A few years ago, my wife wanted to buy me something fun. Birthday gifts, she said, shouldn’t have to be practical. I gave in and let her buy me a Gretsch 5122 at the dearly departed Charlottesville Music. I had a twenty year old strat and a Glen Campbell Ovation that I hadn’t played much for years, but buying that Gretsch got me playing again. I sold my old solid state amp and got the AC30 I’d always wanted but that was too loud and wouldn’t stick. I found an ’85 Rickenbacker to replace the one I’d sold back in the early 90’s. It made the Gretsch seem shabby, so I traded it in for a Country Gentleman, which was beautiful. I bought a Squier Custom II Tele for the p90s but thought it could sound better. Turns out it could.

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