…Then It Can’t Play The Blues. And Something About A Blue Mustang.

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On a tip from TTAC’s own Ronnie Schreiber, I spent this morning, also known as “the Detroit show’s second day”, at the infamous American Jewelry And Loan on 8 Mile Road. The guitar is a Matsumoku Vantage VP-700. The bass is a Westone Thunder I. Total whack for both was $375. And you know what they say — “if it ain’t been in a pawnshop, it can’t play the blues.”

Two long drives and one short flight later, I’m now about eight hundred miles away from where I started the day.

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That’s right, I’m in Memphis, home of one of my most unpopular Sunday Stories and popular non-Sunday stories.

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Since it’s 22 degrees outside, pretty much everything’s closed. Oh well. This is just one stop on what should be a very interesting ten-day trip.

Oh, yes: I wrote this today and it already has 32,900 Facebook shares. I think that’s a lot for a story that doesn’t include sex or politics, right?

5 Replies to “…Then It Can’t Play The Blues. And Something About A Blue Mustang.”

  1. jz78817

    y’know, I pass by there on 8 mile at least three times a week and I’ve never taken the time to stop in and check it out. They don’t show much on their site, did you see any motorcycles there? I’ll be looking to get one this year.

  2. bottomdweller

    Good score , Jack.
    I still pine for the Matsumoku P bass that I bought new in ’77.
    Clear stain on an ash body with a maple board. White laminated pick guard. …it was lovely and better than I deserved. I sold it for a pittance not knowing what I had.
    However, my Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 5 HH will kick pretty much any bass’s ass around the block.

  3. Ryan Cousineau

    With regard to the blue Mustang, given the true mission of the GT350, won’t about 90% of the buyers looking at the GT350 conundrum be better served by the regular-strength vehicle versus the R? Everything about the R is in the realm of making it lighter, faster, noisier, and harder to live with. Just the deletion of the back seat makes this car implicitly compete with something else entirely: the Corvette. I guess both GT350s seem to slot between the regular and Z06 Corvettes in terms of price and performance (or at least horsepower).

    Point being, the GT350 seems like a sweet spot of being about as hairy as a Mustang can be without compromising the vital mission of getting the kids to school and dad to work. The GT350R won’t get the kids to school, and it will be a noisier way to get to work.

    (My credentials for commenting on this: I own a fully dialed 2007 Nissan Versa. It’s like a GT-R, only better at holding groceries).


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