So I’ve been watching “Say Yes To The Dress” on Netflix streaming and looking for a new guitar. Yes, these are somehow(though vaguely) related. Stick with me for a while on this one. We don’t have cable, you see. We have Netflix streaming and Hulu plus on a Roku. It’s doable, but I miss HGTV and Food Network(and Bravo, and E!, and MT- okay, I don’t really miss MTV). So I have to find shows to watch and want to watch every single episode of that show in a row. It can be good and bad. Lately it’s been SYTTD. How can I watch a million episodes of brides buying dresses that cost at least five times as much as mine? It’s a mystery, but I do.
Which brings me to the guitar…
I have a Yamaha. It’s a starter guitar that was gifted to me my sophomore year of college. I picked up this guitar about every six months, but it was a busy time with college and working. It got ignored quite a bit, but looked nice in the corner of my room. In the last six months, I’ve been really learning to play. For real this time. Only the Yamaha isn’t so kind to me. It’s harder to play, the action is a bit too high for me and the width of the neck is a little too much for my hands, even though I have man hands. Yep, man hands. Except for Adam’s, mine are smaller than his. Taller than me and larger hands than mine were a requirement for marriage, of course. I like to feel dainty.
So, I’ve been on the hunt for a new guitar. My big gift for Christmas from my mom and step-dad was a gift card to Guitar Center. I was actually between a few different Martin guitars, but knowing nothing I was stressed out trying to find the exact right one. Since I’m just starting out, I couldn’t justify(or afford) to buy anything super fancy. We went to GC a couple weeks ago and the one we went to was large and intimidating. No one asked if we needed help and the guitar I wanted to try was about five feet higher than me on the wall. I just didn’t feel like asking, but played a more expensive guitar and thought “this is more expensive, maybe that means it’s better, maybe I should save longer and get this one”. I got a great offer on it and thought I would change my plan and go for that one, but I didn’t like the body style as much. It just didn’t feel right.
We headed over to a different GC the very next day and had a much better experience. I found the one that I had been eyeing online and finally got to play it. It was beautiful. The body style was slightly smaller, the neck fit perfectly into my hands and it sounded incredible. There was a gentleman there playing it who knew what he was doing, so I asked him what he thought. He told me it’s the one he picks up every time he’s in the store. As I sat with the guitar in my lap that day, it just felt right. This was my guitar.
I’d have to wait a week until it was mine(it turned out to be a birthday surprise). But it was mine. I felt just as sure about the guitar as those girls crying in their stark white dresses felt about spending $15,000 on a dress they would wear for one day. I said yes to that guitar and I don’t regret it one bit. I’ve been playing it all weekend.
It’s the guitar I will write my songs on, the guitar I will begin performing on, the one that will help me continue pursuing this big, crazy dream of mine. I know it’s an inanimate object, but it really is a piece of my dream coming true. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Wedding Dress Sidenote: It took me twenty minutes in the store to find my dress. The first one I tried on the first day I started looking. I actually wasn’t too emotional about it. I liked it good and well and when they told me the price(under $400) well, I loved it even more. Like I said, I was more emotional about the guitar than my wedding dress.