My latest thing to want is this:
It's a Gibson Melody Maker with a "vintage sunburst" finish. It's a modern recreation of a guitar Gibson produced in the late 1950s. The original was considered a "student model", or something to learn with, but they became fairly popular because they were light, good sounding guitars in their own right.
As you can see, there is nothing fancy about them, and I like that lean, hungry look in a guitar. I like fancy ones too, but holy smokes, the fancy ones are so expensive. I'm not a good enough player to justify buying a $2300 guitar, but I think I could spend $379 without feeling too guilty.
I'm one of those weird guitar players that likes a fat neck on the guitar while most of the guitar playing world likes their guitar necks nice and thin. The fatter the neck, the better I like it, and I don't have big hands either. It's just more comfortable and I can play longer with a fat guitar neck.
This Melody Maker has the fatter "rounded '59" profile of their late 1950's guitar, same as my Les Paul Studio. I LOVE the neck on that guitar.
OK. I'm weird. I admit it.
Also, one time I tried to trade picks during a Disciple concert (my FAVORITE band) one night with my guitar hero, Brad Noah. Held up a pick like I use to trade with him, he nodded, and handed me his pick he had been playing with and took mine.
He turned it over and looked at it back and front, smiled, shook his head and handed it back to me. He walked over and got another one from his stage stash and started the next song.
See, I use a teeny-tiny jazz style, teardrop shaped guitar pick. Apparently I'm one of the few people on the planet who prefers them. I have to keep about a hundred of the things around, because I can't play well with a regular guitar pick, it just has too much real estate and it twists around in my hand.
At least I got to keep his guitar pick. Brad's my homey now, I've got the pick to prove it.
Seems like there's always a new lens for my camera, a guitar, or something to catch my eye.
Maybe if I had one single, unobtainable obsession, like Big Sis is with Keith Urban, it would be easier.
Hey, I'm 44, maybe I could claim "midlife crisis" and buy the Melody Maker.
It's way cheaper than a Corvette.
By the way, here's a gratuitous pic of Brad Noah in all out shred mode at a concert I attended.
One of modern life's great gifts is the advent of the home computer.
And as time goes on, the things I want to do, like digital photos and video editing, is harder and harder on a computer.
Our "family" computer is 4 years old, I think, and I bought it through Dell, and the guy on the phone assured me that Yes, it will handle video.
He was wrong. I was never, ever able to download video that wasn't choppy. It was just not fast/powerful enough.
A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a brand new Dell XPS with 2GB of RAM and the speed of the thing is already being taken for granted.
That is, until I get onto the "old" family computer or any of the computers at work.
They seem intolerably slow in comparison to my new one.
Oh, the trials and tribulations of a spoiled man.