Hi all, hope everyones healthy and doing well, been down for the count in the hospital for a week myself but home and doing ok now. :mrgreen:
Actually the reason I ended up in the hospital is related to guitar playing in a way. For the past four years I have been experiencing pain in my left arm at times and lots in my fingers and wrist at times as well, bad enough that i was having a hard time practicing some days. i usually put in at least 4 hrs. Well Orthopedic dr. told me arthritis and live with it. Va dr. said get over it, your old. Tried every cream, vitamin, joint formula etc. and still problems continued. Very frustrating to say the least, and I thought my playing days were numbered.
Well finally went to my wife's spine dr. who had done her back surgery and she ordered a MRI which I did reluctantly, and what do you know,,,my neck was all screwed up and bone on bone in my spine. So a couple weeks later I had surgery, 4 hours worth and a week in the hospital, but now,,,,,NO HAND PAIN, wrist pain, arm pain etc.! When they opened up my neck the arthritis was so bad it was pinching off the nerves that lead to the fingers and now it's removed so I am back to playing again pain free.
Now here's where the new guitar day comes in. I play dreads and always have, had a OM for a year but have been big size guitar guy always. Problem is,,I am in recovery for 6 months now and in order to play I need to move around and sit in different positions and can't look down to play as my neck is in a brace for the next month.
My dreads are to large to be able to sit in a soft chair or couch and play so I decided to search out a smaller guitar I could use until I can go to the large again. Researched the heck out of everything I thought might work and read tons of articles. Well a friend in Portland Or. named Eric Skye ( who if you check out you tube I am sure you will enjoy) suggests the OO size guitar. He uses a Santa Cruz model, way out of my price league, especially to just try and see if I can adapt. Eric has had neck and back issues in the past and now Only plays small guitars, he says the large size wears him out on a 3 hr. gig.
Well I found the guitar with the exact specs as the SC OO in of all places Eastman. I used to have a Eastman OM and one of their arch top jazz guitars a few years ago and was always impressed with them.
They just came out with a OO size, 12 fret, 24 3/4" scale, 2 5/32" spacing, Adirondack top, EIR back and sides, mahogany neck with the large frets and a slotted headstock, with Ebony fretboard. The only difference in the Santa Cruz is the back and sides are Cocabolo, but for 5k more I can live with the Rosewood.
So it's on the way as I write this from LA Guitar Sales in Ca. and should be here early next week. I have high hopes for the new guitar, so far every revue and article I have found on it are all extremely positive. Will be a new experience playing the new little guy and I am sure some time to adapt. If I find I can get it to work for me I may in the future look at the SC model but at 6500 bucks my wife may be the roadblock there, this one was only 1199.00 so no resistance at all, and a low enough price point that if it doesn't work out I'll have new music room wall art,,or resell it.
So hope all this isn't to boring but thought I'd let out what's been going on in my world, sure feels good to know I won't need to quit playing guitar, and making some changes in how i play is small sacrifice as compared to not playing at all... .....Jerry