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  1. In Topic:D18 or hummingbird?

    21 May 2017 - 09:45 AM

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    Somehow, this doesn't surprise me - bluegrass is powerful music, and can be 'overpowering' in some settings. The folks I know who specialize in bluegrass eventually get around to nuance as opposed to sheer power. Makes me wish my bluegrass skills were at least minimal!


    I'm sure you would be welcome at a bluegrass session.Posted Image

    When I used the "overpowering" adjective above I was talking about the room acoustics. Forget the guitar lead and the vocals -- bluegrass banjos, fiddles, mandolins and dobros are all loud instruments. Bluegrass music is really incredibly nuanced, with all the instruments interacting in an ever changing pattern of lead and backup. If you are playing in a acoustically wet small place, the room has a bit impact on the music. For a solo or a small group, such rooms can be heaven -- enhancing the music. The extreme example is singing in the bathroom. BUT -- add more instruments, things go south in a hurry -- the phase distortion muddies up the sound and turns it to goo. That is a terrible for a highly nuanced vocal harmony genre like bluegrass.

    In any bluegrass sessions, all the instrument must modulate a lot to follow the music. Bluegrass music has a lot of instrumental presentations -- both in instrumental pieces and in many (many) instrumental breaks in the vocal pieces. In the instrumental leads, a single instrument (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro or guitar) has the lead and everything else plays backup. The first four of those are LOUD instruments and when playing lead the one lead instrument is generally played wide open. That sets the rhythm requirements for that part of the music. When the guitar takes the lead, it is (relatively speaking) not very loud -- and everything else must back down. That and the vocals are the opportunity for playing too loud -- inexperience people often make that mistake.

    The structure of bluegrass music is much more like jazz than it is like old time or Irish session music -- an ever-changing and even-interacting presentation of voices and instruments. [I can be very boring on this subject. Here is an article I wrote 20 years ago for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine that has been translated into 10 different languages and republished on every continent except Antarctica. To me this means obviously someone needs to start a bluegrass club in AntarcticaPosted ImagePosted Image. ]

    Loud acoustic music is not the same when played more quietly. Not even close.

    Best,

    Tom
  2. In Topic:D18 or hummingbird?

    20 May 2017 - 07:11 PM

    We own a 62 Hummingbird and a 63 D-18. That is our only Hummingbird and our newest D-18 -- we have 8 other D-18s.

    I guess you already know this, but we have those D-18s because they are great bluegrass lead and light rhythm guitars. We play a lot of that kind of music -- thus D-18s. Our Hummingbird is a great full blended strumming guitar -- we also do folk revival stuff, and the hummingbird is great for that. For BG -- not so much.

    63 D-18
    63 D-18

    62 Hummingbird


    Here is a weird situation where we did use the Hummingbird in a bluegrass-like situation. We have a recording environment (used on all above) designed to faithfully record single acoustic guitars. If we used normal strong BG instruments in the same environment, we overpower the room. But if we use a 1/4 muted Kay bass, 24 RB-4 trapdoor banjo, and the Hummingbird for rhythm -- less powerful instruments -- it works ok.

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    Disclaimer -- this is all jams, so perfect it is not.

    Here is a lot more with the Hummingbird


    Best,

    -Tom
  3. In Topic:Snarks and Performing

    10 May 2017 - 05:48 AM

    For us, making music with friends is an end in itself. Regardless of how small or large an audience we play for, we are always part of it.

    Let's pick,

    -Tom
  4. In Topic:Help me kill GAS for BURST!!!

    09 May 2017 - 08:21 AM

    Most old Gibsons were ugly and Gibson always put plain tops on high end guitars. I don't see why anyone would want one.


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    Let's pick,

    -Tom
  5. In Topic:1942 Gibson HG-00

    04 May 2017 - 09:16 PM

    View Postfullmer105, on 04 May 2017 - 08:03 PM, said:

    Hi folks:

    I'm new here and am looking for some guidance. I have a what I believe to be a 1942 Gibson HG-00. The FON is 6035H. It had a cracked bridge and the buttons were dust. It is in it's original case which is in exceptional shape. I took it to a local guitar shop and he made a new bridge and put on new buttons. Everything else was kept original. I am sure this wasn't out of the case since the 50's, I found a 1957 Greyhound Bus schedule in the case for Scranton, which makes sense since that is where my father-in-law was from originally. It has his initials up on the truss guard cover. He would have been about 12 when he got this. I knew him for 35 years and he never mentioned he had this in his attic. This guitar does not have any cracks, just some dings and overall I'd say this one is in very good to near mint condition.

    I have no idea what to do with it now that it's back in shape. Any ideas about value? I don't play slide guitar and we really want this to go to a good home. Thanks.
    Dave

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    Is it original Hawaiian setup or has it been converted?

    Best,
    -Tom

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