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Old 12-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #2026
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Yup, that's a good gift. I like Guitar Aficionado magazine and I'm sure that's a 'best of' type book. You scored a good one, Dad.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #2027
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A few years ago, my guitar guru showed me this late 1930's Sonata Leader arch-top acoustic, part of his personal collection.
This kind of guitar isn't too terribly rare, a high-end department store guitar from pre-WW2. Back in the day you could pick
this up in Montgomery Ward's for twenty bucks. They can still be found on eBay from time to time.





Genuine tortoise-shell pick-guard...












Made To Be Played...

What made me fall in love with this one is that not only was it well cared-for, it has been played. Look at the indentations
worn into the fingerboard...





I like the wear pattern of the varnish on the back of the neck. Check out how the unworn "stripe" of varnish matches up with
the area between the two knuckles of the thumb. The man's knuckles wore that pattern into the neck of the guitar...





It also came with an antique case made by Lifton, who made cases for Gibson guitars many moons ago...









It wasn't for sale, but I lusted and drooled for it for months as I shopped around looking for an antique guitar in similar condition.
My Guru eventually called me one day, telling me he was thinning the herd a bit, and asked if I was still interested in the old
archtop.

" ! "

I was on his front porch with cash in hand in less than a half-hour.


I don't have a clue who owned and played this guitar over the years, but that's part of its mystique. It could have been the
prized possession of some poor sharecropper who played it on his front porch for decades. Or it could have traveled the
highways and byways of America in the hands of a Bluesman. This is my favorite theory, being a huge fan of Delta Blues.

But whomever owned and played it over the past seventy some-odd years, it has been played and loved. And it still is.

Imagine the music that has come out of this ol' beauty...
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:45 AM   #2028
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A few years ago, my guitar guru showed me this late 1930's Sonata Leader arch-top acoustic, part of his personal collection. ...




Imagine the music that has come out of this ol' beauty...
Very cool!
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:27 AM   #2029
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Didn't know whether this belonged in the I LOVE THIS GUN Thread, CSM or here. I put it here!

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Old 12-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #2030
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We got a freebie!

My wife emails me at work and sez...'I was walking the dog (early AM) and one of the neighbors has an amp out by the curb with a sign that sez FREE. Do you want it?' Hell yes, please go get it. So, ten minutes before her on-line meeting, she goes back out and hucks this 45lb amp 100 yds back home. I love my wife!





The family who put it out front has a son who's a pro guitar player currently playing in Nashville. Why they got rid of it is beyond me. My daughter and a co-worker both gave it a workout and it plays fine. It even came with the manual and a 20ft guitar cable. Is it a great amp? No. Is it a free amp? Yes, and that makes it a really good amp.

This was my once in a lifetime freebie and I still can't believe it. Keep your eyes open and hopefully someone else will find a curb side gem.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #2031
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My best freebie was a perfectly good Rigid shop vac.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #2032
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I had the same experience with the PC version and it has been gathering dust ever since.
I finally broke out the original Rocksmith game again. I found a post on the rocksmith forums on how to tweak the config file to minimize the delay so I did that and low and behold it worked. I had some fun playing along to a QOTSA song but hated the interface. So I bought 2014. The lag is gone from this game straight out of the box and the interface is better and lets you use your mouse. Apparently for $10 you can import the songs from the first version into the 2014 one but I haven't done that yet.

So far it's a lot of fun and my fingers hurt. It's good to knock the rust off because my guitars had become wall art.

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Old 12-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #2033
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My wife emails me at work and sez...'I was walking the dog (early AM) and one of the neighbors has an amp out by the curb with a sign that sez FREE. Do you want it?' Hell yes, please go get it. So, ten minutes before her on-line meeting, she goes back out and hucks this 45lb amp 100 yds back home. I love my wife!





The family who put it out front has a son who's a pro guitar player currently playing in Nashville. Why they got rid of it is beyond me. My daughter and a co-worker both gave it a workout and it plays fine. It even came with the manual and a 20ft guitar cable. Is it a great amp? No. Is it a free amp? Yes, and that makes it a really good amp.

This was my once in a lifetime freebie and I still can't believe it. Keep your eyes open and hopefully someone else will find a curb side gem.

Had that exact amp and you can great some really interesting sounds out of it....
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:35 PM   #2034
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Looks like a fun bunch...




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Old 12-24-2013, 08:46 PM   #2035
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I got a new guitar for Xmas!!!

I had no clue I was getting it!
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #2036
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I got a new guitar for Xmas!!!

I had no clue I was getting it!
And it is a...



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Old 12-24-2013, 10:28 PM   #2037
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Merry Christmas to all you riders and pickers




... with my National M-1. Not the sound I usually go for on this guitar, but I like it anyway.
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:32 AM   #2038
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^ Very nice! Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you. The tri-cone sounds very cool on that.
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:29 AM   #2039
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figured yall might like this.

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Old 12-25-2013, 06:32 AM   #2040
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Nice work.

My strumming hand wouldn't stand a chance.
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