A fingerstyle guitarist dies and is quite please to find that he ends up standing before the pearly gates of Guitar Heaven. St. Peter shows him in, and gives him a guided tour.
“This is Chet Atkins room here…” says Peter, and the guitarist is saying “Wow! Chet Atkins!” “And this is Merle Travis’ room here and Marcel Dadi’s is over there…” and the Fingerstyle Guitarist is totally in awe.
Finally Peter shows the guitarist to his own room complete with a les paul double cut standard at Musicians friend. Before Peter leaves, he says to him, “I have to ask. Is Hedges here?” Peter shakes his head sadly and says “I’m afraid he needed to… spend time in Pergatory. But he’ll be along soon enough.”
The guitarist is disappointed but goes to his room and tries to get some sleep. He’s woken up in the middle of the night by someone playing – a Harp Guitar – and it sounds just like Michael. He presses his ear to the wall, and listens more closely. Someone in the next room was now playing… it can’t be …. a fingerstyle version of “Pinball Wizard”. The fingerstyle guitarist is confused as it sounds so much like Michael Hedges. The next day he tells Peter that he is almost certain that Hedges is in the next room.
Peter pulls him to one side, and whispers into his ear, “Shhh…. don’t tell anyone. That’s God. He thinks he’s Michael Hedges”