Ever since I started taking guitar lessons from The Mo-dels co-founder, Steve Owens, he's been helping me figure out what instruments to buy as time goes on.
I've always talked about buying (investing) in a nice Gibson ES-335. The day that I walked into the recently unofficially opened Redbone Guitar Boutique in San Antonio, I spotted a natural ES-335 1963 model. My teacher, Steve, and co-honcho over at Redbone, Scott Stevens worked with me to secure the guitar which I just took home today.... Dausin helped me finalize the purchase and pointed me to an amazing Moody Strap. This video says it all. (to watch it in higher quality video mode, click here directly to YouTube and switch to high quality video).
Whether you live in the San Antonio region (that means folks in Austin too) or if you are traveling to San Antonio for fun or business, and have an interest in music, you gotta make this place a must see.
They're a nice group of guitar lovers with a mix of merchandise and accessories you are not going to find in larger traditional chain stores.
You might also run into the other head honcho, Richard Turner, who is best known for his Sunday morning Beatles radio show that I've been listening to for two decades (not a misprint).
Whenever I travel the USA, I try to stop in at some of the very wonderful guitar stores that dot the land. No, I not talking about The Guitar Center or Sam Ash (although The Guitar Center / Hollywood's Vintage Store is pretty amazing).
I talking about an institution like Norman's Rare Guitars, just outside of LA, where you can sit down with Norman, get his advise, or maybe just hang out long enough to meet someone famous.
The guy behind it, is Richard Turner, who, although I have never met, has had a regular radio show on KSYM focused on only Beatles music on Sunday mornings.
I've been listening to Richard's show for eons of years, and now he's taken our fair city one major step up the food chain in terms of quality and interesting gear, in a retail environment that's more Bang & Olefsun or Apple.
I'm gonna wait a bit to write a more in-depth piece, because they're not officially open for business yet, although I did buy something today: a Vox headphone amp that lets me practice quietly so I don't drive others in the house nuts.
And best of all, this thing really sounds like an AC30.
Congratulations to Richard and his crew, whose names totally slip my mind.
I was having a temporary state of insanity when I walked out the door, and I certainly hope to start become a regular patron in the years to come.
Debbie Weil Debbie Weil, aka the MonaLisaOfBlogging.com, is a corporate blogging and online communications consultant and the author of the forthcoming "The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right" for Penguin Portfolio (2006).