It has been three weeks of quarantine now since a semi-lockdown was imposed by the government. How to cope with it? Easy! I have my own survival room. My well isolated sound bunker with toys for tone. The only virus here is GAS!
But dark clouds arise over my shelter. I am running out of stogies! My stash of cigars is running low and online sales of tobacco products is prohibited in Belgium. I’ll be playing the blues soon!
Oh dear! How do I tell my wife I bought a new guitar? Maybe I’ll buy two guitars!
In 1972 Cigar Master Ernesto Perez Carillo launched “la Gloria Cubana” in the United States. Later on these cigars hit the worldwide market under the brand “El Credito”. El Credito is a strong tasting cigar with complex aroma’s. Definitely not a cigar for beginners, be sure you grow a pair before you start smoking the El Credito series “R” (rated R – only adults?).
In 1968, Ernesto Perez Carillo fled from Cuba to Miami and started the cigar company and created some tasty cigars based on his personal taste in flavours. The brand name “la Gloria Cubana” was dropped due to trademark infringements and changed to “El Credito. In 1999 Ernesto Carillo Jr honoured his father by creating the “Series R”. By now these cigars are on the market for almost twenty years and they are loved by “experienced” cigar smokers all over the world.
Filler: Dominican/Nicaragua – Binder: Nicaragua – Wrapper: Ecuador
Every time I light up the Series R with the daphne blue cigar band I grab my Gretsch Anniversary G6118T. In 1958 Gretsch introduced the “Anniversary” model. Over the years the guitar underwent some changes but in 2018 the guys at Gretsch nailed it by combining old and new appointments creating a professional instrument for modern players. It has the trestle bracing, Filter-Tron pickups and a pinned rocking bar bridge. The Bigsby now has a string-through bridge so no more puzzling with the little pins and string balls as we used to do with the old style Bigsby.
The controls are changed too. No more “mud switch” (Who needs a mud switch?) just a pickup selector switch and four fancy chrome knobs with engraved Gretsch logo (volume pup1 – volume pup2 – tone – master volume). This instrument has a lot of brightness and volume. The G6118T sports a laminated maple body, a medium U-shaped neck with 12″ radius fretboard with pearloid thumbnail markers and 22 jumbo frets. The finish is a beautiful high gloss two-tone Iridium Silver/ Azure Metalic.
Azure is the color of the Caribbean sea, … Cuba, … and so we are back to cigars!
Best wishes for a happy 2019!
Beste wensen voor een gelukkig 2019!