Hey everyone! It has been a while since I have posted a blog post! I thought I might share with you a little of what I have been up to lately.
This morning I had breakfast and a jam session with Ben Clark. Some of you may know of him as Banjo Ben. Here’s what he does.. He teaches like me, but on a subscription based site and does a great job at it! He’s a super fun guy and I really enjoyed our conversation and jam. I’ve considered doing this myself, but haven’t bit the bullet yet. More to come.. with Banjo Ben too, as we’re going to plan a thing we can do together that will be fun and educational.
I prepared and prepared, and worked hard, but didn’t even make it to the top 5, however I did snag the peoples choice award. It was no slouch of a prize at all.
A CUSTOM TELE!!
A CUSTOM TELE!!
For a long time I’ve wanted a telecaster guitar, and I’ve been that only lonely fella in Nashville with out one! lol!
Now I have this beautiful custom made guitar by SDC Guitars of Indianapolis!
4357 W. 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Scott Campbell and Chuck Wills were gracious enough to put together this lovely guitar, which is now one of my favorite electrics!
“It’s very slick, with Warmoth Licensed T-type replacement neck, “Modern Vintage” style. 1 11/16″ nut width, with a ’59 Les Paul back carve. It’s a little chunkier than most Fender necks, but fits nicely in the palm. It should strike a nice balance between fingerstyle and other electric type playing. The frets are medium jumbo, and it’s a nice hard birdseye maple wood. The body is a medium weight ash with transparent black finish. Everything was hand fitted by Scott for a tight fit and mirror finish. Chose to not do a pick guard since the wood was so pretty. In choosing the neck and body combo, one of us said out loud “we want it to look pretty bad ass, like something David Gilmour would play”…. so you got trans black and maple!
Hardware all came from Stewmac:
Oak/Grigsby 4-way switch with series/parallel wiring, CTS Pots, Orange Drop cap, vintage style tuners, compensated brass saddles.
The pickups are Lindy Fralin Blues tele pickups. I had played these before and knew they would be able to pull off both a traditional Tele sound as well as push the amp for more modern styles. In the series switch position they are wired like a humbucker and give a thick tone that really grinds through an overdrive pedal or turned up amp. The control plate is reversed so that it’s easier to do volume swells.”
Now that I’ve competed in Indiana I’ll be headed off to Winfield Kansas to compete in the much bigger contest! I enjoy going there win or not, so I’ll give it my best. That’s all you can ever ask for out of a person right?
OK So recently I got involved with the Faith Guitar brand. Lovely guitars at a fraction of the cost of it’s similar competitors.
I was hired to create some video demonstrations of some of their guitar line! So far so good! One of the guitar I really like! It’s their MARS all Mahogany guitar!
These vids will be posted soon, but here is my sample I sent to them and a funny out take video you might like.
In November I’ll be heading to L.A. with Batson guitar brand. We’re taking part in the Taxi Road rally event. That should be really awesome networking for me and what not. I’ll be playing and showing off the new model of Batson guitars as well as drinking coffee and hanging out with other songwriters..
I’m also in the works of making a new cd of original guitar music. Thinking on doing another kickstarter to help with the fundraising and all. I’ll keep you posted.
And as always, thanks for reading my blog entry. If you ever have any direct questions for me or want lessons, or chat about guitars, coffee, or life, shoot me an email!
Writing tons of new material and getting ready to share with the world. I’ve been posting some new videos and arrangements you can listen to below.
Soon I will be doing another Kickstarter to help presale and market my new album. Their will be some very cool things to happen there!
Here is a tune I wrote for my wife Twila Joy. This is a beautiful waltz, “Waltz With Joy”
Here’s one I wrote for a Friend, Scott Bravo. I left the initial out takes in there because sometimes it’s funny. When Scott and I hang out it’s always funny! It’s a work in process and is getting tighter!
Here is my arrangement of “Our God is Greater” by Chris Tomlin
I play guitar in church a lot and do a lot of strumming of tunes like this. I just came up with this for fun and hope you can enjoy as well.
Lastly, I’ve revamped and recorded my arrangement of the lovely tune, Rainbow Connection
Be on the look out for me promoting my kickstarter soon.
I’m preparing for the Indiana guitar contest last of July and also have some work coming my way with the Faith Guitar company.
I got another opportunity to showcase, demo, and play on Faith Guitars at the Summer NAMM show here in Nashville TN. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the fine folks at Connolly Music and showing off their guitars to potential buyers and B2B operations! Will certainly be fun. One of the perks of this gig, is I got a new guitar. It’s the Neptune model, which is a small jumbo style guitar. It’s easy to play and sounds great right out of the case!
Here’s a couple of performances of me with the guitar.
This first one is Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Got a lot of great feedback from this one.
Make you feel my love. Adele arrangement Dylan song.
This is my arrangement that I put together for a recent wedding I played. It allows you to hear the resonance of the guitar. It sounds fantastic. I only added a touch of reverb to give it some depth.
Let me know what you think! email@example.com or comment on the videos..
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last wrote.
I got this beautiful Stonebridge guitar last year and never really said anything about it. Now here it is! A video for your watching pleasure. I’m really enjoying playing this guitar and the K&K pickup is incredible!
Lately I’ve been writing some new music and plan on a “The Guitarlancer” project to get started very soon. For those of you that may not know I was called guitarlancer by one of my main guitar influences, Tommy Emmanuel, and I have stuck with it for all these years. I find it a fitting title for my project. So stay tuned for more on that!
Details are all in the video, but read on below if you like.
Hey Everyone and welcome back to a new blogpost about an interesting guitar.
Here we have the new 2015/2016 Takamine EF340S TT. This is an outstanding guitar. It has a torrefied top which I explain in the the video below. It will soon be available at Sweetwater (Tell them I sent ya!) This guitar reminds me of the Golden era Martins from the 40s. It has a rich open tone to it and is loud! Bluegrassers will love it!
Here’s some info from the Takamine Site about this guitar.
The quick response, balance and projection ordinarily found in a well-played vintage instrument is yours right out of the case with the EF340S-TT. A solid spruce ‘Thermal Top’ drives solid American mahogany back and sides on this traditional non-cutaway dreadnought. Faux tortoise shell binding and pick guard, open gear butterbean tuners and understated ‘T’ logo appropriately accentuate the vintage sound of this killer instrument. The vintage look, feel and sound of this hand crafted instrument must be experienced to be believed. Factor in the world renowned Takamine ‘Palathetic’ pickup and the organic transparency of the new low profile, high performance TLD-2 line driver preamp, and you have the absolute best of all acoustic guitar worlds. – See more at:
Top Solid Thermal Top
Back Solid American Mahogany
Sides Solid American Mahogany
Neck Mahogany Finger Board Ebony
Finish Gloss Natural – Polyurethane
Tuners are Gotoh Matte finish open gear tuners.
Dreadnought style guitar.
Here’s some pics up close that you typically don’t see in the sites and etc.
Strap button is chrome and has felt protector against wood
A classic Takamine T in Maple inlay. Bone Nut Rosewood veneer on headstock
Tortoise shell style binding all around edges for binding. Beautiful mahogany back and sides
This is tight grain. The orange older look is from the torrefying process.
This is the rosette, and you can see that the battery is eat access 9V.