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I wrote and published Friday’s post & instantly felt very selfish. I wrote this late yesterday afternoon with a break for supper & movie with Kim, then stayed up until 2:30 am finishing writing & editing this.
I think it’s pretty cool when I see a guitar that I own being used by a professional musician. I got my Squier Starcaster 2 ½ weeks ago. I watched a video, for the first time, on www.youtube.com and Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, has the same guitar in a music video from his band “Mammoth”. He also plays bass guitar in Tremonti, Mark Tremonti’s solo project to “Alter Bridge”. Wolfgang could easily put a ‘Wolfgang guitar’ designed by his dad and made by the “EVH” brand, sold at a much higher price point than the Squier Starcaster but he chose the Squier, same model and colour as mine.
I BOUGHT THE Squier Starcaster for a few reasons. I REALLY like my friends hollow body Gretsch guitar, the Squier was VERY affordable, & David Grohl plays a Gibson Trini Lopez all of the time. His signature hollow body guitar. They’re not in production anymore & were $12000 + tax in Canada brand new. Now the used ones are listed at $17,576 to $32,000. The cheaper used one is more than ½ of our 2019 Toyota RAV 4!!!!!!
You know what I don’t want or need fancy expensive guitars! I don’t feel sorry for myself at all! I feel VERY, VERY fortunate!!!!! I feel sorry for the people that were helpless & had to watch me go through stage 4 brain cancer not knowing if I’d ever come out of a coma with only a 5-15% chance of waking up.
Most of all Kim. Kim has to deal with a physically disabled husband EVERY day! Kim puts my wheelchair in the back of our SUV if we go anywhere. Kim has to help me go walking with my walker in case I fall & crack my head open. Kim cooks supper. Kim gets groceries for us. Kim gets my prescription refills. Kim takes me for my MRIs, to my psychiatrist, & family doctor. Kim works a full time job for us. Kim painted our entire suite by herself, twice now. Kim orders stuff for me online. Kim never gets anything remotely extravagant for herself. Kim bought a bicycle in 2019, it was stolen & never found after only 3 months, and she never replaced it. Kim bought herself cross country skis this winter. She used them once & her feet were covered in blisters & incredibly sore. Kim wouldn’t let me help her if she wanted something from around the house. She slowly walked on her blisters around the house. She bought this condo with our money after I was released from my physiotherapies. Kim told the doctors to save my life instead of harvesting my sperm & letting me die. My parents had that decision & left it up to Kim. Any extra money Kim gets, she spends on stuff for the house.
Kim bought me the Epiphone Explorer I have for Christmas 2002 after we had been dating since mid-April 2002. Kim bought me the Epiphone Matt Heafy signature Les Paul Custom 7 string last year for my 40th birthday. Kim paid for ½ of my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow. The guitars I have are GREAT & the 3 guitars I’ll buy are GREAT! If they weren’t I wouldn’t have chosen them. I know I’ll never meet “Foo Fighters”, “Alter Bridge”, or “Lamb of God” I’m just another fan. I’m seriously OK with this, its Kim’s right to take credit for what she lets me do. I’ll likely never see “Lamb of God” live again since they never tour through Calgary, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba much & nobody I know wants to see them as much as I do. “Alter Bridge” might come to one of these locations & I’ll be there if they come, Kim wants to see them. I haven’t missed a “Foo Fighters” show in Calgary since the ‘Wasting Light’ tour in 2011(?) & in the 2000 & 2003. I’ve converted my father into a “Foo Fighters” fan. I think he’s been to every show since the ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ tour when I had cancer.
I couldn’t LOVE Kim more for what she does for Brewster & me, or just for being who she is. A thoughtful, loving, caring, generous, smart, hardworking, humbling, attractive woman, who chose me of all people to spend her life with. I didn’t even make it to our 3rd anniversary in 2008 without getting cancer but Kim stuck with me. One of my oncologist at the hospital called Kim “the best wife I’ve ever seen”. He said that most spouses that go through something like we did break up before it’s over but here we are after almost 16 years of marriage and 18 ½ years together.
I’ll order the long awaited PRS S2 McCarty 594 I’ll order it in early December. Then save MY Christmas & birthday money from our families for the other 2. Even with this income tax oops I’ll have the down payment to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 and pay the rest of it when it gets here 6 months later. The Godin radiator & the Sterling Cutlass should be GREAT guitars regardless of the low price. Those 2 combined with tax is still far less than the S2 McCarty 594.
There’s only cosmetic reasons to upgrade the PRS S2 McCarty 594 & the Godin is made in Canada. The Sterling Cutlass is exactly what I’m looking for in a Stratocaster style guitar. All 3 guitars check off all of my boxes, as does every guitar I already own. I have absolutely no problem waiting & saving for the Godin & Sterling! I want Kim to get her hobby stuff more than anything! I’ve only paid for 2 ½ guitars here, the other 3 ½ were gifts.
All of these guitars are desires not needs. I’ll be here most of the time & I choose to play guitar instead of anything else. Even when I watch Blue Jay baseball or CFL I’m playing my acoustic guitar. Kim’s doing anything but watching TV with me.
Sure I’m here for Kim for whatever I can do for her, our families & friends. Kim takes no credit for what she does for our families or our friends. That’s just who she is. Me, I’m good but Kim is AMAZING!!!!
This was the only type of 7 string I was really interested in/wanting, because it wasn’t a pointy, metal looking guitar. I’ve got my 6 string Epiphone Explorer from Kim for that.
I listen to 7 string guitar music, I don’t play it. 7 strings, I’m all thumbs, 6 strings, I’m fine. That’s my reason for selling it & putting the money towards the PRS S2 McCarty 594.
It would be great to upgrade & replace my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow with the new Core PRS Special semi hollow but it’s not needed for sure! I can’t afford it at over $5000 + tax in Canada. Even if I lived in the USA it’s over $3000 there.
“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl
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