As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to Schmitt Music (Fargo, ND) today to help my friend pick out a good bass guitar. We were quite disappointed with the selection they had with basses, and the selection of guitars wasn’t much better. I’d guess about 60-70% of the guitars in stock were Squiers. Most of them were Affinity and Bullet series Strats just in different colors. The one guitar that really stood out to me was a Squier Classic Vibe 50’s Telecaster. Olympic White with a black pickguard. It felt a whole lot more solid (and a lot heavier) than any Squier I had ever played. I decided that I absolutely love maple fretboards as well. Every single one of my guitars has a rosewood fretboard, and maple was just so much punchier, and not to mention it looked really cool. I also saw a Gretsch that caught my eye, but it was up so high, that I was afraid to get it down and play with it because I might break it.
Although I spent most of the time in the store looking at guitars, I also had a look around at other instruments. Djembes are fun. I really want one. Same with mandolins and banjos. I don’t really need any of those, but just playing with them I thought of ways to write them into songs. So basically, music stores are pretty much my favorite places in the world because they have all the toys I wish I could afford, but can’t. It’s like being a kid in a candy shop really.