Arnold Nesis is on a mission to find the kind eBay seller who gave him his first guitar!
Nesis decided to learn guitar and wrote to several sellers asking if they could give him a guitar if they couldn't sell their lots. Remarkably, one man wrote back and not only agreed to give Nesis a guitar but also dropped a couple of hundred dollars in shipping to send it to the hopeful young man.
15 years later and Nesis is now a professional musician and is also determined to repay the favor paid to him so many years ago. From the description of his video:
" *** I AM TRYING TO FIND A PERSON WHO CHANGED MY LIFE ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO ***
(Please help share this story and photo if you can)
Back then, around 1999-2000, I was about 15 and had a dream of becoming a musician - a rock guitar player. Yet, at the time (it changed) my parents did not support this idea of mine, and didn't want to pay for lessons surely not an electric guitar.
So, I went to eBay and hoped to find someone nice. I sent messages to a few auctions for guitars that where about to end, saying "I am a poor boy from Israel who needs a guitar, and if you are not going to use this guitar and can't sell it, please send it to me". To my surprise, someone replied and sent me "Hi, I'm a Jew too. This is my present for you for Hanucha". He send the guitar all the way from U.S, and paid for the shipping as well... which was something like 200$.
12 years has gone by. I never sold the guitar, I just couldn’t, even when I needed the money. But I did become a musician. Today I am a guitar player, and mostly a composer for video games and films, and.. well... things are going well, as some of you might know. Not to sound too dramatic, but my dream from 12 years ago came true, and it's all thanks to this person. Looking back, I honestly don't know if I would be a musician today if it wasn't for this guitar.
Sadly, the computer I used then died, and I have lost his info. I don't know his name, address (I know he was from the U.S)... nothing accept the fact that he changed my life, helped to make my dream come true and that it's an "Ibanez X Explorer Destroyer" made in 1983
12 years later, I want to find him, and at least repay him for the guitar and the shipping, and talk to an awesome guy - show him what his gift to me did. I am hoping that this something facebook can help with, and what makes facebook a wonderful thing.
If you can, please share this photo of the guitar he sent me, maybe he is one of your friends!
Arnold Nesis (He probably knew me as Arik Nesis or Eric Nesis)"
Inscribed on the guitar was the name Bill Doran,and the internet has already tracked down a few who might be able to get Nesis on the right track.
Hopefully this story has a happy ending, and Nesis gets to thank the man who helped him live his dream!