I was very please today to find in my mailbox a complementary calendar from Martin that they sent to Martin Owners Club members. Thank you guys, your guitars are awesome! I can’t stay more than one day without playing my 00-18. 😉
I like the Lace Alumitone tone since I installed one on my Gibson Les Paul CM and I wanted more possibilities for my SG. So, I went ahead and tried something. My SG had Classic ’57 PAF and I don’t like them so much on this guitar. They are were perfect on my ES-339 but I wanted something different on the SG.
I needed an electroacoustic guitar to improve the covers recordings I am currently into. I was first aiming at a Gibson J-200 or maybe a Songwriter but I was so in love with the sound of my Sigma GCS-1 that (just before the Coronavirus crisis started) I finally pulled the trigger on the guitar I thought it was based on: the Martin 00-18.
OK, I’ve got nice guitars and precious ones, precious to me at least because I am no Rockefeller. And because I am not Rockefeller, I wanted to have a guitar I could carry without much anxiety of breaking something.
Apart from these considerations, I am a big fan of Les Pauls (if you still wondered) but also an esthete and a man full of contradictions.
Having all these parameters in hand, I headed to a Gibson Les Paul Standard T with its QuickConnect PCB (printed circuit board) offering the versatility of coil taping, pure bypass and phase reversal. As for the color, I chose something I didn’t have yet but stil in a “classical style” (pink is not for me): the Bourbon burst.
If you ever had a brand new Gibson USA guitar in hands, your nose must have been saturated by this famous vanilla smell. It was the case for me and I immediately associated this guitar to a piece of caramel that I would savor next to a warm fireplace while it’s cold and rainy outside. From this image came the name of this guitar: ‘Autumn Treat’. Furthermore, I like to customize my stuff, that’s why I added some white sugar crystals with a mother of pearl switch tip and mother of pearl tuner buttons.
Time goes on, fortunately you get a bit wealthier and your dreams may become affordable… or close to.
Some years ago, I felt in love (again) with the 2009 Gibson Les Paul Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates 59′ VOS but my pockets were empty. In 2017, looking at the classified, I found one of the non aged Pearlies in excellent condition. Unfortunately, the seller and I were not able to agree on the price. Since then I had never been able to make the idea of owning a 59 reissue sink again in the deep of my mind. That is how I brought myself to look for my R9.
I looked at several offers around the world and finally shorten my list to two candidates: a True Historic and a Standard Historic VOS, both new (I let you browse the Internet to look at the differences).
In the end, surprisingly for my guitar players (and Gibson’s LP addicted) mates, I chose the VOS. Why?
Well, what I can tell, is just that when I opened up the case of this one, I just said (or thought) “Wow…”. Sometimes, things happen just like that. The guitar may not have the true true vintage specs but something happened at te first sight: I knew that if I returned back this guitar I would regret it for the rest of my life.