Guitars – Part 1

Here are a couple of my guitars.  I have five of my own.  I had more, but sold some of them off a couple of years ago thinking that I’d never play guitar again.  At the time it was somewhat cathartic as I felt I’d made a definitive decision to move on from guitar, given that I’d not been serious about it in many years.  Needless to say, I’m a bit bummed now that I let go of them.  Live and learn.

Anyway, the first guitar is my baby.  It’s a 1997 Fender American Standard Stratocaster. While I had owned several guitars prior, it was my first nice guitar.  I could tell instantly that there was something to be said for the playability of nicer guitars over cheaper, less expensive guitars.  My dad sent it to the school I was teaching at as a surprise on my 30th birthday.

1997 Fender American Standard Stratocaster

The next guitar was my most recent purchase.  I picked this guitar up during a post-divorce spending spree (actually, I picked up several guitars).  This is my Takamine P5NC. I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love the way it feels in my hands and I love the way it looks, but I can’t seem to get a tone out of it I can appreciate.  I know that tone is really in my hands, so I’m fighting it right now to figure it out.  I practice on this guitar more than any of my others because I want to master it.

2015 Takamine P5NC