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  1. Late L-00s had some odd features -- many very similar to Kalamazoo models. The banjo world refers to that period as the floor sweep period -- a lot of stuff created oddly from parts that were lying around. Best, -Tom
  2. 1939 1936 So probably white went to gold sometime between these two guitars. Best, -Tom
  3. I thought this might interest some of you. During the pandemic, I have sometimes visited ZOOM song circles. As many of you know, I have jamulus working for bluegrass and other jamming, but ZOOM circles are basically different. First because of delay issues, you basically have to do solo pieces -- not generally my thing, But hey -- it is a pandemic. You can use any acoustic front end you want, but in this case I just used the same "faithful reproduction" system I have used for more than a decade to demo my vintage guitars. That only tells you the quality of the input but -- ZOOM can
  4. I guess this was the historical turning point. This is a c. 1920 Gibson F-4 -- a "Lloyd Loar" F4. Lloyd Loar famously introduced the adjustable truss rod when he arrived in 1921. At that time, there were a number of inlaid double pot F4 necks already on the bench. Lloyd had them routed and a truss rod installed. Opinions vary whether on balance this was a good idea for those instruments. 😵 Let's pick, -Tom
  5. I have a lot of old Gibsons which I use for other stuff. In a general way, I think of participating in historically different acoustic genres -- a major deciding line for me was sort of the historic traditional genres and the folk revival genre. Many of the former are power genres -- particularly traditional bluegrass but also other traditional string band genres as well. In comparison, the folk revival stuff is usually much milder. Now my late wife and I loved both genres, but for us they were not the same and required different instruments. The 30s Gibsons (and Martins) often had am
  6. OK then. Here is a good demo. First two J-45s -- 44 and 45 -- and a bare finger 67 Martin D-35 to keep it grounded. Here is a 59 LG-1 (also followed by a 46 LG-2 and 42 LG-1) doing the same song. You should be able to hear it. Best, -Tom
  7. Some time ago I put a series of pictures together called good and evil twins. I just illustrated different period competitors using my collection -- so instruments with which I have first had personal experience. There are a lot -- I will start with three and see if that causes any interest. 00-18 and L-1 c. 1917 0-18K and L-1 -- c 1925/6 00-18 and L-2 -- 1931/32 Best, -Tom
  8. At the beginning of the pandemic I had an equal number of vintage Martins and Gibsons -- 50 each. This year I bought 3 old instruments -- 28 000-18, 38 RB-00 and 40 J-55 RW. So gibsons are now ahead by 1.
  9. Hmm -- he doesn't seem to know it is signed and dated on the inside top.
  10. This is as close as I have -- forward braced 1938. Lets pick, -Tom
  11. My grandmother sang that song. I love those old songs. Thanks for posting. -Tom
  12. Here is a 1937 -- they made a few round hole examples with Nick Lucas finger boards c. 1936-1937.
  13. 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
  14. 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
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