Introducing Another Other Other Other Other Other Other Woman

Herein lies a tale.

I’ve told you about my other women, by which I mean my guitars (it’s what my lovely wife calls them). I love them all equally, and play whenever I can. 

Now, you know I love my Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster. She’s a beaut. Plays like butter, and she twangs and sustains like all get out. That was me happy.

Still, for years, in the back of my mind I’ve also eyed the Classic Vibe 50 Stratocaster (2-colour burst with maple neck).

Look at all the MAJESTY.

However, because I’m silly, I never pulled the trigger. I stalked it and watched as the price would jump to double as stock would deplete and secondary sellers looked to capitalize. 

Turns out, the Classic Vibe series, as I knew it, was ending after years of awesome. My 50s Strat was out of stock and unlikely to return. They had other series, but it wasn’t the same. 

Digging around, I found one left in Ontario, through Long & McQuade. I ordered it. It arrived very quickly, but it was the incorrect guitar! They’d sent a Classic Vibe 60s Strat in 3-colour burst with rosewood neck. It’d had the sales tag of my guitar, but attached to the wrong guitar!

A very nice guitar, indeed, but not the one I ordered!

The dude at L&M found one left in Charlottetown, PEI and ordered it in. Staff there said it had a slight blemish in the finish but we could have a look when it got in, decide then. It took two weeks to arrive. 

This time it was the right guitar, and I watched as it was removed from a Gretsch box (used for shipping only!), and it’s glorious. It called to me the minute I laid eyes on it. I played it in-store, on the exact same amp as I have at home, and it’s so sweet. It’s exactly what you want from a Strat and, not unlike the Tele, plays like the $2000 Fender Strat for a fraction of the price. And, like the Tele, it’s true to 50s spec.* This series is so damn perfect. 

The blemish in the finish is a truly wee little nick on the underside of the body. Obviously someone bonked it while trying it out in the store. Totally liveable, not even visible, not a dealbreaker. Otherwise, there’s not a mark on her. The guy at L&M even broke out the guitar polish and showed her some love before I played it. 

I’ve named her Charlotte.




  • Alder body with gloss polyester finish
  • 1-Piece Maple, Modern C Shape neck, 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard and 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 3 Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Staggered, AlNiCo 3 Magnet Pole Pieces and Aged White Covers
  • Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo. Nut Width: 1.650 inches(42 mm)
  • Master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch

15 thoughts on “Introducing Another Other Other Other Other Other Other Woman

  1. 2loud2oldmusic says:

    Charlotte is a great name for such a beauty. Plus, I live in Charlotte so that name is even better. I can see why your wife is jealous your hands all over another woman!!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks! Well, it seemed a natural, given it came to me from Charlottetown (if it had come from your town, that would also have been a natural!). But it also just suits her, somehow. My lovely wife isn’t jealous of my hands fondling the guitars, though she might eventually question how much time I spend with them!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks Deke! She is indeed gorgeous. Haha solo album, indeed. So low you can’t hear me!

      Mr. Books Cooks is a great title. The twang would be the Tele, I’d say. This one… well, this one sounds like every rock album you ever heard, thanks to the ubiquitous Strat-ness!

      Also, you’ll be proud to know that I actually heard your voice in my head while I was in the shoppe and I bought a damn strap to go with it. Thanks, brother!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks, and I agree! Plays smooth indeed, in fact when my lovely wife got home from work and it was time to get on with supper and the rest of our evening, I had trouble unplugging and setting the thing down!

      I’ve never owned a Strat body guitar before, never had a guitar with three pickups and a five-way selector switch. The combonations are endless, and it makes it even more true that you can set the amp for sound and then control everything else right from the guitar! Incredible stuff. Shame I waited this long in my life to have one. Ah well.

      Also: I was thinking Charlotte could also be Charlotte The Harlot, if she wanted. I mean, surely one of the Maiden boys played a guitar that looked like this on the track!

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