Well, it's gone. I did it. I sold my guitar. I tested the waters...put it out there in a safe way I knew wouldn't result in a sale. Then, I put it out on craig's list. I thought it'd be pretty safe out there as well...most people looking for high end acoustic guitars generally don't shop on craig's list. Or at least I thought so. Within an hour of posting my Lowden O-32C, I had an email from an interested buyer.
The buyer was perfect. A gentleman who was already a Lowden owner. I felt good that it was going to a good home with someone who appreciated exactly what it was.
It was surprisingly emotional for me. I've never sold or gotten rid of something so personal. As I was driving to meet the buyer, I thought about making Dragonfly, and how most of the songs were recorded using that guitar. I thought about all the gigs I've played over the years with that guitar. I distinctly remember recording It's Been Awhile in one take in the basement studio with Josh Baesler. I remember a lot of smokey nights at the Red Bear in Moorhead when people could still smoke in bars.
Maybe it's a little silly to feel so sentimental about it. After all, it's a box of wood and strings. But it was my number one guitar for a period of my musical career. The fact that it is now gone signals the end of that period.
It also signals what I hope is the beginning of a new period. I'm not sure if I'll buy another guitar. I still have the Taylor which is what I've done most of my writing and playing at home with. Though, I have been looking around a bit, and there are some tempting guitars out there.
I have some tentative plans for recording in the works, and a few songs in progress that could possibly benefit from a new box of wood and string. We'll see what comes.