"I'd say to start cheap. Figure out what gauge and shape you like first, and then start experimenting with different materials. I have several favorites: Wegen 1.4mm, and their bluegrass pick. I currently use a BlueChip TAD-1R…"
"I just bought my 2nd Martin, a 2012 D-18. My first was a Martin HD-28V. Both are outstanding guitars. The D-18 is, IMHO, the best guitar for your money.
I just placed an order today with Bob Colosi, for a set of buffalo…"
"Had the chance to see David Grier, Brian Sutton, and Tim O'Brien last weekend at the Denison University Bluegrass Festival, in Granville, OH. It was my first time seeing all three artists. Had such a great time!! David was…"
"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…"