I am a God! Like god, I move in mysterious ways! I’ve been kicking around the idea for a music podcast. I think the time has come. I have no idea what I’m going to call it just yet but the format will be pretty broad. Its my show so I can do anything I want to but the rough draft includes looking back at some classic bands from the late 60s through the 70s. I plan to highlight some current bands and even venture into uncharted territories such as classical and jazz. Why music and why now? I was really hoping to get back on to college radio but the limitations far outweigh the positive aspects. The audience is not going to be much larger but I can do this on my own time and not have to worry about set schedules. I’ll let it grow naturally and we’ll see where it takes me. The first show is most likely to be released next week but those will be posted here when the time is right. For now, that is all.
I’m not sure exactly how I came across this site but they craft beautiful guitars – Wallace Detroit Guitars. I love the idea behind them. These guitars are made from lumber recovered from famous Detroit landmarks. Yeah they are a little pricey but a good quality guitar is going to start at $1000. You can argue with me all you want that you can get comparable quality for a lower price and you’d be wrong. I started playing guitar again roughly 5 months ago with the restoration of my brother’s guitar and my son buying me a telecaster. I have been visiting a lot of stores from the big chains to the locals. One thing has become very clear, there is a big difference in the quality of cheap guitars vs mid priced guitar and a gigantic leap between mid range to custom. One guitar I was leaning on getting was one of the Ibanez Artcore guitars. The price was reasonable, between 250 – 350 but when I finally got my hands on one, I was shocked at how cheap the feel of the guitar body was. It has a very cheap plastic feel to it. There is nothing wrong with the playability of these guitars but they are just cheaply made. I am not a fan of mass produced Chinese items. Wait, don’t you own a Orange amp made in China? Yes I do but its a practice amp and I will not rely on it for live playing if I even do that. You’ve heard it a million times before, you should have an entry level guitar. Really? Why? If you’re going to try something, why not drop some money into to prove you’re committed? If you drop $1000 on a guitar chances are you’re not going to just let it sit around or maybe you have that kind of money to waste but why not start at the top. There is something to be said for having good/great equipment right out of the gate. There is no real point here except this – If you are considering playing music, set yourself up correctly. Find a solid non chinese, indonesian, or korean guitar and a solid amp and unleash the beast! The only thing preventing me from buying a custom Fender? Justifying the cost and can I dedicate enough time to it. I already checked it out, I would order a custom strat from Fender and all of my requirements would cost me roughly $2000. Let’s see where we are in a year. I’ve thought about buying a cheap guitar and modding the crap out of it but after all the costs, it equals nearly the same as a brand new guitar. Lets break it out. Say I buy one of those indonesian Epiphone SGs, those run about $79 used. Here is my breakdown for this guitar:
Epiphone SG: $79
Replace the nut Les paul guitar bone nut pre cut 44mm: $9.99
1/4″ 2-Conductor Guitar Output Jack: $7.99
Gibson Accessories Stop Bar Tailpiece w/Studs & Inserts – Gold: $54.99
DiMarzio Injector Neck Single Coil Pickup – White: $79.99
DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucker Pickup – Cream: $79.99
Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads: $48.49
Music repair shop to reset the neck and frets, install the pickups, the nut, input jack and tailpiece: $120
Now, $480 does not get you out of China just yet. For Fender Squire vibes, it gets you Mexican made. The Mexican mades have a veneer finish which looks nice but again, you’ll want something that is a little more road worthy. $480 for a non Gibson SG is not bad and I would consider it but again, if you can save money and afford the real American made, you probably should. Now that being said, I’m not so sure I would be buying anything from Gibson these days. The company is bleeding financially. They are currently $1.5 billion in the red (Moody’s Stock rating for Gibson). Their products are also getting slammed for shoddy workmanship. We’ll see what I end up choosing. More to come.