As you may have noticed we have run the same Guitar of the Week for the last 3 weeks—the David Crowder Band and their Atoms—a very cool one, for sure. But for those of you who read every word each week, I do apologize. I have heard from quite a few asking about Guitar of the Week. To complicate things, we have a new and better website server that is refusing to accept any new Guitar of the Weeks, so the following should have run last week. But electronically speaking, I think we are all good to go now.
The real story is, my father has been ill and is still in the hospital at this time and I have been unable to write to you. I decided it would probably be best to make this Guitar of the Week a quick one, but guitars and music are soothing to the soul—perhaps that is why we all have such a connection to them—and reaching out to communicate, whether through music or words, is good.
In the bridge of “Tears In Heaven,” Eric Clapton sang,
Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart
Have you beggin’ please…beggin’ please
We all know that feeling. But in the face of anything that seems too much to bear I always try to remember that there is only one force in the universe that always prevails. Nothing can stand against it. It is love! When I think back on any desperate situation in the world, it has always ended in peace—eventually. And how much smoother would it have gone if those involved had participated in love’s solution? But contrary to many of the messages we see everyday in our normal lives, struggle and conflict are not really how it works. Love wages its victorious battle with patience and assistance in the face of all odds. Stepping above the level of conflict, it is an ignoring of disruption and an active embracing of perfect peace, joy and solution. I must be there now.
This is the very first Firemist Gold, Classic we have ever shown and it is more than about time—too cool to ignore. Firemist Gold is the other vintage gold for this style of guitar. Shoreline Gold was the first and made its debut in 1959. This tannish-gold’s reign was from 1960 through 1965. Mark Goldenberg is pictured here playing a Shoreline Gold, Baritom Classic. For a complete history of Shoreline, the brilliant and fascinating Professor Trembahr discusses the matter in depth.
The more vibrant and truer-hued Firemist took over gold responsibilities from Shoreline in 1965 until 1971. This was also a DuPont color and originally graced the stylish 1965 and 1966 lines of the Cadillac Eldorado. The color was known in automotive circles as Firemist Saddle.
Arriving at the illustrious Magdon Music, it is no wonder why this Firemist Gold, Classic only remained for three hours before its departure to a guitar player in awe of its effortlessly playing 62 Roundback neck backshape and utterly enthralled with its abilities to deliver 14 sweet flavors of vintage tonality.
Love is love!
Happy Playing,GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:
• MODEL: – The Classic
• FINISH: – Firemist Gold
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Medium—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – VA12
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA12R
• BRIDGE PICKUP: –VA23
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & VA Booster Toggle—for 14 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Magdon Music/Olyphant Pennsylvania