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About PrairieSchooner

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  • Birthday 01/18/1947

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    Kansas prairie
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    Hunting/shotguns, fly fishing, pipe smoking, music, books/reading and I write a bit.
  1. My first Gibson; brings back some memories. In those days my budget dictated one in/one out. Too bad; shoulda kept it. Traded it on a new J-50 which got swapped for a Heritage Custom soon after. Loved the Heritage, didn't like the J-50 much.
  2. High points: opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot at Anderson Fair in Houston (and getting to hang with him back stage), and for Brian Bowers at Wichita State University, where I learned a valuable lesson. The crowd received me well but they were there to hear Brian obviously. By the time I finished my set they were getting pretty rowdy. When Brian walked out they didn't quiet down much, so he walked up to the mic, said a couple things about his autoharp, and then told the crowd he was gonna show them how it really sounds without any amplification. He walked away from the mic and started playing and the crowd went dead quite, and he had them in the palm of his hand from then on.
  3. I started with Gibson guitars - a J-45, then a J-50, then a Heritage Custom. I always though the Gibson J-200 is the best looking guitar ever made, and I wanted one for years. But deep into the Great Bluegrass Scare of the 70's (to paraphrase Martin Mull) I traded that Heritage for an HD-28. The Martin has been a great guitar but I never got over the J-200. A few years ago I lamented that fact to The World's Greatest Wife (mine) and she said, "Well, why don't you buy one?" So I did - a near mint Ren Ferguson-era guitar. Doesn't show too well here what with the new photo format, but like the Reese's ads say - Not Sorry!
  4. Sorry for your loss. RIP Aina Jo.
  5. May I just say that there's a big difference between Gibson electrics and Gibson acoustics. Kind of an apples and oranges thing there.
  6. I hated it before they played it to death. To each his own though.
  7. The Eagles lost me at Hotel California...God I hate that song!
  8. Ditto, except I round off the tip of the thumb pick.
  9. Crap! I have a date with her at 2:30 this afternoon!
  10. A fine story and a fine guitar; thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to more pics, etc. as you sort through that family history!
  11. Now cars, that's a different deal. My first car, '53 Chevy coop, was Mortimer Car (Mort for short). I had a '53 Chevy pick-up that was Old Red for obvious reasons. And I had a '51 Chevy panel truck that someone had brush-painted blue before I got it; it earned the nickname The Blue Banana.
  12. The first acoustic guitar I ever had (Harmony Sovereign sold under the Airline name) was named Hugo by my girlfriend (later my wife). Don't know why, and nothing since then.
  13. I guess I should break down and try one of those new high falutin' 12-string capos. Frankly my Shubb 12'er works pretty well, but the best I've ever found is this: ancient flea market capo and homemade aluminum shim. It's a little cumbersome but works great even high up the neck...
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