Here she is after the paint job:
TK’s got pickups, Fred Stuart makes them, too, and I’ve found a guy in the U.K. that makes them as well. Regardless, I have to start saving up for them.
The double neck is a great idea, but I’ve already got the Carvin double neck, so I’ll stick with one (for now!)
Speaking off, here are a few photos of the Carvin. This is how it looked when I bought it:
You’ll notice that someone moved that bridge around quite a bit, leaving some unseemly holes.
More holes on the back:
Once the guitar was stripped, more holes:
From my research, these Carvins were made with either a natural finish, or sunburst. And that became a dilemma: there was no way I could restore it to stock without those holes peeking through the finish. So I settled on a TV yellow finish, which felt right to me for the era. You can still see some of the holes through the yellow, but they don’t just jump out at you.
Shout out to Avi Shabat at Shabat Guitars who did all the work for me.
I’m fortunate to live just down the street from Guitar Center Hollywood, and their vintage room is always full of beautiful archtops. I recently played a ’54 ES-295 sunburst that I went nuts for. Also a late 30’s ES-150 (with the Charlie Christian, of course.) But I haven’t played 175 yet.
For me, probably Stevie Ray. I’m from Texas, and went to college in Austin, so I was a regular at Antone’s. This was in 1986, so Stevie was already big and didn’t play the club (except unannounced). I don’t play like him—my hands aren’t strong enough to bend those 13’s-but he was the guy that made me want to play guitar, so I’ll always love him.
Antone’s Club became my home. I’d see Otis Rush and Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack–all sorts of amazing players. I had an old ’50s Silvertone parlor guitar, and I’d bring that to the club. Clifford Antone was so nice- he would personally introduce me to Albert, Otis and the others, and they all signed that guitar. Later BB signed it; so did John Lee Hooker, and I always thought it would be a cinch to get Stevie to sign it. One day, he came in to a record store I worked in. I didn’t recognize him at first, but when he asked me to point him to the blues section, I figured out pretty quickly, and I got giddy. By this time—1988—the store was phasing out vinyl, and our blues section was paltry. Another customer asked for help, so I got sidetracked. When I was done with that customer, I scanned the floor for Stevie, and he was gone. I just wanted to thank him for leading me to the guitar.
The memory still makes me smile, and I’ve been playing ever since.
I am finally getting the jazzy/rockabilly sound I want out of my Tele guitar using a combination of flat wounds and the V-pick Euro. According to the V-pick site, they are a “good replacement for the Jazz III.” I’ve never played a Jazz III, so I don’t know. The Euro is thicker than most picks and has holes drilled in for a better grip.
They cost $4 bucks each. I like ’em so much that when one of them broke, I actually spent the time to super glue it back together. (BTW – it only broke because I tried to use it as a flat-head screwdriver.)
I was never excited about picks until I found this particular V-pick. I have yet to try any of the high-end $30 Red Bear picks and the like.
I recently bought a couple hundred back issues of Guitar Player from around 1980 on. Only $45! It is the best bathroom reading ever; plus lots of great lessons inside. Seems like the older issues focused on the players I’m interested in – Junior Barnard, etc. If anyone needs a scan of something, let me know and I’ll see if I have it.
Hey everyone –
I’m very excited to find this forum. I’ve been playing guitar for about 25 years, always country/rockabilly style. In the last two years I have made a concerted effort to get better, to really learn the neck, and understand why each note works over a chord. It has been lots of fun.
I listen to Charlie Christian, Albert Lee, Bob Wills (with Eldon Shaman, Junior Barnard), the Time Jumpers, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Grady Martin and all of the other great pickers that most of us on this forum are into.
My main guitar for the past 20+ years has been a G&L ASAT Classic. I bought it while I was living in Austin; I had become fixated on Telecasters after watching Junior Brown, Casper Rawls and the Derailers. The ASAT played better than every Tele I tried, so it became a keeper.
My first guitar was a 1950’s Gibson ES-125 that I bought from the late great harmonica master Gary Primich. Unfortunately it was stolen years ago. Wish I still had it.
Last year, influenced by Deke Dickerson, I picked up a 1962 Carvin # 1 MS. It’s a six-string on the bottom, and an 8-string mandolin on the top. It had a non-original finish. Once I removed it, I discovered that there were tons of filled holes in the body—someone had moved the pickups and tailpieces many times. As a result, I couldn’t refinish it to natural, as the holes would show, so I compromised and did a TV Yellow finish. My friend Avi Shabat at Shabat Guitars did all the work. He’s awesome and makes great Teles, too.
Once I figure out how to post photos, I’ll post some photos.
Glad to be on the forum –