Well, I had an idea to write up a long thing about finding some stills from a newsreel in some boxes and discovering some footage of the grand opening celebrations for the Chrysler building or something, but I decided that would be sorta lame.

So I’ll be straight with you instead.

This is a guitar in desperate need of a good smashing cleaning.

My Grandfather (I think) bought this for my mom in the late 1960s from the Sears and Roebuck, or maybe from the Montgomery Ward’s.

It’s a Norma acoustic and at last check it would fetch about $0 on ebay.

The neck is warped (and probably was before I was born), and I have doubts that any amount of truss rod tweaking will ever pull it straight, if it even has a truss rod.

Plus, it’s twisted too…

The action is “finger-shredding high,” which is likely why no one has played it seriously since I was born.

But it has floated around Momma’s house and now my apartment for all this time.

If the apocalypse or revolution or end of days or somesuch comes, it’ll make for some nice firewood… and in the mean time it would probably be put to best use as decoration in one of those family restaurants with “a whole lotta crazy crap on the walls,” to borrow a phrase from Moe.

It makes a nice picture, though…

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron), in Macro Mode. ISO800, 1/25th (APmode), f/3.5. About 4 minutes of slider play in Aperture to give it a bit of age, like a hand-tinted newsreel.

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