||Telecaster in Failed Suicide Bid
In the early hours of one Sunday morning in October, a Fender Telecaster guitar attempted to commit suicide.
"It has been very depressed lately and hasn’t been playing well," said his owner, Pete Perry, "so I guess it just decided it couldn’t take any more"
Pete was the guitarist and vocalist for his own country group called The Pete Perry Sound. He was driving home from a gig at approximately 12.30 am and was doing about 70mph on the A55 Expressway near Colwyn Bay.
"Suddenly the back door of my Astra van started to open," he told us. "You can imagine the panic, my van was full of gear and my Telecaster was sitting on top. This wasn’t the normal practice cos’ I had the wife with me so my guitar had to lose its seat."
Unfortunately for the Telecaster, but fortunately for Pete, it was in a Hiscox case. As the back door opened, the guitar leapt from the van. Pete immediately slowed down and pulled to the side of the road. The guitar, in its case was hit by the front wheel of a following van which sent it sliding across the road into the crash barrier.
This was witnessed by Pete and his wife, together with three other people in the van with them. "We all ran to the case," said Pete, "there was a split on top of it because of the impact, but nothing else except scratches. I opened the case and there was my Telecaster without a mark on it and it was actually still in tune."
"I bought this case at Kingfisher Music in Fleet," he continued, "and have had it for eight years now. It has to be the best buy I have made."
A spokesman for the company said, "Because of the high quality of our products, many people perceive our cases to be expensive, but in fact, they are very competitively priced and offer a level of protection no other case in their class can match, as this incident shows, and with an exceptional Guarantee they represent unbeatable value for money."
Pete sent this story to the Guitarist magazine, but they decided not to run it. We’re very glad he told us.