got a secret? infatuation
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.
- 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);
- 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);
- 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);
- some cheap acoustic (1995);
- Fender Squier Precision (bass) — made in Mexico, black body, cream bolted neck, white pickguard, covered single split pickup at the bridge (1997);
- Danelectro 56-U2 — made in Japan, black body, black bolted neck, dual single-coil lipstick pickup (1999);
- 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);
- Signature model 265 — Ovation clone, cheap crap that I found, black body, black bolted neck, floating cream pickguard, contact mic (2012);
- 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.
- Rickenbacker 2060 (bass);
- Danelectro 56-U2;
- STARfire Les Paul clone (cheap crap that I found and repaired);
- Ibanez Jumpstart IJM21M (my son’s first six-stringer);
- 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.