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  1. Also, well said! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  2. Beautiful cool guitar! And, story! Looks like a great guitar to play! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff ps. The case looks really good, too!
  3. Jinder-if you read this, know that my prayers are with you for a healthy recovery. My best to you! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. Honky Tonkin' is a great Hank song. The steel guitar in there just chimes and whines and swings! QM aka "Jazzman" Jeff
  5. I've been using a Kyser capo since about 2003. Never seen any fretboard wear on any of my guitars. But, in all fairness when I put it on, I only use it for one song or so, never leaving it on in one position for any period of time. Although, sometimes I keep it on the headstock for a few hours if at a jam. Never have experienced any wear or damage there, either. However, it is worth remembering that in the 60s I remember big mother-size capos destroying (chipping away the wood) on the back of guitar necks from a single use. Not sure what brand they were, but they were like giant versions of today's Schubb-style capos on steroids with likely really poor padding (if any at all) on their back sides. Most players, myself included, avoided using them and when elastic capos hit the market they became prevalent for many years. Those elastic capos worked fine, and did no back of the neck damage, but would stretch out after awhile. After that era, I used a Bird of Paradise capo that looked liked a bird and worked well, but really was more of a conversation piece among jammers than anything else. Then the modern mini Schubb capo became what I used, until the Kyser came along. No reason to change for me, although I still have the mini Schubb in an equipment bag or occasional use on my 5 string banjo. Although, even on that, I usually just use my Kyser guitar capo for an occasional need to capo the 5 string. QM aka "Jazzman" Jeff QM aka "
  6. Au contraire. Check Don Helms Wikipedia. Helms’ steel guitar may have had two necks, but lacked pedals like modern day steel guitars that didn’t come into prevalence until after Hank had passed. Without pedals, Helms’ instrument was basically a double necked 8 string lap steel guitar with a console, definitely not a pedal steel guitar, although it’s 8 strings and console made it different than a regular 6 string lap steel. It was made by Gibson per the wiki resource. Although we definitely agree on the iconic great sounds he made! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  7. My first suggestion is to use a bar shaped slide not a round slide that fits over a finger. Square neck guitars and lap steels, like steel guitars work and sound much better with a bar slide. Not sure what slide you are using but it’s worth mentioning. The second suggestion is don’t approach it like you have to keep the bar slide always horizontal over all of the lap steel’s strings. You can also use it on a diagonal angle and hit only single strings. And. thirdly, remember that the bar slide becomes the frets. The frets printed in the lap steel are only there for location ing, not for actually fretting the string. The bar frets the strings by its contact with them. And, of course, don’t hesitate to slide the bar up or down into a fret position for a chord or note to make it sound like a lap steel for effect. For some great lap steel sounds, don’t hesitate to listen to some Hank Williams songs with lap steel. He had one heck of a great lap steel guitar player in his band. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  8. Kyser capo for me. Easy to use, works well. Prior to that I was a Schubb capo person. Also worked easy and well, but I tried the Kyser and have used it ever since. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  9. Quite enjoyable! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. I’d keep away from any glue as it will sink into pores of the nitro finish, becoming unrecoverable in case you ever removed the pickguard for any reason. It could make slightly impact the sound or make the flat surface slightly surface rippled, too. Stick with using two sided tape, that’s how to properly do it for now and for the future in case you ever need to replace the pickguard with another. And, in the case of the glue running onto the top’s surface by mistake. I had a Gibson authorized repairman reattach a pickguard on one of my Gibsons and learned the aforementioned from him. Just my two cents. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  11. Looking forward to reading your impressions of it once its in your possession and hands. I'm a big fan of 00s. QM aka "Jazzman" Jeff
  12. Enjoying your music right now! Good characters, good storytelling, good music! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  13. Per Walter Carter’s book, “Epiphone. The Complete History”, published in 1995. Regarding the first Epiphone Japanese-flat-tops and their label it says: ”A blue rectangular label gave the impression that Epiphone’s were still made in Kalamazoo. It actually didn’t say “Made in ...” anywhere. It just said “Epiphone Inc. Kalamazoo, Michigan.” But, nowhere on the guitars was there a “Made in Japan” notice. Regarding their early model numbers it says: ”The guitars in the 1971 catalog has four digit model numbers and no model names.” In the book it shows a photo of a square shouldered 6730, which is likely a lower model version than the 6830. The 6730 has dot inlays and an adjustable bridge, whereas the photo you provided of a 6830 has block inlays with an adjustable bridge...indicating the 6730 was a lower model than the 6830. The only indication of the 6830 in the book is a summary of the 1971 catalog that says: “6830: square shouldered dreadnaught shape (16” wide”, rosewood back and sides, block inlay, $125” The 6730 listed above it indicates the 6730 had mahogany back and sides, dot inlays, $99.50. It says all 1971 flattops had strings anchored through bridge with no bridge pins. The 6830 model is also shown in a 1970 catalog as is the 6730 with the same pricing. Per your photo, the 6830 has a bolt on neck, something USA made flattop Epiphones have never had. Plus, I am not aware of a USA made Kalamazoo made flattop Epiphone ever having a strings through bridge with no pins (although, a Kalamazoo made Gibson J-40 had that type of bridge.) BTW. In the book, the 6830 model is no longer listed as a 1972 model I hope this info is interesting and helpful. FYI. I believe there was an updated edition of the Walter Carter 1995 book, issued a number of years later. However, I do not have that version in my possession to reference. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  14. I agree. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
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