Ruthie Collins


I live the dream, singing and writing songs in Nashville. My favorite things (besides music) are thrifting, DIY projects, wine, puppies, and anything vintage.

Gibson Gonna Bankrupt ME

Gibson Gonna Bankrupt ME


Well yesterday was a weird day. It started out SO incredibly exciting and then fell flat for sure. 

See, yesterday, my guy THIS GUY, surprised me with my dream guitar. LITERALLY. I have wanted a Gibson J-200 for as long as I can remember. I actually put off buying a decent guitar for years thinking I'd play my crappy one until I could save up for the J-200. (Still over here saving...) It's the Emmylou Harris guitar also, which is the icing on the cake for a die hard fan girl like me!

So this was HUGE. The smile on my face as he was unwrapping the box was unreal. I was already in tears. (We got a GREAT deal from a friend who worked for Gibson so it was shipped in from Austin.... you know where this is going right?)

(And speaking of worked for Gibson in the past tense, can you believe they filed bankruptcy? We're talking the maker of the premier guitars in the world? Here's an article to get you up to speed on that!)

Anyway, as soon as Rick opened the guitar case I could tell something was wrong. The neck was odd looking. Sunken in. He pulled it out flipped it over and...


Yup. Broken Headstock. WHYYYYYYYYY??????!!!!!!! The box was pretty beat up so I guess we have Fed Ex to thank for that?

Poor thing, Rick was SO disappointed. This was not the dream surprise he had in mind. I told him again and again that it didn't change how sweet of a gift it was, that it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for me. But I know he was so sad about it.

We deliberated all day on what to do. We could send it back to the guy and get our money back. Or pay $300-400 to get it fixed and pray it never happens again.

In the end we decided to keep it. We'll never find a deal that good on this guitar ever again, (J-200's are the Cadillac's of Gibson's) and after all, it is the dream. Sometimes your dreams just need a little love and extra TLC to get them on track. And I love that we're giving this beautiful girl new life. I just can't wait to play her!!!! And what a guy Rick Brantley is huh? πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

Have you guys ever had a big happy moment go sour like this? How did you handle it? And if you like this post please comment and share it on facebook or twitter! It would mean the world to me!

All my πŸ’–,


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