We arrived in Bonus Aires last Sunday, and have basically taken this past week to get settled - well, and Mandi went to Lima for a few days (I have no idea how she does it). We bought things for the house at the Jumbo (kind of like a Lowe's), and learned how to use a washer/dryer machine. That can get complicated. Apparently, this crazy apparatus washes your clothes, then magically turns itself into a dryer and dries them? We have yet to see that cycle completed as our clothes have come out damp and clammy each time. I've always been wary of things that can't make up their minds - like restaurants that serve sushi and steak, and like Chinese take-out joints that serve pizza and subs, and now, like washer/dryer machines.
Every Argentine guitar I played either had a bend in the neck, or was built from cheap wood, or basically just wasn't a quality instrument. This was something that I never imagined I would find here, especially with the kind of music they're known for - tango, salsa, etc - I would've thought they'd make incredible acoustic instruments.
So finally, I met a guy in one of the shops who spoke English and was convinced I was in a famous American band (shot him down real quick by playing him my songs from my website...haha buddy...not in Pearl Jam am I!). And after a lengthy discussion, it turns out that American acoustic guitars were being so heavily imported here (because they're good), that the Argentine guitar makers got together and lobbied the government to place a ban on said importation to give themselves a chance at staying in business. Well, unfortunately for me, the ban went into effect a few years ago. Sooo...it's really hard to find a good acoustic guitar here - the local ones are a joke, and whatever imports are still left from a few years ago are hideously overpriced. Ahhhhh...what luck! I just wanted a cool local guitar!
So instead, I bought a Mexican-made Martin - blasphemous as it may be, I did it. And I love it! Traditionally, it is preferable to buy American-made Fenders, Martins, etc... These huge guitar companies usually make cheaper versions of their instruments in Mexico, or in rare cases, they'll do a line of Especial Editiones (that's mine). And since my Martin was made in Mexico (who cares), that's why they have it down here.
All that aside, I absolutely LOVE the guitar! I loved it from the second I picked it up, went home, though about it, went to sleep and woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it, went back to the shop, played it again, loved it even more, and bought it.
|Helloo (From America, Hecho en Mexico, Bought in Argentina) Guitar.|