The Yamaha guitar, which I traded the Johnson which Scott gave me (along with $20) for, turned out to be very screwed up. When I tested it at the store, I checked the intonation at a certain point. It was missing a stringat that time.
I later strung it with the Elixirs, confident that a Yamaha would meet certain standards of quality. It probably would have, if there wasn't a slight bend in the neck of it. This didn't become evident until I had all the strings on it and tried to tune it up.
I was pretty depressed, and went back to the sleeping spot, and layed down. I didn't bother trying to play the streets. I kept getting up and taking the guitar out and trying out different things on it. It sounded awful. I went to sleep and woke up depressed. I at least had a plan of action, though.
This morning, I took the Yamaha back to The Friendly Pawn Shop, and told Tom about the problem. I asked him if he had anything else in the same price range, or, if I could carry a balance on some more expensive instrument.
I Get A Jasmine By Takamine
The thing played much better than the others.
I realised that the Elixirs were part of the problem, having been taken off of one guitar and then strung on another, and then another yet. I guess they need to settle into a certain pitch, and don't transplant well.
The tuning machines slip a bit on the Jasmine. This is probably why someone pawned it. It slips out of tune, especially on certain strings. I still have 4 tuning machines left from the set of six which I had to buy upon arriving in Mobile, whereupon one of mine broke.
My mission, now, is to go back to the pawn shop and borrow tools to put the 4 machines on the 4 worst strings. Hopefully a couple of them arent' slipping. I will know better after messing around with it some tonight.
I still need to see about replacing my glasses, that last thing keeping me from exploring New Orleans.
It has been a slow day. I have a slight cold. I still havent' eaten much in the past week. I had three banannas and a mango, along with a green vegetable drink today.