Tommy Emmanuel at TEDx

Tommy Emmanuel at TEDx

Tommy Emmanuel giving a talk at TEDx Melbourne.  In it, he talks about being a ‘one man band’ and his experiences as a performer.







The Fender Stratocaster turns 60- CBS News This Morning


Nobody is perfect……


Here is a video of Andy McKee live in concert. At about 1 minute in he has a ‘brain fart’ and forgets a song he not only wrote but has performed a few thousand times. Mistakes happen and no one is perfect so don’t let your mistakes get to you.





Pawn Shop Special(s)

Sometimes you never know what you might find in a pawn shop.  A few weeks ago I saw a banner on a local pawn shop advertising guitars for 50 percent off.  I had been in this same shop in the past and they really didn’t have much to look at but I decided to give it a shot and see what I could find.  They had around 12 or so guitars on display and even a few bass guitars.  As I looked the guitars over, I saw some that were in really bad shape and knew it would take much work to get them even close to playable.  Eventually I did see a couple of Squire Bullet Strats, one of which seemed to be in decent shape.  At 50 percent off, this Squire was priced at $45 and I thought to myself “This might be good for an experiment or two” but I didn’t get the guitar.  A few days later I went back to the shop to take another look at the guitar and purchased it.  I checked the neck, action, frets and nut and everything needed a little adjustment and cleaning but at this price it was too good to pass on.


Here is a before shot of the Pawn Shop Special. It was actually in pretty good shape hanging on the hook. Just needs a good cleaning, new strings and a little adjustment.

When I got the guitar home, I plugged it into a modded Fender Champion 600 to check out the electronics and test the guitar.  I didn’t check the electronics in the store because I knew I could repair most of the problems it might have.  I was actually surprised with the sound when I first played it.  It wasn’t bad, definitely more than what I expected from the guitar.

After a good cleanup and new strings, I adjusted the action and it was ready to go.  Following the adjustment the guitar played pretty well, especially considering I had only paid $48 and some change in total.  I decided this would make a good spare for live shows, it is exceptionally light and comfortable to play.  On long gigs this could be a real back saver at the end of the night as most of my other guitars are very heavy by comparison.  I have included a few photos to illustrate the things I was looking at when evaluating the guitar.


The nut was still in good shape. Over time the strings can wear down the nut, causing the slots to be too deep resulting in buzzing on the first few frets.

I also went back to the shop and purchased the other Squire they had for sale.  It was in much worse shape but it still was usable.  I had decided that it would be a great platform for a slide guitar.

I’ll also be posting photos of the second guitar as well, which required much more work to get cleaned and set up.  Until next time….



Hendrix……Gone too soon

43 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix was found unconscious in his hotel room. Medics tried to revive him and rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was only 27 years old. Most people only know him from his hits like “Purple Haze”, “Foxy Lady”, and “All Along The Watchtower” but Hendrix had produced a deep catalog of music which touched on several different genres of music. It is said that in his later years he had become tired with the over the top rock songs he had become famous for and his newer material showed his interest in expanding beyond the music he was so well known for.

In his later releases, Hendrix began to go deeper into Blues and Jazz, joining up with Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, renaming his group “Band of Gypsys”.  Over the years there has been much speculation as to where Hendrix would have taken his music had he lived.  The one thing that is sure is Hendrix has influenced guitar players for over forty years and continues to do so and legions of new fans ‘discover’ his music every year.\



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