From the original euphoria of that used $75 Raven over thirty years ago Iíve had a deep love for my instruments that hasnít really allowed for more than one at a time. By the time I could afford more than one Iíd come to a personal conclusion: My sound is in my hands; I donít need a particular instrument to say what I have to. This doesnít mean Iím careless about what I play. Far from it I fall deeply in love my instruments. Any instrument, especially a good one, is unique and can take years to get to know well and jumping back and forth seems really at odds with the deep friendship Iíve always sought.
In the thirty-six years Iíve been a musician Iíve lost count of how many Iíve owned (40Ö50?) but have played only four almost exclusively. Iíve sold ones I should have kept. Iíve given several away to people who played them when I wasnít. Sure Iíve been seduced far too often by a pretty face and taken a long played instrument for granted. I always come back home to ďthe oneĒ though. I knew a long time ago that with this attitude I could never be a studio cat and that showing up to a rock gig with an upright electric or a jazz gig with an acoustic bass guitar wouldnít make some leaders happy. I guess the occasions Iíve made a habit of going out just to make money with an instrument I didnít choose Iíve been pretty unhappy. This isnít to say I donít have immense respect for people like David Lindley who have and use their huge collections or session players who need to cover a lot of musical territory with a few diverse but well chosen toolsÖ.or even for the average mook such as myself but who just likes to have a bunch of different axes to fool around with.
It just never felt comfortable to meÖ..like I was ďcheatingĒ on my main girl.