Back to Basics When Repairing Guitars is Slow…

Posted by: Daniel R. Lehrman Posted in: Danny's Favs

Talk about coincidence. After writing the post It Sure Is Hard To Strike a Note After a Hard Day at Work…I realized that I resort to doing what I know how to do best when some income is needed. I am a mechanic by trade, as many of you know, a transmission mechanic by specialty. A shop owner too. That is even more fun!!!

Mr. Sweet Lover Boy.

Mr. Sweet Lover Boy.

Most of us bloggers don’t make much if any money at it, we blog because we love it. No government bailout for bloggers who don’t make any money, no stimulus packages either! Most visitors don’t understand that some of us are affiliates to bigger companies. If you click an advertisement or a text link that goes to a store or affiliate, when you buy something from one of the various stores we represent we get a small teensy amount of doe, just enough to operate a blog(if lots of people buy). It costs you absolutely no more money. FYI, most of us never make expenses that way. I just assume people don’t know how to use the adds or links, that is why I mention it. But using them helps support us.

To make ends meet I took on a nitty gritty witty assembly of a 1996 Harley Davidson “Road King” motorcycle. I have no idea how mechanical you are, but this is like a case on the Dr. Show “House”, it was as bad as it could get, no hope, he disassembled his motorcycle as far a possible. In my whole life this is probably one of the most disrespectful and ignorant dissassemblies of anything ever I have ever seen.

Red is my helper

Red is my helper

Sorry not to have a good picture of when I got this basket case.(I don’t want to remember anyway).

This motorcycle was fully taken apart by someone who knew nothing about being a mechanic. He had everything powder-coated, which means you literally have to take it apart all the way, like the factory, before the bike was built. Many components that are not suppose to be taken apart were, and nothing was marked. Since the bike is fuel injected from the factory it has an amazing and complicated electrical system and wiring harness. To make it much worse the wires were cut, none of the harnesses connector segments were taken apart at the connectors. Wow.

Enough trivia, he brought me a lot of boxes of powder-coated and some painted parts and a couple of bags of unmarked nuts, bolts and hardware. I bit a lot off, that is for sure, not to mention all the wrong new parts he brought with him, and all the trips I had to make to the Harley Davidson dealer, 40 miles round trip.

It is together now six months later and I’ll deliver it next Saturday. What a relief to be rid of this beauty. It is a beauty for sure. Well worth the work, now. I love building detailed things that have a personality. Like guitars, bikes and whatever comes along that fits my vibe.

It is a reminder that I never really left being a mechanic or wrench. It is in my blood. I know Buck and many others know exactly what I mean when I say my knees get sore from kneeling on them for many hours, or my back is killing me from stooping over this beast all day. My feet get tired from standing, my hands get tired from pulling wrenches and beating on things with a hammer, and having to squeeze various items very hard, and the over all worn out feeling from crawling on the floor and contorting my body to get into weird spots.

This brings me back to the point of this post, lots of evenings after working on this animal all afternoon (I gotta do my blogs first thing every morning) it took extra focus and desire to play the guitar. It is deja-vu in terms of being a full time mechanic shop owner. To say the least, my body and brain are drained by then. (note: Despite what anybody may think, mechanics are brainy people, don’t sell us short on the smarts or the intelligence thing.) I literally had to drag myself into the shower (ah, a nice warm shower for the joints), I also dragging my booty while helping make dinner and cleaning up, and had to really psyche myself up to grab my Stratocaster and get playing. Truthfully, picking up a guitar is very soothing and provokes a change in my attitude instantly. It is just a matter of forcing it a bit.

Being a mechanic is still fun for me, although I prefer not to be a professional anymore. There is nothing wrong with being a good mechanic. It is a good career and you can make a lot of money if you are good at it. But Guitar Players Center is my main vibe now. I hope to write so many quality blogs that you will feel compelled to sign up for a free subscription and to use our site as a portal to the affiliates we represent. Thanks & Enjoy.

7 Responses to Back to Basics When Repairing Guitars is Slow…

  1. Great article! Cute dog, where did he get those pajamas?

  2. He has a smoking jacket too!

  3. Funny how real life gets in the way! Glad you still like being a mechanic! (Can’t teach an old dog new trick!)

  4. Hey Danny its Brian or “B” from Rockshop.
    I tried the affiliate thing for a while after I got laid off. Im commenting because I like your blogs, and I just launched my own site http://brianwilliamson.net I launched my site to provide tech support to anyone who needs it on the Treasure Coast. Send me an email at my new address if you want to get together and play with Garage Band or anything else. Nice Hearing from you again.
    Brian
    brian@brianwilliamson.net

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  6. we can say that the stimulus package that were issued several years ago have been taking its effect now”*`

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