the guild, she is gone.

in the last video progress report, i talked a bit about a guild guitar i had, and how i ended up trading it in toward a 1951 gibson LG-2. it was kind of surreal getting rid of a guitar in the first place, and then seeing it for sale on the website for the store where roughly 80% of the guitars i own have come from at this point. not surreal in a bad way .it was kind of cool, really. just not a feeling i’ve had before, because i don’t tend to get rid of instruments, or anything music-related.

today i saw the guitar’s status on the folkway site had changed to “sold”, which means someone bought the thing. i didn’t expect it would be gone so quickly. i hope they have fun with it, whoever they are. i considered writing a little note and sticking it inside the case (something along the lines of, “this guitar served me well, but i have too many guitars to justify keeping it around, and i hope it serves you well too”), but thought that might seem a bit strange to whoever ended up buying it.

i can’t say i’m sad to see that axe go…i have other guitars that do more or less the same thing it does with more personality, and for my ears and fingers the gibson LG-2 blows it away on every level. still, the parting is a little bittersweet. we did have some good times together, as sporadic as they were.

“mismatched socks” on CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN probably never would have been written without that guitar, and i like that song. there are several other things i wrote and recorded with the guild as well, most of which will probably be showing up on THE ANGLE OF BEST DISTANCE whenever i get around to finishing that magnum grope-us.

here’s one that’s always been a favourite of mine. it was literally the first thing written on the guild, the day i took it home. it was also the first song i’d written with a proper chorus in a good four or five years. i made a solemn vow to end my life if i ever returned to the land of conventional song forms, but in this case the song really wanted to have a “refrain”, and it didn’t feel right any other way.

though it was written and recorded during the crack house duplex adventure of 2007, in some ways this was a significant step in the direction of CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN, and i seriously considered throwing it on that album right up until the very last minute, regardless of the fact that it was recorded more than a year before the rest of the songs, in a very different setting.

Row Ashore


    1. i did fight with myself over it…i mean, the D40 is a perfectly nice guitar, and a well-made one too. i just couldn’t justify keeping it around anymore with all the other guitars i’ve got. it was the one axe i could see myself losing without really missing it. i think if i had less acoustic guitars, it would be a good all-rounder, but at this point i’ve come to appreciate guitars more for their unique personalities…and that gibson just spoke to me on a completely different level. it’s more comfortable to play, too; my guild always felt a bit stiff to me, even after i had the folkway guys work their setup magic on it. i think you probably got a guild with more personality, while the tone of mine came to feel a little bland, for lack of a better word.

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