In light of my last post, I think it’s a perfect time to share the following exchange. This e-mail came in through my website last April. I know the response is a bit out of character for me, but I thought I’d have some fun with it. Unfortunately, the guy’s e-mail was invalid, so it got bounced back.
>From: Alex Skolnick Fan
>Sent: Apr 9, 2009 1:26 PM
>To: Alex Skolnick Fan
>Subject: AlexSkolnick.com email
>Yo Alex, Just saw you pushing Japanese guitars in the Guitar Center catalog. You are a piece of SHIT! Please encourage people to buy American. Thank you.
Hey dooshbag- my electric guitars are made by Heritage in Kalamazoo Michigan, in the old Gibson plant. They are as American as you can get and one of the only truly US manufactured guitars left. By playing Heritage, I’m choosing a small handcrafted American company over the bigger, American corporate guitar companies, that are making most of their models outside the US.
I play Yamaha because they make great acoustic guitars. Just ask James Taylor, Paul Simon and other seminal American artists who play them. I get the added benefits of working with a large, established company that balances out the fact that I’m endorsing a very small American company for my electric guitars. Yamaha, besides making quality instruments, is very open about the fact that its a Japanese company. Isn’t that better than choosing an ‘American’ guitar that was really built in Mexico, Korea or Japan?
If you’d done any research, you would have known this. Now who’s the piece of shit?