My wife, the guitar-aware significant other...

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  1. mojocaster.com

    mojocaster.com Supporting Member

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    I see threads popping up regularly on the topic of "If I weren't married, I'd have more gear." Some of that can be explained by the fact that if you need to support more people with the same income, clearly your disposable funds suffer. Some comes from the fact that people just don't want to fight their SO every time they want to make a new purchase.

    Three quick personal anecdotes:

    When I met my wife, she came to my place and saw three Gibsons on stands. Two Les Pauls and a Flying V. She asked me if I could play, and I said "Define play" :)

    We met through a mutual friend who worked for a guitar store - he now owns the store.

    In other words, she was clearly aware of my infatuation with music in general and gear in particular.

    Fast forward a bit, and I find myself having to spend over a year outside of the US while she goes to college here. Upon my return, she came to pick me up at the airport and said, a propos of nothing, "I have a surprise for you."

    I supposed she'd bought me chocolates or something... maybe a celebratory six-pack of Gritty's Stout.

    We get to her place, and there, under the bed, is a beautiful Fender Tweed case. Inside is a Stevie Ray Vaughan strat - my dream guitar at the time.

    I surmised from that occurrence that she was a keeper :D

    Not only did she understand my love of gear, but she knew exactly what gear I was lusting after. Wow, I guess she was listening all those times!

    Fast-forward to this past New Year's Eve... we're at a party at a local hotel, and there's a band playing. My wife loves dancing, and I... don't. Anyway, I danced all night with her because 1. she's great, and 2. I love inflicting that kind of visual pain on innocent by-standers :D

    At some point, we'd reached the front of the stage. She looked over at the guitar player who was conspicuously stashed in the back of the stage. He was playing some mean funk riffs - actually, I wish he had been. He was playing "Play that funky music, white boy" along with the rest of the band. It pains me to admit that, but damn if we didn't dance our little hearts out.

    Anyway, the band takes a break after that song, and as we are walking back to your table, my wife turns to me and says: "Wasn't the guitar player playing a PRS?"

    My wife can recognize a PRS by sight.

    Damn.

    I realize that this is not some sort of cosmic discovery, or anything. It's not like the Earth is gonna start rotating the other way, but damn...

    ...my wife rocks.

    (And no, she's not over my shoulder as I am typing this ;))
     
  2. infiniteposse

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    My girlfriend often says to me, "he's playing a nice tele, huh?" and I just sigh and realize I must be doing something right:) (note: she knew zero about guitar when we met 3 years ago)
     
  3. mojocaster.com

    mojocaster.com Supporting Member

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    we are slowly but surely educating them, one by one, and bringing them to the dark side :D
     
  4. jiml

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    My wife, then girlfriend, accompanied me to the first three PRS events in Annapolis. She knows the difference between a Les Paul, Strat and a Tele!
     
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    Join the club :D :)
    MY significant half knows the difference between single coils and humbuckers (no - she doesn't play)
    She is in love with my (original) '74 Thinline Telecaster
    She is always posing intelligent questions ("Just how much does that twin neck guitar played by Jimmy Page weigh?")

    I don't let her purchase any gear for me because I have plenty as it is...but I know she would be able to surprise me - yes she would!

    Cheers,

    JJ
     
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    When I met my girl I tested the water a bit by showing her a video of Derek Bailey playing with tap dancer Will Gaines. She dug it. I thought maybe she was just doing it to flim-flam me, nope-loves a lot of the music that many of my musician friends don't have minds open wide enough to listen to. For XMAS she got me a pair of tickets for two different nights to see Bill Frisell. Last night I was soldering in the bedroom.

    I now have a project studio that is nicely stocked and gettin' stockier. In the garage. Her car is out in the rain.
     
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    A (now) ex-girlfriend had a problem with me buying a 1966 Stratocaster around May of 2006 by getting a loan from the bank. Said I had too many guitars and didn't see why I needed this one. I sold 4 or 5 guitars at that time to raise funds. Her father got it, tried to explain it. She didn't understand that it was an investment. Money better spent than just saving it. I figure it's made me money already and I've paid off the loan (2.5 years early so I didn't pay a ton of interest etc etc).

    I dumped her 6 weeks after purchasing the guitar.
     
  8. beegmeister

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    My wife bought me an '06 R8 last year for our 15-year anniversary. This occuring after I've got a ton of guff over wanting anything near the 4-digit range. Don't know what I did right, but I'll let y'all know when I figure it out.

    The kicker, there wasn't enough funds for me to get much for her last year. Puts a lot of pressure on this year let me tell you! I aint gettin squat!
     
  9. r9player

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    I educated my wife about football so now I can watch undisturbed on the weekends and Monday :D
    Still working the guitar thing, although she does appreciate a good sounding guitar, not loud ones though.
     
  10. Scumback Speakers

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    When my wife talks about the virtues of PAF pickups, Les Pauls & SG's, and the differences between Class A and push/pull amps as far as the tone they put out I see guitar players all nodding and looking at her like she's their dream women. I don't take her out with me to clubs anymore just for that reason.

    If they knew she invested in old gear (currently owns an 8x10 Marshall cab with metal handles, a 61 PAF and 1/2 of the 61 SG Standard we bought as an investment) I'm sure I'd have hit men looking for me on a regular basis. :D

    It's bad enough that they ask if there's any more at home like her...
     
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    I inflict talk gear all the time to my wife. Many times she responds with strong encouragement to buy something (especially guitars!).

    It became evident the other night that I do that same thing for her. She showed me some jewelry she wanted on eBay when I noted that someone had asked a seller if the auction was for "authentic Pandora beads." Knowingly, I responded, "What is wrong with them? Don't they know what they are looking at?!" :roll
     
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    And I was at lunch today and her father is there, we shot the beans for a few minutes. Great guy.

     
  13. Mikey01

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    My wife looks at my four guitars and thinks "wood for the fireplace".
    She has figured out the difference between a green colored one and a red one. Ugh!
     
  14. mojocaster.com

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    considering how great he is, did you ask him how that gal could possibly have squirted from his loins? :)
     
  15. 1973Marshall

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    I took a GF with me once to look at a Marshall. I took her because I thought she would give me the prudent speech about it NOT being a necassity, "you have too many ____" etc etc.

    She has a great ear for music and sound (works my Pro Tools desk pretty well). 5 minutes into playing it she says - you NEED to have this! I was short on the cash, so she went to the ATM and gave me the money.

    I paid her back the NEXT day, but daaaaaaaaaaamn!
     
  16. michael patrick

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    I bought my (now) wife a guitar for Christmas the first year we were dating. She's cool with my gear obsession...
     
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    My wedding gift from my wife was a Taylor T5! Wow....




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  18. Mark C

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    Cool. It's great when your SO enjoys hearing about your interests and supports them. I got lucky as well, my GF bought me a Hot Rod Deluxe for Xmas, and she talks about buying me other things as well! She also often tells me to practice and asks me to play for her. I think I'll take her to see some chick flick this weekend as payback.
     
  19. dougb415

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    My wife used to sell guitars and knows them quite well. For Christmas I got an '06 R9, Budda SDII 18-watt combo, Keeley 4-knob compressor, Verbzilla and the Clapton Crossroads pedal. My birthday is coming up and she's getting me a new Fender CP '50s Strat. Is that enough? NO! She also fell in love with a new Fender American Vintage '62 Precision Bass Reissue, and we'll be picking that rascal up in late February. I'm gonna keep her!
     
  20. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    My wife bought me my first great guitar, a late-80s Les Paul Standard. I no longer have the guitar, but let me tell you what... I kept the wife.

    In 06 I wanted to drop 3 grand on a brand new TA Crowdster +, and I had just heard that he was going to downsize (which he changed his mind on), and I had only half the money... She gave me the other half!

    Oh, yeah... a keeper!
     

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