So guys, today I finally took the big leap. After being a bassist for 7 years I hit a wall. I no longer found it to fun to play bass, even though I still love the instrument to death. Knowing that I couldn't play drums at all (blame the fact that I was born with reduced motor skills), I decided to pick up a guitar following my discovery of the magical thing that is shoegaze.
Having borrow a friend's Squier Vista Venus (Who I named Sasha) and Peavey Classic 30 (which was stolen the other day) for about a year, I decided that it was time to actually get my first electric guitar (and pay back my friend for the Peavey).
At first I was set on getting a strat, mainly because I love how they feel and look. I drove into the city to meet up with a guy who was selling a bunch of his gear, set on buying his old Highway One strat.
But then I saw it.
In the back of the room stood a guitar that was missing three of its switches, had a unoriginal pick guard, and had a small part of the headstock missing.
It was perfect in every single way.
I literally threw my money at the seller and brought the guitar with me home.
So, without further to do, I present to all: Katsumi
Katsumi is a '92 Fender Japan Jaguar in Candy Apple Red, and she plays like a dream. The neck is super smooth and easy to move around, and even though she is heavier than Sasha (weighing in at 4.0 kilos as opposed to Sasha's feather weight 2.9), she feels so nice hung over my shoulder.
Sound wise, the bridge pickup is slightly weak sounding, something that is apparently this is typical of Fender Japan's pickups. This doesn't bother me too much, as a usually stick to the neck pickup.
Here you can see the the broken pickup switches, but to be honest it doesn't bother me at all. I managed to turn on the switches and turn off the "choke-switch" by using a pick, and now I just switch between the rythm section and my preset "lead" tone.
So, all in all, it is kind of quirky, but I love quirky instruments. Was this a nice enough gift to myself for scrubbing toilets all summer? Not at all, but this might be my best purchase when it comes to instruments. Ever. Period. End.
So, all in all, I would say that this has been a very successful first-guitar purchase
Just to annoy you slightly more, have a blurry "family photo" of Katsumi and Sasha.
Now I just need to get a amp... hmm.. Maybe a vox?