Now it’s confession time... In order to do this, I had to have a heart-to-heart with myself about how many guitars—and which ones—I really want and/or need.
First, I have barely played at all this year, and that’s been worrisome (but understandable), yet that’s not the reason for the shake-up.
Next, I do have a left shoulder issue that crept up on me, which makes playing comfort a consideration. (I know that might be temporary in the very long run, but it’s likely to be a factor for a while yet.)
Long-term, my dream guitar has always been a 12-fret L-00 tuxedo. Small, sassy, and sweet. Mind you, the other side of the dream coin (sort of) has always been a maple jumbo. Expressive, versatile, and responsive.
So, on the wall now at my local shop are my J45 Elite (a 2014 5-star dealer custom shop model) and the li’l ‘33 Kalamazoo.
The J45 is a dear—but it’s not comfortable in a chair—it’s heavy and awkward in my lap—and I haven’t reached for it in awhile. (The shape of my J100 makes it work as a lap guitar, oddly, so I’ll never part with it, for just a whole bunch of reasons.)
When I got the Kalamazoo, I was giddy—with its sound, its size, it’s allure. On the one hand, its age suggested it didn’t need to be babied, but...I couldn’t help but worry about it anyway. I didn’t love the pronounced V neck, which required a certain posture to play comfortably, so I hadn’t reached for it in a long while, either. Still, it was a grand, affordable experiment, and I have been very fond of it. For sure, the experience cemented for me that I definitely need a small hog in the stable.
Now, we all know that L-00 models are all over the map as far as features and sonic qualities go, and I wasn’t impressed with several iterations I’ve tried over the years. (Might have gambled on a Legend, but never played one.)
But the year after I got the J45, I saw Tony P’s demo of this L-00 model—and have fixated on it for years. It, too, is a 5-star dealer custom model (for both models, only 65 units were made), and I believe Gibson was hitting these models out of the park. About a year ago, one of these came up on reverb, but it was gone in a flash.
Last week, this one came up. I didn’t jump...but I did take the J45 and the Kal down to the shop. And felt okay about it. When this one was still available yesterday, well...it was all a girl could bear.
It should arrive Tuesday.
Which reminds me to ask the brain hive: where temps along the shipping route probably won’t dip lower than the mid-40s or higher than the upper 60s, how long after it arrives am I allowed to open the case?? 🤓🤓
Thanks for reading, gents—I did want to fill in the details a bit.