this is my guitar. they say you can learn a lot about a musician from their instrument, and i kind of hate to think what this guitar might say about me.
i bought it used for ninety dollars when i was thirteen years old, and it definitely looks like it. it’s scratched, chipped, cracked, scuffed, faded, worn, and banged up beyond reason. it was when i bought it, too, but i’ve done a great deal of my own damage over the years.
it was made by a company called hondo guitars, which is now defunct, and very obviously modeled after a martin d-18. i tried to figure out the history on this guitar a few years ago- best i can make out, it was built in the mid 70′s, and i think the original owner was a bluegrass player of some sort- the action on the strings was set very high, ridiculously high, and there are huge scratches on the back that i can only assume came from someone’s rhinestone-studded belt buckle. i think both the bridge and nut have been replaced at various points. it was also modified to be an acoustic/electric by someone, using knobs for volume and tone that look like they should be on a tv set from the 70s. all told, it’s a very… eclectic, odd piece of work.
i own lots of guitars, but for reasons that i’m not entirely able to discern, this is the one i will inevitably default to. the majority of songs in my catalog were written on this guitar, and it’s been a constant companion as i learn my craft. i suppose i have a sentimental attachment to it, even though it’s hard to play, doesn’t sound that great, and isn’t really worth anything to anyone but me.
some guitarists believe that their most prized guitar comes to share something of their essence, some indefinable part of their being; and that it, in turn, helps shape their creative impulses in ways that can’t really be calculated. i don’t know if i believe that or not, but i can say with certainty that this guitar is my sound- which means that if you like my sound, you might have this guitar to thank.
so, thank you, guitar. more chips, scratches, and cracks are undoubtedly on the way.