A few months ago after considering it for many, many years I bought my first guitar. A beautiful Ibanez Artcore AF71F Hollowbody Electric Guitar Black, it has a very pure sound as is absolutely beautiful and I got it for $300 not $400.
Although it is wide and I feel like it’s fragile. It’s very precious to me and gave me a lot of memories of my dad and his love of jazz.
I wasn’t really playing with it all that much though. Maybe because it’s less comfortable to reach over, it’s very wide.
A few weeks ago, after looking for a while I found an inexpensive Guitar Research solid body stratocaster style guitar. I knew it was crazy to get one so soon after the first one but it was only $150 and so much fun to strum. I need to figure out how to import images to WordPress easier. Took forever to find the image of the Ibanez and no luck on the Guitar Research. It looks like this vintage Fender Stratocaster, same sea foam color.
It has 3 pickups vs. one floating humbucker on the Ibanez. And it has a very, very different song. It’s also just a blast to play and has fun with the higher frets making a wicked spacey sound. Although the E string is weird especially on the very important 3rd fret.
Yesterday, I took my first lesson in a while. I really wasn’t playing the Ibanez that much but I have been playing 2-3 hours a day on the Guitar Research strat the last week or so. And I learned “Can’t Explain” by the Who. It was made for a strat style guitar, it just produces a certain dissonance. It just doesn’t sound right on the Ibanez.
I also got a wonderful “Johnny Cash Anthology” from my wife on my birthday last week on June 23rd (I turned 41). And I hadn’t used it much until today. When I was singing the songs and trying to learn the chords, the Ibanez sounded much, much better. It just a better sound for old school country. I learned to sing primarily “The Long Dark Veil” and “Luther Plays the Boogie” and was learning the chords on “Luther Plays the Boogie” especially with G chord.
So I think it’s great I have 2 guitars and I think I will have tons of fun with each, and I may be tempted to get others at some point. Thinking maybe an inexpensive Yamaha acoustic guitar.
Playing a ton of guitar this week has been a blast.
Although I wish it was easier to play my iTunes music on my Android.
So it goes.
The Who – Can’t Explain
Johnny Cash – The Long Black Veil
Johnny Cash – Luther Plays the Boogie