Why an Atomic Pink Guitar?

I’ve just recently (very recently!) decided to learn to play an instrument. Although I spent a few weeks slogging away at my husband’s keyboard, and although I love the sound of a piano (along with the 200 other instruments his keyboard can mimic), it just wasn’t doing it for me. I don’t really know why.

Electric guitar, on the other hand, has always driven me crazy. I love the sound of acoustic guitar, don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing like an electric guitar to send my senses into a frenzy. Just to tell you how bad it is — I named my son, Eric, after guitar god Eric Clapton!

So, Hendrix,Clapton, Santana, BB King, Pete Townsend’s wild windmilling style … the list goes on forever. It’s mostly guys, but that’s not my problem. My problem is finding a guitar that fits me (and not the average hulking guy-type), and that looks cool (since cool is definitely part of what an electric guitar is all about!).

Days of Internet searching later, I’ve come across a site that focuses on guitars for girls. Awesome! Many of them are aimed at the average purple-loving 9 year old, but there are many more just downright COOL-looking guitars there. So which one?

This is not a ridiculous, or trivial question. Unlike with other musical instruments, which basically all look the same as every other instrument of that type (e.g. a horn is a horn is a horn. Ditto for pianos, except for Elton John’s, of course!) — a guitar is a reflection of the person playing it. So the right one is important. Not only must it sound right,¬†you also have to love the way it looks so you’ll love playing it — even through all those horrible “dull” periods of practice.

So, after much comparison shopping and soul-searching, I decided to give into my inner “girly-girl” and get a cosmically sparkly atomic pink guitar. In its own gorgeous way it somehow combines the rockin’ energy of all my guy guitar heroes with the flat-out declaration that a “girl guitar” can be cool too.

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