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I believe that’s the explanation the guitar grew to become, and has stayed, the #1 device in pop and rock ’n’ roll. one more reason is that no nice guitar gamers sound alike. Pat Martino performs in a different way than Ralph Towner who performs in a different way than Bob Margolin who performs in a different way than Johnny Ramone and but, to me, all ways are legitimate. The guitar is an efficient democratic, egalitarian software. My Mustang nonetheless has glass imbedded in it from flying beer bottles that have been hurled at us within the early days of The Blasters. There’s a dent and a slice down the higher cutaway horn from a very robust beer bottle thrower. a few of the audiences we performed for in these days had very direct methods of letting you recognize in the event that they loved you or now not, and occasionally the Mustang used to be my simply safety. extra lately I ran over my gig bag, with either my loved ’64 Stratocaster and my ’61 reissue Strat within it, with my van. i used to be leaving a legitimate money on the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, my brain on one million different issues (motel rooms, price ticket revenues, salaries to pay, the place to devour, interviews, and so forth. ), while I leaned the double guitar gig bag opposed to the facet of van, acquired at the cellular phone approximately anything, jumped into the van, threw it into opposite and ran over the guitars. whilst I felt the bump underneath the tires, i ended the van and had a minor fearful breakdown. The ’61 reissue is a pleasant guitar, however the ’64 Strat is irreplaceable. I bumped into the membership like a lunatic, shaking, sweating and cussing, and bought Chris Miller, who performs guitar in my band, to come back out, open the bag and investigate cross-check the wear and tear. I sat down on a reduce approximately thirty ft away, lit a cigarette and prayed to no matter what deity seems out for dumbbell guitar avid gamers. I requested Chris to inform me what the wear and tear was once then I acknowledged, “No, don’t inform me. No, inform me. No, don’t inform me. No, inform me. ” He opened the bag and, unbelievably, there has been no significant harm to the ’61 and totally no harm to the ’64 Strat. Whoever is the god of guitar avid gamers used to be having a look favorably on me that day. I retired my Mustang from traveling while i purchased the ’64 Strat in 1982. simply this 12 months I retired the ’64 from traveling additionally. It’s simply turn into too tricky to commute at any place nowadays with classic guitars, and that i don’t simply suggest the specter of an individual stealing the guitars or me working them over. final yr i used to be flying domestic from Europe and that i had a rfile from the Musicians Union that claims the airways, by means of legislation, need to enable me to carry a guitar in a gig bag onboard a aircraft, yet all it takes is one power-drunk flight attendant to inform you no. Then they’ll simply throw the guitar on most sensible of the checked luggage if you can in basic terms wish for the simplest. I shuttle now with my ’61 reissue that I hot-rodded to approximate my ’64. If anything occurs to it, not less than i will get one other. My pricey outdated Mustang and my liked previous Strat, I’m completely happy to claim, get to stick appropriately at domestic and switch outdated barroom gig tales with one another. Bob Taylor Bob Taylor is the cofounder and president of the California-based Taylor Guitar corporation.