Earlier this week I spent about $150 at The Guitar Center buying a tiny portable amp and a kick-ass effects pedal for my guitar. But you know, my guitar is an acoustic with electronics built-in so that I can play it through an amp, but it isn't as easy to really jam with as an electric.
So on Friday, totally as a favor to a friend who is suffering the after-effects of a break-up, I went out for drinks in order to keep my friend from having to eat alone. And after the drinks, I noticed I was only a block away from The Guitar Center.
So I wandered over just to take a look around one more time, you know, in case anything had changed since I was last in there. Nothing much had changed, but they had set up a shiny black electric SG guitar on top of a bunch of boxes.
So naturally I bought it.
|My new guitar|
It's a nice guitar. It is the Epiphone version of the kick-ass Gibson SG that I used to own. But because it's an Epiphone, it costs about half as much.
And also because it was apparently made in China.
So by Friday night I had blown about $350 in The Guitar Center already, and they only just opened their doors for business earlier this month. I would have blown this money sooner, but I didn't know they were here.
I spent my weekend alternating between entertaining my heartbroken friend and screwing around with all my new guitar equipment. I also learned that it's probably rude to play "Smoke on the Water" with heavy distortion and amplification at 12:30 at night when other people are trying to sleep.
Today I met up with my heartbroken friend again to entertain them and keep them from having to eat dinner alone. Being so close by The Guitar Center once again, I decided to stop in.
I bought a $20 guitar cable and $35 worth of music books. I also learned that because I let them ream me up the ass with a $35 2-year-extended warranty that I really don't need, I can bring my guitar back any time in the next 60 day and exchange it for a better one, after I pay the difference, of course.
I'm seriously considering it. There's a much nicer cherry one for about $100 more than I paid for mine.
So let me ask you, do you play any instruments? And if so, what do you play and how long have you been playing it?