ajay Posted February 20, 2012 Report Share Posted February 20, 2012 One of my friends back home used to get together with me back in the early 80's and play what we knew on a regular basis. He had a Cherryburst Dove that I used to drool over, as I was playing a '73 Epiphone dread. I was much poorer at the time. Every time I played that Dove the sound just jumped out of it, and especially compared to my Epiphone. That guitar is the reason I layed out the coin for my Brazilian AJ. A few days ago, I was back home and ended up playing Paul's old Dove for the first time in 30 years. I finished playing it, and handed it off. Paul showed me a few songs that he was working on. As he finished, he set it with the lower bout on the carpet and the top facing a computer chair, which he leaned the strings against. I remember thinking, I would never put my AJ in that position. The only time I have ever put down my Gibson, it has been in the case, with the case closed and latched. We got up and walked in the next room to get a beer. Just as he was opening the refrigerator door we heard a sickening sound. The computer chair had spun around enough to send the Dove flying to a spot face down on the carpet. The "BONGGGG" of the landing was like a pocket knife being jammed into each of my ears. For a moment I tried to tell myself that it was not what it was. I tried to make the sick feeling in my stomach go away, but it would not cease. I called him last night, and he said that it was fine, with no cracks. He pulled the strings, and had his younger and thinner-armed boy put his arm inside the soundhole to feel for loose braces, but apparently everything was still tight and in place. The carpet had been vacuumed that morning, so the top didn't receive any little dents or scratches. The neck was still very tight, with no finish separation at the heel. All in all it appears that disaster has been avoided. I still have a sick feeling in my stomach every time I relive the moment in my mind. I'm sure that with time the gravity of the moment will pass. I just think that if it were my AJ I would never feel quite the same about it. I would feel that it was no longer a cherished virgin. I know that I had nothing to do with it, but I keep thinking that I could have suggested a safer resting place for the old box. But I didn't. Anybody else have a similar event occur to a beloved acoustic? Maybe a few success stories could take this haunting feeling out of my guitar soul for good. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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