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  1. Brings to mind those Lucinda Williams lyrics - "I think I lost it, let me know if you come across it." Keef once claimed to keep a small tape recorder next to the bed so if he suddenly awoke with an idea he could record it. it. Story is that is how that riff in "Satisfaction" came to be,
  2. We all know need has nothing to do with it. My take on the SJ/J-200 is there are no middle of the road opinions. You either love the things or can leave them. When I first met my wife, all I heard was how much she wanted a Taylor. Now 20 years down the road it is Bob who. Our 1960 J-200 remains the only six string acoustic she owns. me,. I would have traded if off years ago. To do so now though would result in some severe marital repercussions.
  3. I do have Netflix but have not seen the film.. Maybe you had to be there. I don't know. But I have a different take on it then Anne. I think it was Ginsburg who referred to the Revue as a con-man medicine show. Maybe Scorsese took his cue from that and was trying to capture the painted face spirit of the tour.
  4. The wear on the neck near the nut indicates a whole lot of cowboy chords being played. I keep going back to my first impression that the guitar looks like a 1960s harmony H162 with a much older slothead neck slapped on. The H162 and other Harmony Grand Concerts though had a wider lower bout than your guitar. The one piece back, top binding and specs do line up with a Kalamazoo KG-14 (which did differ slightly from an L-00). But the only slothead steel string Gibson I can think of would be an early 1900s L-1. 14 fret slothead necks though were not all that common. Oscar Schmidt and the Larson Bros. (who did build guitars for the Southern CA Music Co) as example built Grand Concerts with them. So that might be a good direction to go in. Problem is it was not uncommon for any number of builders to supply any number of retailers with instruments which they slapped their own logo on. So it does not narrow it down all that much. Unfortunately, I doubt it is a plain jane Larson Bros. (most were fairly elaborate). As far as I know they never veered from placing the position marker on the 10th instead of the 9th fret. Schmidt, however, placed position markers on either. If it is say a Schmidt-made instrument the neck heel will likely be slanted while there will be only three top braces plus the bridge plate which will stretch 2/3 to the full length of the body. Another possibility is that when Harmony acquired the Schmidt Co. in the late 1930s' they started using leftover parts. I own a Harmony-badged leftover Schmidt "Westbrook" Stella, So the guitar could be something like a Harmony Vogue B with a leftover Schmidt neck attached. The mind wobbles at the possibilities.
  5. Whoa, a Norlin clown burst version of a 1930s finish. But as first place is already taken, you guys will have to limit your fight to a second place trophy.
  6. My first thought was that the guitar was a Harmony H162 with an older slotted headstock neck grafted on. Harmony did make guitars for Henry L. Mason between 1936 and 1939. But the squared off Grand Concert shape body did not replace the figure 8 body until the mid-1950s. Gibson, of course, supplied a number of large chains with guitars. I own a 1935 Capital which was the house brand of Jenkins Music Stores. The off-brands of Gibson tended to be the same exact guitar differing only in headstock shape and bling. When I looked up my Capital in Spann's Guide there was a Kalamazoo and a Cromwell listed with the same FON. As already noted, the only Gibson-made Mason flattop I have ever even heard of is the CW-2 which Gibson produced in both six string and tenor versions. The six string version was a re-labeled Cromwell G-2 right down to the skunk stripe running down the board (which my Capital also has). The slotted headstock though just does not make sense for any steel string instrument built by Gibson. Nor do the position markers on the board. You might dig up a copy of the book Paul Fox produced on the off-brands of Gibson. That and Spann's Guide (which granted does have holes in it) could help shed some light on the mystery. Here is a photo I dug up of an H.L. Mason CW-2.
  7. Funny but while I used to play that tune on mandolin, I never gave it a try on guitar.
  8. I have two school age kids around and will have to get close to 80 before congratulations come via a phone call.. What was I thinking. The youngest kiddo gave me a bag of peanuts and a coupon for a free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse. . The oldest, who just got her learner's permit (for which she decided she should get a Play Station 4 as an award for her accomplishment) promised to not bother me for the day. My wife, well she has started babbling about going back into the Foster Parent program. Ain't life grand?
  9. I have stuck with Fret Doctor to clean boards.
  10. In the 1920s and 1930s you found MOTS on many of the cheaper guitars and mandolins. I suspect in these cases it was used not as much as decoration but in place of a fingerboard or to cover a wafer thin one. I still own a Sears Harmony-made mandolin with an MOTS board and used to own a Schmidt Stella which had a really striking rose colored MOTS board. On the other hand I also own an early-1930s Kay Kraft-made Oahu "Nick Lucas" which has an MOTS headstock. Certainly not a cheap guitar as it sold for just under $100 in its day.
  11. By the way, Gibson did take a stab at building violins in Kalamazoo. They sucked. Wisely the quickly gave up and started importing them.
  12. I have a 1/4 standup bass. Never was quite sure what to do with it. That problem just may have been solved.
  13. Congrats on your new child. Oddly, in the 1960s my problem with "new " Gibsons was the company seemed determined to make their acoustics play more like electrics with the skinny "low action fast playing necks" (or whatever they called them) and ADJ saddle bridges. It was not really a problem though as I could not afford anything new anyway so ended up buying Gibson acoustics and Fender electrics built in the 1950s.
  14. Oddly, da' wife and I came really close to buying a fully restored and added onto 1910 farmhouse here in our small town a while back.. The reason we backed away is while we were up in Port Clinton, which sits on the south shore of Lake Erie, we were tooling around and quickly found several turn of the century cottages (the whole town pretty much dates to 1890 to 1910) either facing the Lake or a block away so you could still see it. While I had never given much thought to owning a vacation home it is looking like that is the direction in which we are heading.
  15. Well done! But ai am a bit biased as I will always have a soft spot for Guilds. Back in the 1960s the were often our first "good" guitar occupying that sweet spot in price between a Harmony Sovereign and Martin D-18. or J45. And in the 1970s they were a shining star in what is generally considered not the best decade for acoustics. So congrats.
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