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Some Acoustic Blues On My 1935 Gibson Archtop


BluesKing777

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It was really hot here yesterday and I dragged out the old archtop which is impervious to heat, cold, wet, dry. Save the precious ones for cooler days, but also I wanted to play something 'old' after playing brand new things for a while. My 1935 Gibson Black Special L50 archtop is certainly in the old category. Sounds like I am playing an electric guitar, but I am playing acoustically and singing in one mic (Neumann KM184).

 

 

I fingerpicked a very loose version, well nothing like it really except the lyrics, of Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son"

 

 

And the smell of the guitar is incredible - old wood, old lacquer, old metal, old cigar?, etc

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/bk7-3/7thson7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks JZ!

 

 

I don't think I could physically play that again. Pooped the pop!

 

And I most definitely wouldn't pick lyrics with so many 'S's again....can't put the face anywhere near a mic with those.

 

 

Wow. I should have made a video because I just look too cool for school with guitar! Except my broadband hates me and my videos.

 

 

BluesKing777.

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Beautiful tone, playing, and vocal. That mic certainly reveals a lot of expression and detail. Nice!

 

Red 333

 

 

Thanks Red!

 

 

 

I forgot to mention the strings in the tone department are a surprise - Elixir Polyweb 12s, the full white covered webs and first Elixirs I ever bought, so they have been on the guitar for a few years. Whatever I had before were awful and I tried Gibson MBs and that was peculiar. I will probably put the Elixir PBs on when these wear out, probably around the year 3000.

 

The setup by my Mr Magic is still holding beautifully, very nice to play but sounds truly horrid for ballads. And the wire on the top is from a fully removable Schatten ebony bridge with pickup in it!

 

 

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Thanks guys!

 

John Hammond? Bromberg?

 

And here's me thinking I sounded just like Elvis!!! [tongue]

 

Want another photo? Here are some fairly old ones...

 

This guitar is great for 'roots' music, ha ha:

 

 

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No way BK

 

I love that sort of stuff , and it's really hard to come by stuff that's done like that. Unless it's overproduced or over Egged

 

Buddy guy did an album just acoustic which I love , but that was years ago now.

 

 

 

Its quite funny the punter's perceptions of acoustic guitar music in live gigs like pubs. You say it is an all acoustic guitar gig and everyone seems chuffed, but call it acoustic blues and all the hardliners turn up, mainly middle aged plus men expecting harmonica blues.... A blues club I go to occasionally to watch the feature act, usually dobro players, has a rule for the jam nights of absolutely no tunes except blues! I would never commit myself to limiting things in that sort of way! I have seen some truly sensational local players there, by the way. I'll make you a little list and see if they have youtubes, if I can remember their names....

 

 

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There's a blues band everywhere you turn here , but mustang sally and the like. ...

We've a guy at my local who plays once a month and he's genuinely one of the best in the country , but it's just the same old shite. It is playing to the largest percent of the crowd who's love of blues goes no further than an Eric Clapton album and a compilation or two . It's what they get payed to play but I'm a snob ya know .

I have every respect for Rory Gallagher for example , but can't really get past track 5 of an album without feeling enough is enough.

Acoustically I could watch him forever.

 

 

It's is indeed a very specialist style you play , and it's only 10 minutes before someone would stagger up and ask you for mustang Sally . But the perhaps smaller percent of punters that seen you would be so so happy. I could listen all day to your stuff.

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There's a blues band everywhere you turn here , but mustang sally and the like. ...

We've a guy at my local who plays once a month and he's genuinely one of the best in the country , but it's just the same old shite. It is playing to the largest percent of the crowd who's love of blues goes no further than an Eric Clapton album and a compilation or two . It's what they get payed to play but I'm a snob ya know .

I have every respect for Rory Gallagher for example , but can't really get past track 5 of an album without feeling enough is enough.

Acoustically I could watch him forever.

 

 

It's is indeed a very specialist style you play , and it's only 10 minutes before someone would stagger up and ask you for mustang Sally . But the perhaps smaller percent of punters that seen you would be so so happy. I could listen all day to your stuff.

 

 

D'ya know any Burt Bacharach, lovey? Etc.

 

May as well play out front of the supermarket and not pay any tax.....this guy use to come in to a bar I played and turn his coins into paper, but a shot of bourbon and get on his pushbike with a load of notes, I kid you not! Though it just started raining here, so....

 

 

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Australians take busking to a level net seen over here

A friend once brough me back a cd from a guy who was sitting outside a shopping mall. He took photos and there mustve been 100 people gathered round. Guitar , amp and drum pedal whacking a suitcase at his feet. Days before mobile phone videos , but he said he was fantastic. So much so that he joined the queue to buy a $10 cd.

 

I did it once to promote xmas shopping in a town nearby and we had our case open. Think we made about £70 in an hour . That was a folk music band I used to play in. Was good fun , freezing , but fun.

 

Have often thought about giving it a go , but the thought of bad boys picking on me puts me off 🤓

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Australians take busking to a level net seen over here

A friend once brough me back a cd from a guy who was sitting outside a shopping mall. He took photos and there mustve been 100 people gathered round. Guitar , amp and drum pedal whacking a suitcase at his feet. Days before mobile phone videos , but he said he was fantastic. So much so that he joined the queue to buy a $10 cd.

 

I did it once to promote xmas shopping in a town nearby and we had our case open. Think we made about £70 in an hour . That was a folk music band I used to play in. Was good fun , freezing , but fun.

 

Have often thought about giving it a go , but the thought of bad boys picking on me puts me off 🤓

 

 

They closed most gigs here for various reasons - booze and drug test buses, noise, and then the taxman came down on venues who use to claim entertainment willy nilly.

 

More people at the supermarket - probably stay near the door to get more coins and scare off the offenders. Though the real crooks are inside...

 

 

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Thanks!

 

 

The guitar is great for what I played, the setup is smooth, but it is limited a bit. I stretched it out just before and played various tunes and ballady sort of things are really not much good. Blues it is then, on this guitar.

 

 

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