I've been busy for the last few weeks with work and summer AP
courses, so I haven't been online in while. However, all that hard work
has been paid off in the only way a budding guitarist understands: NEW GEAR!!
mark the upcoming anniversary of my 17th year of existence, I was given the
opportunity to waltz into the nearest music store and choose whatever I wanted.
The only two conditions were a) the total be under $1000 and b) I had to be
able to pay for half of it. Armed with a "parental 50% off" card,
away I went into the wilds of Guitar Center. Needless to say, I spent a good
three hours trying out different amps, drums, keyboards, and effects. I even
toyed with the idea of getting a banjo, though that thought quickly left my
mind when I saw...it.
It was sitting in
the corner of the store, all alone and neglected by the throng of emos and
confused parents that populated the store. It had the damning red
"used" tag, a scarlet letter that may as well have said "WARNING". Its black
finish was covered in an unfortunate series of nicks and dings that left it
looking like it was dragged behind a car down the freeway. It was a Yamaha
RBX375, and it looked like a stray puppy at an animal shelter.
the kind-hearted soul that I am, I of course walked over and defiantly plugged
this ugly excuse for an instrument in. The walls all around me were covered in
shiny new guitars, which seemed to smugly glisten a little extra since I sat
down. The amp was a Line6 LowDown 300, set to Grind. I stuck the open E, then
launched into the RHCP "All Around The World". It was love from the
hour of testing out different bass amps later, and I walked out the proud papa of a Yamaha RBX375, and Line6 LowDown. The bass is easily my most prized possession,
and proved to me the old maxim "never judge a book by it's cover".