I’ve just sold the best guitar I’ve ever had.

Even though I decided after a whole lot of soul searching to, first, leave Big G, then leave Tri – our successful final gig was 3 weeks ago – (I quit for all kinds of reasons, but mainly because I can’t afford the time to be in a band) I had the vague hope that one day I’d be in a band again – even though I also considered giving up playing altogether. I hoped, then, to hold on to my gear and not sell it. Well, our usual, constant precarious financial situation means that I had to decide last night to sell my guitar and amp. Within the space of 15 minutes of advertising my guitar to a small but select group of folks, I had a firm offer very close to my asking price for the best guitar I’ve ever owned, my ESP Telecaster. So today, after a restless night, I delivered her to her new owner, a talented young friend Tom Atkinson. He promises me he’ll look after her.
I’m back considering giving up playing altogether.

New Blues Show 4 playlist

Leadbelly – C.C. Rider
Capt. Beefheart & The Magic Band – Sure Nuff ’n’ Yes I Do
Doc Watson & Taj Mahal – Deep River Blues
Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo – Drinking Blues
L.C. Ulmer – Goin Away To Leave You
Glen Terry – Real Gone Cat
Susan Tedeschi – Just Won’t Burn
Back Door Slam – Outside Woman Blues
Jim Kweskin Jug Band – Richland Woman
Keb’ Mo’ – Am I Wrong?
Kentucky Headhunters – Crossroads
Madeleine Peyroux – Lonesome Road
Eric Bibb, Rory Block & Maria Muldaur – Get Up Get Ready
The Wood Brothers – Make Me Down A Pallet on Your Floor

Klaus Voorman 8-string bass/guitar

vootar.jpg image by turquoisemoleeater 

I’ve been watching the Klaus Voorman DVD – Sideman’s Journey  (fantastic!) – and on it he plays this 8-string bass/guitar. This is the only picture I can find, and at the moment I can’t find any more info – it looks and sounds interesting on the DVD, though.
Update – it is a Vootar – designed by Klaus in 1965 and currently being developed by Cassandra Elk, where there is much more detail about the construction.

On this instrument you can play bass and guitar on one neck. Of course that is if you can play the guitar! Four strings bass to a bass-amp and completely separated–four strings guitar to a guitar amplifier. So you can have any effect you desire on the guitar at the same time with no interference–a nice clean bass sound.

I thought this instrument up in 1965. The first instrument was built by the English firm Vox. Today, together with Stuart from Cassandra Elk instruments Vootar 4 is being developed.

This instrument is particularly useful for when you play in a small band like I did with  Paddy, Klaus & Gibson so you can accompany the guitarist with bass and rhythm guitar whilst the drummer is freaking out.