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Hi Rick-

I bought one of your early dreadnaught Paradise Valley guitars in September 1992 at Stringed Instrument Division in Missoula, MT.

I have loved this guitar since the day I saw it hanging in the store at Stringed, with a $900 price tag.  I was drawn to the wood "PV" inlay on the headstock, and the booming sound.  I wasn't shopping for a guitar, just driving through town on the way back to Santa Cruz.  So I didn't buy it.  But my car needed new tires, so the next day I dropped the car off at the tire shop nearby and walked to Stringed to check out the cool PV guitar again.  There was a pot bellied pig in the store, someones pet.  The price on the PV had been dropped from $900 to $700.  I had to have it, and I picked up the guitar for $680, Martin case included.  This is my best and favorite guitar, leaving my 60's Martins hanging on the wall as mere artwork.

This guitar is a cannon.  Everyone who plays it is floored.  People have asked to buy it.  One of my best friends covets it, and asked that he be included in my Will, with the guitar going to him.

I have always wanted to buy another one of your guitars.  I called your house a couple of times (20 years ago), but your son indicated there were no guitars for sale at the time.  I googled your name yesterday, saw your YouTube video, found your website, and now I am typing this email.

Do you have guitars currently for sale?  I like the White Pine / Paradise Butternut guitar.  If you only build custom guitars, I would love to work with you.  Please give me an idea on prices.  I expect they have increased somewhat from $900 :-)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers, -Dan Freeman

1992 PV guitarOriginal Document

 
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