Here are some other nightmares that sometimes come to pass:
- You arrive at the hall with your guitar and as you are opening the stage door, it sticks and you break off your thumbnail! (Solution: always carry with you a ping pong ball, Swiss army knife, Krazy Glue and sandpaper for polishing. You just cut a half-moon slice out of the ping pong ball and glue it on top of your regular nail. Sand and polish, voila!)
- You open your case and discover that your 4th string has broken at the bridge. (Yes, this happens. Solution: have spare strings!)
- You are running up the stairs to backstage, trip and stumble into the bannister, breaking the neck of your guitar. (Solution: there is no solution. Don't run with scissors or guitars!)
- You are playing in the pit for an opera and for some reason the oboe gives an A to tune to that is way above A 440. You are not used to making big tuning changes when forty other people are tuning. (Solution: put your ear right up against the body of the guitar and do your best.)
- You open the case of your guitar and discover that the bridge has popped off:
Yep, sadly that happened to me Sunday morning. I just took her to my guitar builder/repair guy and he said she should be good as new in a couple of weeks. The glue just gave way, but there was no real damage.
Let me put up a piece I recorded on this guitar a number of years ago. Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albéniz: