It was the nicest, most expensive instrument I had bought up to that time and a huge step up in quality from the Yamaha acoustic I was playing at the time. And, as I discovered, the guitar itself had become a local celebrity within the guitar community during the time it hung on the wall at Bigham's Music. I made a lot of musical contacts merely by owning it. Given it's novelty and striking appearance I tended to get attention whenever I took it out of the case. Attention, sadly, that was way out of proportion to my talent.
Taking it to parties or jam sessions took a large investment in energy since it's rectangular case is as large as that of an electric piano. The total package probably weighs 40 pounds or more.
For a long time this was my primary guitar. The favorite, that is, until I bought a Martin D28S about in the early 90's. Then it was demoted and spent much more time in the case.
Still, it was always good to have twelve string on hand, and it was a great conversation piece.
Your humble blogger with the double neck and all of his hair in 1985
As aging guitars will, this one developed some structural problems. A few years ago I noticed that the bridge was coming detached from the top (a common problem) and there appeared to be a wrinkle in the spruce top. So I immediately took the tension off the strings and put the guitar in the back of the closet until I could get around to the the time and expense of having it fixed.Well, I had some binding issues on my Martin and I took it up to Sparta, Tennessee last month for repair, and that led me to finally bite the bullet and get the double-neck repaired as well. So today I finally got to play it after years.
I'd love to wax rhapsodic here about how incredible it sounds and plays, but I'd be lying. After playing the Martin, a very mellow guitar, for all these years I'm afraid that the old double-neck just doesn't stack up. I actually remember it sounding much better, and with some set up I'm betting I could improve it's tone, but it'll never be a great guitar.
Still, it's an old friend. I bought it when I was 20, and I'll have owned this one for thirty years this November. So, I'll just say it's nice to have this venerable old guy back in action. Welcome home, Buddy.
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