an acoustic guitar. Haven't had one for about 10+ years and I have been wanting one lately so I figured I would start searching for one. First thing I did was look on craigslist. Nothing that really caught my eye. Plus, when it comes to acoustics I'm REALLY picky. I rarely play someone else's acoustic and like it. To me, there is something to be said about breaking one in with your own mojo. I have an odd picking style and I like all the wood(the ribs, top, back and braces) to settle in to the vibrations I cause while strumming it.
So on a whim I decided to pop into Guitar Center late this afternoon. Spent about a good hour and 1/2 going back and forth on all kinds of acoustics. And not looking for anything fancy, mind you. My price range was in about the $200 range. Just wanted something to sit on the couch and strum around on but still sound decent.
To make a long story a little less long but still long, I kept coming back to this sad little, un-loved Washburn WD12S dreadnaught with a busted G-string(heh). It sounded lovely. The right amount of richness coupled with the right amount of shimmer even with the missing string. It doesn't quite have the low thump that I dig in an acoustic but it's got enough for what it is and what I want it for. And it's not like I'm going to be playing any concert halls anytime soon.
Finally the troupe of gay teenagers in the acoustic room left that were playing guitars and singing their camp fire Journey songs and I had the GC dude replace the missing string so I could really open it up.
*note* Yes, they were literally gay. As in homosexual. One of them looked like Latoya Jackson in drag, if that even makes any sense. I do not have a problem with them other then they were just there wasting time and not buying anything while serious buyers like me and this one other kid in there had to lock ourselves in the acoustic "loud room" so we could actually hear what we were playing. However, props to their song choices and they actually sounded pretty damn good.
Anyways... The Washburn won out. Even over some of the $300+ acoustics I played. It's got a spruce top. mahogany ribs, back and neck. And maple braces. The neck itself is thin like an electric(which I wanted) with a satin finish.
All in all, it's a fantastic guitar for the price. $189 out the door + a free pack of strings. Got the strings because the action on this thing is super low so there was a tiny bit of buzzing. Easy fix but worth the haggling for strings.
Originally I wanted at least an acoustic/electric but for the price and the way this thing sounds, I'll just buy an aftermarket undersaddle set-up later on.
Now on to re-living my college days of the early 90's by making those panties drop while strumming out some 80's power ballads.
Nice score. Mighty fine looking acoustic!