Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Usually, when posting to the Reader site, I'm sharing opinions and information on food. It's my number one passion. Music comes runs a close second on the list of things that inspire me. I've been playing guitar for over two decades and can still remember back to the early days when all I wanted to do was shred out power chords on an electric six-string. The years passed and, though my musical styling of choice stayed rooted in alternative and punk rock, my openness to other styles broadened. That shift opened my formerly squinted eyes to the beauty and elegance presented by acoustic guitars.
Like most musicians, I've been limited to playing what I can afford versus what I really want. Being a writer, what I can afford typically equates to not much. So, when I hit the music shops, I take a very Vick's Formula 44 commercial approach - I'm not an expensive guitar purchaser, but I play one at Guitar Center. With the exception of the disheveled too-cool-for-work-but-here-anyway clerks and all the other big ticket pretenders, there are few things as fun as spending time with my fingers working their way across fine fret boards the likes of which will never grace my residence. I know this, because I've spent just as much time doing that as I have talking with fellow bargain basement musicians who feel the same way.
Such convos usually include "what if" talk; specifically, "what type of guitar would you get if money was no object." My answer for well over a decade has been, an acoustic from local company Taylor Guitars. That response usually prompts knowing head nods from my conversational counterparts. This post is for such fellow guitar geeks who share my affliction (and monetary constraints) and have always wanted to check out the facility and (though they dare not even hope for such an unlikely rarity) come across a discounted Taylor.
On Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Taylor will open their El Cajon warehouse to the public for the first time in their history. On top of that, they'll be offering a bunch of overstocked guitars and demonstrator models at their "friends and family" pricing. I don't know what that equates to, but given the normal sticker price, any price breaks is as welcome as Saint Nick. Rock on! Taylor Guitars is located at 1925 Gillespie Way.
Pictured: Taylor GS6 acoustic guitar. photo source: taylorguitars.com