The Crazy Suburban Mom: Mama luthier

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mama luthier

I don't think I've mentioned Mongo since I was car-less back in November. Oh Snap! and guess what? I haven't picked up Pandora yet.  Two days ago they called, she's fixed come get her but I'm not going.  My plan is to leave her there and as parts fall off they can put them back on and update me.


Every year when the family goes to the beach; I stay home to do a Jersey Shore declutter fest. Mongo used to go to the shore too but the last few years she hasn't gone so Ginger, Mongo and I hang together. This is a picture of Mongo and Ginger during the Declutter Fest of 2008.

mongo and ginger

Last Father's day, we went to pick up Mongo (she's my partner's mom)  for a family party but she was too ill to go. I told my family, go without me.  The day ended with Mongo and I tooling to the hospital in an ambulance and she's not been home since.

 It's been back and forth from  hospital to acute care facility for a year .  Everyone's tried to be there for her and not a day goes by without a visit from someone no matter where she is.  Everyone's done a lot but for many reasons my brother-in-law has really done a lot.  And his birthday is coming up.  

My kid wanted to do something really special for his Uncle and I won't be complaining about the guitar parts around anymore because he took this mess....

bens stuff3

Well, not that whole mess.

bens stuff3

Just this and turned it into something special for his Uncle
who has been talking about getting a bass guitar for years.

He added this..


and whatever this stuff is...


And he rewired it. Himself.  I know that because he showed me the wires, solder and electronics in the back. I started crying, Oh look at my baby's electronics and continued boo-hooing until he said, Geeze Ma.

 I thought I knew what these were but..


They are "expensive flatwound strings and
they produce a different sound"

Well, pardon me. 

And he added a doohickey at the top


and shined it up with um, guitarprenhernalia polish

and came out with this...



He explained everything to me.  All the work he put in to it. Why one  pick-up was wrong but those pick-ups were perfect and why he chose the flatwound strings.  Why it's got this pot instead of that pot.  And now that I'm thinking of it, I didn't see any pots, but okay.  Pots must be one thing on a guitar and quite another on a stove.... And something about linebackers... Or humbackers. Or somebuckers.

I couldn't be any prouder of him even if I had known what the heck he was talking about.


Vonlipi 5/14/10, 8:28 AM  

Oh my, oh my! You must be proud as a peacock!

Isn't an amazing feeling when they make us proud?

Lynette 5/14/10, 8:33 AM  

they grow up
and we are so sad

til we break out the margaritas

J Sedai 5/14/10, 8:33 AM  

what ever it is, it's shiny (who doesn't love shiny) and pretty, and I'm sure it sounds lovely in the right hands!

Russ 5/14/10, 8:56 AM  

WoW! What a great job he did. A very talented young man. And yes, you should be very proud.

Anonymous,  5/14/10, 11:44 AM  

Proud of him on so many levels - You done good!And so did he!

Maureen 5/14/10, 11:58 AM thoughtful!

Babes Mami 5/14/10, 9:28 PM  

That is so very sweet and adorable I can't even stand it! How proud are you of him??? I hope I raise mine half as well as you have yours!

Lin 5/14/10, 10:51 PM  

Wow. That he DID that and COULD do that is amazing! Good kid you got there, pally. :) I love when they do something good like that.

Hope Mongo is feeling better soon!

imelda 5/15/10, 12:05 AM  

u have an amazing kid out there indeed

Janiss 5/15/10, 3:33 AM  

Oh wow... that gift is beyond thoughtful! The best part is the love he put into making it. Trust me, with a musical instrument, it makes a difference. BTW, that "doohickey"? It's for the strap. The pots and humbuckers (or whatever) and pickups are the important parts. And no, I have no idea what they do either.

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