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Tourette's Syndrome Sufferer
58 years old
July 27, 1959
Male Male
Northern Alabama
Writing short stories, songwriting, gigging, and making music.
I fly helicopters to make money during the work week.

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  1. NGD, and it's a weird one

    14 September 2017 - 05:43 PM

    My cardinal rules, and I broke every single one of them this week.

    1. Never buy a guitar thru the mail, and always play it in person before you lay down the cash.

    2. Not a big fan of Strats, and probably will never own a proper American Stratocaster.

    3. Never order anything from the internet when you have had a few too many beers.

    And so she arrived today, from Sweetwater.

    The brand new, 2017 Fender Limited Edition Sandblasted Stratocaster.

    And the verdict is......

    Gorgeous, in a perfectly-ugly sort of way.
    Set up exquisitely, and plays like a dream. Sounds fantastic.

    She will be rocking an enormous outdoor private party on Saturday, and I (and the band) couldn't be happier.

    Thank you, Sweetwater, for some seriously excellent customer service this week.


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  2. I wrote a new song

    18 July 2017 - 05:08 PM


    I got the man bun blues
    from my head to my shoes
    I ain’t hip, I can’t flip,
    my abs are not ripped, don’t give me no lip
    and I just ran out of booze

    I got the man bun blues

    Here’s the low-down, and here is the truth
    I can’t be a hipster, because I’m long in the tooth
    They don’t sell no skinny jeans
    to a man forty years past his teens

    I wanna wear a man bun
    I wanna have an edgy beard
    I wanna wear a man bun
    Instead of Member’s Only gear

    But you can’t make a silk purse
    from an old sow’s ear
    You can’t take up craft brews
    when you’re used to lite beers

    So I glued on this man bun
    and it’s fresh-baked and piping-hot
    it ain't no top-knot
    I glued on this man-bun
    Right over my bald spot

    (guitar solo, clumsy, and slightly out of tune)

    (repeat chorus)
    I got the man bun blues
    from my head to my shoes
    I ain’t hip, I can’t flip,
    my abs are not ripped, don’t give me no lip
    and I just ran out of booze

    I got the man bun blues

    (Okay, I'm gonna shut up now)

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  3. A junkie's NGD, sort of

    24 June 2017 - 07:42 PM

    Okay, let's get this out of the way;

    I'm a terrible person.

    I'm weak, and given to self-indulgent binges of guitar excess.
    I own too many, and last December I promised all of you, and more importantly, my family, that I wouldn't buy another guitar until after Christmas of 2017.

    And so, last week, as a matter of fact, FATHERS DAY rolled around, and in a compassionate act, I ordered a guitar from Amazon dot com, just in case my wife came up short on the gift-buying end of the stick.
    (Or in case she forgot Father's Day altogether, which happens sometimes.)

    I think ahead.
    It's what I do.
    I'm an idea-man, and a problem-solver.
    I'm generous, even.

    I love my bride, and so I told her just a day or so before Father's Day,
    "Say, honey. If you can't think of anything to get me for Sunday, I sort of ordered a pre-emptive gift. And you can just give it to me, and then all will be copacetic. That's how much I love you."

    I smiled weakly.
    "Just in case you forgot that Father's Day is coming up. And you needed something to hang in the stocking on the old mantle."

    She put down the book she was reading.
    "You ordered yourself a new guitar? And you want me to 'give' it to you for Father's Day?"

    "Who said anything about a GUITAR? And shut up all that talk about me being an addict!! I won't have it, I tell you!!"
    I sobbed. "I'm not an addict."

    She spoke. "Did you order a guitar, and is that the package that is tucked away back in the guest room?"

    "Yes. That's how much I love you. I KNOW how tough it is shopping for me, and I wanted to spare you the stress of hunting around for a proper gift."

    She smiled. "Spark, you know I love you. And you are a good daddy. And I want you to have anything that you want, including another guitar."

    I blurted, "So, you will GIVE me this guitar that you have never seen, for Father's Day, and tell everyone you ordered it for me, and that I knew nothing about it?"

    I held my breath, and looked at her with tears in my eyes, expectantly awaiting her response.

    I scratched the inside of my forearms, like a junkie waiting for his fix.

    Sadly, she did what she always does.
    She spoke the truth.

    "Spark, I'm not going to give you that guitar. It's your gift to yourself. I'll get you a card, and buy you breakfast on daddy's day. But leave me out of this rationalization and projection nonsense. I won't lie to friends and family about that guitar. It's all on you, and you need to deal with it in your own way."

    I hung my head, like the horrible guitar-junkie that I am.
    "I guess I can deal with that. It really is a great guitar, and a million wonderful songs will be written on it."

    I brightened, and then exclaimed, "It's shaped like an ASSAULT RIFLE, how cool is that??"

    She shook her head sadly, and returned to her book.
    I guess I was dismissed.

    And on Father's Day, I enjoyed the secret pleasure of my Glenn Burton GE47 AK-47 style electric guitar, with dual humbuckers, composite body, flat-black painted body and maple neck, and ebony fingerboard.
    Because my loving wife almost sort-of got it for me.

    And I'm NOT a guitar addict, so shut up with that talk right here and now.

    I'm not a guitar addict.


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  4. Studying Guitar Addiction Syndrome

    06 June 2017 - 04:38 AM

    Hey guys and gals,

    The topic came up on the Telecaster boards yesterday, and it got me to thinking.
    From the nature of many of our posts (and guitar buying habits) many of us are addicted to acquiring guitars and amps and miscellaneous guitar-related kit.

    We often make light of it, and support each other, as a community of guitar owners and players.

    All kidding aside, many of us truly do suffer from a powerful addiction of sorts.
    For some women it's shoes.
    Some guys, it's motorcycles or guns.
    A lot of men and women are addicted to alcohol or other substances.
    And then there's gambling.

    For us it's guitars and amplifiers. And pedals even.

    I am a lifelong student of human psychology, and have actually devised objective, scientific survey instruments in support of credible studies.
    In one case I was the study director of a major US Army study of technicians and operators (Warrant Officers), and in another I was the lead survey developer and data collector of a Department of Justice study conducted out of a nearby University.

    I'm tempted to put a survey together, on the very topic of guitar addiction, and ask for volunteers to take the survey and then return the responses to me. If I get enough participation, I could build up a data set based on a credible sample size, and maybe even arrive at some conclusions worth pondering.

    I would offer it up here on the Gibson boards, on the Telecaster forum, and on the two guitar websites where I am also a moderator.

    Anybody interested in participating, if I undertake that effort?

    Just running it up the flagpole to see if anybody nibbles on the idea.


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  5. Playing a gig tomorrow night

    26 May 2017 - 08:29 PM

    ....... and we are really looking forward to it.

    A reunion party of sorts, with a number of middle-aged attendees.
    Around 50 people or so will be there for cocktail hour, speeches, dinner, more drinks, and music throughout.

    I met with the reunion coordinator at a reunion kickoff lunch today.
    Great gal, I really like her, and I get a good vibe from the gals (and very few guys) I met at the luncheon today.

    Funny thing is, and this is with less than 24 hours to go before we take the stage;

    I'm pretty sure we (the band) will be the only white people in attendance.

    I mean, dang.

    I sure am glad that we know some Sam Cooke, Johnny Nash, Otis Redding, Earth Wind & Fire, Temptations, Hot Chocolate, and The O'Jays.

    This is going to be epic fun, but a bit of a challenge, considering the white-bread, classic-rock nature of our set lists.


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    G Mac 

    08 Sep 2016 - 18:32
    Hi there, sparquelito! Thanks for telling your gig tale and responding to my other posts as well! I hope all is well with you and that it's not too hot in Alabama! Play on!
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    Mr. Gibson 

    11 Jul 2016 - 11:32
    Pardon me,I opened the wrong door
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    30 May 2016 - 17:31
    Thank you, sir.
    I'm a giver.
    It's what I do, I give.
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    30 May 2016 - 17:07
    Spark,love the sentiment,To be fair, I did express a wish for all of them to die painlessly.
    (And then to get eaten by sharks, who are technically God's creatures, in their own pointy-toothed way.)
    That counts for something, right?
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    08 Sep 2015 - 16:37
    I'm playing a large gig in northern Alabama on 11 December as a matter of fact.
    The weather is chilly, but usually dry and quite nice in the afternoons.
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    08 Sep 2015 - 06:55
    Many Thanks for your regards and.....beware in december I'll fly to USA for holidays......what's the weather like in that period in Northen Alabama ? What's you think about a blues gig ?
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    06 Jul 2015 - 04:44
    I do believe it is a 1968 model.
    The serial numbers changed in August of that year, and all the research I did led me to believe that yours is a '9' starting number aligning with early 1968.
    Do you live near a big city, where a proper appraisal house might be?
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    Robin B. 

    05 Jul 2015 - 22:34
    I accidentally removed you as my friend sorry do not do well with new sites. I have done several things wrong ph well. I also was informed I do not have a 1968 but from all I have researched I do and the information you gave I do.And the folks at the store where I buy strings and they once sold Gibson and is a collector says I do. Some folks just can't believe such things really happen.
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    05 Jul 2015 - 17:20
    I really do recommend that you get it professionally-appraised, Robin.
    It would make life much easier in the long run.
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    Robin B. 

    05 Jul 2015 - 16:37
    Thank you for the information on serial numbers I really do have a black beauty 1968 I am most happy about this. Thank you Robin B.
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