So my music teacher ordered me 5 new reeds from Long and Mcquade Music Store in St. John’s the other day and they came in yesterday :) He said that he wanted me to experiment with different reeds so he bought two medium-hard, two medium and one medium-soft. Although I don’t need a medium-soft (because I’m up to medium) he ordered one just to try :) Sadly, as you can tell (it’s the second reed from the left), I just realized that it is broken :( But it’s okay because I now have 7 reed!
Thanks whitey, your the best. From your one, and only, oboist :)
Here’s something new - I have not seen one of these before. Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster® in “Oxblood” with matching headstock. The colour doesn’t come through very well in these photos but I assure you it’s lovely…and so different! It’s MIM, and for roughly 800 clams Canadian (if I remember correctly…) you can take it home.
Beaucoup de fun this week at Long & McQuade in Burlington Ontario - ½ hour’s drive west of Toronto:
I’m not gonna lie: when the “Select” Series first came out I was skeptical that a non Custom Shop instrument that costs >2k new would be worth it…I mean if I am going to spend $2400 on a guitar, it better be a (used) custom shop model! But now that the so-called “sticker shock” has worn off, I actually like these!
The former owner’s foolishness = your bargain! Here is a 1999-ish American Standard Stratocaster (left handed). There have been modification made to it (as you can plainly see), but it wouldn’t take much to restore it to it’s original configuration - in fact you probably have several spare sets of Strat pickups and several empty oich guards laying around the house (I know I do!). For only $500. That’s a whopping 58% discount over buying a new one!
One of the new Coronados. My one concern is how expensive they are…if I remember correctly they are 700-ish dollars. You can buy a 1960s vintage original for 1400…so if it was me, I would just save up a little* more and go for a vintage.
Dear Martin. On the rare-ish occasions you go all fancy, damn you do a good job if it!
I will never lose my love of Gretsch colours. Now - if I could only fall in love with their guitars, I’d be all set!
American Std in a lovely trans-‘burst over an lovely slab of grainy ash.
Another pretty “Select” Tele. I like the one in photo #1 better, but I wouldn’t kick this one out of bed for eating crackers! :D
* And by “save up a little more” I of course mean “put on my credit card and pay it off in 5 dollar increments for the next 12 years”.
Lefties of the week from Long and McQuade in Brampton and Mississauga (suburbs of Toronto, Canada)
That LPC is gorgeous, and I hope one day to be able to get another lefty American Std. Strat (like this used one in Brampton, photo #4) to make it another “reverse Hendrix”! Although the last time I did that I found it VERY challenging to play (and there’s about 20 reasons why, which I won’t go into here!) Maybe I’ll stick to a cheaper lefty “Standard” (like the one in photo #3). I like the blue better too. :D