Well I have got a new guitar. A Lowden - you can see it here actually.
I tried it in London back in December and kept thinking I should have bought it. I realised that it was still in the shop in late March and reckoned it was just waiting for me, so I bought it without any further delay.
Fantastic guitar. I can do things on it which I simply couldn't do before on other guitars.
So I hardly touch the mandolin for a few weeks because I'm working out on this great new guitar, but when I get to playing mandolin again, you know what - I think I've actually got better in the interim. Flatpicking the guitar way up the neck seems to have done my pinky muscles in particular a bit of good!
So I now wonder what to do with a Fylde guitar which we have around the house and which looks to becoming redundant, and decide it might as well be kept in a different tuning. I used to play in open G on the guitar a few years ago but don't do it that much these days, so I thought I would leave it in that tuning and see what happened. Put the capo on the second fret and you have open A - which seems to suit the old Fylde far better than standard and is great for Scottish pipe tunes! And now I can't stop playing the old Fylde!
So, by buying a new guitar I seem to have got multiple benefits. Love the new guitar, am enjoying old guitar more and find my mandolin playing has actually got better.
Sometimes you need a wee shake-up, and this seems to have been a great success.