Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A Quarter-Sized* Guitar
Yes, the quarter-sized* pink guitar was a partially an impulse purchase,** and no, I didn't wait for a special occasion to give it to Lucia. The guitar is made by a company called Luna Guitars, which specializes in electric, acoustic and bass guitars for women and girls.
Sunday night, the House of Glee went over to some friends' house for dinner, and I brought my guitar along. I played a few songs and then let my friend's seven year old step-daughter (who is hoping to get a guitar of her own for Christmas) strum and sing a few of her original songs with the guitar. The girl's mother arrived to pick her up during this impromptu jam session, and afterward, she thanked me and said, "You have no idea how much this means to me. So far, all of the people in her life who play guitar are men."
Male readers, remember: while there are more female guitarists now than there used to be, the instrument is still predominantly played by men, and the guitars are built that way.
Female readers, remember: When you're looking for a guitar, the one you end up with should be comfortable to play. If you feel as if your back is strained while playing, you may need a guitar with a shallower body. Also, the sticker-price of the guitar should almost never be the actual buying price. Ask the dealer, "What's a good price can you give me for this guitar?" My Composite Acoustic guitar was a brand-new make when I bought it, but the dealer was able to knock off enough so that I wasn't settling for the sticker price.
*Is it really quarter-sized, or just smaller than the 1/2 size? I thought I knew, but now I realize I just assumed that was the next size down. Argh. 11/30/07
**While I was looking out for a 1/4 sized guitar for Lucia, I hadn't planned on it being pink or having steel strings.