Show Us Your Guitar

Updated on December 22, 2020 in General Stuff
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My guys debating admission to the club of that white Fender bass in the back, purchased from Cornflake.

 
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It works!

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Replying to myself to confirm that the buttons to create a thread work.

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I’m not sure I’ve got any pics of my guitars.

Searched google photos for “guitar” and all I got was this.

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Alright, in the spirit of experimentation, here’s a picture of my most used stuff.

 

This is from about 2009-ish when we were gearing up for Chatham Street. It’s unique in that it’s pretty much the only shot I have of the all the pieces of the whole rig.

 

The guitar is a 1979 Gibson ES335CRS, a special edition (only 300 made) that I bought new at Crazy Clarence’s (Wonderland Music) in East Dearborn. Put a deposit on it on the way out of town with some buddies for a ski weekend in Charlevoix, MI. I then talked my Dad into buying the rest of it when I got back (he was a great man). Been my main guitar ever since going everywhere with me including Carnegie Hall in college.

 

The amp is a 1983 Mesa Boogie Mark IIC+ bought new from Arnoldt Williams music in Canton, MI. Again with Dad’s help. At that point I had serious asperations to become a session musician and was taking lessons from the best guitar player in Detroit. He also had one of these. It’s generally considered to be the first real modern amp played by a bunch of folks from Larry Carlton to Journey.

 

Originally, in 1983 anyways, I also bought a DeltLab delay unit that went in a road case on top of the amp and was wired into the effects loop of the amp (the effects loop was the thing that made the Mark IIC+ a “+”, the last roughly 2000 of the entire 14,000 unit production run) and run back into the power amp section through a volume pedal that controlled the rig volume. This was the secret of the Boogie, run the preamp with it’s cascading gain stages and guitar volume at full tilt and then control volume going into the power amp. The Boogie also has 2 footswitch-able channels so you can play clean and then just pop a button when you want controlled scream. It’s been the heart of everything I’ve done ever since. One of the “secrets” of Chatham Street was that switching ability controlled and utilized dynamics like nobody else. Several people commented to me through those years that if sound more like about 3 or 4 guitar players rather than just the 2 of us.

 

Anyways, eventually replace the DeltaLab unit with a used Lexicon piece which crapped out just very early in Chatham Street when we started recording our first CD. That then got replaced with the tc electronic G-System you can see here, still keeping the “4 wire” approach.

 

The neat thing is I still have all these pieces (including that first volume pedal!) that is now becoming the core of the “Pieces of Malarkey” band concept I’m noodling with. Who says newest is the greatest?

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You guys actually shamed me into logging in to Facebook (ugh) to find this:

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I’m guessing that that’s a Koa topped Ovation. I started to ask what the back and sides are made of!

 

 

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Koa topped OvationFrom robjh22

Exactly right. Haven’t played that in years, actually. But it’s a nice guitar.

My favorite over the last however many years is a nylon string Takamine, but I can’t find any photos.

 

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OK, since we’re escalating into multiple guitars, here’s my J185. Had it since 2005. It’s the other guitar when they won’t let me play electric (some people are funny that way).

 

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It’s the pre-Christmas lull in our manufacturing operation right now. That’s why I’m bored.

 

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That’s why I’m bored.From Piecesofmalarkey

Friday afternoons in December are supposed to be boring. 

Gotta say, I’m pretty pleased with this forum software. If anyone is interested, the technology being used here is WordPress with the “ForumEngine” theme.

Really couldn’t have been any simpler to set up. 

I’m finding myself liking little features such as automatically embedding youtube videos, automatically including previews of articles when you post a link, automatically quoting selected text, etc. This seems like a pretty good setup.

 

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Ah, WordPress. newly rediscovered blog is out there, too. Maybe I’ll check out what else it’s got.

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Great! I’ll need something easy to set up when I get banned from here and need to set up my own site, LOL.

I just remembered that I actually did get banned from a chatroom one time. It was a phone sex workers’ chatroom out of the Netherlands. No lie. It was real professional and all, earnest, serious discussion on how much to charge, what to do if a guy asks for “just a few more seconds,” tax issues, that kind of thing. Zero vulgarity. No photos (And I checked.) Plumbers’ forums are more risqué than this place was.

They finally kicked me out for joking around too much. Sheesh. Kinda hurt my feelings. But I recovered.

Don’t ask how I found the site. I really don’t remember and, whatever the answer to that is, it’s bound to be embarrassing. 😐

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Interestingly, my wife’s late crack addict brother spent some time as a phone sex worker using digital technology to alter his voice. Wound up being somewhere between mortifying and hilarious.

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Let’s open this thing up, and see what she’ll do…

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Heya, Sid.  That mustache bridge reminds me of romantic guitars from the 19th century, but the guitar looks pristine. Is it a replica?  And tell us about that fretboard.  I love that simple sound hole with no rosette.

 

Good to see you,

 

Rob in Texas

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Absolutely spot on, Rob. That’s a reproduction of an 1840s Johann Anton Stauffer guitar, of the sort that Mauro Giuliani and Franz Schubert played. The design of the Viennese guitars incorporated a free-floating fretboard after Stauffer made the “Legnani model” for ace virtuoso and Paganini concert partner Luigi Legnani, who requested an elevated board like a violin. It’s a killer design: the neck is held on by string tension, and is set into a mechanism that lets the user raise and lower the whole neck in the pocket with a clock winding key. Lets you raise or lower the action in between tunes, if so desired. Arched maple back, peg headstock… pretty darn romantic. And quite loud, too.

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