I've had some time off work lately and have been able to relax and enjoy things that I've neglected for a long time and, in the case of guitar playing, for some years. So I started pulling out my old guitars, sending my beloved acoustic to be set-up right away and also pondered one of the other guitars in my collection -- a Rickenbacker 330.
I bought the Rick years and years ago (maybe 2003?) when I was on a Beatles kick (OK, so I've never really been off
a Beatles kick), but the reality turned out to be that, when I got it, it looked a million dollars but the neck wasn't as playable as I thought and, to be completely honest, it just didn't suit me. Even after a very good (and very expensive), set-up by a master luthier, I never got into that particular guitar, ever.
So I was looking at the guitar and thought, "What does it mean to me? Do I want to keep playing it? How long until it appreciates in value (if ever)?" and other thoughts like that.
Then it hit me... although I've owned Fender gear in the past (such as a Tele), I'd always wanted a nice, US-made Fender Stratocaster. The closest I'd ever been to one was my very first guitar in the 1990s, which was Strat-shaped, but had two humbuckers. Now that I think about it, that guitar was like a foreshadowing of today's Blacktops!
So, anyway, I started doing research on what I could possibly trade the Rick for. This was a fun period. I like diving through online inventories of vintage stuff, new releases and everything in between. So I did that for a few days and I thought I was close to knowing what I wanted when... OMG... I stumbled across this:http://www.fender.com.au/electricguitar ... caster.php
A US-made Stratocaster in a limited run version, where they've simply put a nice, satin (matte) honeyburst stain onto the wood, rather than the glossy, coloured nitro or polyester covered versions... are you kidding me? Where do I sign?
Yes, LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I had to have one.
So, the Rick was traded this morning. I got the brand-new Strat, a deluxe tweed case to replace the gig bag, and a handful of cash on top. I've gone from a guitar I didn't particularly want, and didn't enjoy playing, to a brand-new guitar I'm in love with, and some cash in pocket.
Here's my cat having a squiz.
A better look at the wood grain... beautiful...