Although my duties as E-I-C pro tem of this august website take up quite a bit of my time, I still have space in the day to do a few other things. It would be nice, therefore, if you supported my other activities as
reluctantly fervently as you support my work here at TTAC. And here’s how: For the low, low price of $4.99 and/or $1,599, respectively, you can now buy a magazine and/or a brand-new custom guitar from the skunkworks of my mirror-bright creativity.
This month’s issue of Road&Track, reaching newsstands now, tells the heroic story of how I became the first American to stand on the podium at Sepang International Circuit last year and just happened to warm the hearts of a few young Malaysian ladies along the way. (Full disclosure: the latter part was edited out because it was, in the words of an anonymous editor, “pornographic tripe that almost certainly sprang entirely from that moron’s imagination.”) I think it’s a good story, and so does my dad, and he rarely approves of anything I do, so make sure to check it out. The issue for which you’ll be looking has an Alfa 4C on the cover, which is yet another reason to take it on your next plane trip.
If you’re a musician, or just want to look like one, you might be interested in another one of my side projects. Some years ago, I hired a fellow named Chris O’Dee to build a series of guitars for me. During one of our evening jam sessions, he showed me something that he’d built on a whim for a certain long-bearded Texan blues-rock musician. We took that basic design and refined it to create the MelodyBurner, an ash-bodied, no-frills “rat guitar”. It starts at $999 but if you want to play the same MelodyBurner that I do (why you’d want to do that, I’m not sure) you’ll want to opt for the PRS-style full rosewood neck and twin-humbucker layout that runs $1,599.
We just got a great review in this month’s issue of Vintage Guitar, which you can pick up while you’re at the bookstore buying your copy of Road&Track. You can find out more here. Contact us, mention TTAC, and, um, I’ll throw in a free set of Cobalt strings. I’d offer you more but frankly we’re not making a ton of money on these things. At least not yet. As soon as the waiting list exceeds twelve months (it’s at six and climbing right now) the price is going through the ceiling, I swear.