The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

got a secret? infatuation

Fender Squier Vintage Telecaster Custom (Model 032750)I’m infatuated with a black Fender Squier Vintage Telecaster Custom (Model 032750, picture on the right) with dual humbuckers designed by Seymour Duncan that I saw at a Goodwill shop this past Thursday. It’s a $400 guitar and for $80 it’s a steal!

If I bought it, it’d the tenth guitar I’d have owned.

  1. Westone Dimension IV (bass) — made in Korea, black body, black bolted neck, covered split pickup at the neck and a covered humbucker at the bridge (1986);
  2. Fernandes neck-through-body strat (no idea what model it was) — made in Japan, black body and neck with red outline, lightning mother of pearl inlays, dual humbuckers, stock locking tremolo (1988);
  3. Rickenbacker 2060 (bass) — made in USA, black body and neck with white outline, natural color bolted neck, white pickguard, dual covered single-coil pickup, German-made Schaller tuners (1994);
  4. some cheap acoustic (1995);
  5. Fender Squier Precision (bass) — made in Mexico, black body, cream bolted neck, white pickguard, covered single split pickup at the bridge (1997);
  6. Danelectro 56-U2 — made in Japan, black body, black bolted neck, dual single-coil lipstick pickup (1999);
  7. STARfire Les Paul clone — cheap crap that I found and repaired, black body with sunburst paint-work on its arch-top, black bolted neck, floating black pickguard, dual humbuckers (2012);
  8. Signature model 265Ovation clone, cheap crap that I found, black body, black bolted neck, floating cream pickguard, contact mic (2012);
  9. Ibanez Jumpstart IJM21M — made in Japan, black body, cream bolted neck, black pickguard, dual humbuckers (my youngest son’s first guitar, 2013).

It’d also mean having five guitars at home — not to mention my Marshall ValveState B30 and my son’s Ibanez amplifiers, a Danelectro Pastrami guitar effect and my two Hohner harmonicas.

  1. Rickenbacker 2060 (bass);
  2. Danelectro 56-U2;
  3. STARfire Les Paul clone (cheap crap that I found and repaired);
  4. Ibanez Jumpstart IJM21M (my son’s first six-stringer);
  5. plus that Telecaster.

If you’re wondering why I can’t stop thinking of that Telecaster, all I can say is that I still kick myself for not buying a band-new gloss-yellow Gibson Les Paul Jr with a single soap humbucker at the bridge for merely $450 in 1988 (valued then for twice as much at least, $1199 nowadays) or Fender Rhodes in 1996. Then again, I wonder if buying the six-piece Premier drum set also in 1988 would’ve been a better idea. After all, my first love’s always been music having worked for over a decade in the industry (retail and purchasing at a British record store, tape editing for a syndicated radio program, indy record label, two recording studios, etc) and getting a degree in audio engineering.


5 responses to “got a secret? infatuation

  1. zanspence 04/23/2013 at 10:39:03

    Are you part of the worship team at your church?

    • Frank Olvera (aka "The Christian Noob") 04/23/2013 at 11:50:41

      It’s very little what I do, but I guess it counts. 🙂
      I take care of the sound system during worship.

  2. Rina Mosquera 04/23/2013 at 12:02:37

    Sobre la música, todo el mundo debería de aprender a tocar un instrumento, sirve de terapia, sirve de compañía, sobretodo cuando llegamos a la vejez.

    A la salida del trabajo podrá hacer una hora o dos horas en alguna radio o en alguna empresa que este relacionada con su profesión de ingeniero en sonido.

    Naturalmente que por tener una familia, jamas puede descuidar su trabajo principal, su trabajo estable, su trabajo que le sirve para mantener a la familia,

    Sin descuidar su trabajo principal, a lo mejor se podría dar tiempo para hacer una o dos horas adicionales en otro trabajo que este relacionado con su otra profesión.

    A lo mejor dando clase en la universidad, aplique nada se pierde.

  3. zanspence 04/23/2013 at 12:55:04

    Worship is super important, it’s not little. You’re important. I asked because with all the guitars I thought maybe you performed or played with the worship team. Guitar/folk worship music is awesome. Do you songwrite gospel songs? Check out Will Reagan and United pursuitSet a fire.

    • Frank Olvera (aka "The Christian Noob") 04/23/2013 at 14:16:34

      I have written some material, but I can’t think in folk/soft music.
      I like rock music with loud guitars, bass and drums (basic setup) at least.

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