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Stuart Mossman and Mossman Guitars.

Sadly, I've never got to put my hands on one of these - I'd really like to give one a whirl for just a few minutes one day just to see, and say I did, of course.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/SL-Mossman-Guitars

I know Mark O'Connor plays one, and Dan Crary, of course.

Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on April 15, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

The Music Of David Grisman

Now everyone probably knows exactly who David Grisman is, he's only one of the finest mandolin players that acoustic jazz, bluegrass, etc - has ever known.  In my mind David Grisman is right on par with someone like Ricky Skaggs, he's just more of a jazz and hippie sort than he is a traditionalist.  I love them both, and besides their mandolin playing, both of those guys always have a band with one heck of a guitarist.

In the case of David Grisman - he brought…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on February 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Russ Barenberg

Another extremely fine and well known flatpicker that has been on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine in the past is Russ Barenberg.  I've personally been affected by that fella's fine and tasteful music in the past, as the single largest audience I ever played in front of ...was treated to Barenberg's "Keep It Up/Prince Charlie" from my own fingers.

So Russ is important to me, and I took the time to create a bit of a tribute to…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on January 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

My Tribute to David Bromberg.

David Bromberg

David Bromberg is a guy that we all here on this site should all know well, and he's quite a guitarist.  David also happens to be the world's single greatest authority of American Made Violins.  I thoroughly enjoyed the issue of Flatpicking Guitar dedicated to him, and if you did as well, then I think that you might also…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on December 16, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Ricky Skaggs, Guitars, Mandolins, Country and Bluegrass.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/Ricky-Skaggs-Country-Bluegrass-Mandolins-and-Guitars

 

 

 

 

 

Hard to imagine someone more dedicated to the kind of music that this website is dedicated to than Ricky Skaggs, and it's harder still to imagine a musician with more musical integrity, and power within the…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 18, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments

Acoustic Guitar Repairs

Acoustic guitars are fragile things, and even the most cared for instruments suffer from wear and tear due to playing.

 

Fret jobs, set ups - those things just happen.  This article is written on a basic info level - but if you happen to be in North Texas - then I've got links to a custom guitar builder and master repairman that I personally have used in the past for fret jobs and set up problems on my guitars.

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 11, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments

The Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitars.

I figure that everyone here knows all about Tony Rice's 1935 Martin D 28, and the history of the thing - but I wrote this article for people who might not know about it, and I hope maybe some folks here at flatpicking Guitar online will enjoy this as well.

 

It's really more about the Santa Cruz Tony Rice models though.

 

If you've never seen the super clip of Nine Pound Hammer presented here with Tony and the some of the best and most known bluegrass…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 8, 2011 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Gibson Guitars.

Of course I know that most flatpickers prefer Martin style instruments - I certainly do, but I was raised with a flatpicking grandfather that mostly played Gibson.

 

Could be that some folk's have a particular style of playing that is best represented by Gibson Dreadnoughts or Super Jumbo guitars?

 

If so - then I want to hear about it, and if possible, hear you play as well!!!

 

Anyway, Gibson still makes great guitars - and who doesn't think the J…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 1, 2011 at 11:45am — 2 Comments

Collings Guitars

http://http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/Collings-Guitars-of-Austin-Texas

 

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…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on September 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Five Solid Top Flat Tops in the $500.00 Range.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Five-Acoustic-Steel-String-Guitars-For-Under-Five-Hundred-Dollars

 

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,…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 13, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Doc Watson - American Musical Treasure.

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…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 6, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

The Martin D 50 Koa, and the D 50 Ultra Deluxe.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/The-Martin-D-50-Koa-Deluxe-Acoustic-Guitar

 

 

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…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 1, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Fender F 65 Acoustic Guitar.

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…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on July 19, 2011 at 6:07am — 2 Comments

The Steve Kaufman Gallagher Guitar. Seven Strings And A Cutaway, What's Not To Like?

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Gallagher-Steve-Kaufman-Model-Seven-String-Acoustic-Guitar

 

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

The Martin HD 28 VR

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Martin-HD-28-VR-Acoustic-Guitar?done

 

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.…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 25, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

C.F. Mountain - Massive Violations of Business Ethics.

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.

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 17, 2011 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

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.

 

http://hubpages.com/hub/Yamaki-Acoustic-Guitars

 

Martin Style dreadnought with nice appointments, but a Western Red Cedar top…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 13, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments

The Johnny Cash Model D 35.

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Johnny-Cash-Model-Martin-D-35-Reverse-Negative

 

It's true that Johnny Cash wasn't much of a picker.  Hell, he wasn't much of a grinner either - but he was a great singer, and a terrific role model.  He's certainly one of my favorite American musical icons.  I've never been to a festival and seen one of these guitars.  I don't think I've ever even seen one…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on May 26, 2011 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Who Are The Great Flatpickers? Clarence White.

http://hubpages.com/_2f6iz9aonqwpc/hub/Who-Are-The-Great-Flatpickers

 

I write about all sorts of things, but one of them is fine acoustic guitars, and another major thing that I enjoy writing about is music in general, and specific musicians in particular.  So I wrote an introduction before this called "What is Flatpicking," which was meant to introduce the term to persons who don't know it, and…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on May 18, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

The Legendary Earl Scruggs.

Now, surely everyone knows exactly who Earl Scruggs is, and of course, his son Randy is a great musician as well.  Where would we be without Earl Scruggs?  We'd have a lot less great music to play and listen to, that's where we'd be.

 

There's some great music here, Clarence White playing a telecaster with The Byrds and Earl and Randy Scruggs, some Flatt and Scruggs videos, and a great video with Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, and some other very notable musicians that everyone…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on February 6, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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