Guitar anorak

November 22, 2009 by warren
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As`you can see the website is up and running, and slowly but surely the gigs are comming in. We’ve got all of the pieces of the jigsaw in place and now it’s time to start building. We were in a bit of a dilemma as to whether the showcase gigs should be a solo acoustic affair or whether we should put a small band together. I think that I’m going to bite the bullet and do it on my own (warts and all). There aren’t many places you can hide when it’s just you and an acoustic guitar, but I think that it gives you a better opportunity to hear the songs. I do want to put a band / loose collective together in the near future, so if you’ve heard the material and you like it, get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

On a personal note, I’ve been looking at some new guitars recently, and it’s hard to believe, but I can’t find anything that I like as much as my old ’72 Eko Ranger. It’s heavy, the bolt on neck is too wide and too thick, and the machine heads are at best, functional. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that its the first guitar `that I ever bought at the age of fourteen. It came from a small shop in Bath called Alun Jones, that sold dodgy second hand hifi equipment, and the occasional musical instrument; the kind of shop that sadly doesn’t exist any more. Over the years I’ve managed to hang onto a Takamine, a Nashville which is a 70′s Guild copy out of the Takamine factory, and a sunburst Japanese Tele which is currently fitted with a Bigsby. I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic vintage guitar shop on my doorstep, so I’ve played on some beautiful guitars – J200′s, Martin Dreadnoughts and lovely old Guilds, but nothing quite compares to my old Eko. I was recently very tempted by a lovely Taylor. Anyway I’ve decded to fit a new Fishman under saddle pickup, and I might fit a new set of Gotoh machine heads. I love authenticity in old guitars, but bits are starting to fall off! I have had a crack at making a few guitars over the years (the joys of a man and his shed) and I’ve got two on the go at the moment. One project that is on hold is a jumbo acoustic with spruce top and copper sides. The idea is to let the copper oxidise and turn to verdigris (a kind of organically evolving instrument). Shaping the sides hasn’t been too much of a problem, but joining them to the soundboard and routing the edges is going to be interesting. Who knows, it might have therapeutic powers like the copper bangles you buy in the chemist.

Speak to you soon

Warren

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