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Giving Your Gear a Facelift

Zack Messick from Re-Education CampContributed by Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. Their album Psyop’s Boombox is available on iTunes.

Every musician remembers their first instrument. Some got it for a birthday, others for Christmas, or maybe it was purchased with money save up from a summer job. No matter how the instrument came to be owned, it holds a special place in the heart of the owner.

I remember my first bass. It was Christmas, and I was 12. After we had all opened our presents, there was a note that led me to the closet. When I opened the door, there was a brand new Squier P-Bass in cherry red with a white pickguard. It was beautiful.

The trouble is, that a lot of times a starter instrument is cheaper and lower quality. As a musician progresses, sometime they need more versatility or a different sound. Unfortunately, this often means that the first instrument gets traded in, or left forgotten in a closet.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. My first P-bass is still my primary instrument. Now it is nothing like it was when I first got it. In fact, the only thing still original about that bass is the body itself. But it’s soul is still there. Continue reading Giving Your Gear a Facelift