INSTRUMENTAL: NASCAR Edition

The Weazel Ball fell off the keyboard last time and broke so someone dumped a bucket of rum on me and forced me to drink frozen drinks until I finished this installment of Instrumental. Whenever I figure out which one of you bastards did it, there will be hell to pay.

This week we talk to David Berko about his uniquely decorated Giannini acoustic guitar.

What is the Make/Model?

This guitar is a Giannini that I purchased at my local villages pawn shop in Lodi. Lodi is a small village in upstate New York.

What is your history with the guitar?

Ten years ago I went to NASCAR race at Watkins Glen that was won by Tony Stewart. I was hooked. I started going to as many races I could afford which wasn’t many in the beginning. In 2008 my Great Aunt Petunia passed and left me enough money that I could, if I was frugal, follow all the races. That first year was life changing. Traveling with the RVers was something I would have never expected. The camaraderie once you’re accepted is like nothing else. It was around this time I got interested in playing guitar and writing folk music. So in the off-season, I went into the local pawn shop and purchased this guitar.

Why this one?

I was, in my opinion, the coolest one they had.

Any good war stories?

I wrote a song called “The Ballad of Cotton Priddy” who was a driver that died in a race at the Memphis-Arkansas Speedway in 1956. I had been playing for a few months and this was one I had played at most every stop and one night at Darlington I was signing this in the RV paddock to about 15 or 25 people and everyone was signing along. It was the most magical moment I had ever been a part of. I met my future wife Nancy-Jean that night, so I guess you could say this guitar is my most prized possession.