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  • I've not read the book and I don't experiment much with other tunings (Joni Mitchell is a master of that). What I have noticed in recent years is that Keefs fingers/joints look swollen, I wonder if some form of arthritis has encouraged him to adapt …
  • Nice to know you're about Graham. Stay safe and take care.
  • Lovely, Thanks Nicholas.
  • Nice one Dave, I've got clippers and normally keep whats left of my hair very short, for some reason I'm using the shutdown as an excuse to grow it out. It's currently just over the tops of my ears! Mrs. ESB also likes the idea for some reason.
  • Nic, I think a number of retail establishments have installed screens ready for re-opening. I too heard there was a shortage.
  • How is everyone doing? A few weeks into the lockdown here, I have to say it's not too bad. I'm working from home driving a laptop to control my desktop PC, so apart from minor irritations and frustrations that's working fine. Playing wise I've not …
  • No, I was a Beano boy, and then those pocket size Commando books. I do remember Clarks bringing out some shoes with a compass hidden in the heal and animal paw prints on the sole as tread, Wayfinders? late 60s early 70s I think, I pestered my parent…
  • I think you sum up the sentiment quite nicely there @Lester. I'm also on the Fretboard as is @Megi, but finding individuals from here on there seemed like a daunting prospect. I did contact Richard online at the shop and though he didn't reply I w…
  • It would indeed be very good KP. I was given a couple of crates of beer by a polish neighbour who works for a brewery but is locked down. I cut hgis grass and he showed me his porch full of crates. So I will raise a can or bottle to each of you this…
  • Thats a respectable job irrespective of the tools used. Wee done.
  • I've been working from home for a couple of weeks, the tech is a bit slow and the days end up being intense just sitting watching a screen. The evenings are now lighter, we have an allotment that we can walk to and use that as our exercise while we …
  • +1 on the router thoughts. They are quite wonderful, but you do need to fashion a jig to restrict them or they can twist off into parts you don't want. That jig might just be a straight edge clamped atop the body or some such. An alternative would b…
  • 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 …