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Everything posted by bayoubengal1954

  1. Smeck inspired Iris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hdJokiplxc
  2. Lo Fi Recording on an iPhone with a Rode Mic-Me plugged in.
  3. Hey Folks! With little to no gigging for the past year I have been releasing a Single A Month recording with a lo-fi iPhone with a Rode MicMe plugged into it. I then get it Mastered at a studio here in New Orleans. This song was recorded with the ‘48 J-50 Body/‘38 L-00 neck. You do not need to download to listen to the whole song. I hope everyone is well! https://patrickcooper.bandcamp.com/track/oil-city
  4. Welcome back! Sounds great. Very poignant.
  5. There is no mention anywhere in the two videos of torrefication, which leads me to believe the answer is no, but it will interesting to see the detailed specs when they are released by Music Villa. 👍
  6. The playing begins in earnest at about 6:40.
  7. True! That $6500 is for the non Braz offerings.
  8. Well, after hearing from Chad at Music Villa I have learned the pricing will be as I feared (actually worse). The instruments will be in the neighborhood of $6500. Oh well. It was fun to dream!
  9. And now back to fun stuff. Their first Dread.
  10. FWIW, I posted a new video filmed at the shop in this thread: https://forum.gibson.com/topic/161909-ren-ferguson’s-new-project/
  11. Yes, the New Yorker inspired model is interesting to me as well. Here is the first one. This one has Brazilian Rosewood B/S From the video it sounded like regular offerings will have either Koa or Spalted Maple. I guess for bigger bucks one could ask for different woods for a Custom Build.
  12. I have a feeling they will go at boutique prices. The New Yorker style at the 10:22 mark sounds intriguing, but probably too rich for my blood.
  13. Hey Folks! I hope people are starting to thaw out. Thought this may be of interest to some.
  14. Thanks for checking in. Sending good thoughts your way!
  15. Yeah, that action is really high IMHO. I lean towards 2.00mm/1.7mm, but everyone is different. If the tone is a problem for you, then that IS a problem. Maybe get the set up and play it for a while to see how you are feeling about it? However, If you feel that the tone is something you cannot abide, then skip the set up and return it.
  16. Since Jinder’s Facebook post is set to “Public” I am posting this link. You do not have to be on Facebook to read it. https://www.facebook.com/547745407/posts/10164313327990408/?d=n
  17. See my post #4 below for details. If you follow him on Facebook he posts updates as Phil Jinder Dewhurst. It’s pretty serious but there is a plan in place to help. If you are so inclined, send some good thoughts his way.
  18. Tom, please thank Debbie for taking that photo. And, Tom I cannot thank you enough for being the facilitator for what turned out to be a very rich experience. To meet all of you on Saturday and to be able to be a caretaker of John’s instruments is one of the biggest joys of my life (this is not an exaggeration) . I’m glad we got to jam a bit. Tom played some cool harmonica licks on a couple of songs I played when I was demoing the guitars, and John backed up Debbie and Mark as they sang “Wayfaring Stranger” (and I backed John softly). And Tom is much too modest regarding his guitar playing ability. I do wish we could have done more, but we were smart not to push things. One day we will get together again and I will bring John’s instruments, but until then I will cherish the memories of that day.
  19. Almost everyone knows Tom Barnwell (tpbiii on this Forum) for his wonderful collection of Vintage Guitars as well his gracious sharing of cool videos and his knowledge. Well I got to meet Tom last weekend! Here are the circumstances. This is a bit long, but I hope you like the story. Tom has earlier posted photos on this Forum of some Frankentars built by his friend John Farley, a well renown flat picker in the Atlanta area. I was so knocked out by the tones of them that I contacted Tom and asked if he wouldn’t mind contacting John to see if he had anything lying around or was working on any projects. As luck would have it, John had two finished guitars that he would be willing to sell. Then Tom offered to do something way beyond the call of duty. He offered to pick up the guitars and make some videos at his place for me to check out to see if I was interested in them. Care was taken in doing this due to the Virus, and of course I wanted Tom to feel comfortable at all times. Well he sent me the demo videos, I quickly called John Farley, we made a deal and plans were made for me to drive over from New Orleans to pick them up at his house a few miles north of Atlanta. This past Saturday I arrived. Tom showed up, as well a friend of theirs named Mark who also builds guitars and is a great banjo player as well. John’s lovely wife Debbie was there. We all were masked up and practiced Social Distancing. Now the photos... This one is a Mahogany B/S Sitka Spruce Top D. John’s recollection is that the Mahogany was from a D-18 from the 60’s. The Spruce Top, we are not sure of the origin, but it’s been roughed up a bit. John worked his magic on the insides. He had no neck, so he ended buying a ‘30’s Gibson L-30 just for the neck to use on this project! He had to use some shims because the 24.75” scale length had to be adjusted to the Martin standard of 24.9”. https://imgur.com/AXKhnWk https://imgur.com/AXKhnWkNext up is the Rosewood D. The Spruce Top came from a ‘67 Martin D (not sure if it was an 18 or 28, but it doesn’t matter). I believe John added the Herringbone. John then bought some East Indian Rosewood directly from Martin, he believes sometime in the 90’s. You could do that then without being a Certified Martin Repair Person. He believes the neck was from a Martin that had some Mother of Pearl that he didn’t like and he stripped it away and refinished the entire neck. Not sure of the year of the neck. Both guitars sound fantastic, dry, resonant and very articulate. They are extremely light in weight like Vintages would be. Here is John with the Mahogany. He only took his mask off for the photo. Here is Tom, the man who put this all together. Here is Mark, a great banjo picker and guitar maker. Here is John’s wife Betty. She removed her mask for the photo. I ended up staying nearly two hours hearing some great stories from everyone before heading back for the long, but happy drive home to New Orleans with these two guitars in tow. What a great day to spend in the midst of all of these challenges. I met three wonderful people and acquired two great sounding unique guitars. I never would have met these cool people if it weren’t for this Forum! I should be able to post a demo video comparing the two by the end of the week. Thanks for reading if you made it this far!
  20. Cool! Here is hoping that sometime in 2021 we’ll have an all clear. 🎼
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