Thursday, February 3, 2011

40DLD-18: So Long, Old Friend

This past Sunday, I lost a faithful friend.  Michelle, my acoustic bass, was resting on the guitar stand when she took a head-first dive, and her head snapped off (I'll spare you the pictures).  Okay, that sounds really twisted when I'm using gendered pronouns, even when I've just explained that I was talking about an inanimate object.  Either way, I took her to a luthier in town, who said the damage is irreparable.  I guess because the head hit the ground at an angle, the wood fractured in such a way that the luthier really didn't feel confident trying to fix it.  He said he would have done it for $150, which is approximately half the cost of a new one. 

I haven't played an electric bass in I don't know how long; I loved playing the acoustic bass because I've always been more of an acoustic guitar kinda guy, and I just don't like lugging around a big ol' bass amp if I wanna play.  The acoustic bass is so much more versatile.  But somewhere in the changing climates, accidentally leaving it out in the car for several days, trying to cram it into a friend's trunk, and random bumping, the headstock got weak enough to break.  I know it's just an inanimate object, and completely replaceable, but I'm also the type of guy who likes to buy a guitar and keep it forever.  If I hadn't had one acoustic stolen, I never would've gotten another to replace it. 

So now I'm trying to figure out what I'll play at church: 6-string, 12-string, electric bass.  So many choices. 

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