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Bourgeois DB Signature
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Just purchased my first Bourgeois, after many months of research and searching for just the right one I decided on a DB Signeture Adi/Madagascar. I am anxiously awaiting its arrival from NewYork.…Continue

Tags: Signature, DB, Bourgeois, Guitar, New

Started this discussion. Last reply by Todd McFarland Sep 18, 2011.

Rockbridge guitars
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Anybody have any good information about the Rockbridge brand of guitars? They look nice but not much info out there about their playability or sound. At a starting price of $3500 I am sure they are…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by mike emm Mar 12, 2011.

What brand do you play?
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Hey everyone, I would like to perform a simple survey of all that will reply to this. I am very curious what brand and model of guitar is the most popular among the flatpickers here.  There are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marke Richardson Jun 29, 2015.

Bourgeois Guitars
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I have been reseaching this brand for some time now, really like the Vintage D. Have not gotten the opportunity to actually play one yet. Is the difference between the Vintage D and the D-150 worth…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Minner Jun 17, 2010.

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Marke Richardson replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Currently playing a Martin HD28-LSV model in our band. "
Jun 29, 2015
Steven Olmstead replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I'm new here friends...so here goes.  I'm enjoying a custom Martin hd35  35th anniversary model with a pyramid bridge.  It sounds more like a beefed up hd28 rather than your typicaL d35.  I'm thinking of…"
May 10, 2015
Ken Richardson replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Sorry to hear about your mother passing. I found a lot of comfort in music after my mom passed."
Dec 4, 2014
Clyde J.Ortego replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I own a Silvertone, Epiphone 12 String and a Kala Baritone Ukulele. I haven't played any of them since my mother passed away but I know I need to get back at them for my own therapy. Happy Strumming"
Dec 3, 2014
Ken Richardson replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I recently got an Alvarez MD 85.  Its a dread, with all solid woods.  Spruce top and ovangkol back and sides. 2003 model. Its really loud and sounds great to me, a bit like a Taylor. I have a Taylor Big Baby, which has a similar feel to…"
Dec 1, 2014
L A Uptegrove replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Hey Todd, I have to agree somewhat with William Gray (see below).   Brand or model isn't as important as SOUND, feel, and quality. I have a number of great Martins (my D-35 is my favorite because of the bass response) but I also have…"
May 30, 2014
Clyde J.Ortego replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Hey Everyone: Clyde From New Orleans Here: I just wanted to chime in and say I just purchased a brand new Epiphone DR212 12 String Dreadnought from Guitar Center. I am very pleased with it and I will keep into my golden…"
May 30, 2014
Tom Snediker replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I have a Taylor 810 with an Engleman spruce top (1995). It's a great guitar and has really aged in nicely. It has a Schertler Blu-Stik pickup. These days I play my Del'Arte 14D Hommage gypsy jazz guitar more than anything. It is an…"
May 29, 2014
kenneth Cooke replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I play a CF Martin & Co D35. I have also owned a Herringbone D28 and a 1966 Brazilian Rosewood D35 also from CF Martin & Co"
May 7, 2014
Phil Ostroski replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Roberts Stringworks short scale Minstrel. Daniel Roberts is a true craftsman and gentleman…..NFI here…..just a wonderful instrument."
May 6, 2014
Jim Stevens replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"My Mossman is currently having it's neck reset but here's a photo of a really nice one."
Apr 14, 2014
Robert Sears replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I own 11 guitars including Martin, Fender, Harmony, Hoffman, Hohner, and Stella all set up for different things. But my main  guitars for playing out and playing anything are my 78 Guild 6 string and 92 Guild 12 string. Had my 6 string longer…"
Apr 14, 2014
RA Harris replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I love the Martin mahoganies and have a 2-17 and an 00-17, but, not the -15. They're nice - I imagine you enjoy yours. The other model I've never heard of -- what do you like about it? I think we're all familiar with the Martins, but…"
Apr 6, 2014
Jim Stevens replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"1992 Martin Custom 151977 Mossman Great Plains Am I the only on to play these models?"
Apr 5, 2014
kenneth Cooke replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"In the 60's, a Brazilian D35, in the 80's a Herringbone 28 and a 0021 and in 2013 I purchased a new D35. I would say that the recent D35 is the best Martin I have owned although this may sound like heresy have owned Brazilian Rosewood but…"
Apr 5, 2014
RA Harris replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I have a Guild D46 BLD and a Martin 00-18 plus some smaller blues / folk guitars."
Sep 22, 2013

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Favorite Flatpickers
Bryan Sutton, David Grier, Tony Rice, Scott Fore, Ricky Skaggs, and many more...
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Blackberry Blossum, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Big Sciota, Cluck Old Hen, Red Haired Boy, Black Mountain Rag, Old Joe Clark, and many more...
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McPherson, Bourgeois, Martin
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I have been playing guitar now for more than a decade, all styles that sound good to me. Started with the basic three chord cry in your beer type stuff and then moved on to Eric Clapton unplugged arrangments, SRV, Classic rock, back to country. Working on bluegrass now for about a year and very passonate about it. Normally play about two to three hours per day or until my fingers start to cramp. I play mostly by myself and sometimes with friends when the timing is right. Have a jam man loop machine so it helps to record the rythyms on it and play solo's to myself. Sometimes it is very entertaining! Looking into starting up the video thing and try to help people if I can online or private tapings if requested, still in the planning stages.

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Memphis, Tn Jams

I am going to be traveling to Memphis, Tn. area soon and I will be looking for a good jam to participate in, does anyone know of any in the area?

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 12:06am — 2 Comments

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At 9:46pm on March 26, 2010, Peter Giffin said…
Hey Todd;
Thx for yr message...great to hear from McP fans. I've now had my MG4.0XP 3 years...I bougt it from Danny Brevard at APM in Lufkin Tx. Woods are Adirondack top/Wavy Mahogany b&s. I have it setup with light Elixirs and very low action and although the tone is a killer I find volume a bit lacking. It's great for fingerstyle and DADGAD but I'm doing more flatpicking now with it. I did a workshop with Jim Nunally a few months ago and we compared guitars and Jim suggested medium Elixirs and the tall saddle next string change to get some more ooomph. How about you? What style(s) are you into?
cheers
PG
At 9:49am on April 1, 2010, Steve Stewart said…
That Bourgeois Vintage OM is my favorite guitar. The response is so good and tone so good that somehow it always inspires me to play better!
At 9:09am on April 5, 2010, Trevor said…
thanks for the props man. I'm trying to get that song.

All my best
T.
At 10:48am on June 7, 2010, Scott Fore said…
Todd,

If you have any questions regarding the tunes in the book, I would be happy to answer them or provide help with them.

Scott Fore
theflatpickking@yahoo.com
At 10:56am on December 29, 2011, Randal Morton said…

Hey Todd, I play every Monday night at the Buccaneer Lounge on Madison Ave. Check my website for my info. or Randal Morton Facebook. Welcome to Memphis! Let's get together & jam some. Your friend, Randal

 

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