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Old 11-08-2019, 08:55 AM
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Every now and then I read posts from folks who sold a guitar, regretted it, hoped to buy it back, then one day are actually lucky enough to get the guitar back. Nice stories...but does that kinda stuff really happen. Well, apparently so. Because it just happened to me.

A few years ago I bought a beautiful new Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio from Music Villa. Very special guitars. The only new model that Ren designed during his years in Bozeman. Loved the guitar. Even named it “Lucy” in honor of B.B. King who died that year...and I usually never name guitars.

But at the time I had two other great guitars (a J-45 and CEO-7) so when I got an itch for a Taylor I traded the Songwriter to John Newsome (lead guitarist for The Casey Donahew Band) for his 712ce. Big mistake. I’ve owned more than 20 guitars and that Songwriter is the only one that I always regretted letting go. The proverbial “one that got away.” Even thought about calling John about selling it back to me...but never actually picked up the phone.

So periodically over the years I’d browse Reverb and AGF listings to see if any decent Songwriters were available. I was doing that this morning when suddenly I saw...Lucy! I knew it was her because John still had my “Lucy” custom TR cover on her. When I contacted John he was delighted and even knocked the price down considerably so Lucy could come home.

She should be here for her homecoming party Monday.

The fateful Reverb listing:
https://reverb.com/item/28895002-gib...o-2016-natural

The picture John sent me in 2016 when Lucy arrived. I suspect I’ll be smiling even bigger when she comes home...
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:59 AM
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I've sold and repurchased the same exact guitar on three occasions. Sometimes I wish we had some form of lending service that would allow us to ship off a guitar and then get it back six to eight months later...
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:04 AM
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Glad you got it back!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:25 AM
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That is a great story, Roy! Congrats!

Also, gives me hope that my "one that got away" might come back home one day!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:31 AM
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Wow, that’s inspiring. Congratulations!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:32 AM
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That's a classy looking guitar! Good job getting it back.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:37 AM
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Congrats! That’s an awesome story and a beautiful Gibson.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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Nice story Roy. That's a good looking Gibson.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:28 AM
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Beautiful! Glad she's coming home!
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:59 AM
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Good story and great that John cut you a break on the rebound.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:07 AM
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Great story, same thing happened to me over the summer. Horrible craigslist pics had me believing I was going to look at the same model I sold with regret, but ended up being the same exact guitar. I was thrilled and actually bought it back for less than I sold it for. I don't think it even got played. I opened up the front pocket and the new box of Elixer strings that I included in the sale were still in there. I will never let it go again.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:14 AM
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Love these Happy Endings RevRoy ! That's an awesome looking Songwriter. I very much regret letting 2 go and look for them all the time. Never say never, but unfortunately that's how it goes sometimes.
Glad you got yours back !
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:29 AM
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A few years back I bought an all mahogany Taylor 512-M from a guy who brought along a Guild D30 as well. He said, "I thought you might be interested in this one too". Well it sure was a beauty with it's arched-back maple back and maple sides and had the great strumming sound that I like, but, my mission was to buy the Taylor and I couldn't afford both guitars at the time. I often thought of that Guild over the years. About 4 years later I saw a D-30 for sale on Craigslist and it was the same guitar that I had looked at years earlier. It was for sale by the same guy and I told him that I felt lucky to get a second chance at that guitar and bought it from him. I have since done 3 more purchases and trades with the same guy.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:34 AM
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This is a guitar that I really love, more balanced and not as scooped as many rosewood dreadnaughts. Congratulations on getting your girl back, don’t let her go again or we will all be here to remind you of this.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:04 PM
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Good for you!
You are so-o-o fortunate. That is a beautiful guitar and Im sure it plays and sounds sweet. A Songwriter is one of my “bucket list” guitars.
Probably won’t happen, but ya’ never know.
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