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10/06/2006

MY FIRST GUITAR IS FOR SALE

I shelled out a couple hundred and my mom matched it and we walked out of Mundt Music in Tyler, Tx with a flashy red sunburst Takamine guitar.

I learned how to play on it. Took it to college and played my first gig ever at Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Waco, Tx on it. I wrote all the songs on my first record with it, played it at the showcase for Rocketown Records that got me signed, and used it on the first dozen or so gigs I did that first year as a signed artist.

This was my first guitar. And I hate to part with it but I need the cash more than I need this guitar. You can buy it here.

You'll see in the pictures that it has a minor split in the head stock. The guitar I play today has the same problem, only repaired. Have this guitar fixed the same way and it'll be as good as new.

I'll use the cash from the guitar to live through the slow winter. Every winter for just about every artist I know is a major slump. You can also help me through the approaching slow times by booking me. Just e-mail Brian at thehummingbirdagency@charter.net or fill out an on-line request form over at thehummingbirdagency.com

25 Comments:

Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Got an e-mail asking why I don't play this guitar anymore. Fair question.

1) I have an endorsement deal with another guitar manufacturer so I use their guitars exclusively right now.

2) I use an alternate tuning (open C#) that puts extra tension on a couple strings, and therefore extra pull on the neck. This guitar didn't hold that tuning well for me. it held standard tuning fine but I never use standard tuning anymore.

3) This guitar is smallish and has a thin body and so it sounds thinner to me too. Not a bad sound but not the sound I go for these days. I use a full body guitar now.

This is a great guitar to start out on, probably a little more than what's needed for a beginner even.

Hope that helps.

Shaun

10/05/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

Shaun,

Would you keep it if you could get the money elsewhere? Do you see the kids learning on it one day?

Beth

10/05/2006  
Blogger Davidge said...

Do you have to sell iton E-Bay? How much would you take for it not on E-Bay? It looks fricken awesome, i've been needing a new guitar, and if you ever feel like playing it again you could just send me an e-mail, or wow! call me! lol
just let me know what you want for it and I'll see what I can do... also, in these slow winter months, as artists strive for anything and everything to keep afloat... We could probably use some help editing the music video that we just shot if you'd like to put some input in on that, or help with some graphic design, or anything that you can do I'll see what kind of job we could come up with for you. You're a good kid....Guy, Shaun, and with all the help Ikon was to me, it's the least I could do to help you out as much as I can!
In Christ,
~Davidge
615-419-2149

10/06/2006  
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10/06/2006  
Anonymous Ryan G. said...

Hey, why aren't you advertising this is YOUR guitar? You could make a little more $ for it!!! Will you sign it for the winner?

10/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

1) No I wouldn't keep it anyway. I don't need it.

2)Thanks, David, but I have a job, it's just that my job slows down a bit this time of year. No biggy, happens every year and we always have enough.

3)If the "winner" wants me to.

10/06/2006  
Anonymous keith said...

Cool. My first guitar was a Jasmine... acoustic-acoustic :)... later electrified by a fishman bridge pickup. I got it during my freshman year in college and used it to play praise songs at the BSU. It's since been with me to Canada, Jordan, and Turkey and is now my "extreme conditions" guitar for places like camp fires or the beach. The Jasmine is an exceptional instrument for its price range, very solid.

10/06/2006  
Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

Define Winter for me. Give me a list of months that you say is winter and let me see if I can get you at Toccoa Falls College. We just had Jars of Clay here last night. My influance is growing over other people and you're becoming an outstanding artist that people want to listen to/talk to. It helps to have a couple of good stories from shlog under my belt to dish out. :)

10/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Well, late Fall and winter actually, I guess. usually December through January is tough. The tough part is hitting a little earlier this year. November is slim, then December through January, as usual is slim as well. Slim means fewer gigs than other months, but still there will be gigs.

Again, this is the regular cycle of touring in our industry. We're dependent upon on colleges and churches. Both have a lot on their plates as we near the holidays and budgets get tighter near the end of the year too. Then at the beginning of the new year lots of stuff "launches" and "kicks off" so again folks are too busy to promote a show. In February things begin to pick up and by March we're running again. It's the normal business cycle for me. I'm used to it. Don't be alarmed. I'm not.

10/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Well, late Fall and Winter actually, I guess. Usually December through January is tough. (That's why the Gloria Christmas tours were good for us artists.) The tough patch is hitting a little earlier this year is all. November is slim, then December through January, as usual is virtually empty.

Again, this is the regular cycle of touring in our industry. We're dependent upon on colleges and churches to book us. Both have a lot on their plates as we near the holidays - budgets get tighter near the end of the year too. Then at the beginning of the new year lots of stuff "launches" and "kicks off" so again folks are too busy to promote a show. In February things begin to pick up and by March we're running at full speed again.

It's the normal business cycle for me. I'm used to it. Don't be alarmed. I'm not. But I sue appreciate the concern.

10/06/2006  
Blogger CMC said...

a takamine, nice choice, i have a takamine myself, btw, check this out, you might find it interesting....

Shaun groves concert bebo

10/06/2006  
Blogger Cristy said...

Sounds a little like my husband's business...home improvement. Nobody wants their house torn up around the holidays so Nov & Dec are slow. When people start getting their tax checks around Feb-Mar, things pick back up. It makes it easier knowing this and planning for it in advance. ; )

10/06/2006  
Blogger Seth Ward said...

10 bucks. take it or leave. final offer.

Actually I do have few Guitar students (with wealthy parents) who have outgrown their tiny guitars and and are ready for the switch, I tell the moms.

btw, did you ever find the turdball that stole your Yamaha?

10/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Turdball still on the loose.

10/06/2006  
Blogger Kathryn said...

i hope you get a great price for it! the sentimental value for you, i'm sure, is great; it will be great if someone else can really treasure it and make their own memories and music.

10/06/2006  
Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

Did you ever get in contact with Yamaha and say hey someone stole my guitar could you help me out here? I know that Yamaha in the UK still makes the cpx-15 west guitars.

BOO ON TURDBALL!!

10/06/2006  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love the red sunburst! I hope it sells for mucho dinero. I didn't know you were from Tyler. My best childhood friend is from there too!

And Common Grounds...yummy coffee!

10/06/2006  
Blogger Brody Harper said...

Let's have slow un-employed winters together Shaun.

10/06/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

Want to fair another cold visit to ND? I could check around again and see what we could do.

Beth

10/06/2006  
Anonymous Mark said...

Sounds like November to January is a perfect time to be in the studio!

10/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Yes, mark it is. Here's the plan: Make the live CD. Sell the live CD. Make a studio record with that cash. No way that's happening anytime soon.

But good thought.

Most of my songs are written this time of year. That's what slow is for I guess.

MPP. Yamaha is working on getting me another guitar for next week in fact. The CPX-15 (weird that you know the model number) is not a current model for Yamaha stateside. They want me to play a current guitar. People ask what I play. I tell them. They buy it. Yamaha makes money. It's worth them to give me guitars then. So, we'll see what they give me this time. I have a CPX I'm using right now, just old and beaten up. It'll be nice to hold something without worn down frets next week.

Shaun

10/06/2006  
Blogger holyteach said...

Man, my first guitar is from Mundt Music in Tyler, too. It's not for sale, though....

10/06/2006  
Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

Ohh come on Shaun I do READ. You mentioned the model number in your post to the guitar thief. So I went digging in the archives to get the model number to see if I could hunt down "Turdball" via eBay or something big hairy deal. And without your thorough description of your beloved captive cpx-15 west I would have been no where and wouldn't have even been able to tell you that Yamaha makes them in the UK still. All I knew was that it was a Yamaha and that it was black and kinda orangish red. Didn't even know it was an acoustic/electric till I researched it.

Not that you're accusing me of stealing your guitar or anything like that.

10/07/2006  
Blogger Seth Ward said...

Have you ever thought about putting out another guitar in the same place the Yamaha was unlawfully acquired? Kinda like bait.

10/09/2006  
Anonymous Reid said...

I won your guitar. Don't worry. I'll take good care of it. And actually it would be cool if you signed it.

10/13/2006  

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