Name: Ryan Surmik
City: Atlanta, GA
Instrument: Reverend Six Gun III
As it should, this story starts with a hunt for a Sonic Blue 60’s re-issue Stratocaster; moreover, trying to justify the expense of the American version. I was shop hopping with a friend from Used for Comparison, and he was enduring my hemming and hawing over why any particular Strat style guitar just didn’t feel right. So much so, that he sarcastically handed me a LTD GUS-200 (look it up).
I had never heard of Reverend Guitars, but the moment I pawed on the one we found, I had to have it. Of course, it was a tumultuous time and certainly wasn’t an opportune time for a new guitar. My wife was in school and working nights, so negotiations with her had gone cold. The guitar had a decent price, but it seemed out of my reach and was above my original budget. I had business in the area of the shop a week later, so I decided to go by and pay a conjugal visit to the Six Gun.
It was gone.
Even more importantly, negotiations had resumed and it seemed as if my wife wanted me to get one - just not until she graduated. She even sent me shopping to look for one. Now we flash forward post-graduation. I was working on a guitar pedal and I hear the plinking of a guitar. The kind of plinking that makes you think of Sonic Youth if no one was plugged in.
She had my attention.
She had my Six Gun.
This woman, who sent me on a wild goose chase, went to the shop and bought it the day after I tested it out. She did it on two hours of sleep, negotiated a lower price than I could, and kept it hidden for almost three weeks.
BEST. GIFT. EVER.