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Favorite Flatpickers
David Grier,Tony-Wyatt Rice,Robert Bowlin,Tim Stafford,Beppe Gambetta,Clay Hess,Bob Minner,Carl Miner.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
I love them all.
Favorite Guitars
'40 D-18,'47 D-18,Banner J-45s and SJs.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I'm a flatpicker from Greece,and a self taught guitar player,mostly an ear trained guy.Can't read music,just some little TAB.
I like flatpicking guitar and Bluegrass music in general.
Do you have a website?
http://www.yiannisguitar.com

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Posted on September 11, 2008 at 10:22am

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At 3:06pm on June 26, 2008, Yiannis Gougourelas said…
Hello to all!
Hope to see you next year in U.S,which i plan to visit.
At 8:04am on June 27, 2008, Dan Miller said…
Hello Yiannis!
Thank you for joining the network. It is good to see you here!
Dan
At 2:43pm on June 27, 2008, Yiannis Gougourelas said…
Hello,Dan!
Hope you're doing fine my friend.
Great flatpicking forum!

Yiannis
At 6:58pm on July 3, 2008, Mark Cosgrove said…
Hello Yiannis!
Hope all is well and that you are picking your guitar and singing a tune as I write. Someday we will meet I'm sure!
Best always, Mark
At 5:09am on July 4, 2008, Mitch Corbin said…
The workshop is set up and I'm back at it. I have more room and a lot of light. Come visit. Stay in touch. Mitch
At 6:40pm on July 4, 2008, David Dugas said…
Hey Yiannis,

Glad to see you here. How's the '39 D-18 working out for you? Mine is great!

David
At 11:41am on July 5, 2008, Yiannis Gougourelas said…
Thanks,David.
The '39 D-18 is a great and quality sounding guitar.Still can't believe that i close that close to a legendary guitar like this.
I really have to record some music and have it sent to you.It shares many common tonal qualities with your excellent '39 D-18.
Some times the sound changes due to weather conditions,but it's there most of the times.
Enjoy!

Best,
Yiannis
At 8:58pm on July 11, 2008, Chad Fette said…
Yiannis,
I seem to see you everywhere on the net (UMGF, YouTube, Flatpick Network). You seem like such a positive guy, so I thought I'd make contact. We have a lot in common in terms of age, guitars, and musical taste. I, too, have a 1939 D-18, but I bet yours is in much better condition than mine! I also have a '39 Gibson J-35, a 1943 Gibson SJ, and a 1994 Collings D-2H. All refinished and funky (accept the Collings). They all sound great though!. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and that I enjoy your posts and comments!
Chad (1939 D-18)
At 12:54am on July 12, 2008, Andrea Tarquini said…
Yassos Yiannis!!
I went to Tessaloniki many many years ago......I am very happy to see the number of european flatpickers is increasing. Maybe for you it's easier as you have a great Bouzooki tradition..... Anyway KEEP PICKING!!
At 1:01am on July 12, 2008, Yiannis Gougourelas said…
Chad,
Glad to hear from you too! Yes,it seems that G.A.S. is a disease...And surely UMGF is the reason!
I'm a flatpicker here in Greece,i was trying all alone to play that kind of music(bluegrass).
Yes,i do own a late '39 D-18 maybe the cleanest in the world,but...refinished.It's a great sounding guitar though.I'm more of a player than a collector.
I had an original Engelmann topped '53 D-28 2 months ago,so i traded it+cash to get that '39 D-18.
My other guitars are:
'51 00-18,'63 D-18,'76 HD-28,J.Walker J-35 replica,custom made Mike Vanden Alpine/Brazilian(the most sonorous guitar i've ever played),'93 Larrivee D-50 rosewood,a,and a parlor Regal.
I'm having a Blazer&Henkes shaded top D-18 on order too.

Best,
Yiannis

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