Eddie..... Women are like guitars! Some are sweet sounding and have a few nicks and dings, but you polish them up.... and wow! Ya got what ya think is a keeper. Then suddenly you change string gauge and discover the neck has a problem...... you've always wondered, because every time the weather changed the thing was a bitch to tune. But you overlooked it because you didn't realize it wasn't supposed to be like that. So out the door with that!
Then you find something exotic like a 7 string...... wow, this is way cool, different. Then shortly there after, you realize it's costing you more time and money to play it. More up-keep and now you have to work harder to tune it to..... (damn extra string's just a pain in the @ss)! Soon it's too much, you're having to change everything about how you play, and out the door it goes! Traded to another guy in the neighborhood. Kinda piss's ya though, to see him enjoying it so much, plus he's got better chops and really makes it sing. Oh well, so you watch from a distance..... learn some of his "bag of tricks"!
Meanwhile, you're hitting every music store looking for that perfect guitar..... Trying out some new ones..... some real high dollar/high maintenance ones, those are sweet but just out of your league. Even though you can afford them. They're just too fancy or too fragile! Needing to be pampered like a Hollywood starlet! Plus every other guy you meet is wanting to play them because they are so sweet looking. Always asking you, "are you serious about that guitar..... cause if not they want to play it hard too".
Then suddenly you spot it..... just hanging there in the music store. You've walked past it a thousand times and looked but never tried it out, nothing exotic, just simple, smooth lines, sweet body contours, no damage, but with all the features you've been looking for, you pull it down, play a few licks and realize this thing has some sweet action, well balanced tone, nice pickups, (but they could be hotter) but man it complements your playing style, so you settle for buying this one!
Looking back you realize you've been through 20 or 30 guitars.... heck you can't even remember some of them! Lucky you found this one though. And here it is 20 yrs. later you still have that same one...... same sweet action, well balanced tone, nice pickups (still not the hottest, but well rounded, firm, but smooth tone) and with age you've become accustom to her sweet spots, and know how to get the best out of each other. Worked on the frets a little, keep her polished, learned to be a better player and man can you make it scream now too! All your old "buds" are going "dude you've really become a great player", and that guitar..... I gotta find one just like it...... As you proudly polish it after a big gig and party, you say to them..... "dudes, ya just have to be patient..... that perfect axe for you is out there, you'll find it some day too. Just keep looking!"
Hang in there! "Blues anin't nothin but a good man feeling down. Lots of towns, lots of women...."