You know all about rescue dogs, rescue cats and rescue horses, but did you ever hear of a rescue guitar?
It’s a Fender Squier Telecaster.
How did I get hold of it? Well, I was clearing out some unwanted old stuff and I took a trip to the recycling centre with my old plastic dustbins and the legs of the gazebo that the storm wrecked last year, my heaps of old newspapers and a ton of assorted non-functioning electronic gizmos. Stacks of cardboard. Half-used paint tins. You know yourself.
Now, the thing I like about the recycling centre is that you can take stuff away as well as leave what you don’t want. You could paint your house for nothing, or pick up a decent stereo. Maybe a computer case or a monitor. That’s real recycling.
But it’s not often you’ll find an electric guitar sitting in one of those bins looking up at you. Take me home, please, it twanged tunelessly.
And I did. I took it home. I’m looking at it now, hatching plans.
Who throws out a perfectly good guitar? I want to know the back story to this. Was it a disgruntled parent? A jilted lover? A disillusioned musician despondent at his lack of talent?
According to several working musicians I consulted, although the Squier is from the cheaper end of the Fender range, it’s not a bad instrument at all, and this one looks to be in reasonable condition. So here’s my plan. We’ll restore it to first-class condition and we’ll get two or three musicians with very different styles to play a full gig using it. We’ll record some of those gigs and put all the videos together on a post with some high-quality pictures of the instrument.
Then, I’ll put it up for auction with all proceeds going to support Cancer Research.
I don’t know how much work it needs yet. It might not need any, but I’d like to make sure it turns out as valuable as possible in a good cause. What do you think? Musical geeks out there? Who’d like to help turning this into the best guitar around? Have you got spare pickups? Pots? Machine heads? Suggestions?
Let’s give it a shot.