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Jett Superior laid this on you on || December 19, 2001 || 3:22 am

A couple of quick items, since I’m in the neighborhood:

Re: Lucky guitars – I was starting to get serious about doing music again and I felt I needed to upgrade to more “pro”-level equipment. I went to a local used musical equipment place called “New To You” in Ferndale. It was stacked to the rafters with all sorts of interesting goodies and I was itching to spend money…


The owner was an ABSOLUTE PRICK!!! I heard later that he only treats the customers who have bought stuff with any human decency. (Kinda makes that FIRST sale a bit tricky, no?) Well, after trying in vain to attract some attention, I exited and went to a place called “Gordy’s Music”. (I’ve got a couple of interesting stories about Gordy, but they’ll have to keep.)

I scope out the place and there amongst the usual boring vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters was a Kramer ProAxe Deluxe. I already had two imported Kramers, but this one was domestically crafted and has a BEEYOOTIFUL “candy-apple blue” (transparent blue-green finish over silver metal flake) finish. 24-fret ebony fretboard, black chrome REAL Floyd Rose Pro (not a copy) bridge, the works. It was the best playing guitar I’d ever tried before or since. (If I ever get a signature guitar endorsement, this is what’s getting copied!)

It was only $550 and I axed if they’d take a trade-in and they said, “It depends.” I went home and got the lousy Kramer Striker I’d bought as a back-up (floating bridge guitars go unplayably out-of-tune when a string breaks, gotta switch) for $200 about 7 years before. They looked it over and gave me….$200 in trade, so I just needed to cut a check for another $350.

It plays like a dream, but I was getting concerned about taking it out to gigs, lest it get damaged or disappeared on me. One day, I went out for a walk on my lunch and stopped into another local guitar shop that had an even more vintage fetish. New Parker Fly? Be gone!!! We’ve got a 1966 Fender Mustang.


As I was leaving the store, I noticed a pile of guitar case and gig bags. Written in marker on a piece of masking tape on the top bag was…


That certainly got my attention and I pounced on it like Winona Ryder with a backstage pass. It turned out to be a Kramer Pro Axe Standard that was very similar to the Excalibur on my collection, except with 2 pickups instead of 3 and a reversed-headstock (very metal!) It plays about 95% as good at the now-called “DIRK 1”, but it only cost $200(!!!), so I guess that’s double-luck! If you come to a Red September show, 10 times out of 9, I’ll be playing that first. Very versatile. Me happy!

I’ll have more lucky stories some other time. If I get enough requests, I’ll tell of the time I hooked up with a girl who looked like a well-endowed Rae Dawn Chong. ;-)

Re: Xmas – The lovely (and generally unresponsive to my IMs and not working on the movie!) Jett Superior laid into me (not as cool as it sounds, CHILL!) about the use of “Xmas” instead of “Christmas”. If/when I use it, it’s ONLY as a short-hand to speed my pokey typing. So, when writing to Jett, take the time to spell it out, mmmkay? Thanks.

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