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Posts posted by E-minor7

  1. It is a style that is usually called either googie or populuxe. You are correct, it was in response to the interest, back in the 50's and 60's, in the space race and anything like it. Think Seattle Space Needle, Old Holiday Inn signs, LAX airport, The Jetsons and the like. I doubt Presley had the artful talent to create such a faddish design.


    Seattle Space Needle - never heard of that one, but it's right on. Read that it's from 1962 and checked some photos of the interieur. It sure captures that late 50'ties/first60'ties pretty immature, but charming attempt to reach out for 'the great future'. So does the over the top Elvis guard. It would give me the migraine to have it in house, still I admire Presley for casting himself after the project. One thing must be said about you Americans - You have the spirit, guts and ability to just go for a theme, an obvious solution or a new idea, , , and then in a couple of years make the result the state of the art (okay, the guard might be an exception). Over here we tend to consult a panel of ever spooking forfathers for green light and advice, then walk around a big oak-table like longbearded philosophers for months before we even appear on square one.


    TommyK - Do we see a trace of populux in the Gibson Firebird and Explorer ?

  2. I never really gave my guitar names other than the 35, the tele, the 12-string and so on. Things have changed a bit. My homedrawn 12-fret from last year is called Cheyenne and the new 66 C&W had to take the name Butter due to it's deep melting tone and warm natural complexion. My two other 60ties SJ's (sunburst and cherry) might live on as Honey and Juice he he he, , , yes I see it comin'. . .

  3. There is something very direct to a guardless guitar and I consider it once in a while. You'll find several good threads on the topic. It isn't a difficult thing, but should be done before the burst starts to fade. Then again I dig the seldom palette of the given colours. Black into brown into toffee and redwine lined by slightly creamed bindings and chrome.



    Ooouuhh, , , by the way - promise retrorod never to touch the bracing. . .

  4. When I displayed this guitar last autumn under a pickguard-thread called Flora and Fauna, someone responded that Presley had drawn these zig-zags himself. Think the piece was created in the late 50'ties, which is sensed by a closer look. We are in the zone between pre-60ties western world cocktail bar and Sovjet Sputnik arts. As a matter of fact I think Elvis nailed it - he should have continued such experiments.

  5. Couldn't resist the possibility to re-try the 2 H-birds in the shop. A TV and a straight. Again the latter was richer sounding (fairly new strings put on at the same time). Comin' from behind the Firebird topped them both. So good GIBS, , , why don't you give it a try. It's 4675,9 USD here - you could probably sneak under that, , , and it might be worth it.


    And now I see 3 new birds have landed on the Gibson site. The 50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird. Still wish I could be a teaboy in Montana for a week or 2.

  6. Understand why you'd bring this up, it's some kind of an opaque riddle. These models aren't that different though (I guess). Remember red333 had a good post on the topic last fall. He's the slope expert around and has considerable X-ray knowledge.

    I would try and find that one. . .

  7. ....I'm not going to give the shops name but we are talking about one that is owned and run by one of the UK's best Luthiers and his a highly reputed repair shops. Maybe I'm missing something and he has a very naturally high humidity level in this part of the UK.....




    Yeah, maybe all this temperature mystique just doesn't appear to be a big thing overthere. It never was here really (more or less same latitude) and I only did go into the topic for the sake of my newly acquired 63 SJ. It seems a bit over-dry and could need more 'body'. BTW there are several 'humidity threads' rolling at the moment and good stuff can be picked up on each of them.

    Still these moods of the woods leaves me half blindfolded.



    (your emoticon released a laugh...)


  8. Thumbs up for your lucky raid Jack. Especially the Mart. sounds like a catch. Many good hours in front of you 2.


    Regarding nuts, I got an eBay 66 C&W just before X-mas (learning from GG to be my own Santa), but the width simply didn't match the ad-description. It was the 1 9/16 instead of the mentioned 1 3/4. Quite a difference and quite an issue. It meant long-distance trouble for Christmas, which I can't bear to rerun now. Long story short : As the guitar sounded fantastic, a dilemma was born. I chose to let the denying seller sail, keep the guitar and get a new nut with max space between the strings. Nessesary as my left hand does other tricks than just chords and needs room for that. Okay - Found an unknown luthier who recently moved in on mainstreet and ordered one in dark waterbuffalo horn (this material would emphasize the mids, he claimed - well, well, all fine - I just liked the look). He did a splendid job, but now the 2 E-strings threatened to glide off the board under intense playing (I'm half a tone down which doesn't make things easier). Then came a break due to my old mans passing - but, , , last Tuesday I delivered the C&W to my main doctor for him to file down the frets. This might straighten them and prevent the annoying string dropping. Let's see - it'll be here in 10 days and I'll post the result. Maybe I should attach a couple of close-ups and tell the whole story about this old 6-string. Its pretty peculiar.

  9. Daddy's rifle in my hand felt reassurin'

    He told me, Red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin'



    I throw a dart on this one : The epic hefty rollin' uproared and chaotic Powderfinger from approx. 78. So this is another N.Y. Like the tune a lot and was lucky to hear it live with Crazy Horse backing.


    Next stafet is something else - the tenderest, most peacefull lines in beatmusic I know at all :


    "How blessed the forest with bird-song

    How neat the cut peat laid so long. . ."


  10. Well i guess the obvious one was Keith Richards back in the 60's, but its a good question.







    Yes, as I see it, Keith is the main man when comes to Hummingbirds. The story says he placed a vox-mic inside the box in 65 and threw himself into the riff of Jumping Jack Flash. Another landmark would be the intro of Angie (can you own a Bird without learning that one).

    Nowadays he seems to have taken on a Mart. instead. Jagger however, still swings the flashy H-b. Fortunately as it suits the band so good. . .


  11. Thought you should know they are the same thing. The guard and the tuners differs, but woods, structure etc. are simular. The H-bird saw the light of day in 1960 and was followed by the SJ which switched from slope to square shoulders in 62, due to the succes of the Bird.

    This could very well be a nice ringing guitar - enjoy it, , , and give a hint if it's for sale. . .

  12. Thought of you as my mountaintop

    Thought of you as my peak

    Thought of you as everything

    I've had but couldn't keep

    I've had but couldn't keep


    The fantastic Pale Blue Eyes - When I was a kid they used it as a theme song for some anti-drug school-tv series and it always had me shivering : Sometimes I feel so happy - Sometimes I feel so sad. . .

    Only several years later I came across the album and found out who was performing.



    "Though we rush ahead to save our time

    We are only what we feel. . . "

  13. After playing a park concert in 2000 a washboard-player from the audience showed up backstage and whispered to me : Come to Tiny Jazz-Club monday night - You'll be surprised. I went there and found out the rumour was right. Jeff Healey was about to stand in as guest-performer for the local 15 men traditional jazz-band. I first saw him in the bar, sipping a beer, waiting for his clue. Then at some point he was guided through the crowd and as he stepped up on the stage a trumpet materialized out of thin air. His playing was splendid - the tone and feel sounded absolutely right. Don't recall if he sang a little, might have. Everybody was a bit beside themselves - something else was goin' on - this was special.

    The story is that the washboard player (who's also a radio-guy), had interviewed Healey and by coincidence touched swing music. A spark lit fire and soon they were into exchanging records - the invitation to join the ensemble waited just around the corner. It unfolded the next time J.H. came to town, playing his own giant venue the one night and this small smoking cage the other. Almost an Alice in W-land situation : One moment you're huge - next you're mini, yet somehow larger.

    I'm glad to have been there. . .

  14. Hello forumites and thank you for your kind words and attention - they warmed the outer and inner chambers here.


    Only slowly is this strange haze lifting and there's tasks and moods to go through. I have been peeping in once in a while, but seem to have lost my voice - it's even a bit difficult to write this.


    Will continue to follow the scene from the wings and more or less stay quiet for some time - which might be a good idea anyway - but you'll hear from me.


    The guitars around the house still chime and I'm happy to be secured that all you brave G-people keep those 6-strings ringing.


    GG! - You should definitely go for Fire and Rain. . . (and don't forget those outro vocal-lines)




  15. The list is definately real.

    Interview with our manager:

    My link


    How thrilling to get insight to your version of the wild wave back then.You guys definitely stood in zenith. The 'so close to Candlestick Park' incident must have been almost impossible to bear, , , uuaaakk ! Still the adventure raged on and the drama connected to the hair vs. school tells it all. That hair thing - nothing less than a banner, a weapon meant to gain and defend freedom - was just as important as the music. Though just a 7-8-9 year old kid, I remember fighting for every half inch down the forehead myself, and how it became necessary to wear some mad hat all New Years Eve after one X-mas when the scissors ended up winning the battle. Can't believe young people of today realize how serious this appeared to be - to be frank it was the state before life and death. So of course was the outfit and electrified beat.

    Look forward to a little back-stage anecdote or 2.




  16. wouldn't have posted this but jumped at the chance to be the first one on this thread!


    I was tryin' to figure out the recorder Santa brought me!


    My link

    Dear danvillrob - You have yourself a smooth laidback swing there, good to hear that and impressing guitar too. When you and I first met, I kept givin' you headache with my chatting away 'bout the roaring 60's, remember. Well we managed and found truce, didn't we. After all I'm just a huge lover of the periode.

    Now the other day while making a brief jump to the Lounge, I came across some post from your hand and could hardly believe what I saw. Please answer me, is this a mirage or something taken out of real life memory ?? If this list turns out to be the real thing, could I ask you to boil up a story or three from Buffalo S., Byrds and not least the mighty Love. I met Mister Lee in 05 and we exchanged a few words, but to hear some lines from back then, would be nothing less than terrific.



    Performed with:



    The Vejtables

    The Mojo Men

    Paul Revere & TheRaiders

    The Leaves



    The Animals

    The Who

    The Yardbirds



    Buffalo Springfield

    Chuck Berry


    Manymore I can't recall, (damn 60's)


    In case it should be needed, I throw in a couple of tabs. headache.jpg







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