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  • So I bit the bullet. I've been a bit reticent to cut a bigger hole in my new Atkin given the money I have invested, but I couldn't put it off any longer. I took the guitar to the bench in the garage (with a fan heater for company) and checked the s…
  • Nicely documented Lester. I don't have locking tuners (or anything with a wobble bar at present), and learned decades ago to pull the string through and have my right hand 3 fingers pull up the reguired winding slack while the thumb pushed the strin…
  • Glad you like that Davee, many a good tune played on so called budget guitars.
  • A new adventure Lester, but with you guys in control (of most things), it should be more satisfying. Good luck.
  • Well it's panto week, my hear is buzzing with umpteen songs and we had first dress rehearsal yesterday which is the first run through for the band and the first time the cast have to experience a live band. I spent half an hour saturday refining the…
  • Excellent work in bringing the lad forward. You are rightly a proud teacher and quality guitar tinkerer.
  • I agree Jocko, I've a set of needle files, an exacto blade and a junior hacksaw blade with the set hammered flat. Those and a set of welders nozzle cleaners has got me by for decades, just pull an old string through to burnish the finished slot. Not…
  • Sometimes things are tougher than we think and sometimes it's a breeze. I finally blew £100+ on a full set of nut files (rather that my cobbled together tools that have stood me in good stead for many a nut job), ready to sweeten my new Atkin. They …
  • Nicolas, the Atkin is made in Canterbury by a small team. They used to make 'like' models and name them suitably. These days the modal names are not so likely to get them sued. That said they can rival a decent Gibson or Martin for those flavours. T…
  • A new year and some recent highlights including a NGD. Friday 20th December I was winding down for the last day in the office when I received a call at 9.30 in the morning. Kevin can you do a gig tonight? Er, who, what when where and why? A band had…
  • Lovely job, well done.
  • Lovely. I've had my Aria over 40 years and it's going nowhere. I hope you enjoy yours as long.
    in NGD! Comment by ESBlonde December 2019
  • They get local to me early December but I cant make the date. I'm a big fan of Paul Young since his days with the street band and the Q-Tips. He suffered with throat problems and all but lost his voice, terrible for a singer. He has recovered somew…
  • Well the onward march of time, so a few more lines. Saturday the 9th November must have been important, I took a dep gig for that date before christmas last year. Around March the bass player from one of the country bands I occasionally gig with to…
  • Ah, the youth love a bit on novilty. Us old farts have seen it all and done most of it, what goes around comes around blah blah blah. But if it inspires him to make music, that's a good thing.
  • I can't remember the last time I broke a string at all let alone on a gig. I will be playing tomorrow and noticed that I don't have a spare set of strings in my case. I remembered reading this from you, ES, and quickly threw a spare set in. Like yo…
  • Yes Megi, I swapped guitars after the song and carried on, even half the band didn't notice. Worse than that, it occured before the lead break so I had to re-finger around the lack of a top string. They say if you can cover up mistakes, thats a good…
  • I broke a string!!! That may not sound that special to some people, but we did a gig on Friday night with the funk band in a slightly different format. Only one lead female vocal and a dep keys player. I did my usual with athe fender HRD combo and …
  • It makes me think back to the early days of recordings where the engineer wore a lab coat and spent ages placing the right mic(s) in the right position(s) to get the best sound and mix. There were no devices to confuse or distract anyone, you played…
  • I know what you mean Pete_B, the music is the most important thing. I always admire players like Snowy White who just used one guitar into the amp for a whole distinguised career. Earlier this week I did a gig and in the last set I strapped on my Te…
  • Well last night I played a gig (yes a Tuesday). Long story even longer: country band got a referral from another gig months back and got booked for a country music club night at Stanway rovers fc function room. 10 days ago the singist announces that…
  • Oh yes, that looks nice. Quality work as ever.
  • Mark, Forgive me if you are already doing this. I think you need to get with the kids (as they used to say in my day). In todays world and for the forseeable future online youtube is the thing. It has the ability to earn you income going forward a…
  • So glad to hear you are recovering and I suspect making music will help that journey. Welcome back.
  • Ha Ha, no Kevin I'd not seen the inbetweeners. That is funny though. I was using it more as a metaphore for those occasions when you visit someones house/party and there is a guitar in the room. Someone always says - "Yeah, Kevin can play guitar, g…
  • That's a handy booklet there. Takes me back to my beginner days and would have been useful over the years for those 'round the campfire' moments all guitarists get sucked into. Well done.
  • Now there you go talking sense and science on a guitar forum @Pete_B Just stoppit! ;-)
  • There is much to be said for the digital world, for a few years it's been getting better. I remember my first encounter with the Roland Cube series, They were very feature packed and in a live context sounded quite good. But they gave me ear fatigue…
  • Yea the fault was manufucturing them in the first place. Still, it's good to see how they relic thier custom shop models!