I’ll start off by saying that the end of this month will see me passing the two year point since starting my guitar journey (54 yrs old). Through hills and valleys, I’m currently sitting in Grade 2, just before the Major Scale Improvisation lesson; I’ve been lodged at that position for at least 4-5 months now. I’ll admit to getting caught up in the F Barre chord for the longest time, and wanting to get that down before pushing ahead, but more importantly, the last few months were spent attending to my mother as her 42 year fight with cancer came to a close. While I spent time with her hundreds of miles from my home, I did bring along my PRS acoustic and played it almost daily, mostly practicing F barre chord transitions and playing songs, some from the app, and some I’d mostly memorized from the app. My mother loved my playing, rough though it was at points; I have Justin and his lessons to thank for that…it meant a lot. I have a new perspective on things.
I got back home at the beginning of this month and started to put daily life back together. I also have a new family member, as my mother’s cat followed me home and is getting accustomed to life with my other cat (both females), so there’s a bit of craziness in the household. Meanwhile, my guitar-playing has continued and I’ve started to look at how I’m going to re-engage with the lessons. I also picked up my electric for the first time in ages (PRS SE Custom 24) and started re-acquainting myself to the feel of it…my F chord is fantastic on it (it’s serviceable on my acoustic), though transitions still need more speed.
While all of that stuff was happening, I was spending my late evenings working through my backlog of Youtube subscriptions when I came across a Rhett Shull video talking about the Revstar Standard with P90’s Yamaha sent him, but he had never played. That triggered a binge watch of Revstar-related YT videos and then a desire to get one in my hands. I’d heard of Revstars before, the first generation models, but while they caught my eye, I never chased one; the second gen version looked and sounded fantastic. I turned to Sweetwater and found out that they were backordered on all Standards to at least late October. I put my name on the notice list and left it at that.
Yesterday (Saturday), I decided to visit my local mom 'n pop to pick up some fresh strings for my Custom 24 and the acoustic. While there, I browsed the collection of guitars and gear, as one does, then got my strings and started to check out. While checking out, casual conversation with the store owner ensued and the Revstar came up as something I was waiting on. The owner remarked that he actually had a P90 Standard in stock! I’d missed it while browsing…it was a black model, hiding among a bunch of other black guitars of various brands. I had envisioned getting the sunburst version, but the black was gorgeous! I brought it home with me.
I was NOT disappointed; what a guitar! I pulled it out of the gig bag and wound up playing it for about 3 hours straight yesterday, lol. It felt great! I put in a couple more hours after dinner, just playing and experimenting with it. The black finish is a finger-print magnet, but that does not bother me. The satin-finished neck is a dream!
I did have a, in my mind, major screw up though. Before I put a strap on it, I was sitting on my couch, playing it, when I reached for something on the coffee table…the guitar slipped off my lap, landing on the cord (on a rug) and displacing the output jack nut. The output jack is still solid in the guitar, but the nut is clearly cross-threaded. I was freaked out, but after removing the output jack plate and looking things over, nothing beyond the jack’s thread/nut is damaged; it’ll be a repair I’ll tackle in the future. I tried to un-cross it, but after failing, I left it alone as it was still holding the jack tight and thought I shouldn’t mess with it until I have a proper replacement on-hand.
I feel re-invigorated now, though I’ve never stopped playing, despite all that has happened over the last few months. My internal debate now is whether or not to back up a few lessons and pick it back up or break into the Theory lessons for awhile? Anyway, I think I’m back; I apologize for the long read, but it all just kinda spilled out.