AA374298-0D25-4E36-9983-B80459D8AEF5 by Jimmy Owen posted May 16, 2018 at 3:58 PM It’s a 72 Goldtop Standard that I bought used at The Music Loft in Durham, NC, sometime around 76 or 77. Had to trade a Jr and borrow some coin from my best friend (I paid him back). I ate a lot of ramen for a while—I was working at minimum wage part time and gigging weekends. For around a decade, Goldie was my # 1, a perfect match for the blues/rock I was playing. I’d wanted a 68 Deluxe when I was a kid, but couldn’t mow enough lawns. So this guitar and I were sort of fated to be together. I wore the frets off it. And it also got heavier as I got older. I found myself reaching for my backup guitar (first a tele, then a bluesbird, then a strat). The case got dusty. Then I started gigging as an acoustic guitarist. I kept intending to get it refretted, but life intervened. Til last week, when I toted it to American Guitar Boutique in Phenix City, Alabama. Tim did a stellar job—it hasn’t played this well in decades. I was so stoked to get it back that I was shaking. My old band plays a reunion gig in late June. Guess which guitar is going? 4C766D2E-F547-4FF1-9180-9AC6FF31921C by Jimmy Owen posted May 16, 2018 at 3:59 PM Looks to be Raleigh’s “Free Advice” around 1980.