JOE IS ONE of our favorite customers at Second String Music. He's in his early 60s, a self-professed retired hipee, and he's into blues guitar. He came in this morning looking for a small practice amp. "Gotta have reverb. That's about it," he said with his usual smile.
Roland MicroCube, an amazing little amp with all kinds of fun things to boost his tone. We also have a used Vox amp with the same features. Joe was blown away by how good they sounded, and that they are battery powered.
I invited him to play one of our new Gretsch hollow body guitars. He took it out and reached into his pocket - I expected him to pull out a pick. Instead, he had a lighter in his hand, and he proceeded to pump out some tasty blues licks using the lighter as a slide.
You don't need a billion dollars or a rock star attitude to play music. You take what works and you have fun, and you love making noise.
"I'll be back," Joe said with a smile. He made my morning. This is why we are here, and we are far better off knowing loyal customers like Joe.