When you’ve painted, the desire to hang things on the walls is strong. So in the sesh/studio room, there’s a large stone wall and I thought that it would be a great place to hang the guitars instead of having them on stands or in their cases taking up space or being difficult to access. But I had to get the brackets and had to find someone who knew how to wield a drill. So we got Pete from Melbourne (long trip). Seriously though he lives in Porto with his partner (from Tennessee) and is an associate of the painters Brad (from Sydney) and Mafalda his wife who is Portuguese but speaks with an Aussie accent, that’s what happens if you live in Clovelly for years. So I went and got the brackets the day before and Pete arrived today to drill them into the wall, can you imagine how exciting this is?
It’s a pretty big wall, but Jorge the luthier said that I’d only get ten guitars on there (I told him I wasn’t into Engelbert Humperdinck). Why this? This is the B-side of the track that kept Penny Lane off the number one spot. Release Me was a song written in 1946 by Eddie Miller. So I went and bought ten brackets, then we realised we had to plan it out and that two rows and an odd number of brackets would be needed, so I went back down to the music store and bought one more. By the time we’d planned it out, we discovered that we needed 13 brackets in total, so I bought two more until we discovered that we needed 15 and by this time they were sold out, so I have to wait till next week till new stock comes in. It looks great with the yellow background, now, write some songs!
Pete put up the 13 brackets and drilled holes for the two missing brackets and I proceeded to take all the guitars out of their cases and hang them up. Then I discovered that the Nash Tele and the Fender Tele baritone have too slim a neck for the size of these brackets. So I’m going to have to put those two guitars in another space with different brackets, the positive is that it leaves space on the main wall for two more guitars, is this interesting? What is interesting is finally having a creative laboratory with all the test tubes ready.
You might ask why I have so many guitars, well, first of all, I’m 65 and I never throw anything away and I would only sell a guitar as a desperate act (it’s happened). The other issue is this; I play a lot of 12-string electric and that doesn’t mean I don’t play a lot of electric 6 and that leads to acoustic 12 and acoustic 6, I also play bass, so I end up having three times as many guitars as someone who might just play electric 6-string, that’s why.