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  1. My grandmother sang that song. I love those old songs. Thanks for posting. -Tom
  2. Here is a 1937 -- they made a few round hole examples with Nick Lucas finger boards c. 1936-1937.
  3. Hey, I can be very boring on this subject. This is because I have aspired to several different flatpicking and fingerpicking genres, and I have always wanted to mix them on the fly. I flatpick and play lead and rhythm in bluegrass -- flatpicking bluegrass (fiddle tunes) often involves a lot of fast eighth notes played fast and loud. That requires alternating up/down strokes. I also play bluegrass banjo with a thumb pick and two metal fingerpicks -- Scruggs style banjo uses a lot of syncopated triplets -- one finger or thumb on each note, so you can go fast. This same technique with a
  4. I cut my teeth on a c 1960 LG-1. Here is a demo of a 1959 LG- 1 1959 LG-1 Demo 59 LG-1, 46 LG-2, 42 LG-1 All LG recordings. I have about 20 on vimeo over the years. https://vimeo.com/groups/709774 The other guitar you might look at is the CF-100 -- sort of a cutaway LG-2. Best, -Tom
  5. Here is some example of Jamulus fed into zoom. Seven different people in seven different locations in two different States. These people mostly barely know each other. Real time.different states. http://vintageacousticinsruments.blogspot.com/ http://www.vimeo.com/tpbiii
  6. I thought some of you might be interested in this. I have been working with friends for several months to try to get some on-line jamming software up that is "good enough" to once again enjoy jamming. Well IMO, we have reached that point. We are now using Jamulus -- an open source software package. This is a zoom recording of an on-line song circle. In this recording, three of us in different locations (GA, TX, TX with sever in GA) are running Jamulus and jamming. Then that audio is feed into a ZOOM client so you can hear the whole session in my ZOOM window. This can be improved by sett
  7. Happy new year everyone. After I lost my wife and then access to traditional jamming for more than a year, I was kind of searching around for something that might work on a ZOOM song circle solo -- something I mostly had not done since the 1960s. Well I have often talked about my 1962 Hummingbird as a nice fit for strumming folk revival stuff -- in some sense more appropriate than all my prewar cannons. Well the other guitar which I felt was sort of in that class but not quite a good for me was our 65 Dove. I generally am not a fan of maple because it will not cut very well in acousti
  8. Here is my latest -- not in the earlier shot. 1940 J-55 Size matters.
  9. The mandolin is a 35 Kalamazoo -- so basically the same as yours. Merry Christmas -Tom
  10. Huh. I have both a 1935 Jumbo and a 1936 J-35, and neither has a particularly big neck. Best, -Tom
  11. One of the joys of owning and caring for old guitars is playing them and listening to them. I guess you would say my late wife and I were method musicians -- not practiced performers mostly. A song to us was a melody and a set of lyrics -- then we had a number of styles and vocal ranges to use to play them. Kind of a bag of tricks that could be mixed and matched for fun. We also had an acoustic audio/video recording setup in the basement so we could hear what we sounded like -- I still have many hours of unedited video from such "I wonder what it would sound like" sessions. I have lit
  12. tpbiii

    2020 J55

    Here is a short demo from a 1940 J-55. It is RW, so that makes a big difference. To me this one is more in the class of the old AJ/RSRG/SJRW than the old JUMBO/TROJAN but that would be because of the RW. I don't really know anything about the current models. http://vintageacousticinsruments.blogspot.com/ http://www.vimeo.com/tpbiii Best, -Tom B
  13. As you know, I am not very secretive about this stuff. You are right -- we were never after J-200s. It is true we collected original sounds and only one each if each iconic model, but a guitar model/year needed another reason to be on our desirable list. It had to be of historic importance for the (mostly acoustic traditional) genres we loved and also try to participate in personally. So for example our vocal properties were part of the mix -- which meant there were just some things we could not do. As far as J-200s were concerned they were truly iconic for sure -- although the shift
  14. Oh my -- so half my guitars are trash. How stupid of me not to be disappointed with their high quality construction standards, ethereal tone, and incredible historic impact. I guess I'll have to play these. Or worse these. Let's pick, -Tom
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