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Gypsy Queen

Author: monad
ASL Info:    64/M/California
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Gypsy Queen

I have an old guitar named Gypsy Queen. Normally this would not be much of a momentous occasion, lots of people name their guitars,but Gypsy is hand made by me. Many moons ago when my ex wife was pregnant with my only child, a daughter, I took an adult education night class while I was attending college as a day job. Our instructor had recently taken a trip to Canada to buy wood as he made his living building custom guitars and he had some of the most beautiful birds eye maple I'd ever seen and also some very good spruce for the top of the guitar. We met at the local high-school's woodshop classroom. I knew all the power tools there having taken wood shop twice in middle school and again in high-school. From raw lumber I fashioned her pieces, sides, three piece back, neck, keyboard (made from some exotic ebony my instructor had), and top. While my wife was patiently waddling about the house I shaped and sanded those pieces on our living room floor. The interior struts, the binding, and frets for the keyboard had to be created as well. When I finally got her glued and assembled she was quite a sight, almost perfect in every way, and the quality wood she was made from was so beautiful I had never seen the likes of her before. Most of the people in the class didn't get that far not having the skills with the tools or the coordination necessary to succeed. Still she needed to be lacquered and finished. All told, special tools and accouterments, cost of the wood, glue and sandpaper, plus the frets (nickeled silver), and the grover tuning pegs she cost me about $160. But almost 500hrs labor went into her creation, whole free weekends spent sanding and shaping. It was a year or more before I finally got her lacquered and she was so beautiful I could scarce believe I had made her, totally from scratch. I had even inlaid her mother of pearl keyboard art, god she was a sight. Both she, and my daughter, are now close to 40 years old, and she still plays like a champ. Ask any guitarist about guitars they use a lot, see how many survive that long. She's my prized possession to this day. Her custom bridge is shaped like a bird (something I've never seen to this day anywhere else) and I'd put her sound up against any expensive Martin made. Plus she is so much prettier. She's old and her finish is crackled some but her neck is still true and her action is superb. Through the years she has brought me so much joy, I'm so glad I took that class. I hope she survives till I die cause I want to mix her ashes with mine before they get spread around by my friends. I'll want something to play in the afterlife.

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  I love guitars, and yours is beautiful.
| Posted on 2017-03-27 00:00:00 | by WriteSomething | [ Reply to This ]
  What a beauty! Gotta love canada. id never leave for anywhere else. Im an electric guy myself but i do appreciate the beauty of a fine lookin acoustic!
| Posted on 2016-04-07 00:00:00 | by kase | [ Reply to This ]
  Ha ha, photo bombed by the cat! Unfortunately my wife is allergic to cats. The last one liked to torment our doggie. At least it was fun to watch.
| Posted on 2015-11-19 00:00:00 | by Blue Monk | [ Reply to This ]
  Ha ha, photo bombed by the cat! Unfortunately my wife is allergic to cats. The last one liked to torment our doggie. At least it was fun to watch.
| Posted on 2015-11-19 00:00:00 | by Blue Monk | [ Reply to This ]
  It is beautiful. Got to wonder what's up with the cat. Is the guitar strung with one of it's relatives? ;)
| Posted on 2015-11-11 00:00:00 | by Blue Monk | [ Reply to This ]
  First, that guitar is a BEAUTY. I don't play but I have always wanted to work with wood and I appreciate handmade things so much....I honestly think my heart would break if I ever made something that is so....ah, I'm sure you know.
Second, you probably picked the most beautiful name for that Guitar. It really is a great visual. Fires and dancing and sweat and fun and fellowship. What an adventure.
Lastly, you're such a fantastic writer. This was a great piece that I wouldn't mind owning in a collection of short stories.

And that end.....
I hope you play on on and write on.
| Posted on 2015-10-15 00:00:00 | by was_i_ever_real | [ Reply to This ]
  what a beautiful experience, seriously.

for myself, there are few things i have put my heart and soul into. besides a few pieces of art, it's just been words for me.

taking her into the next journey? well, ya wouldn't be the same without her, would ya?

i hope you have recordings.

yup, i do.
| Posted on 2015-09-03 00:00:00 | by isabella | [ Reply to This ]

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