a Universe Miracle....
(Lengthy post I must warn)
Back in '91 I bought a guitar in Kissimmee, Fl. it was my first black & green Ibanez Universe (made in '90).
Some time after I bought it, it became my favorite and I named it "Chris".
I love that name, Christopher actually. I even named my soon to be born son after the guitar. But my son died the day of his birth...and it wasn't too long before I sold "Chris".
Fast Forward 15-16 years to yesterday morning, and as has been my routine of late, I was browsing through used guitar ads and checking out the Guitar Center's used inventory...window shopping.
I saw something on their site that caught my eye...and I thought to myself, "could this be??"
...my "Chris" had a chunk missing off of an edge from when another guitar was accidentally dropped on it and their guitar shows the same damage.
So I emailed them to ask if it had a chunk missing or if it was an ambient lighting illusion. They called me and yeah, it also has a chunk missing. They even sent me a pic. It's exactly the same in size and shape.
After long debate whether to ask my wife if I could yet again buy another guitar (but with her approval) I raced to the GC with flashbacks going through my mind of it and what has happened.
How can I know it was my old "Chris" you may or may not wonder ?
Well, the missing chunk from its edge...but I also installed a Fender TBX Tone Control....it was there...a locking DiMarzio neon green strap I had installed....it was still attached and had its original case !
But here's where it gets interesting...
The Guitar Center put it out to sell yesterday because their customer cancelled the layaway he had on it the day before.
Was it "coincidence" that the dude cancelled his layaway of "Chris" 18 years to the day that my son passed and that 15-16 years later I'd find the guitar after which he was named ???
I don't call any of this "coincidence"...I call it a miracle. I miss my son Christopher and I think this was his way of being with me. This was his doing.
I now have my Universe and its made my Universe as complete as it could be.