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    2-1/2 years ago I visited Patrick Amato at his house. After I played couple of his guitars, he began to tell me about his relationship with Vinnie Corrao. Vinnie was his guitar teacher. Vinnie was also my fathers best friend when he was just a boy. Patrick always raved about Vinnies playing, and rightfully so. Patrick pulled out a CD recorded by Vinnie. On it was a few tunes played with his band. But Patrick singled out "Lush Life". We listened to it. Patrick told me that was his favorite song. He asked me to learn it for him one day. I promised I would.

    Here you go Patrick. I hope you hear this. Your legacy here still lives on for 2 years after your passing. We miss you. I did this for you..



    This is the Joe Pass version. Recorded with Mic and Zoom G3 into separate channels. Mixed using my USB Mixer.

    Joe DeNisco

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    Just beautiful, Joe. I'm sure PA and JP are smiling, sipping espresso and puffing on Cohibas, listening to you playing, and swapping stories. Well done!

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    this is why i love this place!!!

    great story.. great homage...great playing!

    bravo joe D!! (as always)

    cheers

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    Wow. A Joe Pass tune, played on a Johnny Smith guitar, in honor or Patrick... there's almost too much there to even absorb!

    Stunning.

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    Just beautiful, Joe.

    I feel the emotion of the homage and at the same time the magic of the moment.

    Eternity is Today.

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    Joe- fantastic playing! I love the emotion you put into your playing - always heartfelt .

    A tremendous gift for Patrick - I'm sure he is smiling down on you .

    Thanks for sharing this - very special

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    Couldn't think of a nicer tribute. He would have loved that, man. Lovely playing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Couldn't think of a nicer tribute. He would have loved that, man. Lovely playing!
    thanks Mr B.
    Quote Originally Posted by QAman
    Joe- fantastic playing! I love the emotion you put into your playing - always heartfelt.
    A tremendous gift for Patrick - I'm sure he is smiling down on you .
    Thanks for sharing this - very special
    QA, thanks buddy. I think he would have loved that guitar too. Your old guitar is making me really happy. What a terrific instrument you found for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by xuoham
    Just beautiful, Joe.
    I feel the emotion of the homage and at the same time the magic of the moment.
    Eternity is Today.
    Thanks xuoham. I wanted to learn that song for over 2 years, but I wasn't ready for it. It's a beautiful song. I am glad I did it.
    Quote Originally Posted by AlsoRan
    Bravo!
    Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Wow. A Joe Pass tune, played on a Johnny Smith guitar, in honor or Patrick... there's almost too much there to even absorb!
    Stunning.
    As you know, the JP stuff is taxing on the brain. I think Minor Detail is a distant memory now.. thanks bro.
    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    this is why i love this place!!!
    great story.. great homage...great playing!
    bravo joe D!! (as always)
    cheers
    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Just beautiful, Joe. I'm sure PA and JP are smiling, sipping espresso and puffing on Cohibas, listening to you playing, and swapping stories. Well done!
    neatomic and citizenk You 2 are reasons I love this place. Thanks for the graciousness you always show us.
    Joe D

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    Brother Joe, seriously good stuff....and thanks for sharing. But this brings up a musician joke that I have to share:

    A bandleader has a highly paid New Years Eve casual and the night before the gig, his main reeds player calls in sick. The bandleader calls around and everyone is booked. Finally he talks to his keyboard player who says he has the number of a reeds player, but he has never played with him and cannot vouch for his skills. The bandleader, being desperate takes the number.

    The unknown reeds player is called and amazingly is available and the bandleader hires him. The reeds player shows up to the gig and tells the bandleader "I am a pretty good player, thanks for hiring me, but I do want to tell you that I only know how to play two songs"

    The bandleader yells :TWO FRICKEN SONGS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT ARE THEY?

    The reeds player replies "Lush Life in any key and Happy Birthday in F"

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    Joe, very nice, great playing!

    PS: I love the way these mid seventies JS sound and your clip makes me wonder if i'd better replace the frets on mine too ....

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    Joe,
    Very well played my friend, not an easy tune to conquer but executed
    with great panache. Patrick will be pleased that you kept your promise.

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    Great playing and that Gibson JS sounds great! Thanks!

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    Great as always

    i woke up this morning and this is the first thing I played, now I will be humming all day !

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    this is why i love this place!!!
    Exactly. There are a lot of overly sentimental people here, and that is a wonderful thing. I mostly lurk on the forum but am always pleased at the civility, humility, and mutual respect shown to one another. Kept it up!

    And beautiful playing, Joe. Kudos.


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    Joe, I really enjoyed your video! A wonderful song played perfectly. The sound your getting is fist rate. Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    Brother Joe, seriously good stuff....and thanks for sharing. But this brings up a musician joke that I have to share:

    A bandleader has a highly paid New Years Eve casual and the night before the gig, his main reeds player calls in sick. The bandleader calls around and everyone is booked. Finally he talks to his keyboard player who says he has the number of a reeds player, but he has never played with him and cannot vouch for his skills. The bandleader, being desperate takes the number.

    The unknown reeds player is called and amazingly is available and the bandleader hires him. The reeds player shows up to the gig and tells the bandleader "I am a pretty good player, thanks for hiring me, but I do want to tell you that I only know how to play two songs"

    The bandleader yells :TWO FRICKEN SONGS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT ARE THEY?

    The reeds player replies "Lush Life in any key and Happy Birthday in F"
    oh yeah.. I could see that happening. It's a beautiful complicated song that takes up ALOT of RAM..
    thanks bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Cushman
    Joe, I really enjoyed your video! A wonderful song played perfectly. The sound your getting is fist rate. Thanks for posting!
    Matt, thanks my man. For some reason the sound got a little muddy in the middle. That underwater sound.. thanks buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by skittles
    Exactly. There are a lot of overly sentimental people here, and that is a wonderful thing. I mostly lurk on the forum but am always pleased at the civility, humility, and mutual respect shown to one another. Kept it up!
    And beautiful playing, Joe. Kudos.
    Skittles, you are right. I myself have spoiled as I've become overly intolerant to bullshit. But the core really respect each other here and that the key. Please post more. Especially, when you say nice things about my playing.. Just kidding bud. Thanks for the nice words.
    Quote Originally Posted by fws6
    Great as always
    i woke up this morning and this is the first thing I played, now I will be humming all day !
    Fws6, it's always treat to see you contribute. It is awesome song. And keep humming bro. This music is being rapidly forgotten for some reason. I'm glad to help start your day off right!
    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Great playing and that Gibson JS sounds great! Thanks!
    Thanks Tommo. I am very happy with the GJS. It's as close as I'll come to a real cutaway Excel. It has a sound that makes it unique. And it has cache' in spades.
    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    Joe,
    Very well played my friend, not an easy tune to conquer but executed
    with great panache. Patrick will be pleased that you kept your promise.
    Foxman, you ain't kidding bro. It's a tough one. It generates amnesia with the other arrangements. I am happy with it. A very satisfying project for sure. Let me know it gets the nod from your better half..
    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNote
    Joe, very nice, great playing!
    PS: I love the way these mid seventies JS sound and your clip makes me wonder if i'd better replace the frets on mine too ....
    Jazznote, thanks buddy.
    As far as the frets.. I see no redeeming quality to the low frets, whatsoever. Maybe on a Les Paul, yeah but on a chord melody maker? I just don't get it. Personally, I'm glad they are off and I don't miss them one bit. Plus I LOVE the look of the Gold EVO frets. When I am playing, I look down at the perfectly polished gold fret ends and I actually see them as an cosmetic upgrade as well as a functional necessity.
    Replace them!
    Thanks guys!

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    Joe - as it happens, I was on a site last night and someone posted a clip from Casablanca. At the end of the clip, the screen filled up with various other clips from one of the finest films ever made - with one exception. There in the upper right hand corner, amongst the clips of Ric and Ilsa and the rest of the first-rate cast, there was Joe DeNisco playing Lush Life on his Johnny Smith. I thought it was appropriate.
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    Joe,

    My favorite chart. Exceptional playing, man. And, the Johnny Smith sounds beautiful. Superb.

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    Joe, that is beautiful, brother. You are a fantastic player and awesome human being! Made my day a rich experience. Thank you!! I thought you were pretty talented before, but that puts it into a whole different level. Very cool.

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    I can feel Patrick's giant grin shining down from Heaven. Bro seriously that is by far the best video you have ever done. Flawless bro. I can hear the words of Joe Pass saying "Hey that guy can play ! "
    I forgot how beautiful that song is. WOW bro that was a masterpiece. I watched it 5 times. This one blew me away.

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    Joe,
    As you might expect you got Two Thumbs up
    from June, a rare event, doubly difficult after
    the stroke. The verdict .,,a masterly performance,
    and I wholeheartedly agree.
    Keep up the good work JS & JP are watching.

    SF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Thanks Joe.
    As always you nailed it !
    Beautiful.
    Dennis
    Dennis my man, as always, always the gentleman. Thank YOU sir.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    Joe,
    My favorite chart. Exceptional playing, man. And, the Johnny Smith sounds beautiful. Superb.
    GT, I was hoping you would like it. That Johnny is amazing. It's my baby.
    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ
    Really beautiful Joe...
    Big
    Thanks my huge hearted, big friend. As tributes go, you made the best one. You took good care of our boys family in the time of need. You are awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by skykomishone
    Joe, that is beautiful, brother. You are a fantastic player and awesome human being! Made my day a rich experience. Thank you!! I thought you were pretty talented before, but that puts it into a whole different level. Very cool.
    Awww, thanks Sky. That was a great post bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I can feel Patrick's giant grin shining down from Heaven. Bro seriously that is by far the best video you have ever done. Flawless bro. I can hear the words of Joe Pass saying "Hey that guy can play ! "
    I forgot how beautiful that song is. WOW bro that was a masterpiece. I watched it 5 times. This one blew me away.
    Thanks my brother. I am happy you liked it. Joe Pass was a gift from God to all who listened to him. His playing was angels singing.
    Just like the sound of your voice bro..
    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    Joe,
    As you might expect you got Two Thumbs up
    from June, a rare event, doubly difficult after
    the stroke. The verdict .,,a masterly performance,
    and I wholeheartedly agree.
    Keep up the good work JS & JP are watching.

    SF
    Aww Foxman. I am glad I could bring a little happiness to the love of your life.
    You are a great dude Foxman. Thanks for gracing us with class.

    Thanks my bros

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    Very nice Joe. The playing, and the timing of your releasing the video. Thank you for keeping your word to Patrick. And for letting us be a part of it.

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    AG,
    After learning that song, I am ashamed to admit, learning the rest of Giant Steps is officially off the table. Sorry bro.
    Thanks for posting. I miss our offline talks. You are a classy knowledgeable guy.
    JD

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    I know what you mean about some tunes doing a memory wipe.

    I'm learning a bunch of Jimmy Raney solos, and every time I learn a new one, the old one seems to evaporate. I am trying to review and re-learn the old ones.

    I worry that maybe it's just me getting old!

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    Bro....this was your pinnacle recording. It's going to be a tough act to follow. YouTube has just been blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Bro....this was your pinnacle recording. It's going to be a tough act to follow. YouTube has just been blessed.

    no worries vinny...joe D's got more where that came from!! no doubt!!

    i listened to it a bunch too...sooo nice

    but we can always get better if we keep pushing...strive on fellows

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I know what you mean about some tunes doing a memory wipe.

    I'm learning a bunch of Jimmy Raney solos, and every time I learn a new one, the old one seems to evaporate. I am trying to review and re-learn the old ones.

    I worry that maybe it's just me getting old!
    yeah you and me both!

    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Bro....this was your pinnacle recording. It's going to be a tough act to follow. YouTube has just been blessed.
    Vinny,
    your kindness to me over the years has made a lot of this possible. I hope one day I'll learn to "dig in" a little more and really make you happy! Thanks brother.
    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    no worries vinny...joe D's got more where that came from!! no doubt!!
    i listened to it a bunch too...sooo nice
    but we can always get better if we keep pushing...strive on fellows
    cheers
    neatomic, luckily there is always room for improvement. I have to relax more on camera. That's the difference between a pro and a regular like me. My playing always comes down a notch on camera, doing someone else's stuff. Probably a phenomenon I'll never quite figure out.

    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot
    So beautiful.
    Thanks buddy. The first time I heard this song it was performed Donna Summer back in the early 80's. She had a great voice. But then I heard Johnny Hartmann sing it and it blew me away.
    Joe Pass accompanied Ella on this and I didn't like it very much. I remember telling Patrick that and he thought I was nuts.
    Patrick was quite a guy. I was supposed to spend the day with him, the day he passed away. But he asked me to meet him at Ronaldo's shop early in the morning instead of the time we planned which was around 1pm. We were taking Ronaldo out for a nice lunch and I was dropping off BooBoo. But a couple of days before, Ronaldo told Patrick that "Pete" "a Frampton" was picking up a guitar at the shop early in the morning. So the night before Patrick changed the time to the morning. I told him I couldn't make it in the morning (I had to work..).
    the rest is history..

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    joe D

    just to clarify..was in no way critiquing your beautiful performance...just assuring v, as you said...always room for improvement!! (thankfully!)...on every level, and for us all...takes hard but loving work...but always possible.

    the more you love the instrument, and the music,the more you want to keep striving ...

    cheers
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    One of my favourite songs and played so beautifully. Thank you Joe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entresz
    One of my favourite songs and played so beautifully. Thank you Joe.
    Entresz,
    Thank you very much!

    I like the acoustic sound, but I might re-record this with the 165. I don't have a sound proof room and I hear the sound of my central air kicking on in the end. Also the volume is pretty low in this recording. But it really does capture the sound of the Johnny Smith guitar quite well. I had the Mic about 2 foot away and I had the gain turned up a lot. I did this to eliminate the boominess and to lessen the sound of my fingers and pick hitting my pickguard.

    Joe D

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    Joe, I sat listening, all the time mesmerized by your gifted playing!

    Thank you bro, Mr. P would have so enjoyed your recording too...Cigars all around on that one!

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    I agree--Pass would have approved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Joe, I sat listening, all the time mesmerized by your gifted playing!
    Thank you bro, Mr. P would have so enjoyed your recording too...Cigars all around on that one!
    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    I agree--Pass would have approved.
    2b, early on, you and Patrick took me in over here. I'll never forget that. Some gentleman named Roderick too.
    You guys treated me like I was here for a while. When I think of you, I think of Patrick. When I think of Greentone I think of Wintermoon. It's amazing.
    It hasn't been the same without Patrick. In some ways good and in someways bad. He was an interesting dude who knew his stuff about guitars. When you went upstairs to the green striped room, he had at least 20 guitar standsin front of his desk, each one with a special guitar on it. He loved being surrounded with guitars. It was awesome.

    thanks guys, I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    2b, early on, you and Patrick took me in over here. I'll never forget that. Some gentleman named Roderick too.
    You guys treated me like I was here for a while. When I think of you, I think of Patrick. When I think of Greentone I think of Wintermoon. It's amazing.
    It hasn't been the same without Patrick. In some ways good and in someways bad. He was an interesting dude who knew his stuff about guitars. When you went upstairs to the green striped room, he had at least 20 guitar standsin front of his desk, each one with a special guitar on it. He loved being surrounded with guitars. It was awesome.

    thanks guys, I appreciate it.
    Actually that last, "loved being surrounded with guitars" strikes a chord with me. Someone asked me why I had 3 L5ces "type" guitars, 3-4 or so L4c/ES175 "type" guitars, and more. I answered that some people spend their money on beautiful art to hang on their walls. Others pay a ton to put fine wines in a cellar. Still others spend a lot of money for season tickets for their favorite team. These are all fine, of course.

    But me.. I like surrounding myself with personally chosen, beloved guitars and books. The nice thing is, you can use them and use them, over and over again, and they never "empty out." Wine bottles go empty (sigh), games end. But musical instruments and books never stop giving.

    I think Patrick made a good choice.

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    Great point Lawson.
    Thats how I feel about it too.
    Right now, I'm not in a position to surround myself with guitars but I will in due time. I got 3 on my radar. An L5 is definite.
    ENJOY!!!
    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Great point Lawson.
    Thats how I feel about it too.
    Right now, I'm not in a position to surround myself with guitars but I will in due time. I got 3 on my radar. An L5 is definite.
    ENJOY!!!
    Joe D
    My L5ces, despite its cosmetic flaws, is in the "No Regrets" category! I just love this lovely instrument. It feels, plays, and sounds exactly like we dream an L5ces will. That it has some cosmetic flaws just means it feels, plays, and sounds BETTER than it looks! And it looks pretty dad-gum sexy
    . Gibson Johnny Smith - Lush Life-l5-introduction-2-jpg

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    Its one of the most beautiful guitars I've ever seen. Amazing
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    Gibson should offer that sunburst on all Archtop models. Blows away VSB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    2b, early on, you and Patrick took me in over here. I'll never forget that. Some gentleman named Roderick too.
    You guys treated me like I was here for a while. When I think of you, I think of Patrick. When I think of Greentone I think of Wintermoon. It's amazing.
    It hasn't been the same without Patrick. In some ways good and in someways bad. He was an interesting dude who knew his stuff about guitars. When you went upstairs to the green striped room, he had at least 20 guitar standsin front of his desk, each one with a special guitar on it. He loved being surrounded with guitars. It was awesome.

    thanks guys, I appreciate it
    Funny that you'd mention that home office and not the bathroom with the rich wood treatment around its fireplace.

    But you're right, two years and a wake up and it seems a part of this forum died with him. It's going to take the passage of more time. What a storyteller that Marine was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Funny that you'd mention that home office and not the bathroom with the rich wood treatment around its fireplace.

    But you're right, two years and a wake up and it seems a part of this forum died with him. It's going to take the passage of more time. What a storyteller that Marine was!
    Yeah the bathroom with the fireplace was quite the novelty. How often do you see that?
    I think part of the problem with having too many guitars is it's difficult for the owners to REALLY appreciate the individual pieces. If the setups, specs and construction are the same then why have 20 guitars? That's why the variety is good. But as I've said in the past, it takes me a couple of days to conform from my GJS to my Tal, and they are kind of similar. After playing my GJS for 2 weeks straight I tried my 165 last night and my playing was no where near what I thought was acceptable. The strings were in the wrong place, the guitar didn't sit in the groove like it was for the 2 weeks prior. Too many guitars can be a burden to the player who demands precision in their playing. When I get my next L5, it will allow me to bounce back and forth between it and my Tal with less of an adjustment period.. And I will bond into it. The iconic L5 is iconic for a reason.. I aim to discover those reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Yeah the bathroom with the fireplace was quite the novelty. How often do you see that?
    I think part of the problem with having too many guitars is it's difficult for the owners to REALLY appreciate the individual pieces. If the setups, specs and construction are the same then why have 20 guitars? That's why the variety is good. But as I've said in the past, it takes me a couple of days to conform from my GJS to my Tal, and they are kind of similar. After playing my GJS for 2 weeks straight I tried my 165 last night and my playing was no where near what I thought was acceptable. The strings were in the wrong place, the guitar didn't sit in the groove like it was for the 2 weeks prior. Too many guitars can be a burden to the player who demands precision in their playing. When I get my next L5, it will allow me to bounce back and forth between it and my Tal with less of an adjustment period.. And I will bond into it. The iconic L5 is iconic for a reason.. I aim to discover those reasons.
    And that, my friend, will be the shot heart round the world. I can't wait to see and hear you connect with the right L5ces!

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    I just thought some of you might like to hear this.
    Same song, played on my Gibson Es165 Herb Ellis. I much prefer the sound of an electric guitar over an acoustic recording any day.
    I think one of the greatest inventions was the pickup. Gibson makes some good ones. I should recorded this on the Johnny, the The Es165 was all I had with me when I recorded this.

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    Joe,
    The Es165 has great projection, you have surpassed yourself
    the guitar has such a clean, clear, sound. You don't let the
    grass grow underfoot. Another superb performance may I
    be the first to congratulate you, very well done indeed. A
    very nice start to the day, its 8.30am here.

    SF

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    1:30 am here. I like the 165 tone better. More Joe Pass like sounding. I like the darker tone. That's just my ears though. Of course both versions absolutely stellar. That 165 is a keeper for sure.

    I prefer a electric acoustic sound more than a acoustic electric sound. Really nice bro.
    I have listened to all your video's and the laminates always seem to record better sound wise. I thought the recorded tone of the solid formed sounded awesome too with the Tal sounding the best.
    Looking forward to when the L5 is in your nest. Funny how plywood can sound better at times.

    You just keep getting better and better bro......my man !

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    Joe - your tone is fittingly "lush" and "lively" - fine, fine, fine!

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    I just had a chance to listen to this and you did a great job. Sounds really nice. Thanks for sharing it here.


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