I bought a used EVH eons ago, and later sold it for school $$$. Sometime thereafter I ended up ordering a trans gold Axis in 2000 (maybe 99). I grew to love that guitar. It was gorgeous. The birdseye neck, and super deep top. I could stare at it all day. Just looking at it made me want to pick it up and play. The more worn in and dinged it got the better I liked it. After a while other guitars were just irrelevant to me, that was the one, unless I was after a specific tone (Strat or something). I was known in local guitar circles as the “Musicman Guy” 😉
Twenty years, hundreds of gigs, thousands of hours of play time. I got sloppy and left it at a friends cabin last weekend. Popped in there yesterday to grab our stuff that we’d left. Place is trashed and the guitar is gone.
I’ve seen so many guitars stolen over the years, such a rarity to get them back, I’m not holding out much hope. I actually feel sick that someone else is playing this guitar, or just selling it somewhere for a pittance of what it’s worth to me.
Have a drink for me this evening, and give your special guitar a little extra love today.