In law school, I was a real masochist and tried to play a 12-string Gibson, which I found impossible to do anything with but strum, but that was okay: in college, that is, strumming had been good enuf when you were getting drunk with a bunch of friends....
Gibson '71 Blueridge 12 String (2007), by richardwitt74 at Flickr Commons
But I digress.
Just yesterday I received an email from Wylie Sheldon, a classmate at Stanford Law '66 who finger-picked on a six-string very well:
A Taylor 712 Acoustic Guitar (2010), by hz536n/George Taylor
The text of the email was:
"A musician named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines. Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom Taylor Guitar. During his final exchange with the United Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for YouTube exposing their lack of cooperation. The Manager responed: 'Good luck with that one pal.'
"So he posted a retaliatory video on YouTube. The video has since received over 6 million hits. United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video. Naturally his response was: 'Good luck with that one, pal.'
"Taylor guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has led to a sharp increase in orders."
Click here to view the video.