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  1. Thanks for the kind words. Re: an element of time. One of the issues with the song is it is pretty crowded, thought-wise, as it is. There are a lot of moving parts, and I'm not sure adding an element that dates the song adds to the narrative. The song takes place in contemporary times. (The Clements Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice referred to in the last verse didn't open until 1990.) On one of the other acoustic guitar forums I'm on, we sometimes share songs and one of the concerns expressed there was that the woman -- who is the catalyst for everything -- is never named. We learn about "Dale," but we never know her name. That was a conscious decision on my part, and follows a literary and cinematic practice of having an unnamed main character. For example, we never know the name of The Bride" in Tarantino's "Kill Bill," nor do we know the name of the lead character in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
  2. We were watching TV the other night and had on one of those true-crime channels. I was half-listening but when the narrator introduced a female character and said, “At 18, she moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she fell in with the wrong crowd,” my ears perked up. If that’s not the first line of a David Hanners song, I don’t know what is. I wrote it down.The next morning I opened my notebook, looked at the line and started writing, making up the story as I went. There’s been some editing, but what you see is pretty much what came out.I learned early in my journalism career that most people behind bars are there because they got caught up in a cascading series of bad choices. Yeah, there are some psychopaths who are just evil, but a lot of incarcerated folks were trying to feed a habit of some sort and things spiraled out of control. That doesn’t absolve them of guilt or lessen the impact of what they've done; it is just a reminder that a lot of them started out “normal” and one bad decision led to another.When I look at the forks in the road of my own life, I’m thankful I was either smart enough to make the right choice or too chicken to make the bad one. I'm playing the Farida OT-22 on it. Am really liking that guitar. A Cautionary Tale of Fort Worth © 2019 by David HannersAt 18 she moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she fell in with the wrong crowdWas the life of every party, drank too much and was too loudMet Dale on the loading dock at work, they had chemistry to spareLike high-test gas and a propane torch, they lived life on a dareSaid she knew a guy who knew a guy through a friend she used to knowLived alone on Lake Worth, was supposedly flush with doughIt was supposed to be a simple robbery, hell, the guy might not even tellBut when he resisted Dale pulled a gun and things went all to hellDale got stopped for a busted taillight; you know it's always something dumbWhen the cop saw the .45 on the seat, Dale tried to runIn the universe of bad ideas, that wasn’t the way to goYou might outrun a single cop but you won’t outrun his radio In the ensuing gun battle Dale held his own ‘til he took a slug in the chestLooked over to the passenger side, she was already deadFort Worth’s finest surrounded the car, Dale saw no escape routeGrabbed her hand, closed his eyes and waited to bleed outParamedics arrived in the nick of time and managed to patch the holeDale took a plea to avoid the needle, he’s doing life without parole93 octane and propane torches seldom make for good pairsYou got two deceased, one in the Clements Unit, the tale ends right thereThere’s no moral to this story; that’s not what life’s aboutExcept if you move to Fort Worth, Texas, don’t fall in with the wrong crowd
  3. Nailed it. THAT is how that song is supposed to sound. Great job!
  4. Gorgeous guitar. Congrats! Norman Blake once famously said, "Never trust a guitar without a belly."
  5. My GS100 arrived today via FedEx, a day earlier than scheduled. It is nice to have a quality stand. I ordered it through Sweetwater and I have to say that every time I've dealt with them, things have gone smoothly.
  6. Wound up ordering a GS100 from Sweetwater. Shipping by FedEx international was pricey enough, but when you live abroad, you learn to live with shipping costs. Nicosia does have some good music shops, but I haven't found a stand on the order of a GS100. The stands are either those floor things or over-engineered (and pricey) machines that grab your guitar's neck when you put the guitar in it. And the padding on all of them is suspect vis-a-vis guitars with nitro finishes.
  7. I may wind up ordering a GS100 from Sweetwater. They say they can ship it to me for $30.
  8. I've owned those before. Might try and see if I can get one sent to Cyprus....
  9. They also say, "Not for nitrocellulose guitars." I just don't want to chance it. I have one of those and stick my Farida on it from time to time, but it has a poly finish. I need to see if I can find the Hercules stands in Nicosia....
  10. Here's a question for the Gibson acoustic hive mind: What's a good guitar stand you like? I'm looking for something sturdy, doesn't take up an inordinate amount of space and the parts touching the guitar won't craze a nitro finish. The guitar would be sitting on it, at most, for maybe an hour or two. I want something that has a cradle for the neck of some sort. (Those little stands that just hold the guitar by the lower bout scare me....) Recommendations?
  11. Grovers just look wrong on a J-45 so, yeah, it may be aesthetic. That said, Waverlys are superior to Grovers. Yes, they cost a lot, but there is a difference. I've got them on a guitar and they are very smooth. The current Grovers have an 18-1 tuning ratio. But you can't judge a tuner by tuning ratio alone. You also have to take into account how well-built it is, how tight everything fits and how smooth they operate. That's where Waverlys excel. I switched out the stock tuners on a J-45 and a J-35 with Golden Age Resoration tuners from StewMac. Excellent tuners and a great value. Smooth. Well-built. Look better, too. If you do want to switch out the Grovers for Waverlys or GARs, you'll need to order conversion bushings because Grovers require a 13/32nd post hole, while Waverlys are 11/32nd.
  12. No insult taken. It is just that in the case of a plastic bridge, I'm of the opinion that switching it out for a rosewood one is just correcting a mistake Gibson made....
  13. I understand the "all original" vs. "good player" debate. Yeah, if you're a collector -- or you're wanting to sell the guitar to one -- then, yeah, keep the guitar in its original form. I don't think that far ahead, though. My guitars need to sound good to me today, and if there is a way I can improve or enhance their ability to sound better than they do, I'll do it if it makes economic sense.
  14. Switching out the plastic bridge for a rosewood one is seldom a bad idea on the LGs. It may even help your bellying issue. You may need a new bridgeplate, too, but I'm no expert.
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