2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test


2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cargo Space for Guitars

June 3, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

I bought a guitar and I blame our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Okay, it was partially my fault. I wandered into Guitar Center, which was my first mistake. I know nothing about guitars, and I know even less about playing guitar. Fact is I'm tone deaf and my musical talent is limited to finger tapping on the steering wheel at red lights. After 44 years a man knows his limitations, and I have a better chance of playing shortstop for the New York Yankees than I have playing the intro to "Hot For Teacher."

But cool is cool, and guitars are cool. And I've always wanted one.

Until now I've resisted the urge. But Guitar Center is guitar Disneyland and just standing there amongst all the Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats I knew today was the day. Regardless of my wife's continuous eye rolling, today was the day.

Then the salesman walked over. "Interested in a guitar?"

I came clean immediately. "Just looking," I said. "I know nothing about guitars, can't play at all, but I kinda want one."

"Good for you," he said like a skilled salesman. "We have just the thing." And he walked me over to a box with big white letters on it: STOP DREAMING. START PLAYING. Inside the box was everything I would need to get this out of my system: an entry-level Fender guitar, an amp and an instructional DVD. Even a pick. $200.

I stood there begging myself to come up with a reason not to buy it. But all my usual excuses weren't working this time. My age. No time to play. No talent. Wife isn't into it. Kinda expensive.

In a last ditch effort to save myself I thought, "Big box. Might not fit in the car."

And then I realized I had driven there in our long-term Hyundai Santa Fe. Cargo space was not an issue. I was out of excuses.

"I'll take it."

Five days later I'm crudely plucking a one string version of "Smoke on the Water."

Next up, a surf board.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 21,155 miles

Comments

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Pretty good choice and price. Normally that starter pack goes for $250. Rock on.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    now this i want an update on. 6 mo's from now, are you still practicing?

  • spyderpa spyderpa Posts:

    Those Squier Strats sound good for the money. Hope you got it in the Sunburst color pictured on the box!

  • mrryte mrryte Posts:

    Do yourself a BIG favor-find a quality teacher ASAP. You can try to teach yourself; but you'll much further much faster with someone guiding you. I've had a guitar for almost 15 years and I'm just barely able to play a couple of songs on my own. And make a video a year from now to see how far you've progressed.

  • metalmania metalmania Posts:

    Good for you Scott, it's never too late to start! If finding a "real" teacher and the time to take lessons isn't practical for you, try the video game "Rocksmith". It teaches you how to play, I know some people who are using it and it's pretty good (I've been playing for 20+ years). Once you get some muscle memory developed and learn a few songs you actually like - you'll be hooked for life!

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