I have a confession to make. Even though I'm a much better photographer than I am a guitarist, I love guitars more than I do cameras. In my defense, I suspect I'm not alone in this, even among photographers. Here's a list of the reasons that come most quickly to mind:
- Guitars--even electric ones--don't need batteries.
- You don't need computers or software to play a guitar, just two hands and a heart.
- You never have to worry about your guitar becoming obsolete. You can buy a guitar today that's built almost exactly like they were 50 years ago--and you would still play it the same way.
- No one thinks you're odd if you play an 20 year-old guitar or if you give it a name like Lucille or Blackie or Pearly Gates. In fact, if you play well enough, you'll be widely admired.
- Once you learn to play one type of guitar you know how to play them all.
- Many of the best guitars in the world are completely designed and built in America. I mention this not to be chauvanistic, but because it's so rare to find high-quality, American-made consumer goods these days.
The one major drawback of guitars is that they aren't much good for photography--unless they're your subject, in which case they can be downright pretty. My question this week is how many of you reading this share my obsession. (I'll bet some of you can even identify the exact model of guitar in the photo above.) You can also earn a few points for loving other instruments, such as piano, viola, or trombone. No banjos, though. Banjos are unforgivable.