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  • in reply to: Restoring Bob Wills #7316
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    That said, it’s a little technical for me, but with more reading I could probably figure more of it out.

    in reply to: Restoring Bob Wills #7315
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    It’s pretty great so far. If you have an old recording you want me to try it on, just send it to me.

    in reply to: Academic discussion of Western Swing. #3947
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    I was just reading more about Bob Dunn, Milton Brown’s lap steel player. Check out this great tone he gets:

    Taking Off

    in reply to: Academic discussion of Western Swing. #3713
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    Wow! So cool that you found this forum. I would love to see more transcriptions!

    in reply to: So I got to play these guitars today…. #2651
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    The other guitar I got to play – Danny Gatton’s ’53 Tele.

    in reply to: So I got to play these guitars today…. #2619
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    Danny Gatton's 1953 Tele

    in reply to: So I got to play these guitars today…. #2618
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    Ugh…I have to figure out how to post images!

    in reply to: So I got to play these guitars today…. #2617
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    Danny Gatton's 1953 Telecaster

    in reply to: I want to buy this guitar. Can anyone loan me $400,000? #2530
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    Levin Deluxe

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    in reply to: Let's share musical ideas #2499
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    What kind of guitar are you playing through?

    in reply to: Building a Paul Bigsby replica guitar #2498
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    Awesome. Let me know what you hear!

    in reply to: Building a Paul Bigsby replica guitar #2452
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    So I opted not to have a Bigsby replica built – I really don’t need another solid body, so my luthier is building me a Kay Crusader-esque hollowbody with a Bigsby-style neck. I’ve always wanted a guitar with Charlie Christian pickups – TK Smith makes them, Vintage Vibe makes them, Lollar makes them. Any recommendations?

    I am also lusting after TK’s Bigsby-replica pickups. Would it be weird to combine a Charlie Christian with a TK C.A.R?

    in reply to: Guitar stuff #2143
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    Man, that is a cool guitar!

    in reply to: Building a Paul Bigsby replica guitar #2102
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    Tommy, I would be honored if you would play it, so I will make it happen.

    The Carvin pickups are outstandingly great.

    BTW – I discovered that someone had auctioned off a Carvin lap steel with the bridge I needed and the same AP6 pickup for $200. Wish I would have known beforehand.

    I think Curtis Novak is making reproductions of the pickup, too.

    in reply to: Building a Paul Bigsby replica guitar #2098
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    You’ll notice I added a Bigsby. That’s because the original bridge (as seen a few posts above) was functional, but had a big piece missing in the middle. I have a buddy that makes jewelry for a living—he carves everything in wax before casting. He certainly has the skill to turn a chunk of white Bakelite into a bridge, but I couldn’t find any Bakelite in white. And I couldn’t find a replacement bridge anywhere.

    I wrote to Alex at TR Crandall Guitars for advice. He said:

    “Finding a replacement is unlikely. Many of them broke as it was a poor design. They were not made of Bakelite, as you are correct—it was not made in white. It was made from Plaskon, which is a urea based plastic using celluloid as a filler. Many radios were made from the stuff afters its creation in 1931.”

    A Bigby was the obvious solution, as it was period-correct. It’s my first Bigsby, so I’m still getting used to it.

    (By the way, if you’re looking to buy one, get the WD Music B5. It’s cheaper, and is exactly the same as a regular B5. There is no difference.)

    So that’s the story of my Carvin #1-MS. I’ve been thinking of writing an article about the restoration and sending it to Vintage Guitar Magazine. (I write for a living.)

    Now, all I have to do is learn to play the mandolin.

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