Feb 22, 2012 NEWCOMB GUITAR METHOD
Posted by Larry Newcomb
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 ! Looks like I’ll extend my annual Guitar/Amp “Buying/Selling” Moratorium for another year in 2013.
I’m not a collector or a store — I’m a player. In 2012, I experienced a much deeper appreciation of the fine guitars and amps I already own — I’ve got ‘em tweaked just right, I’ve ‘trialed and errored’ to discover the strings they like best (for now), and I’ve saved SO MUCH time & energy by focusing IN not outside.
My guitars & amps & a few pedals already have the tones and the feel and the looks. I truly think 97% of guitar tone, expression, and artistry is in the hands, ears, and heart. So I’ll follow the advice of a famous jazzman: “quit jivin’ and start divin’!”
Concerned Friend: “How many guitars does a guitar player need?
Guitar Player: “Just one more!”
I am enjoying FREEDOM from G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) because I finally realized guitars are not here to comfort me; they are vehicles with which I express something about myself and my life.
Guitars are not here to energize me so much as I am here to energize them! To express my energy through them. In order to keep things in proper order, I need to be connected to an internal source of energy and to stop searching outside myself for that energy.
Over the years, I’ve put together a fine assortment of guitars & amps. I use them all in my job as a working player & teacher. Resisting the eternal quest for the “perfect” guitar — “one more” never is — I’m enjoying the ones I already own like never before.
LN with Gibson Historic ’59 ES-335