Monday, September 08, 2008

Old Guitar

I have a friend who makes guitars out of cigar boxes. I know what you are thinking - how could anyone build a real guitar out of a guitar box? I'm hear to tell you Phillip makes some incredible guitars.
He also is restoring the first guitar I ever owned. I've written about the Teisco Del Rey that I got in 1962. It cost $25 then and at the time, it was all my folks could afford. I played a LOT of songs on that old guitar. I actually wrote my first song using that axe.
I've had it in the back of my closet for many years and recently when I was doing some cleaning, I pulled it out. The pickups and the knobs were shot along with the tuners. I remembered my friend Phillp and asked him if he would have a look at the old Teisco. He asked me to keep an eye on eBay to see if we could find one like it so that we could glean the parts. I started looking but to my surprise, these guitars are consider collectibles now and are alot more expensive.
What he really needed was the pick guard, to complete the job. I turned the house and barn upside down looking to no avail. But last Saturday, I went to the old house to get a book that was packed back and I came across the pick guard for the old guitar.
I delivered it today so hopefully in a few weeks, I'll have my old axe. I'm excited.
If you'd like to see some of Phillip's work, go to I think you'll be amazed.

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