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New guitar for Kristin Hersh

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, October 10th, 2008 ~ 8pm

This morning, musician Kristin Hersh asked her 6,000 fans if they could help her pay for her new guitar, which costs $3,800 that she doesn’t have. By this evening, she had enough for it. I’m guessing probably everyone sent in a dollar or two. PayPal takes a cut of each transaction (about 3% plus 30 cents), so, I sent $2 figuring she’ll get $1 and change.

I had no idea guitars cost that much, and, I had no idea her fans were so nice — though I’d have expected it, actually, if I’d thought about it.

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  1. bassist said,

    on October 11th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Guitars do not cost that much unless they’re overhyped or personalized. My suspicion is that it’s a custom guitar. I don’t know if she needs it, but I think the best players can play as well on a $100 stratocaster as they can on the most expensive axe.

    BTW, most guitars range between $300 and $800. If you get beyond 2K, it’s rarefied range.

  2. Will said,

    on October 11th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Yup it is custom. Not sure if she needs it because she’s small or what, but here’s the original letter:

    “Crackpot Idea of the Week: OK, so, Kristin’s been down to one acoustic guitar since 2004. This week, after playing it 2-3 hours a day, every day, the old girl gave out. She needs an overhaul, which she will get. In 2005, while enjoying a moment of prosperity, we ordered a new acoustic guitar from Collings. We thought it was just too risky for K to live with only one. It took 2 years for the guitar to be made and last year we were told it was finally ready. Let’s just say the timing couldn’t have been worse. We told the guys at Collings that we’d do our best to come up with the necessary cash and asked for their patience. They were very patient, but, well, it’s now been more than a year. The Collings guys want to put a new headstock on K’s guitar and sell it at retail. This is only natural, of course. They’re supposed to make guitars in exchange for money after all and they’ve been good sports so far. We’re prepared to give up on the guitar (even with K’s half-price deal they’re very expensive – Kristin’s will cost $3600 with shipping!), but before we give it up, I thought we might try something fun to save the day. There are about 6,000 of you that receive this Letter…”

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