Another weekend is upon us, kids. I’m glad it’s here. I get to play with my new toy. Last Saturday I procured a Squier Modified Vintage Mustang from my good friends at Sweetwater Music in Fort Wayne, IN. I got to mess with it a little bit last weekend but not much. The birthday weekend tends to suck up whatever spare time I have, so I was able to play the guitar enough to know that I loved how it played and I loved the sound. I also knew it needed some tweaking. The strings were horrible and I kept getting some buzzing. All week I’ve been online looking for info about this guitar, good and bad. Well, folks were switching out the bridge and replacing the strings with a heavier gauge string. I was at least feeling like I could correct whatever I needed to correct for a pretty reasonable price. I ordered some .11 gauge strings yesterday and they arrived today. Slapped those babies on and I think that’s all this guitar needed. Tomorrow shall be a rocking day here.
I have a little history with the Fender Mustang. Back in 2007 I bought a 1977 Fender Mustang off of Ebay for $810. It was in great shape. There were a few scratches in the paint, but nothing terrible. Everything was original on it, and the chrome hardware was still nice and shiny. My reasoning for wanting a Mustang began because, well, quite frankly I couldn’t afford a vintage Jazzmaster. Yeah, I said it. Since the JM wasn’t an option I started looking at other Fender guitars. There was the Kurt Cobain connection with the Mustang, but that didn’t mean anything to me. The fact that Adrian Belew played a Mustang always kept that guitar in my mind, so I started looking for Mustangs in 2007. This led me to the 1977 model. It was black with white pickguard. I loved the guitar. I used it on quite a few recordings. Loved the jangle it had. I could get this weird cross section of Strat and Gibson with it when I tinkered enough. It was a versatile guitar. And the idea that it was this scrappy little cheap thing back in the day that ended up in pawn shops all across New York, which led to bands like Talking Heads, Television, and any other number of post-punk and new wave pioneers snagging these guitars up for next to nothing added just the right amount of history to this guitar that I knew I had to have one. From 2007 to 2011 I played that guitar a lot, rotating between that, a Fender American Telecaster I bought in 2000, and a 1997 Gibson Les Paul Studio I bought from my cousin in 2008. In 2011 the need for some cash arose and so I had to make the tough decision to get rid of a guitar. Sadly I decided on the only vintage guitar I owned. It went for far less than I’d hoped, but it paid the bills that needed to be paid. Goodbye, old friend. It’s been real.
Well, it’s now 2014 and the wife and I have got our financial shit together, so to speak. Last year I finally got that Jazzmaster I always wanted. The Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster was purchased by me. I love it. LOVE IT! Squier for years had this stigma associated with it. That stigma was “cheap”. Things have changed, folks. They’re making quality guitars at a fraction of the cost of Fender American guitars. Guys like me on a budget that don’t have $2000 to drop on a guitar can afford a new axe now. Like I said, there’s some things that need to be adjusted here and there, but for the most part you’re getting a great playing guitar for $300. Hell, my first electric guitar was a 1986 Squier Strat made in Japan. I still have that guitar as a matter of fact. It needs a new neck as the truss rod is….sorry. No shop talk. It’s Friday night.
Needless to say I’m excited. I’ve got a new guitar to play and explore. Besides that, I’ve got a Founders Red’s Rye IPA and a Dark Horse Brewery Too Cream Stout. I bought the Dark Horse because I’d read today that Dark Horse turned down Nickelback for an endorsement. From head brewer Aaron Morse,
It’s obvious that this would be a great opportunity for us and maybe get some mainstream youth into craft beer rather than the swill. However, none of us at the brewery really care for the band (or frat parties) so our knee jerk reaction is “no thanks”. But how cool would it be to see our beer in a video? Aaron said, “Why cant it be some cool band like Slayer?” The guy that called said the lead singer is familiar with our brand. What does that mean? Does the lead singer of Nickleback drink craft beer?
That was reason enough for me to try it. And it’s a damn good stout. I will investigate further.
Okay, that’s all I got. Been playing Jakob Skott’s Amor Fati and Real Estate’s Atlas all week. Loving them. Okay, go grab a beer and I’ll see you later.