"Thanks! When it comes time for a change out, I sure wish I could help; but it is still an uphill battle to convince the wife that it is a good investment, and not only that - it can be enjoyed everyday. (Perhaps she is afraid of becoming a guitar…"
"Oops that was quite misleading. Actually, although I have owned as many as four Hendersons at one time I have cut it down to just the one brazilian shadetop. I will admit that greed got to me because I sold at least one of those Hendersons for three…"
"I play three guitars in rotation:
Original Collings Clarence White with Adr top and grade b brazilian back and sides.
Henderson D28 shadetop with App spruce top and very nice brazilian back and sides
Dudenbostel D28 type with Adr Spr top and…"
Clarence White, David Grier, Tony Rice, Russ Barenburg, Bryan Sutton,Tim Stafford, Brad Davis, Kathy Barwick, Dan Crary, Roy Curry, Steve Kaufman, Scott Fore, Slavek Hanzlik, Doc Watson, Mathew Acara, Jim Hurst, Mark O'Connor, Norman Blake, Eric Thompson, Scott Nygaard,
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Big Scioty, Blackberry Blossom, Gold Rush, Home Sweet Home, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Angeline the Baker, Forky Deer
Henderson D28, Collings Clarence White
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
59 years old and a fan of flat picking guitar since my college days in southern California where I saw everyone from Clarence White to David Nichtern to Norman Blake to Doc Watson. Music collector and amateur guitar picker with rather expensive tastes in guitar. Got a few real nice ones!
Hey Jeff, good to hear from you. I'm on the Flatpick Hangout and MySpace too. Between the three of them I'm noticing a trend - there's lots of "50-somethings" out there flatpicking! Maybe we ought to start our own group. You're welcome to pick my brain whenever you want - that's what I thought these sites were for too. BTW, check out my mp3's. The first three tracks are rhythm tracks for practicing. Let me know what you think - ok? Later, Gary
well Jeff if you're going to be so kind as to include me in your list of faves (with Grier! yikes!) then of course the least I can do is be your friend. Thanks for the nice feedback on the columns... I put a lot of work into them and so of course it's always great to hear that they're helpful.
Found a solution to an often mentioned problem when having installed a piezo type bridge plate pickup transducer. The consensus of several Internet responders who have done this is that while the sound from strings 2 through 6 is good, the high e-string is way too quiet with no real ring, sustain, etc. Some have suggested moving the transducer for that string away from a brace, Adding a 4th transducer, a not so easy job, etc.I recently installed a JJB pickup (jjbelectronics) in a 40 year old…See More
I play two-thirds of a guitar. I have some wrist issues with fretting the 6th string. I enjoy finger picking but have been an avid follower of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for about 6 years. I find Dan Huckabee's beginners arrangements great for the bari-uke. I have also found much of Adam Granger's work suits my DGBE tuning.I once took a class from Dan Miller in Palo Alto, California and he told me that his daughter was playing the baritone uke. I have e-mailed Adam about his new FGM…See More
"I have a left handed Blue Chip TAD 3R 40 pick and I find it a great pick to use, no scraping and quick on the strings. The only problem is that the tone is quite bass-y which is great for lead picking or Mandolin but not so good for rhythm…"