I’ve been using my Rhode Island made Guild almost exclusively for quite a few years now. It’s never been what I would call a perfectly constructed instrument, but it has served me very well and still sounds rather amazing. I started having some trouble with the on-board pre-amp recently, however, and the other night it let me down completely.
I was able to diagnose the problem, but the fix is going to involve sending the guitar to the shop and waiting however many weeks it could potentially take to get it repaired. We’ve got enough gigs lined up in the next months to make going without or borrowing someone’s guitar rather impractical, so I decided to drop a couple bucks on a plan “b”. I’ve felt for a while I should have a backup guitar, but this forced the issue up on the priority list.
Anyway, I had spent a few hours earlier at Guitar Center earlier in the week playing through every guitar to catch my eye. I had pretty much already picked out this sweet little Yamaha FGX700SG that night. It played nicely, sounded great and cost less than $300 (yes, it’s made in China). So I went back and scooped it up last night. By the way, if you are looking to spend some uninterrupted quality time browsing around Guitar Center, go in around 7:30 on a Monday night. I think there was only one other customer during the hour or so I was there and the sales people were all busy moving stock around. Damned near tranquil environment.
I’ll be giving her a debut run tonight at the Western Hotel in Nasonville, RI when I sit in on a few songs with Mr. Dan Blanchet.
As for the Guild, I’ll be getting that all sorted out very soon. There’s a couple of other issues with it that have been bugging me, so it’ll be worth a visit to the shop.