bought a guitar. Get your mind out of the gutter.
I was on a business trip a few years ago and it spanned a weekend as trade shows often do. It was in the wonderful world of Orlando. Ok…Orlando isn’t even close to crazy… I peeked at the local Craigslist and noticed a 1959 Les Paul Jr for sale. That got my attention. I actually didn’t have a car, so he came to the hotel. There I was in the lobby with my iRig and iPhone listening to this guitar. That definitely got a few looks Actually, this thing was so resonant you didn’t have to plug it in to realize it was going to sound totally awesome.
I lifted the pickguard…and it was all original. Everything looked good. Neck was really nice. Very good player. Only one small problemo…no case. Hmm. I was leaving in two days…had no car…and needed a high quality case for this sweet instrument. Well, I figured I could solve that problem somehow and we negotiated a price.
As for the case…Amazon to the rescue (and free shipping to boot)! The case arrived, and the next step was to get it on the plane…I definitely didn’t want to check it! When I arrived at the gate the agent would not allow me to bring it on board. Ut oh. Problemo #2. I pleaded and negotiated. He really didn’t care how much that guitar was worth. So…I walked down the ramp and then at the door put the instrument down. He was still staring at me making sure I left it for the baggage stranglers…I mean handlers. I fussed with my pockets as if looking for something and he walked away. I snatched up my guitar and walked aboard. Met a sweet flight attendant who was very accommodating and allowed me to stow it.
Safe and sound back to Pittsburgh.
I ended up selling that one eventually…but it was a bad-ass sounding guitar. I told the new owner he needed to keep the case locked at night because that thing was so angry it would kick the case open and play itself.