Growing Up In Style (Musically)

This is her first choice.
This is her first choice.

Our girl is moving up to a full-scale guitar. It’s a big deal, because she has been playing on her Squire Mini since she was 6. She still loves the Mini, but recognizes she has evolved beyond the tiny guitar. She’s growing up.

And what a way to grow! Because Lenore is using her own money for this purchase, my husband and I gave her a limit of $400. She’s nine years old…that’s not a bad price range for a kid. If she wants to upgrade in a few years, she can do so with our blessings (and her own money)–but we had to cap it.

Laying down the cash from her "Hello Kitty" wallet.
Laying down the cash from her “Hello Kitty” wallet.

I have to admit I love her choice. This is a 1960’s Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster in Surf Green. It has Duncan Lipstick Pick-Ups and this fun Vintage Style Tremolo. It’s gorgeous and sounds great! We checked around some online forums to read reviews of this choice. The general consensus is this is a decent guitar for its price-points. That’s a relief.

Lenore played several guitars before settling on this one. There were some that were glittery red, and others were soft pink. She saw some that looked like they were owned by Big Hair Bands from the ’80’s. They were very cool! But in the end, she wanted a vintage 60’s vibe. I was surprised…but I like it.

Plugging into the big amps is always fun.
Plugging into the big amps is always fun.

There are already plans to swap out the plastic control knobs for something more interesting, and you can bet she wants a tiny 8 Ball topper for the end of the tremolo.

In the end, I’m just proud of her. Lenore worked like crazy for this, and she deserves it. Yeah….she’s growing up but she’s doing so in style.

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