For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
I'm from and living in Texas - and I'm a rabid internet writer or "scribbler" if you prefer; and besides writing about music and guitars - I like to write about Texas. There's not a better combination of the three subjects than Collings Guitars that I can think of, and besides, I shook Bill…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on September 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
If you play a D18-GE you must try out the Martin SP strings on it. I used D'Addario EJ17's for years. Richard Starkey (Nashville Martin guru) recommended that I try a set of the SPs after tweaking my Martin one day. He recently switched after years of playing EJ17s. They stay fresh longer, are more balanced, slightly brighter and the high end is silkier (to me anyway)...peace!
Added by Mark Stultz on September 2, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments
I just read on the www.elderly.com site that CF Martin IV's signature is on the underside of the top of the Martin D18-GE's, so I checked mine with a mirror and light and it was there. Nice touch.
Added by Mark Stultz on September 2, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments
The September/October 2011 edition of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This edition is Volume 15, Number 6 of the magazine and features David Grisman's guitar player Grant Gordy on the cover. Additionally we feature Caleb Smith a picker from the mountains of North Carolina who performs with the band Balsam Range and we highlight a wonderful fiddle tune CD that features New Jersey flatpicker Van Manakas.…
Added by Dan Miller on August 31, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Holding the pick has to be the most fundamental starting point after taking the pick out of the box and tuning up. (If you store your pick by threading it between the strings, be sure to remove it before tuning up).
I have spent the last few weeks struggling with picks that keep twisting as I am playing, which makes it difficult to play with confidence.
Fortunately (maybe) I came across an instructional video by Scott Fore on blessi.com. Along with this there is a video of…Continue
For beginners or someone looking for a good travel guitar - I created this list of what I think are the best five flat tops for around $500.00 Of course finding one that's used cuts the price in half a lot of times - all of these are good guitars,…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 13, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments
Hello any and all, besides trying to break in my new old guitar, which had sat in my grandmother's closet for a decade or more - I'm also forever trying to make a living online. . . .which I tell you, is probably about as easy as would be trying to make a living as a Bluegrass guitarist. VERY HARD!
Anyway, I produced an article as a tribute to my love of Doc Watson, and hopefully you too share that love of Doc for not only his music, but for his CHARACTER as well. I've…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 6, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments
Just published an article about these beautiful Martin D 50's. I can't imagine having the money to buy one, or buying one even if I did have the money. Then I figured out that on top…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 1, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments
I've got a new flat top, and I'm having some trouble finding out much about it. It sat in my grandmother's closet for years and years without being touched by anyone.
I've got the hundred and thirty first Santa Cruz ever made - and that guitar is just too special to me to carry around with me anywhere, or to keep in my travel trailer home. I just worry about it too much, as it's Brazilian rosewood. . . .and because people always think that it's a pre war D 28 when it's…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on July 2, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments
Here's an example of the fune we had at Mars Hill Bluegrass Week. Jack lawrence (left) is playing his 53' D-28 and Steve Kilby (right) is playing his 54' D-28. Recorded June 22, 2011.
Added by Steve Kilby on June 30, 2011 at 10:41am — No Comments
Well, I suppose the PRICE of the thing, but it's Brazilian and Engleman! Gallagher out to do an East Indian and Sitka model, in my opinion.
If they do, or someone makes something comparable to this guitar, PLEASE let me know.
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 29, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments
Added by Steve Kilby on June 26, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments
I seriously doubt that anyone in this forum would NOT know all about what these guitars are. Sure, I'm doing some self promotion here, but the truth is that I would really appreciate feedback on it. In any case, I at least hope that nobody feels offended by me publishing blogs here that link to Hubpages.com articles that I produce.…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 25, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments
Added by Bob Minner on June 25, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments
I've never once put my hands on one of these things - not that I recall, anyway. I've been fooling with steel string acoustics since I was twelve years old though, and me and my grandfather used to hit every flea market within a hundred miles to buy them cheap, repair (if needed) and re sell them.
So likely I HAVE played a "C.F. Mountain" guitar, but the lack of ethics in the name and display is astonishing.
I know I know. You don't want to hear about Japanese guitars. I'm sorry, I recently played one that was so good a guitar that I have to talk about it. Hell, I created a nice webpage about Yamaki brand acoustic guitars because the one that my Uncle Thomas owns is so nice.
Martin Style dreadnought with nice appointments, but a Western Red Cedar top…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 13, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments
Just wanted to update everyone on this week long camp at which I will be the intermediate guitar instructor next week.
We should have a great time with Dave Talbot, Jack Lawrence, Roland White, Bryan McDowell and the other instructors listed. Hope many of you would consider attending this camp. Located in the beautiful mountains of NC just north of Asheville. What could be better than Bluegrass in…Continue
Added by Steve Kilby on June 12, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments