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Hey there Mr. Dreadman,,,

I also have spent much time away doing other things.  I came to this place as my first ever stop at a guitar forum blog thingamajig.  Boy was it hopping there for a while.

I still have those buttons on my J28, so, you are a constant reminder.

I even had a wild hair of an idea as to whether a guy with your abilities would be able to fabricate Hard Wood covers for Hohner Marine Band harmonicas.  Wondered if it was even possible or if it would make any difference in tone.  I think it sure would look cool.  Talking about taking the metal covers off and replacing them with Birds Eye Maple or something along those lines. 

You have the tooling, so, if you find it intriguing, let me know..

Really good seeing your name again,,,,


Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: barre chords
« on: July 24, 2012, 08:33:59 PM »
Jeezareeza,,,am I glad to see some honest to goodness, roughouse going on.  Most of these folks have been trading ideas this way, for years.

For some of them, this is how it is done.

the words on the screen often take on a life of their own, without any foreknowledge from the typist. 

I hope to one day visit here and see that the Dreadman is available for questions.  I mean, the Ship is back.  Where is Squint?  What happened to the personalities?

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: Tung Oil on an HB32DM?
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:33:15 PM »
I used tung oil to take the logo off of the peghead.  Worked like magic.  Wipe on - wipe off.  I believe that the wood is sealed and the tung oil will not penetrate.  But, it did take the logo off of the peghead???


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / J-6 Montgomery
« on: November 16, 2011, 07:12:06 PM »
I just looked at my J6.  #n04041793.  Decal says made in Korea and also has another decal about the buzz feiten system.  I believe that it is an 04 build.  

Bought it 4 years ago and when the times got wierd, I sold it. Times got better and I bought it back.

I believe that the 97 means it is a chinese build, but I have never been one to worry about where they are built if the guitar plays and sounds good.

The Japanese versions are the sought after quality.  Forget about the price.  Play it and enjoy it.


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.


I have been wondering where Just Strum is now and what he is doing?  He racked up a lot of posts while he was here and most of them were pretty funny.

There was a group of forum members who considered gathering in a central location to engage in musical camraderie and workshops hosted by The Dreadman and others,,,,But, that was years ago and it ended sadly,,,,

I believe that I was earmarked to share space with Strum in a bunkhouse/overflow cabin because of the main house being full up and us being stag.

I would like to go back in time and make that visit happen.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Influences
« on: April 29, 2010, 03:57:57 PM »
Hello folks,

Had a terrible time re-learning how to use boxnet.  Turns out that I can use it with firefox buy not with IE.

Anyway here is the link to one of those kick ass tunes with the strangely melodic, guitar playing,,,

hope this works,,,


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,,,,


Hollowbody & Jazz Series / J6 tailpieces
« on: February 13, 2010, 04:04:50 PM »
You might even look into those ebony ones that can be found on ebay.  They look a lot better than that chain link fence kind of thing.  I'm just sayin,,,,


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / open G
« on: December 16, 2009, 02:37:06 PM »
Hey Tio,

I have been a living room, guitar strangler, for far too long.  I did keep a guitar in open G and discovered that the Water Song by Jorma Kaukonon[sp] is done in something similar.  I was able to fool around with simple shapes and get the same, or almost the same, sounds out of the guitar.  It has a hook that I worked on for years in a darkened room.  It sounds familiar to the original and since then I have found it done by Jorma on youtube, and he does it differently.  Go and figure?


Hello folks,

It is kind of nice to see the old gang having some fun for a change.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Leo Kottke tonight
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:48:53 AM »
Just a guess,,,,

but was the last tune Louise??


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,,



Hey jrwoodall,,

I got one of these back in 2007.  New from boogie street music.  They had taken the guitar and installed seymour duncan pick ups in them.  Did a PRO set up and sent them out.  

I do not beleive that the pots were changed from stock?  I do not play it enough to notice the difference anyway.  Needed a truss rod adjustment and things were fine.  Fret ends were on the sharp/messy side.

It is a decent 335 clone and once modded with the right pickups and pots, should be hard to beat.  It is also not bad, right out of the box, depending on your personal guitar intelligence level. has a section on semi hollow set up and maintenance.

Have fun,,,


Hey there Egg,,,

I think it was that had a whole section on hollow body guitars.  How to's with pics.  I have one like yours and have been using, Thomastik-infeld, flatwounds, 13 - 53.  #JS113.

I am not a player by any means.  But, my J6 has the lowest action of any of my electric guitars.  I have never had to intonate it as I have only changed strings once, was careful to do it one string at a time, so as not to move the bridge.  

I do have small, pen-marks on the face of the guitar, locating the position of the bridge, intonation wise.

It is a great guitar and I do not think it is made anymore.  Although the body and neck and everything else is available under other names.  

Mine is Korean and I have learned that the Japanese versions are even more sought after.  If yours is Chinese and it makes you feel good about playing, you have it made.  I have read where some have modded theirs, to almost Gibson parameters.

Congrats on the guitar,,,,


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