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willysunday

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About willysunday

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    Too close to Elderly's : )
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    Playing, buying-fixing-selling old guitars. Playing s'more....
  1. I have to go along with Tom & Rich. The HG-00's are fantastic. I have only played two. I bought one on eBay and returned it because of some "undisclosed buggering", but it sounded great. The big reason I sold it was that I was in Elderly and they had an unconverted one sitting on the floor for over 2 years. It was in spectacular shape and only a few hundred dollars more than I paid for the "over-buggered" one. So I haggled a bit with them, bought it and returned the eBay sale. HG-00 The asking price is still there, but I got it for less. Even at the price they asked, it was a great deal. I can not believe how great this guitar sounds. Elderly had already replaced the cheap, ugly tuners with Golden restorations (I had planned on it). All I did was lower the saddle (and radius it) and make a new nut. Even with straight saddle, the intonation is very, very good- I can't hear anything wrong. I also think the 1 7/8' board feels and plays smaller. I have a '32 L-00 which is completely original and sounds stupendous, but the HG-00 is more sparkly, more sustain and volume. "They are one of the truly undiscovered jewels on the vintage market." I couldn't agree more.
  2. I learmed by playing along with songs while driving or sitting at home. Then got a rack and played along with my guitar and eventually with friends while jamming. Its a hoot! And not too hard- especially the way I play- chords, a few notes& fills. What really helped was buying a Hohner set of 7 harps in a nice little box for 20 bucks. Plastic bodies with brass reeds. Still have 'em after 8 yrs. I did give my Bb to my grand daughter to torment her parents (pay back ) the set is now on sale at musiciansfriend for $28 well worth itif you're learning. Just find the right one and blow I, IV, V chords. As you gain confidence, you'll figure out other stuff. Bought some nicer harps, but the "box" is always with me on long-distance trips. I drive one-handed anyway... Get started! Have fun! Willy
  3. I think you should be able to pick an alternate year in that case! I have a D-28 and a Southern Jumbo from 1950. Both in the shop, getting straightened out.... something I need, too. willy
  4. If you like Guy and have not checked out "This One's For HIm", do yourself a foavor and go directly to AMazon and buy it. 30 of his songs covered by a tremendous cast of admiring superfans. Ramblin' Jack Elliott does "The Guitar" and you can hear Verlon's guitar backing. Here's the group photo at the recording sessions- Here's the list of songs & players. At 2 songs-fer-a-dollar, worth every nickel! Volume 1 1. That Old Time Feeling – Rodney Crowell 2. Anyhow I Love You – Lyle Lovett 3. All He Wants Is You – Shawn Colvin 4. Homeless – Shawn Camp 5. Broken Hearted People – Ron Sexsmith 6. Better Days – Rosanne Cash 7. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – Willie Nelson 8. Baby Took A Limo To Memphis – Rosie Flores 9. Magdalene – Kevin Welch 10. Instant Coffee Blues – Suzy Bogguss 11. Homegrown Tomatoes – Ray Wylie Hubbard 12. Let Him Roll – John Townes Van Zandt II 13. The Guitar – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott 14. Cold Dog Soup – James McMurtry 15. Worry B Gone – Hayes Carll Volume 2 1. Dublin Blues – Joe Ely 2. Magnolia Wind – Emmylou Harris & John Prine 3. The Last Gunfighter Ballad – Steve Earle 4. All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad – Verlon Thompson 5. The Dark – Terri Hendrix 6. LA Freeway – Radney Foster 7. The Cape – Patty Griffin 8. Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson 9. Texas Cookin’ – Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien 10. Stuff That Works – Jack Ingram 11. Randall Knife – Vince Gill 12. Texas 1947 – Robert Earl Keen 13. Old Friends – Terry Allen 14. She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Trishas 15. My Favorite Picture of You – Jerry Jeff Walker
  5. Nice! Have ot agree that Blood on the Tracks is a great album. It's a toss-up between it and Nashville Skyline as favorites from his Bobness. Really like the picking and your rendition is great listening! thanks for sharing! willy
  6. Indulging you? I'm eatin' it up! Great job on a super song. Y'know Prine wrote a lot of super songs, I'll bet you could find another one to indulge us with ;) . willy
  7. Elderly is a great place to consign IMHO. I have sold a fewe through them. The fee is 15% if over &1K. I think it's 20% under a grand. The way it's played out for me, is, they ask more than I do- covers some of the 15%. They sell world-wide. And, you never have to meet the buyer and go through the haggle. I've had great luck with 'em. The BIG plus is- when they're looking over your guitar, you can go upstairs and play a slew of outstanding guitars Willy
  8. I know what the "Slope Fever" is all about. The other day I was starring at the shopping cart at Lowes because it's front end was shaped like a Gibson slope. I see it everywhere To lower the fever, I prescribed this to me. A dose of vitamin SJ Arrived 2 weeks ago and the fever has subsided. '43 Banner and I'm lovin' it! willy
  9. Route 66 Guitars Paul, The first link was from Sam Ash. Wouldn't work for me either. If you google "Sam ash Gibson maui wowie" it shows up. But the route 66 link has more pics, maybe it will work. Willy
  10. My link Paul, that's a link to a used "Maui Wowie" custom K2 J-45. They built 'em in 2006. It's sold for $1999. The one I played in Chicago Music Exchange about 4 years ago was less than that if I remember correctly. Sounded very good, much like Hogeye's post. Very "warm" from what I remember. willy
  11. Hey Paul, Nice looking wood you posted. I'd have to go with the idea of quartered backs, but would probably have no distinct difference in sound that my tin ear could pick up. I have played guitars with that wood and they were excellent- but they were dreads. What size are you building? I'd explore Koa, Bubinga, SE Asia Rosewood (I think that's the name- at LMII), and some of the "other" rosewoods, I.e. Honduran. Cocobolo is in there, too but can raise health issues- there are builders who just don't use it. I played a J-45 with Bubinga B&S a while back and it was a great sounding guitar. Also played an all Koa J-45 that was very nice, too. I'm the world's slowest builder. I have the rims and back done on a Bubinga J-45. I'll probably go with Lutz on top. Plan on bracing it the same as my Jubal Jumbo- three tone bars, all scalloped bracing. What are you using for the top? BTW, Weissenbor made some terrific parolrs from Koa. I haven't played one, but a friend tells me they are spectacular. Life's a bunch of choices, ain't it? willy
  12. "What do you think it's worth/" Kind of a tough call. New Hope Trader has one like it for $1800. Book says $1400- !700. I'd say they are undervalued for a few reasons. It's early in the L-50's life and because it was a transition piece, it's pretty rare. This small-body did morph into the L-37 (without the pearl and maple) so even though it did live on, it wasn't the same. Secondly, they are great guitars. I have a few arch tops and none sound like this one, Even fingerpicks well. Thirdly, I rubbed the heck out of it to clean it up and brought it back to playability : ) that's gotta be worth five bucks.... at least! before I did the work on it, I was hundreds below what I'd ask for it now. Mainly because I underestimated it and I'm having a ball playing it. The bridge is down tight on it so it will need a reset in probably,......... what 20-30 years? w
  13. Very sad news. What a GIANT talent while remaining a humble servant of music. Very few have put their stamp on music as did Mr. Scruggs. RIP Earle Scruggs, and thanks. Best to his family & friends. Willy
  14. Blusuedeshu, In Joe Spann's book, there is (are) two guitars with your FON from 1941. Leave it to Gibson to give the same number to two guitars in the same year. One is an L-50 (yours?), the other is an E'S-150. FON's seemed to be in that range before the on set of the L-50, and then in the 40's. I am no expert, only going by Joe's book. The book, along with Paul Fox's book is a must for us vintage Gibson-Geeks If you dont have 'em yet, check amazon for "Spann's Guide to Gibson 1902-41" and Paul's "The OtherBrands of Gibson" bargain-priced and full of hours of enjoyment ....... when you should be cuttin' the lawn! Willy
  15. Blsuedeshu- my SN is visible through the treble f-hole. Stamped on the back near end of the X-brace. "1201" was stamped, then number 8 in red ink, handwritten. A jay, I think these shine in every style from Maybelle to Jazz. Just takes some gettin use To. Will
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