A dream come true
kiwicop on 07/17/2006
December 1980, my first KISS concert at Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. Later that night I have a dream that KISS was looking for a 3rd guitarist, and despite only knowing two chords, I got the gig. Better than that Ace taught me how to play all of KISS\'s sons in one night and I got to design my owm makeup and character!
Late 2003, by now I can play a few more chords, and even a couple of KISS songs. I walk towards my local guitar shop and in the window is an Epiphone Les Paul Ace Frehely signature 3 pickup guitar. The price? NZ $2,000 (about US $1400 at the then exchange rate), too much for me to justify.
Over then next 2 years, every time I go into the store I am looking for that guitar, and every time it is moved I fear that it has been sold to someone else. I even get the opportunity to plug it into an amp and play it a couple of times as well as many unpluged strums. It gets to the point that the store owners and staff ask me every few weeks if I am ready to pick up \"my\" guitar and take it home.
Two months ago Dom, the store owner, tells me that the guitar is going to be specialed for their guitar month in July, and I ask him to give me a call when the price is determined and for the right of first refusal, wondering how I could hide it from my eagle eyed wife.
Two weeks ago the phone rings, and it\'s Dom. He tells me that \"my\" guitar is going on the floor speacialed at NZ $1400 ( now about US $900) I say just one word \"Sold\".
For the next few days I worry about how I am going to raise the subject with my wife. Finally I get up the courage to tell her about this \"lifetime\" offer. The only comment is \"If you get it then I want new drapes in the dining room and lounge\".
Last Friday (14th July) I made my now regular treck into the guitar store, only this time I carried out a box with the Epiphone logo on the side and a very special giutar all packaged up. It has now taken pride of place on my wall mounted guitar rack, and the KISS Originals song book has been resurected to learn the first 3 albums songs.