The 2 new guitars together

At last they are reunited, Strat and Tele, some of the best guitars I’ve ever played. And definitely the best guitars I’ve ever been GIVEN!
I am still dumbfounded by the generosity of Simon Raw of the Raw Guitar Company. I wish him every luck with his trip to Frankfurt next year!

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Blues Show 138 playlist & stream

Show broadcast Sunday 18th December 2011 on 105.9BishopFM and BishopFM.com

Album Of The Week

G. Love – Fixin’ To Die
The Broken Arrow Blues Band – The River Is Rising
The Maggie Ross Band – Ain’t Got The Blues No More – Album of The Week – Don’t Mess With Me
The Son Of Dave – It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues
The Dave Thomas Blues Band – It Must Have Been the Devil
Floyd McDaniel w. Dave Spector & The Bluebirds – West Side Baby
Hip Shakin’ Mama – Rooster Stew
The Maggie Ross Band – Don’t Mess With Me – Album of The Week – Don’t Mess With Me
Jon Lord Blues Project – Walkin’ Blues
K.K. Martin – Rattlesnake Shake
The Lyndon Anderson Band – Ain’t No More
Peter Golding _ Crucify Me
The Maggie Ross Band – Givin’ Up On You – Album of The Week – Don’t Mess With Me
Ramon Goose – Delta Moon
Roxy Perry – Back in Bluesville
Sean Costello – Doin’ My Own Thing
The Groundhogs – Groundhog Blues
Todd Park Mohr – Hubert Sumlin Memorial Tribute
The Mighty Boss Cats – You Were My Angel
The Mighty Mojo Prophets – Night Train
The Maggie Ross Band – Lover Man – Album of The Week – Don’t Mess With Me

A new strat – for me!

My good friend Simon Raw, of The Raw Guitar Company, having already gifted me the wonderful Telecaster here, surprised me even more last weekend. I’d taken the Tele for some minor adjustments to my local guitar shop Ron’s Music. Simon told me he had a strat at home “gathering dust” and he’d rather I looked after it. I presumed that he meant simply as a loan until I got my Telecaster back. But, no. When my wife & I met Simon & his son in our usual rendezvous point, Starbucks, he handed me the guitar and said something like: “this is your guitar now,  I only want to see it when you’re playing it at a gig.” Once more, I was totally gobsmacked by Simon’s generosity – and I still am.
Fender Texas Special pickups – and cherry- topped scratchplate.

The guitar has had several styles in its short life – active EMGs, a standard strat neck, a telecaster neck, and more, But it has now found its true form as a blues baby – the pickups and the woods combine to give a superb Texas Blues sound – even in my fumbling digits. I can’t wait to try this out in anger!

Texas Swamp Ash body – bought in Texas – and Wilkinson/Gotoh tremelo bridge

Revese headstock with Grover machines, maple neck & fretboard

Beautiful!

The battery box is a hangover from the days when tis guitar was fitted with Active EMG pickups.

Blues Show 137 Playlist & Stream

Show first broadcast Sunday 11th December 105.9 BishopFM and BishopFM.com

Howlin’ Wolf – Killin’ Floor
Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan – Six Strings Down
Joel De Silva – Hard Time
Billy Thompson – Are You Ready?
Bare Bones Boogie Band –  Hand Me Down
Howlin’ Wolf – Wang Dang Doodle
Moreland  & Arbuckle – Purgatory
Bob Malone – Why Not Me?
Devil’s Creek – Poor Boy
                       – Workin’ The Chains
                       – Prove Me Wrong
Bare Bones Boogie Band – Sittin’ Here Sewin’
Billy Thompson – Downside Up
Joel De Silva – Boogie Real Low
Eric Johnson – Texas
Mama Paula & The Kasper Jensen Blues Band – What You Gonna Do?
Gaelle Buswell – Yesterday’s Shadow
Storyville – Good Day For The Blues
Woody & The Blupackers – Porch/If My Baby Quit Me
Hubert Sumlin – Iodine in My Coffee
Bob Malone – Ain’t What You Know
Joel `De Silva – Nitro’s Grease

Tambo Toe – a tambourine – for your toes!

I haven’t quite got to grips with my stompboard that I posted about a while ago – but here is another twist on the same idea, for those folks who are rhythmically better coordinated than I am!

As the name implies, the Tambo Toe is a tambourine for your, er, toes!
It certainly seems pretty effective in adding a little something else to an acoustic guitar performance.

It isn’t too expensive either – I wouldn’t mind giving one a shot!

 

 

 

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