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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.
The snow has finally gone so it was time to play on the back porch this week-end...
Had me one of these back in the '60s. Ernie Ball was one of my teachers
I wouldn't mind having another one, but they are almost as expensive as a pedal steel or a good used motorcycle.
Just found this, and since it's kind of a crappy day (tax man day in Canada, and we're dealing with THIS)
this is just what I need to cheer me up a bit.
(I should probably be attending the 12 step group for GAS sufferers, but this is more fun)
I'm pretty folky, but here is my electric rig of many years - Ernie Ball Silhouette (1990) and 2X10 Fender Concert (about 1980).
I should get rid of the amp - it weighs a ton - but I love the sound.
And my go-to acoustic. Collings D1A. This has been my dream guitar for years and I finally sold enough other gear to buy one. It is amazing!
I feel better already - back to the tax return!
Just got in a shipment of Slatocasters. Call my shop to place you're order before they run out!!
Do they come in sunburst?
Sorry, just natural at this point. Next year they will be offering a limited edition Shipping Pallet Brown. We're currently taking deposits on those.
Looks like a DIY kit. I'm sure out of frame there is a box full of 'extra' parts.
You could call the band " Chip and the Splinters"
As I said, I sold a bunch of gear, so you have to buy new stuff - right?
I was playing a National Radiotone, that I like but found a bit "banjo-ey" (if that's a word) sounding. My local dealer offered me a fantasic deal on this National M-1 that I had been playing in the store every time I went in. Couldn't resist
The combination of wood and tri-cone makes for a warmer, more complex sound and I'm finding it's great to play finger style in regular tuning as well as open tuned slide.
(and even my wife likes the sound of this one)
It is nice when the wife likes what we are doing....I really don't play anything....I just kind of noodle around....she will say what is that it sounded nice...I don't know I just made it up.....This is the same woman that said I did not need another guitar....you have one at home that looks just like it....but honey this one has P90's in it.....what is a P90 she asks.....well it will sound different.....another customer standing there said....it is a little hard to explain.
After 55 years of buying and playing (god - you'd think I'd get better!) I realize I've got to make sure each one looks and sounds completely different from the others - makes the "why do you need that?" question a little easier to answer
So, here's my other resonator guitar - Donmo 12 string tri-cone galvanized - from Don Morrison in Adelaide AUS - can't get much more different than that!
Here's what it sounds like (she doesn't like this one much )
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My wife plays a Taylor, so I don't have that problem.
Man, I want a National Reso soooooooo bad!!!!!
There's nothing like 'em IMHO. And although lots of folks love the old ones, I think the new ones are made better and often sound better. I know people who have spent 000's to get a 30's Style O or Triolian to play properly (they are cool though).
Here's what my now sold Radiotone sounds like:
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And the new M-1 (not much of a recording - I think this was it's second day with me )
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Maybe not what you guys are into, but I've been wanting one of these:
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That's very cool. Interestingly we have two dealers in town here. One is also the National dealer and they have the National Reso-electric in the store, so I've played that. I think this Airline sounds better. I must have a word with The Acoustic Music Shop (good guys).
I almost bought one of these Beltona's (speaking of plastic guitars), but it just got too complicated.
Their reso-electric has more resonator punch to it.
I am going to have to look into one of those.
One of my favourite things - custom built all koa 12 string in J-200 shape, made by my friend and local luthier Andy Nicoll. It has a "Peace" theme, With "Wage Peace" from the Judyth Hill poem in mammoth ivory around the sound hole, and the Picasso dove on the headstock in abalone. Steinberger tuners work great but are a PIA to change strings. It sounds amazing.
Here's the poem that inspired the theme.
by Judyth Hill, September 11, 2001
Wage Peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists
and breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Play music, memorize the words for thank you in 3 languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
as the outbreath of beauty
or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Never has the word seemed so fresh and precious:
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Don't really play the bass, but I bought this Yamaha to use in my home studio. But it was UGLY (IMHO). I've always like the Seafoam Green Fender colour so tried my hand at a re-finish using automotive 2 part epoxy paint, and a nice piece of curly poplar (I think) for the headstock. It was fun and looks (meh) OK - burst spraying is tricky!
Since we all here love guitars, check out these two kids. One is 18 the other 19 when this was recorded.