When I was about 14, I had a dear friend from youth group named Bill. Now Bill had multiple guitars that I drooled over even though I never plucked a string in my life. At long last, there came a day that Bill passed along one of his older guitars to me and I was off to the races!
It was a Harmony guitar with a Les Paul style body. This thing weighed a ton and the neck was like playing on sandpaper. One of the biggest memories I have of this guitar is that the pick ups were held in with duct tape. That’s right…DUCT TAPE!
Truth is, it wouldn’t have mattered to me if it was held together with plumbers putty. I just wanted to learn and play. Thanks to Bill’s generosity, I was able to do just that! It was on this guitar that I would learn how to play Iron Man, how to shape my chords, work on getting that pinky stronger (almost 30 years later and I’m still working on that one!).
After sticking with it for about a year, my folks upgraded me to a new Fender Squire. It was great but that Harmony with the Duct Tape will always hold a special place in my heart. At the time, I had no idea of the impact those little pieces of Duct Tape would have on me. That guitar and Bill’s act of kindness are some big reasons Mission Music exists today.
While we love Duct Tape here at Mission Music, our hope is that every child eager to learn can get an instrument with out needing it. Giving a used instrument new life and passing it along to a child in need is an amazing feeling….especially when you see the joy on their face!
So next time you recall an old beat up instrument, think about what it may be teaching. Or better yet…what it may be preparing you for!
That Duct Tape may just have a bigger mission than you think!
– Zach Greer, Co-Founder/President