This is my sole acoustic, purchased in 1977.
Here you can see this guitar in a 70s-vintage Ibanez catalog page
(it's the second from left). A budget 'knock-off' inspired by the
Martin D-18, it has served pretty well. It has mahogany back and sides
and what appears to be solid spruce top. It's all 'stock', except for
a strap button added to the neck heel, and a nut and saddle made of
Corian, both of which I cut myself, replacing the original plastic
This is in fact the first and only steel string acoustic I have ever
owned. Back in the days when it was 'new', my ambition was to have a
'twenty-five year-old guitar' (my dream guitar, circa 1980, was a 1963
Gibson J-50.) Well, as of about 3 years ago, I finally had my
twenty-five year-old guitar.
Aside from how dusty I let my instruments get, this picture shows an
inconsequential little trinket that was given to me one Friday night
by a very pretty girl in Chicago. I was having a short-lived career
as a busker on Rush Street at the time, and she had sat nearby to have
her portrait drawn by a street artist. Afterwards she said she wanted
to give me something for the songs, but didn't have any money (her
boyfriend having blown it all on the portrait.) So she gave me this
little souvenier. I hung it from the headstock of the guitar right
then, and it's been there ever since.
Is there any musician, who is also a photographer, in existence who
hasn't ended up using his instruments as subjects? Or maybe
it's just me. You see here a Dunlop 1mm textured nylon pick, the
best guitar pick in the world for flat-picking medium-gauge
acoustic guitar strings.