"I have a VAD 2. Dreadnaught with rosewood back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. I would say that the sound and workmanship was pretty good. I like it but have made a number of modifications to it that I felt it needed. I…"
I read that you are having some trouble getting ahold of Mr. W. I don't think there is any trick to getting ahold of him. He must not have gotten your e-mail. Try again. He has always responded to my e-mails very promptly. Last time I talked to him, he said he was working alot. He is a one man business still and his picks are used all over the place. Exactly what thickness of pick are you planning on ordering?
I've been using the TF 140 picks in black and wanted to order it in a TF 150 thickness. I saw that he had done this probably as a special order on someones website but they were out of stock. What email address do you use for him?
Hey thanks Alan. A softer touch is where its at. Good luck on getting the jams organized in Ca. They are a lot of work to get going and to maintain but worth every minute of it. I have met so many great people because of it.
The softer touch applies in a sense. You want to keep your right hand pretty relaxed but it takes a bit of tension in the "turkey muscle" Also wider swings will help keep you relaxed but can have an effect on your speed. Steve Kaufman has some great stuff in the "Picking up Speed" DVD
"I recently came across a steel string parlor guitar made by P. Benson, in Minneapolis. It's really a nice little instrument--well built, comfortable, very much like an old Martin 00-18 (mahogany, slotted headstock, pyramid bridge, ladder…"
"My gear is much better than my skill - for straight flatpickin', I play a Martin D-18 Authentic 1937. My go-to guitar for just about everything else (and it flatpicks just fine, thank you) is my Huss & Dalton D-RH with a Red Spruce top.…"
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"