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Dave mentioned in his blog yesterday about how I had my own story to tell about this weekend. Here it is.
Dave came down from Boca for a visit Saturday. He was heading down to these parts to take his super-duper guitar down to MAE Music to get it setup. I guess you'd call this a bit of a guitar 'tune-up'. Since he was already in the area, he came by my house and we went together to look around. It's nice to have someone who knows what he is talking about go with you, when you are looking around a music store. While we were waiting for the tech to finish setting up his guitar, we were looking around. I had been stopping by the store every weekend for about a month wanting to take a look at the Paul Reed Smith Santana SE guitar. I had tried one they had there before and mentioned how much I liked it. The only problem was that the only one they had was a black one. I didn't care for the black. I thought it was a dull color. I really liked the 'Vintage Cherry' colored one that PRS makes, but MAE didn't have. We asked if they had gotten any new SE's in. He said they did, so we went in the back to see what they had... Oh no! They had the exact guitar I had been really wanting for a while now! I couldn't resist. I bought it. I am now the proud owner of a Vintage Cherry Paul Reed Smith Santana SE guitar. (yes, I bought a second guitar).
This is a beautiful guitar and my first 'real' guitar. My old guitar was an 'el-cheapo' Fender Affinity Stratocaster. The Fender is a real beginner guitar. In other words, cheap and really not that good. I knew that when I bought it. I was just starting out learning guitar and I didn't want to spend the money to buy a high quality instrument yet. I just wanted something useable to start with. I still have a hell of a lot to learn when it comes to playing the guitar, but even after only a few months of learning, I was able to recognize that the Fender just wasn't a very good guitar. The sound quality just wasn't there compared to the PRS guitars. I think Dave knew all along that the Fender I bought was a 'piece of junk' but didn't want to discourage me by telling me this. I knew it was a piece of junk when I bought it. I just wasn't ready for a good instrument. Now I think I am. It was time to take my learning to the next step and buy a good instrument. I am very happy with this new PRS. It sounds fantastic, even with my pathetic playing. It also feels a lot easier to play than the old Fender did (lighter too). I think I can make a lot of progress with this new instrument. I don't regret the purchase for a second. I bought it, it's paid for. End of story. I plan to spend a lot of time with this thing going forward.