Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gretsch Way Out West Cowboy Guitar


Hey, long time no post. Sorry, but I have moved and divorced and lots of stuff and just have not had time to post anything. As always, I'd love to have more of your stories. Send 'em my way...I know you've got them.

Anyway, in the midst of all the change, one thing that has happened is I've sold a fair amount of gear lately. Not much in the way of guitars, but plenty of other stuff...digital recorder, monitors, etc. Friends of mine have actually been using Garage Band to record with, and I was really hesitant to admit that it sounded darn good. I wanted to justify my stand alone Korg digital recorder that I have come to know and love...a Korg D16XD. However, when times are tough you start to decide what is expendable. After visiting a recording session at my friends' house and seeing how well Garage Band was working, I decided to give it a go. I'll let you know how it goes.

Now, on to the guitar that got away.

I think I posted something previously about attending a Gretsch Guitars night at Buffalo Brothers guitars in Carlsbad, CA. Fred Gretsch IV was there in person and spoke eloquently about his rebirth of the family business. Although I once owned a Gretsch Sparkle Jet from just about the time Fred took over the company, it is now long gone (Hey, there's another story I can write) and the only Gretsch I owned was one of the really cool Gretsch Cowboy guitars from a year or two ago.

I took it with me in hopes of getting Fred's signature on it...which I did. He was semi-gracious enough to sign the back of the headstock for me. These guitars are super cool and bring back memories of some of the old stencil westerns from the '40s and '50s. However, what I liked best about them was that they were definitely updated in theme. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek tributes to the old guitars. The one I got was the "Way Out West" model, which featured artwork of aliens coming down and capturing cows straight off the plains to take back with them to, I'm assuming, probe and prod...or maybe they just wanted a good hamburger.

The boxes that came with the guitars were equally as well done, paying tribute to old line cut advertising complete with retro-style graphics. There were four different models and I'm sure many collectors bought one of each...they were seriously affordable. I believe I paid $150 for mine brand new, tax included out the door. Thanks Bob!

So, fast forward to a month or so ago and I see an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone has one of these to sell. I was looking for a few extra bucks at the exact moment and decided to take the guy up on his offer. I sold it for $80, which is one of the few times I've lost money on a guitar. I have to admit I've done well in that department. But this is not a guitar that is going to be super valuable I don't think, so I didn't feel all that bad about it. A cool guitar that played surprisingly well, but not one to necessarily feel bad about losing. Anyway, it's in the home of someone who really wants it and that's a good thing. Collect 'em all, trade 'em with your friends!
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