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March 28th, 2006

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07:56 pm - Accomplishments
Thanks to davidschroth and Google Maps I found Origami for lunch today and achieved sushi. I missed the bus that runs along Washington so I ended up walking the whole way, which was probably good for me. Fish was lovely.

After work today, I went over to the local Guitar Center to peruse guitars. My ambition is to be an 80-year-old blues man. I figure I've got 40 years to work on it. Discovered that for a resophonic guitar I can spend about $800 and work my way up from there. They had a couple of vintage steel-bodied Dobros marked at over $2k. So I've got to save up some money and then hook up with chasophonic so he can help with selection. All I'm going by now is weight, size and vague feelings about tone. I'm guessing Chas can point me to some qualities I've not considered in choosing a first guitar.

You Shook Me--Muddy Waters--Chess Blues Classics - 1957 To 1967
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Date:March 29th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)


Quite pleased that you're thinking about (and planning on) becoming a guitar player. I can give you a few lessons if you'd like. Things to look for in a "first guitar" would include easy neck action (strings not too far from the neck) and staying in tune over long periods of time, as it will be some time before your ear is trained enough to tune it every time you take it out of its case or carrying bag. Though I have certainly seen people get good results from playing excellent instruments right off the bat, a case could be made for getting one that's more mid-grade or even low end (aside from the traits mentioned above) so that a few months down the road, when you know a lot more about guitars, you can make a better choice for the one you're going to grow old with.

By the way, the sooner you can get in touch with Victor for Louie and me, the better, as with stormy weather approaching we want our garage to be someplace that we can park the car without worrying that the concrete under it will collapse. Thanks.

Nate B.
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Date:March 29th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Guitars

I will certainly take you up on those lessons once I've settled on a guitar. "Neck action" is something I ran into in looking at the vintage Dobros last night, their strings were very far from the neck. So far that I could slide my finger under them!

I plan on calling my uncle Vic this evening.

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