I can remember the summer when I turned nine years old, it was 1989 and I had just bought my first very own guitar. It was a Yamaha LS-21. I can remember telling my family that all I wanted for Christmas and my birthday was money. Just money, no gifts. I didn’t want anyone to buy it for me, I wanted to use my own money and go to the music store and buy my own guitar. Of course, my family had a difficult time not buying me gifts, no one could just give me money. Looking back now I can see how hard it would be to just give some kid money for their birthday or Christmas. I was so bummed but I did receive a total of fifty bucks for Christmas and twenty five dollars for my birthday, which is in April. Everyone that had given me a gift had also given me a five dollar bill towards my guitar.
My dad about once every couple weeks would take me to the guitar store so I could look around, do some research and put questions to the experts that worked at the store so I would be able to pick out a guitar that I liked and that I could afford. It made me nervous to see how expenses they all were. I coveted my seventy five dollars because I my dad had mentioned that I needed to at least double that amount to get even basic guitar. I spent no money on anything. I bought no candy or gum, had to settle for what ever my mom gave me or what ever scrapes my siblings threw my way. I starting helping around the house more, hoping to earn more chore money. I went around the neighborhood asking my neighbors if they needed work done in their yard for a modest price. I can remember telling them my story of how I was saving for my own guitar. Some took pity on me and let me clean up their yards, no one let me mow their lawns. I guess it’s hard to trust a nine year old girl with a lawnmower, that sucked because that’s were the big bucks were. But I worked and saved and by late June I had two hundred dollars saved to get my guitar.
I will never forget the car ride to the guitar store. My whole family went. It was a big day. I can remember my parents being so proud of me for working so hard towards this. I spent a hour in that store looking, talking with the employees and deciding on which guitar I wanted to bring home. I wasn’t very good with numbers so it confused me to figure out if I had enough or not. Then I found the Yamaha LS-21 and that was it. It cost me $169.99 plus tax, $180.19 out the door with money to spare. I was the happiest girl alive that day.
I’ll tell you all about what first time playing and tuning it next time!