1 giffenf 6 months ago There was a guitar show at the fairgrounds in Orange County yesterday. Right next to it was a gun show. I have some amps to sell, so I thought, great, I'll take them down there, sell them, take the money over to the gun show and buy some guns (just kidding). Not kidding about selling the amps, really did have 3 little amps to sell, and had them strapped to a hand truck to facilitate walking the aisles with them.Got to the second aisle and saw someone selling a White Falcon that looked somehow familiar. Then I remembered a friend of mine had his Falcon stolen in July, and it had a decal on the front in the same place as this one. Went to his Facebook page to see if there was a picture of him with the guitar, and bingo! Same decal, in the same place. Took a couple pictures of the guitar and texted them to him, asking "Dude, is this your stolen Falcon?" "Yes!" was the response. So he put the wheels in motion to get his guitar back. Good deed done.Continued walking the show. Lots of cool yet overpriced stuff, even some Gretsches, like a Gretsch Bikini doubleneck for $3,600, a couple '50s Roundups, and some other old Gretsch stuff, a whole lot of beat-up Martins in sad shape, and for some reason, a whopping 4, count 'em 4 Gibson Super 400s. I did see something I'd always wanted to see, a Washburn Dreadnought Acoustic with a B-Bender on it. A friend in Nashville has one, and he can make it sing. My first efforts on this one were less successful. The seller offered to trade one of my amps for it, but I wasn't sure it was something I needed, or even wanted strongly.Then I stopped by the Eastman booth. They had a decent-sized booth with a good assortment of their archtop, semihollow, and flattop acoustic guitars. So of course I felt obliged to play them all. Coincidentally, I'd been looking at Eastmans a couple days prior in researching how a guitar with a 1.75" nut might be more comfortable for my left hand. But after trying a couple they had there like that, I concluded that 1-11/16" is actually better for me, go figure. And I have no shortage of hollowbodies that meet that requirement, so I had no reason to desire another one, especially a Chinese-made (albeit hand-made) archtop. But then...Steve the sales guy showed me the Varnished series. Not poly, not even nitro, but varnish, applied via French Polishing like their violins, and "aged" (sometimes called "relic'd") so they look well used, though not beat-up. I think relic'd guitars are silly. I wouldn't buy one (though admittedly, I did own a Fano "medium-distressed" guitar for a time). But the t58/v (the "/v" means it's varnished) doesn't feel like a relic'd guitar. It feels like an old guitar. An old guitar that plays and sounds great. Carved solid top, TVJ Classic pickups in dogear mounts (so you could, in theory, swap 'em out for a pair of P-90s, if you wanted to), a US-made Bigsby, and Gotoh hardware. All it needs is a Tru Arc, though that Gotoh tuna-matic did fine. And it sounds absolutely killer, just kinda hard to put down. And I didn't need it, so no need to, er, then this voice that sounded like mine asked "Did you say you'd make me a killer deal on it?" It was probably just a line, and hey, it's business, so whatever, but he said he'd give me artist pricing and consider me for becoming an Eastman artist, or some such thing. And of course, I don't need another guitar. But that didn't stop me. So it followed me home (it was an insanely good price). And I didn't sell any of the amps. craigslist/Reverb/ebay, here I come.