Letter to the luthier

Peter Cox wrote back letting me know that Otto’s rosewood and red cedar.  I could already tell the back was maple, so now I know what Otto is made of.

Dear Peter,

Thanks.  I think the neck and back are maple and red cedar.

He has a name now, Otto.  I have customized it a little.  I put copper foil on the top as a pick guard (trying to make it look steampunky) which gives it a really interesting appearance, and I plan to paint the tailpiece bronze.

I have written many many songs on that instrument since I acquired it.

Maid of Tarth (pseudo trad folk from the Game of Thrones universe)
My Needle and I (contemporary style folk from the Game of Thrones universe)
Midnite Moving Co. Theme song for an imaginary TV show
Theo’s Theme – Character theme for that imaginary TV show
Grateful (standard issue folk song)
Margaritas on Wreck Beach (ersatz Mexican style folk song)
Lemming’s Twofer (a jug band style tribute song to the multi-instrumentalist Blind Lemming Chiffon)

With the possible exception of my first guitar, which was destroyed by my daughter’s suboptimal boyfriend some years ago, I have never loved an instrument more, and I can’t thank you enough for making it.

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Born when atmospheric carbon was 316 PPM. Settled on MST country since 1997. Parent, grandparent.

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