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Show and Tell: Your favorite instrument

Please tell us about your favorite instrument - and if there's a story behind how you got it or why it's special to you, that would be great.

This discussion thread is inspired by @VinsGirl (Rebecca) who told us about her 1916 Steinway Model O grand piano.

VinsGirl posted:
Chet posted:

Holy Moley - your piano costs more than my entire guitar and bass collection (almost)...  🙂

@Chet - For the record, I got it for an incredible price after telling my tech I was looking for something about 1/3 as expensive ?? I never dreamed I could have a grand piano (much less a Steinway) for what I paid, so when the opportunity presented itself, I felt like spending money from savings was warranted. The only reason I got the piano was because I live in the same area as the tech who was selling it (and my tech knew him and knew I was in the market for an upgrade); he had 2 people flying in from out of state to potentially buy it, but I got to it first. I adore this instrument and have never once regretted the decision (and feel very lucky to have been able to jump at the opportunity). 

Hey Rebecca; got a picture?

ST

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VinsGirl
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Re: Show and Tell: Your favorite instrument

ST posted:

Hey Rebecca; got a picture?

ST

Here it is!

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Many, many years ago (on a different continent), my cousin gave me his old guitar. The neck was so badly warped that it was largely unplayable. Since that's all I could afford, I gratefully accepted it and began trying to learn to play. At the time I wanted to be an acoustic folk singer.

A few years after that, I met someone who played a Yamaha 12-string. I was smitten by what sounded glorious to my ear - that unique 12-string sound.

Over the years, I was lucky to have the opportunity to own several 12-string acoustic guitars and realized that I couldn't go back to a 6 string.

Some years ago I had the chance to buy a Takamine jumbo 12-string. It's a 50th anniversary edition and is made in Japan. I just love the sound it makes and the feel of it when I play. I use it tuned down two semi-tones.IMG_3516

Then I discovered the Bose systems (L1 Classic to start with) and realized that I love the sound that they produce. My L1M1 with 2 B1's and my S1 are my choice of amplifiers (I'm hanging on to my T1 even after getting a T8). I began performing in public just under 5 years ago.

Along the way I tried some 6 string guitars and settled on a Godin A6 Ultra as my second guitar. I dabble in some harmonica playing too.

But by far, my favourite, is my Takamine 12-string jumbo acoustic. My hope is that it will be my main instrument as long as I'm playing and singing.

Thanks for another interesting topic, @ST.

Cheers

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Re: Show and Tell: Your favorite instrument

Hi, Rob Wright.

Thanks for the picture. That's a great looking instrument. Please tell us the story behind it.

Thanks,

ST

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I already owned three other plectrum banjos custom made for me by Vinnie Mondello.  I accompanied Tyler Jackson to the home of a retired music store owner who was looking to sell some of his high end instruments.  Tyler works at a music store that deals in quality used instruments.  Paul was showing it to Tyler, who is a master tenor banjoist.  Since plectrum is my main instrument he asked me to play it.  It was as though it was made for me but I was not really in the market.  They convinced me to take it home and play it for a while.  Even my wife said I needed to own it.  So, I bought it and have never regretted it.  On my most recent album I used it with Howard Alden and Tyler Jackson, The Great Banjo Summit and Other Things with Strings.  A friend from Illinois, Dr. Rom McLowhan brought Eddie Peabody's last banjo for me to record a song with and it is a dead ringer for mine.  I never knew the original owner but as fate would have it, I met his widow at an All Frets convention.  I gave her a ride from the airport to the convention.  She had already sold it to Paul Bloomintrip the retired store owner.  She passed away shortly after that.   It was Ron McLowhan who told me who the previous owner was.  He is a collector and officianado of Vega Vox banjos.

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My first playable guitar was a 1961 Gibson SG Special that I gigged with for 14 years.  I traded it in the early 70s for a Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.  My new favorite electric is a 2019 '61 SG Standard I recently bought that's at least as nice as my 1961 was but I LOVE the humbuckers:

Recent gig with the Gibson SG Standard as part of the HICountry Band     (HI = Hawai'i) at Gertrude's Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona.

My acoustics over the years have wandered from an excellent Yairi-Gakki 000-28 copy bought in 1967, Martin 000-28s (after Yairi was stolen in '72), Taylor 12 string(s), Taylor 514CE and 714CE (current) but my absolute favorite is still a Gallagher 71 Special built for me by Mr. J. W. Gallagher in 1975 (S/N 000876) and which is now in the shop being completely refurbished with a new pickup system installed to pair with the Sunrise.

I've had a number of basses over the years starting with a Fender Jazz in 1970, Custom 4 string fretless, Ibanez, Godin 5-str Fretless, Clevinger, Ubass, 5 String Fender Jazz and even a huge 7 string Conklin but Numero Uno is a 6 string fretless bass custom built by my friend John Jordan that I purchased back in the mid-90s.  It's solid rosewood (I have to play it sitting down now - 20#+), ebony fingerboard, abalone inlays for fret markers, custom wound Bartollini passive pickups and Shaller tuners.  That monster low string (145XL) proceeds up a ramp past the nut and tuned as a low-A instead of low-B.

I've spent many happy hours on stage and in the recording studio playing the Gallagher and the Jordan Bass, including a recently completed album, "Across 3000 Miles" with a new friend Andy Kimbel.

What a fun subject!

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Like Troubador above, I was smitten by a Yamaha 12-string and I played that wonderful FG-230 for over 42 years.  In recent years I have had the great fortune to join my favorite band The New Christy Minstrels, a band formed in 1961 and still performing under the direction of our founder Randy Sparks.  Martin offered "commemorative models" for the band, so I selected a new 12-string.  The body is maple, with a spruce top and mahogany wedge in the back (a nod to my old Yamaha).  I always tuned the FG-230 down two frets, but was assured by Martin that I could tune this one up to concert pitch.  I have, and it works very well.  And it sounds great through my L1 Compact.

It's very special to me as a reminder of the concerts I've played with the NCM, and the dear friends I've made in the process.

Ed Stockton
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Congratulations, Ed.  Beautiful Guitar...and sounds like the price was right.

I played a few gigs a few years ago in Tucson with William Florian (on Fender 5 String Jazz Bass with my L1M2) a fellow who used to work with NCM.  Great Fun!

http://www.florianmusic.com/

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Some folks here will remember Rick Jordan, a fine fellow, wonderful singer, and a masterful picker.  Here's a picture of Rick from 2009 when he dropped by for dinner.

He's playing my Morgan Presentation Model Concert Cutaway

Read the story of his visit here. Rick Jordan a Country Gentleman, drops by for dinner

Most of the time I play electric guitar, but this remains one of my favourite acoustics.

ST