Just some thoughts:
You just don't take advantage of people. You just don't do that to your friends.
It is one of the rarest of guitars. A Martin B-45. They made less than one hundred of them.
Bottom line he needed money. Needed it badly. So he called up his old friend living in California at the time. "Hey I'm havin' a bit of some bad luck at this time would you consider buying my guitar?" He own one of the rarest of guitars ever made. He owned a Martin B-45 and it was said less than a hundred were ever made of them. His friend had a reputation of buying guitars and over the years he had quite a collection of guitars. He would buy them with one stipulation, " I will keep your guitar. I will not sell it and when you get on your feet and want it back call me." So the down and out picker sold his rare possession. The year was 1977 and he was paid $7500 for the guitar.
Roughly twenty years later the seller calls his old friend. "Hey any chance you might still have that guitar I sold you years ago?" No telling how many guitars this old friend had in his collection and sitting around his recording studio. Many. "Yes, I still have it."
Well now nearly twenty years had passed and the value of the old Martin guitar had vastly increased. It was now estimated to be worth six figures. Pretty good investment one might say. Hum, $7500 and now six figures. Hey what's the old line, "finders keepers losers weepers.?"The one time purchaser of the guitar (Vince Gill) returned the guitar to seller for his original price of $7500.
Bottom line: You just don't take advantage of others. You know there are some people whose word is good. They do what they say they will do.
"I'll keep that guitar and someday when you get on your feet you can come and get it for what you sold it to me for."
"The best portion of a good man's life are his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."
April 30, 2015