Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sho-Bud Club Model Acoustic
One day I was surfing through eBay and I came across this Sho-Bud Club model. I knew about Sho-Bud pedal steel guitars, but I had no idea they made acoustics too. The thing that really got me was the Club, Heart, Diamond and Spade inlays down the neck of the guitar. This is the trademark of their pedal steels, but those are just silk screened on. The acoustics had actual inlays of the symbols on the fret markers. What happened next was hard to explain...I got obsessed with these guitars. There was very little about these acoustics on the internet. In fact, almost NOTHING. I ended up winning this guitar for $550, and it turned out to be a sweet guitar. All of the Sho-Bud acoustics are based on a Martin Dreadnought and were made in Japan in the 70’s. There was a Club Model, a Diamond Model, a Heart Model, a Spade Model and a Grand Slam Model...the Grand Slam being the fanciest of all. The Club is the basic model and each one gets fancier up the line. I got so obsessed, in fact, that I started a website about these guitars. Of course I wanted to gather info about these guitars, but I also wanted to appear to be the authority on them so that people who had them and wanted to sell them would come to me first. It worked for the most part. I ended up with a Diamond Model as well (see a future post about that one) which my good friend Dave now owns and loves. A Heart Model came up on eBay at one point as well, but I was outbid on that one at the last second and it kind of cured me of trying to collect all of the models. Anyway, these are GREAT guitars and extremely rare and hard to find. If you can get your hands on one I highly recommend it. I really liked this Club Model...I think it actually sounded better than the Diamond I owned even though it was a “lesser” model.