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About PrairieSchooner

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  • Birthday 01/18/1947

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Kansas prairie
  • Interests
    Hunting/shotguns, fly fishing, pipe smoking, music, books/reading and I write a bit.
  1. 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!
  2. Sorry for your loss. RIP Aina Jo.
  3. May I just say that there's a big difference between Gibson electrics and Gibson acoustics. Kind of an apples and oranges thing there.
  4. I hated it before they played it to death. To each his own though.
  5. The Eagles lost me at Hotel California...God I hate that song!
  6. Ditto, except I round off the tip of the thumb pick.
  7. Crap! I have a date with her at 2:30 this afternoon!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. The short answer: 12's by their nature are a b!tch. I have to tinker with my Guild every time I play it and after every capo change; I've just learned to accept it. Intonation on my HD-28 was off when I got it. I contacted Martin and asked if widening the saddle slot and adding a compensated saddle would void the warranty. They replied that if I was "offended by normal intonation" it was OK for me to have this done. Steve Tripplet did it; wonder whatever happened to him? My J-200 came with a compensated saddle but the intonation on it is very touchy anyway. To use a cliché, it is what it is.
  13. I had tickets to see Gordon live for the first time in Wichita Kansas in 1978; my wife was hugely pregnant and I was sure we'd be going to the hospital and not to the concert. My daughter managed to hold off until the next day. Gordon was one of my early influences, and I once got a gig because I had a B-45-12 and the club owner thought Gordon was God. I guess he figured anybody who had a guitar like Gordon's had to be OK. Thanks Gordon, and happy BD!
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