Friday 6/17/2005 ~ Hammer &
I missed last week's Friday afternoon
email special `cause I was hammerin'. (Not to be confused with
my state of mind on Friday evening after being out with Steve
It all goes back to last Thursday.
Or perhaps 1985...
If you've looked to your left
as you entered Pittsburgh Guitars over the last ten months you
might have noticed lots of old pictures. (I should take those
down, since they're from our 25th Anniversary last year... but we constantly
get new, out-of-town customers who enjoy them. Every day someone
comes in and says, "Is that the
Les Paul that Paul McCartney now owns?" or "Did
you really close Carson Street for a big block party with The
Spuds?" or "Were you really that young and thin?")
Anyway, besides how young and
thin (and handsome) we were, it's interesting to see the physical
development of the store. Since our move here in `85, we've continually
added more and more stuff into this relatively-finite space.
Our guitar hanging capabilities doubled ten years ago, during
an all-night liquid-nails and lag-bolt session, when the fabulous
Joey Murphy and I put up the slat wall. And since then we've
added instruments in both nooks AND crannies.
Well, last Thursday John-the-new-guy
and I were discussing the upcoming NAMM Show, and the new models
that will be introduced. I remarked, "I don't know how we're
gonna fit anything new in here, especially since we have the
biggest and best selection of used guitars that we've had in
years..." And J-t-n-g said, "Why don't we have a close-out
sale of discontinued models? And if you move those two center
islands over here, and put something bigger in the middle, we
can display more guitars!" And I said, "Fetch me my
hammer!" "Hand me those one-and-a-half by three-and-a-half
2X4s!" "Have you seen my saw?"
And forsooth, wood was sawn,
nails were driven, rug was lain... and behold, a new center island
was created. And it shall be called "Saleville."
So we now have even more guitars
available for your perusing! And on the newly charted Saleville
we now have a Close-out Section, featuring discontinued guitars,
amps, and pedals, plus a few scratch-and-dent models.
See you soon,
PS: Several folks wrote about
the PS in the last email special that listed different generations
of C.F. Martins:
C. F. Martin 1796 - 1873
C. F. Martin Jr. 1825 - 1888
C. F. Martin III 1894 - 1986
C. F. Martin IV 1955 -
The question was: What's up with
CF III being born six years after CF Jr died? Well, there was
actually another company president in there: Frank Henry Martin
(1866-1948).... son of Jr, dad of III. I didn't mention it last
week `cause sometimes I worry about the emails being too long...
PPS: This isn't related to anything,
but someone told me about it this week and I didn't believe it
until I tried it. Imagine that you're shopping at your favorite
store, Pittsburgh Guitars, and as you're carrying the three guitars
that you just bought out to the car, you accidentally lock your
keys in the car. However, you know that your wife/husband/roommate/other
is shopping at Z Gallerie down at the South Side Works, and they
have an extra key....
Did you know that if you call
them on your cell phone, and have them aim their key at their
cell phone while pushing the unlock button on the key... and
you aim your cell phone at the car, the door will unlock? Strange,
PPPS: Customer web site:
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
PPPPPS: OK, since my last email
(two hours ago) we received a nice letter from Paul.... He explained
that my PPS, regarding opening a locked car door with a signal
sent over a cell phone is, unfortunately, not scientifically
possible... We tried it here at the store, and it appeared to
work... the key "was" pushed in the basement, and the
car was across the street, but the "key" must have
still worked on it's own. The cell phone did not really factor
Sorry about the misinformation.
Perhaps the sawdust on my brain from my recent in-store construction
clouded my ability to conduct a proper experiment. Our semi-scientific
test was apparently too semi and not enough scientific. But,
hey, ask me a guitar question! I'll get that right!
Yours in technology,