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Hollowbody & Jazz Series / An old friend
« on: May 20, 2010, 07:22:19 PM »
If you think good thoughts and listen to your voices, good things just might come your way.

I went through the recent Madoff Era, the same way as a lot of us.  Watched the plan of having the sale of the house, underwrite my impending retirement, go up in smoke, as one straw after another was laid across the camels back.  Almost lost the house altogether to foreclosure.  Was lucky to walk away with any money at all.

At the start, I was groovin' along, with a number of acoustic and electric guitars.  Resonators and autoharps and mandolins.  Life was good.  

First to go was the US Strat, then the resonator.  After a bit, I watched the 61 Martin 016-NY go, then the pre-war Martin Ukelele.  Next up was the Hollow body J6 Montgomery, followed by the HB-32DM.  Some time passed and I sold the 66 Guild D40.  While the guy was at the house, I asked him if he knew of anyone who wanted a killer D28-12 by washburn?  He gave me $150 and I took it.  The rosewood buttons [by dreadman] were worth $50.

I am down to the J28-SCEDL and a retail promotion for Rolling Rock Beer, made by Fender in Indonesia.  Headstock says Squier Stratocaster and it has one humbucking PU and a volume knob.  

Out of the blue, I receive a stipend from a family estate that I did not know existed and the boogeyman started to fade from the picture.

Did some investigating and tried to remember this one guy's first name.  The guy who bought my J6 Montgomery.  I knew he worked for the county in some engineering facet.  Forgot which branch of the county he was involved in.  Drove around town, to county buildings that I knew about, trying to get a feel for the address.  Finally, a few stray memories came together and I was able to locate the building.

Turned out that I had his first name wrong and He was an Alex and not a Larry.  The receptionist dialed his cell and I was talking to him about guitars.

Went to his house today and got my J6 Montgomery.  He took good care of it and I have back the one guitar that I said I would never sell.  If times get hard for me again, This one stays.

Now to get rid of that W tailpiece.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Influences
« on: April 16, 2010, 11:00:22 PM »
Hello folks,

Years ago, I got caught up listening to an interview with Paul Simon as he was explaining how he heard a cassette tape of some South African music and how it burned itself into him.  He then went on a musical jouney that took him to Capetown and Western Africa, tracking down this insidious sound.

He put out that albun about going to Graceland and it featured all these african guys and their playing.  

That album, in its turn, forced me to do a little digging to try and learn about this fantastic form of music that is called, Souskous.

It comes with a whole history that I am not able to expound on here.  But it includes some lead guitar playing that is not heard in any other style.

I find it to be extremely listenable and get up and dance, y'all,,,

Also, in being interested in this way, I was always trying to find it's influences in todays music.  The only place I heard a slight reference was in something done by Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac.  I do not remember the name of the song, but it was a mid tempo thing that Christine McVie, wrote.

Anyway, I believe that I am the only guy I know who has a couple of CDs of various souskous musicians, playing this infectious music.

I think it is worth a google for an inquiring mind,,,,


Hello folks,,

Looks like some new paint on the walls,,,,,

Anyway, this is mostly for Pike and/or anyone with one of those books that has pricing in it.

1988 Washburn D28-12N.  Rosewood back and sides, 3 piece back.  Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard.  Comes with a set of those Custom Dreadman Rosewood tuning buttons.  OHSC and everything in excellent condition.  I have to sell it and have a couple of people interested and do not want to make any errors.

Thanks ahead,,



Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Resonator
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:42:10 PM »
Hello folks,,

I am selling my 2000 Johnson, Tri-Cone, Resonator Guitar.  It is a round neck and comes with a few upgrades.

Mushroom Mod, where the middle sound post was removed, to free up more space on the back for projection.  Can be put back to normal in five minutes.

Maple/Ebony saddle to replace the popsicle stick that came stock.  Including a couple more blanks and some Nut blanks purchased from Beard Guitars.

Bob Brozman 3 DVD collection on Bottleneck Guitar.  $80.00 value.

The guitar is in perfect condition and I have done all the hard work of tracking down and fixing a terminal buzz that was driving me crazy.  Comes with a gig bag.  I am looking for $350.00 plus S/H.

Here are a few pics,,  Steve

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / slide comparison
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:27:23 PM »

Hello folks,

Thanks to Evenkeel, and his guitar comparison thread, I thought that a comparison of slide material on the same guitar would be of benefit.  

I am in no way an expert on this stuff.  Some of the recording is pretty much straight forward, but I do find a way of angling the guitar body away from the sweet spot.  I just thought that some of the sliders, that are starting out, could use the info of my prior purchases and or mistakes.



Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Martin-Guild-Washburn
« on: January 24, 2009, 03:37:58 PM »

Hey Keel,,

I could not resist your thread of comparing different guitars.  Here are my acoustics.  Recorded with Shure 57 into a Zoom MRS8.  Different strings and guages come into play.  Also, the inadequacies of the recording engineer.  

News:  I went back into the recorder and re-did the samples.  They are louder now and hopefully will show some differences.  Truthfully, I find the nuances on the small side.  I could be wrong.

Also, I just cannot play anything, the same way, twice.

Great idea,,,,,


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Washburn tune
« on: January 03, 2009, 06:29:58 PM »

Hello folks,,,

Decided to share some washburn guitars on a little tune of mine.  J28SCDL accoustic guitar right and left side.  D28-12 [87] in the middle and HB-32 BSG over the top.

Recorded on the Zoom MRS8 and utilized one of the patch guitar effects for the electric part.  Forgot what it is called.  No amphs used in this one.

I am not sure if I like the sound of my fingernails on the pick attack, but, since I cannot do it another way,,,I'm kinda stuck.

Hope you like it.  I call it bumpin cause it seems to,,,,,



Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / washburn guitars
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:44:08 PM »

Here are a couple of tunes done with washburn guitars.  After hanging around with some of the forum guys a while back, I decided to get one of those little Zoom recording machines.  Difficult to get to know but getting more fun every day.

Not sure which one is which by looking at the link, but, one is an original with the J28, the D28-12N and the J-6.

The other is a cover of an old Neil Young tune off of the first album with the J28, the D28-12N and the HB32 BSG.

The little recorder helps justify having 9 guitars.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / New Folks
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:06:22 PM »
Who is J. Walter?

Just what is going on???


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / guitars
« on: February 11, 2008, 01:31:02 PM »
Hey there Dread,,

Have you got any news on that dreadnaught that you were building?

I am also interested on how that refurbish on the HB30 came out?


Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins / differences
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:18:03 PM »
Hello folks,,,

I would like to know what you folks think are the reasons for owning and F style ove an A style mandolin?

Granted, that Sam Bush and Bill Monroe do not play A style mandos.


Are F styles easier to play or do they sound better?  Do they just feel better?

Need to know,,,,


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / intonation
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:07:47 PM »
Hello folks,,

Just looking for a little back up advice on some things that I may already know or have read here,,,

Living in a place where the relative humidity can change drastically in days, I find myself constantly having to tune up the guitars.  Once the summer comes and the AC turns on, I do not have these problems.

I do not remember what the conditions were like when I did the primary set up on my guitar.  Temp and humidity.  I found that the guitar was in pretty good shape.  I changed the saddle to bone and did the sanding.  It came compensated from Bob Colossi.

Question:  During the winter, when the temp is low enough to open the house but still containing swings in humidity, I have been noticing that the J28 is sounding a tad bit out of tune.  

Tune it up with the Korg CA-30 and it does not sound right.  Check the open E string on the tuner.  Check the harmonic at the 12th fret and it matches.  Check the note on the 12th fret and it is sharp.

Fairly consistent across the strings.

I have yet to check the action to see if it has risen.  Before I do that, I just wanted to ask a few of the players here if they think that it is just a minor truss rod tweak?

I do not have the wherewithall to keep the guitars in a perfect situation all year round.  Just wanting to confirm or refute my idea.



Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Charity
« on: January 06, 2008, 05:28:20 PM »
Hey there Dread,,,

I was just wondering what finally happened with the Tuner Button Project?

Everytime I look at my guitars with the project buttons installed, I am reminded of what a decent idea that turned out to be.  

I am also reminded of how much work you donated and how lucky I am, to have been at the right place, at the right time.

The birds eye maple veneer is still on the J28's headstock.  You are kind of popular around here,,,,

Thanks again,


Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins / low end rogue
« on: December 20, 2007, 12:00:03 AM »
Hey Scott,,

I finally got around to learning a few things about my Zoom recorder, and, in the process, decided to try to put down some sounds with a little mando on them.

Picked a tune with C-F-G, went to the back of the book and learned those shapes on the mando, tuned the tri-cone down to open C.

It is not much, but for me, just to be able to get any sound at all out of that mandolin, is a huge accomplishment.

Why do I still think that I need an F Style???

Just wanted to let you know that, now that I am making sounds with it, I will be checking in for advice.


General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / tailpiece
« on: November 20, 2007, 08:14:23 PM »
Hello folks,,

I am thinking about changing out the tailpiece of my Wash J6.  I was thinking about one of those ebony ones.  

Stewmac offers one from Bennedetto for around $100.00.  Found something similar online for $9.00.

Has anyone any experience with this sort of thing?

Thanks ahead,,


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