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  1. Many years ago I wrote an article about the Monkees for a now defunct guitar players website. Here's some excerpts from that article: ... Say it’s 1965 and there is a movie studio that wants to be in the rock & roll business. They see a market that they haven’t tapped and is full of hungry consumers for pop music. The Beatles and Elvis are the biggest things in the entertainment industry, and everyone is scrambling for a piece of the pie. The studio runs an ad in two Los Angeles trade papers for three days that reads: Madness!! Auditions Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers For acting roles in new TV series. Running parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank’s types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview. 400 kids answered the ad, and in a matter of weeks Columbia-Screen Gems pictures had manufactured a rock band – THE MONKEES - Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. ... Below is a list of musicians and songwriters that contributed to the Monkees “project”. I’ve only included the R&R and best known jazz musicians, although there were also a host of other jazz guys that also appeared. Remember this was about ’66-’70, some of these guys were yet to make their mark in the industry. It also seems there were about 3 or 4 songs recorded for each one that made it to release, so they did not all actually appear on Monkees records. Guitarists: James Burton Glen Campbell Stephen Stills Tommy Tedesco Howard Roberts Lowell George Ry Cooder David Crosby Neil Young Drums: Jim Gordon Buddy Miles Dewey Martin Dallas Taylor Hal Blaine Keyboards: Billy Preston Leon Russell Neil Sedaka Harry Nilsson Dr. John Horns, etc: Jim Seals Tom Scott Jim Horn Tim Weisberg Conti Condoli Background Vocals: Neil Diamond Bobby Sherman Songwriters: Gerry Goffin – Carole King Tommy Boyce – Bobby Hart Neil Diamond Neil Sedaka – Carol Bayer (Sager) Harry Nilsson Paul Williams Michael Martin Murphey Pete Seeger Leiber/Stoller Fred Neil Antonio Carlos Jobim Richie Valens Barry Mann – Cynthia Weil David Gates That’s quite a list of heavy hitters, or soon to be giants in the music business. With all that Hollywood money behind them the corporate execs pulled out all the stops. All that said, whether you likes them or not, they had a short run of incredible success, and are quite an interesting story and study in the music business. The Monkees were a complete rock & roll TV/movie/record industry success created entirely by Hollywood executives from four guys that answered an ad in a trade magazine. I would have to think that manufacturing of the Monkees is a case study on what is happening in the music business today. The entertainment industry works in mysterious ways... Credits: Some of the above information came out of the dark recesses of my brain, but most of it came from the book: “The Monkees, The day-by-day story of the ‘60’s TV pop sensation”, by Andrew Sandoval, published by Thunder Bay Press, copyright 2005, and used exclusively without permission, either written or otherwise.
  2. This guitar has both a serial number (SN) and a "factory order number" (FON), which was somewhat typical of higher grade models of the period. Both your numbers date to 1953. SN - dates between January and July 1953. FON - The "Y" is the letter code for 1953. The other numbers are just production numbers used for accounting purposes by Gibson.
  3. I would assume 15' is the "stretched" length.
  4. Have the replacement knobs made you a better guitar player or made the guitar sound better? People.. stop fretting about the type face on the knobs and learn to play m7b5 chord!
  5. Does the guitar "intonate" properly? If so.....LEAVE IT ALONE! If not... see above.
  6. The only thing I can tell you, from one headstock photo, is about the paint. The discoloration of the white paint shown IS typical of one of the whites used by both Gibson and Fender, during the period they were both using DuPont "Duco" lacquer paint. As these paints were also readily available on the retail market from any auto paint store or body shop, this custom paint job is not necessarily from the factory.
  7. I've always wondered why Gibson (through the years) has not used Imperials on more guitars. For my opinion on Imperials, all you have to do is look at my L-5 headstock: Imperial "buttons" re-machined and fitted to mystery "Gibson" tuning machines.
  8. Yep, what he said. Although very small parts such as screws may not be accepted for plating by this type of "industrial" plating operation. The cost is usually reasonable, but in some cases you might still be better off cost wise to replace instead of re-plate. Another type of shop you might try that is used to dealing with smaller parts is a place that does re-plating of household items such as tableware and flatware
  9. The difference in the center piece is most likely the affect time and age. It was probably well matched when built. Builders can't predict whether a guitar will even still be around in 70 years, much less what might happen during the natural, or environmental, aging process.
  10. Very interesting AND informative. Thanks for posting.
  11. I just found out this is now a "Guest List" concert. If anybody is thinking about going, PM me your info and I will put you on the "list".
  12. As a few sponsors have stepped up to the plate.... this is now a FREE concert! Come one, come all.
  13. Well, if you want a little heads up on a couple of really cool concerts (in St. Louis) I have coming up with the jazz big band, mark your calendar and start looking for a baby sitter! Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Jazz At The Bistro. This place has been named one of the top 10 jazz clubs in the U.S. Great sight lines and acoustics (tickets $15, reserved table seating). Saturday, August 26, 2017, Kirkwood Park Amphitheater. This is a FREE concert at a outdoor park amphitheater, with actual permanent seating and everything (plenty of grassy hillside picnic blanket lounging also available). Perfect for a family outing including the two year old. My 1 year old grandson will certainly be there. Couple that with a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium (the Rays are in town that weekend), a trip to the Magic House Children's Museum (also in Kirkwood, Missouri), and you've got a weekend mini vacation for the whole family. Amtrak will even drop you off within walking distance of Kirkwood Park AND the Magic House. Busch Stadium's a $3 commuter train ride away. See, I just panned your summer vacation for you!
  14. L5Larry

    Volume Knob Issue

    Yes, I am actually still using my LAST can of the Radio Shack "Control/Contact Cleaner/Lubricant".
  15. I post my concert announcements here from time to time, but mostly jazz shows. Here's one for the blues lovers. My blues band will open the show at 2:00 p.m., and then serve as the backup band for a few of the other artists. This is going to be one helluva party. I have rehearsal Tuesday with the band rhythm section, and then Thursday with the guest artists. I know there are blues fans from the Midwest hanging around here, this is a chance to see some of the the top-shelf artists in the today's St. Louis blues scene. Come on out and join the fun and debauchery.
  16. I'm not sure I even I would call this a jazz rendition, but it sure is unique. Hearing this on the radio was my introduction to this guitar player, Tuck Andreas. As for "Hey Joe", I always thought of it as a Byrds song, but I found out there was recorded versions of that song even before the Byrds.
  17. L5Larry

    Volume Knob Issue

    It's probably gotten a little dust or dirt in it. First thing to try is just rotating it back and forth real fast through the affected area. If that doesn't solve the problem, the next try is a potentiometer/control spray type cleaner. "Deoxit" is a common name brand. Spray some of this into the pot can, access is usually available through the solder lug area, and again spin it back and forth quickly a dozen or so times. If this doesn't work..... you'll have to have the pot replaced.
  18. The duet is "Real Book", the big band and variety band are guitar charts, and the blues gig is "head" charts.
  19. I just heard a jazz arrangement of Hendrix' "Up From The Skies". It kind of caught me by surprise at first, but as the song progressed I really started to dig it. It had some smokin' B-3.
  20. Some of you may remember a column Tommy Todesco wrote for Guitar Player Magazine back in the 70's. As a studio musician and "guitar player for hire", he would run down the details of a recording session he had been hired for. He would write about the session duration, other musicians on the session, producer, song, guitar part he played, etc. He would even give the wages earned. I always found that column fascinating, and it was usually the first thing I turned to when the magazine showed up in my mailbox. I always thought the "guitar player for hire" was an interesting way to approach the "business", versus just playing in a band. Unfortunately, not living in LA, NY or Nashville, there's no way to actually make a living at that here in the Midwest, but.... I have done pretty good over the years here in St. Louis in the "for hire" business, if not in pay, at least in variety. Years ago when I was playing 100+ nights a year, that would include working with as many as 8 or 10 different bands as a "sub", fill-in, or "for hire", as well as being the regular, or semi-regular guitarist in a couple of bands. Since I've slowed way down as an active participant on the "business" side of music biz (band leader/band manager/booking agent), most of what I do now is as "the guitarist of the band", "guitar player for hire", or "contractor". Last Friday I started a pretty interesting 2 week run which will include 4 gigs with four different groups, with the obligatory 4 rehearsals. I thought some of you may find this side of the business interesting, as I always encourage other musicians to expand their horizons, and don't get pigeon holed in one band or music genre. Variety is good in almost all of life's endeavors. Anyway, here's what I'm doing for the next two weeks, something I like to call "Adventures In Music". Jazz Duet (guitar/piano): Dinner music at a local fine restaurant. 3 hrs, no rehearsal. Blues Band (two guitars, bass, drums with various special guests): I will be providing the "house band" for a blues and jazz variety showcase at St. Louis' premiere blues club. 5 hours, two rehearsals. Jazz Big Band (17 piece, plus three vocalists): "Special Event" concert performance at a furry animal club. 2 hours, one rehearsal. Variety Band (eight piece with vocalist): Mardi Gras party at a hotel ballroom. 2 hours, one rehearsal. Only one other musician overlaps any of these dates, and there will be no music in common. It's going to be a fun and busy couple of weeks for me. Wish me luck and survival.
  21. I had the fortune to see him in concert during his heyday in the early 80's, and again about 10 years ago. Between those dates he hadn't lost a step. A friend of mine spent some time with him over the last 10 or 15 years (the latest being last September), and from what he has said, not only was he a great singer, he was a great human being. Lost another great one.
  22. I'm the "vintage" guy, not a reissue guy, so I can tell what Gibson was doing in 1959, but I have no idea what Gibson is doing now (Gibson probably doesn't know either). Without your guitar in hand, I can't tell you exactly how yours is wired. A couple of other searches for you: There are Memphis 345's which have two output jacks, one for mono and one for stereo. This is not possible with the vintage wiring shown above, so I don't know how they are wired. There was also a batch of "Historic Series" 345's built by the Nashville Custom shop around 2000 that were "Mono Varitone". Finding wiring diagrams on these two models might also give you more information.
  23. Although all components can be reused in the rewire, the stereo jack should be replaced with a mono one to avoid any confusion to someone looking at it at a future date. From the above posted wiring diagrams you should note these differences: 1. The switches work in a different way: Stereo - 2 in x 2 out Mono - 2 in x 1 out 2. Choke wiring: Stereo - Both sides of dual concentric choke used Mono - Only one side of choke used 3. Order of wiring of components: Stereo = pu - sw - tone pot - choke - vol pot - jack (x2 for each side of stereo circuit) Mono = pu - vol/tone pots - sw - choke - jack This rewire is very straight forward, nothing tricky about it, although it does require removing the entire wiring harness and attached components. For this reason it's not for the faint at heart, and should only be done by a qualified and experienced professional guitar tech familiar with working on semis and archtops.
  24. There are no shortcuts that I know of. The difference between a stereo and mono 345 is a MAJOR rewire. Here are the factory schematics:
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