wyleeee-someonestolemyname asked:

you lucky bastard, I've always wanted a jem

I’ve always wanted one too. How I acquired that JEM is a bittersweet story, actually. 

My band owned a studio out in Far Rockaway. For nearly 20 years we rehearsed, wrote music, and recorded our albums there. During hurricane Sandy, our studio burned to the ground, along with many of the surrounding homes and businesses.

Fortunately, as far as I know there were no fatalities during all of the terrible fires and flooding of that night, and I am thankful to the powers of our Universe for that. Unfortunately, my bandmates and I personally lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment and recording gear, and were left with virtually nothing as a band.

It took a long time for us to recover from that loss, and it nearly buried us as a band. But we were eventually able to recoup a small amount of our losses through insurance. And having never previously in my life owned a guitar that cost more than $400, I decided that after nearly 30 years of being a guitar player I had finally earned the right to own a “professional” guitar. So I used most of my insurance reimbursement to purchase that exact white & gold JEM model, one which I had secretly coveted since the 1980s.

So, lucky? Not sure, but maybe you’re right.

But I’ll say this, in the 3-years time since our studio burned down I’ve made peace with the loss of those purely material things—cherished guitars which I had owned for nearly my entire life, some since I was barely 10 years old. But that’s all they were: things. Replaceable objects. Thankfully. 

And I do love the hell out of my JEM! \m/ <3

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Creating guitars from recycled skateboards  by Prisma Guitars

The creations of Nick Pourfard, a 22-year-old young artist, skateboarder, musician and design student, based in San Francisco, who recycles old skateboard decks to create beautiful guitars. Nick Pourfard, whose all guitars are handmade, has just launched his own brand Prisma Guitars, and has already created a bass guitar especially for Steve Harris, bassist of the famous band Iron Maiden.The creations of Nick Pourfard, a 22-year-old young artist, skateboarder, musician and design student, based in San Francisco, who recycles old skateboard decks to create beautiful guitars. Nick Pourfard, whose all guitars are handmade, has just launched his own brand Prisma Guitars, and has already created a bass guitar especially for Steve Harris, bassist of the famous band Iron Maiden.

via: ufunk