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    I have done a lot to verify the much publicized love affair I have with my 18" Heritage Johnny Smith. Its my favorite guitar and there is nothing I can do about it. Sometimes a guitar attach's itself to you and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it.
    Even after having said that, there is little doubt, the Gibson Johnny Smith is the best guitar I have. Whenever I come back to this guitar, it proves to me why it was the Johnny that even Johnny really wanted.
    The re-fretting put this guitar into another league. But the new pickup on HJS-18 drew it closer.
    No matter what, these guitars will always be involved in some kind of duel. A duel of which neither of them want any part of.. But its the right thing to do, since everyone wants to know, "Which one is better?"
    And how ironic is it that the one that is "better" is not the one I love the most..


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    Exquisite. No matter which Johnny S. you choose to express yourself with, it still comes out as 100% Joe D. And as Martha S. would say, that's a good thing. Thanks again for the beautiful music!
    Best regards, k

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    This forum is at its best when the members play. Joe you always remind us what we're here for. It's the music.

    I thought I could play this tune... but I'm headed back to the 'shed.
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    Thanks as always Joe. You've never sounded better !

    Dennis

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    Great stuff JD. You simply must keep both guitars. For all of your days. And I am not kidding!
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    Joe is sounds great and you have got them down for all the particulars. I don't want to alarm you though but as great as the JS is the sound is still in the players hands.

    Pat Martino at various times played a Gibson L5, GIbson Johnny Smith, Koontz, L5S, and some Gibson 339's ish type guitars. No matter what guitar he plays he sounds like Pat Martino and it takes maybe 3 bars to figure that out.

    Joe I am pretty sure you could make a Les Paul sound as good on the tune. The only difference is that the guitar can bring out the " x " factor and make is special. You did well my friend, keep playing the JS!
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    I have done a lot to verify the much publicized love affair I have with my 18" Heritage Johnny Smith. Its my favorite guitar and there is nothing I can do about it. Sometimes a guitar attach's itself to you and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it.
    Even after having said that, there is little doubt, the Gibson Johnny Smith is the best guitar I have. Whenever I come back to this guitar, it proves to me why it was the Johnny that even Johnny really wanted.
    The re-fretting put this guitar into another league. But the new pickup on HJS-18 drew it closer.
    No matter what, these guitars will always be involved in some kind of duel. A duel of which neither of them want any part of.. But its the right thing to do, since everyone wants to know, "Which one is better?"
    And how ironic is it that the one that is "better" is not the one I love the most..

    Very interesting arrangement Joe. Is that one you came up with yourself, or another Johnny Smith?

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Exquisite. No matter which Johnny S. you choose to express yourself with, it still comes out as 100% Joe D. And as Martha S. would say, that's a good thing. Thanks again for the beautiful music!
    i usta LOVE Martha. Anyone who can make a lighted Christmas tree out of toilet paper and paper clips is special in my book..
    Thank you C74.
    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone View Post
    This forum is at its best when the members play. Joe you always remind us what we're here for. It's the music. I thought I could play this tune... but I'm headed back to the 'shed.
    Lawson my man. Thank you buddy. I actually tried posting songs on the Other forums. As long as you guys tell me you like them and “keep them coming” I’d rather post here. Because I really think it’s cool to show what the equipment does.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D View Post
    Thanks as always Joe. You've never sounded better !
    Dennis
    Thank so much Dennis. I am getting really fond of my current setup. I really think it’s studio quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    i usta LOVE Martha. Anyone who can make a lighted Christmas tree out of toilet paper and paper clips is special in my book..
    is that what she did while she was in prison, or something from her show?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    Great stuff JD. You simply must keep both guitars. For all of your days. And I am not kidding!
    i will keep these for as long as I could figure out what the hell they are hanging on my wall.. These, a DA (or a damn good replica of one) and an L5 and I’m set. I just I don’t run out of time.
    thank you brother.

    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    Joe is sounds great and you have got them down for all the particulars. I don't want to alarm you though but as great as the JS is the sound is still in the players hands.
    Pat Martino at various times played a Gibson L5, GIbson Johnny Smith, Koontz, L5S, and some Gibson 339's ish type guitars. No matter what guitar he plays he sounds like Pat Martino and it takes maybe 3 bars to figure that out.
    Joe I am pretty sure you could make a Les Paul sound as good on the tune. The only difference is that the guitar can bring out the " x " factor and make is special. You did well my friend, keep playing the JS!
    Deacon Mark, thank you buddy. I feel the same about a lot of players I’ve heard. They just put there stamp on everything. SS always uses the words “inspire you”. I think that’s important. I think the player has to want the guitar enough to patiently find its sweet spot. Then, nice things happen. I’ll bet the sweet spot on your New Yorker is sweeter than Cherry pie!
    Quote Originally Posted by John A. View Post
    Very interesting arrangement Joe. Is that one you came up with yourself, or another Johnny Smith?
    John
    no I heard the great Joe Pass play it and I learned it off of one his videos. Well, as close as I could anyway.

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    Very nice sounding Gibson Johnny Smith and what a beautiful sunburst finish!

    Loved the chord melody solo of When You Wish Upon A Star that you put together too!

    Thank you for posting yet another great video for all of us to enjoy.

    Regards,
    Steven Herron
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    another homerun Joe D!...beautiful, very soulful rendering and yet the fast runs are clean and articulate...the little bit of reverb reminds me of those 50's albums... very nice...bravo

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe2758 View Post
    is that what she did while she was in prison, or something from her show?
    Ha! That was before her time in the can.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Herron View Post
    Very nice sounding Gibson Johnny Smith and what a beautiful sunburst finish!
    Loved the chord melody solo of When You Wish Upon A Star that you put together too!
    Thank you for posting yet another great video for all of us to enjoy.
    Regards,
    Steven Herron
    Learn To Play Chord Melody Guitar
    Thank you Steven. The pleasure is all mine, trust me. The Joe Pass stuff is hard to learn and play and even harder to remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    another homerun Joe D!...beautiful, very soulful rendering and yet the fast runs are clean and articulate...the little bit of reverb reminds me of those 50's albums... very nice...bravo

    cheers
    Did anyone see the home run Gary Sanchez hit last night? Upper deck, left center. 460 ft and climbing. God that guy is strong.
    thank you Neatomic. I love this song. I appreciate it buddy.

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    Very nice!

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    when Joe D blends JS & JP...good things




    cheers

    ps- imagine on a John D or Jimmy D guitar!!! hah

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    Great guitar playing, Joe. Really knockout. People often ask me which is my favourite instrument, and I always answer, "The one I'm holding." Same in photography - the best camera is the one you have in your hand when the opportunity for the shot comes along. Live long and prosper , Joe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    when Joe D blends JS & JP...good things
    cheers
    ps- imagine on a John D or Jimmy D guitar!!! hah
    Its funny Neatomic, when I 1st saw that video it was the greatest thing that I ever heard played on a guitar. Since then, it dropped to 2nd place when I saw Tommy Emmanuel play Over the Rainbow. I don't know, I got a thing for old movie songs and GREAT guitar players!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop View Post
    Great guitar playing, Joe. Really knockout. People often ask me which is my favourite instrument, and I always answer, "The one I'm holding." Same in photography - the best camera is the one you have in your hand when the opportunity for the shot comes along. Live long and prosper , Joe.
    Robster! Thank you buddy. I know what you mean. You are probably like me in a lot of ways. I conform to a guitar. I never expect it to be "perfect for me". If I play one exclusively for a couple of weeks, I become one with it. But when I go back to my HJS18, I say oh my God this is easy to play. And then when I pick up the GJS, I say wow, this is nice and it sounds better than all the rest. Its refined. Like a high end Mercedes Benz.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Well Joe....guess that's it.....I'm burning all mine.
    Wonderful performance.....just wonderful.

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    Hey Joe.....I still hear Motola. Great!!

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    Mickey, that was You? Oh man that is so cool.
    Yeah, maybe its part of being one of those Mediterranean types.. Maybe its all the olive oil in our bodies.

    Thanks Mickey. I hope all goes well. You got a lot of folks pulling for you here. Stay strong.

    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    But when I go back to my HJS18, I say oh my God this is easy to play. And then when I pick up the GJS, I say wow, this is nice and it sounds better than all the rest. Its refined.
    This is exactly what I was getting at with my recent thread about guitars that demand one's extra effort.

    To me, the GJS would be the true captain of my heart. I'd work hard to tame and hopefully master it. And of course I'd keep and enjoy both.
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    You've really got your sound dialed in too....clean, crisp, balanced. I know that must have taken a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpguitar View Post
    This is exactly what I was getting at with my recent thread about guitars that demand one's extra effort.
    To me, the GJS would be the true captain of my heart. I'd work hard to tame and hopefully master it. And of course I'd keep and enjoy both.
    Roger that. I think you are 1000% right RP.
    But if you played my HJS18, you’d be like “ Hooolly Shit Joe this thing plays nice”.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey View Post
    You've really got your sound dialed in too....clean, crisp, balanced. I know that must have taken a while.
    Thanks Mickey. Sometimes it pays to tinker. A lot of people here helped me get all of my guitars right. There’s some great resources here that are willing to offer their experience to a shlub like me. It’s really worked out great.
    Joe D

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    Joe, its not so much the guitar as it is you. The fact is you are an excellent musician. I've re-listened to some of your YouTube recordings, using different guitars. Your arrangements, tone, articulation, use of passing notes and arpeggios shows a mastery of the instrument that's seldom seen. I sometimes can discern subtle differences between instruments, which I attribute to the "fit" and "feel" or integration between you and that particular guitar.

    And as you advised, I have not stepped on any of my guitars!

    Tony D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotony View Post
    Joe, its not so much the guitar as it is you. The fact is you are an excellent musician. I've re-listened to some of your YouTube recordings, using different guitars. Your arrangements, tone, articulation, use of passing notes and arpeggios shows a mastery of the instrument that's seldom seen. I sometimes can discern subtle differences between instruments, which I attribute to the "fit" and "feel" or integration between you and that particular guitar.
    And as you advised, I have not stepped on any of my guitars!
    Tony D.
    Tony, 1st off, thanks Buddy.
    I am playing the most beautiful songs ever recorded. I am not as talented as the masters, with coming up with catchy versions of these great songs. I learn the songs, some by ear and I record them. I try to remember all of them and they become what I play when I practice. I train my brain. Ive recorded over 50 different songs and I can still play most of them, without reading them from a chart.
    My own versions of these songs would not be as interesting as the versions developed by my hero’s. So that’s how I’ll play them. I’m not a good writer and that’s where I seem to fall short in some eyes. Not mine. It’s an honor to be able to play it the way Johnny or Joe did. And when I play it I dream that somebody will see it, like it and try it themselves. See what happens? The creations of my hero’s live on.
    Playing these great songs on the guitars that these same hero’s had something to do with is why I post the videos here. God and a couple of great friends have made these guitars possible. And here is the most important thing I need to say.
    These guitars give me the inspiration to do this, I am the luckiest person I know to have these guitars. I will never take them for granted.
    Thank Tony. And thanks everyone else.

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    Pilotony is right ... no matter which guitar it is your touch and sensibilities for playing and setting things we hear. And your physical abilities to play the notes so cleanly.

    Combined, that's a total joy to listen to. And inspiring for so many of us who are relatively still plinking.

    Keep recording and keep posting your thoughts here ... you are one of the riches of this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Neil View Post
    Pilotony is right ... no matter which guitar it is your touch and sensibilities for playing and setting things we hear. And your physical abilities to play the notes so cleanly.

    Combined, that's a total joy to listen to. And inspiring for so many of us who are relatively still plinking.

    Keep recording and keep posting your thoughts here ... you are one of the riches of this forum.

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    thank you RNeil. I really appreciate that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Tony, 1st off, thanks Buddy.
    I am playing the most beautiful songs ever recorded. I am not as talented as the masters, with coming up with catchy versions of these great songs. I learn the songs, some by ear and I record them. I try to remember all of them and they become what I play when I practice. I train my brain. Ive recorded over 50 different songs and I can still play most of them, without reading them from a chart.
    My own versions of these songs would not be as interesting as the versions developed by my hero’s. So that’s how I’ll play them. I’m not a good writer and that’s where I seem to fall short in some eyes. Not mine. It’s an honor to be able to play it the way Johnny or Joe did. And when I play it I dream that somebody will see it, like it and try it themselves. See what happens? The creations of my hero’s live on.
    Playing these great songs on the guitars that these same hero’s had something to do with is why I post the videos here. God and a couple of great friends have made these guitars possible. And here is the most important thing I need to say.
    These guitars give me the inspiration to do this, I am the luckiest person I know to have these guitars. I will never take them for granted.
    Thank Tony. And thanks everyone else.
    Joe the only thing more wonderful than those guitars, those performances, and your playing is the splendid attitude and spirit you bring to them. I’m perched on the edge of trying to learn Joe’s “Rainy Day” from Virtuoso. Might kill me but at least I’d die happy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone View Post
    Joe the only thing more wonderful than those guitars, those performances, and your playing is the splendid attitude and spirit you bring to them. I’m perched on the edge of trying to learn Joe’s “Rainy Day” from Virtuoso. Might kill me but at least I’d die happy!
    Hi Lawson, Thank you very much buddy.
    Joe Pass songs take up a lot of hard drive space. But I will say for sure, there is nothing more fulfilling. Joe’s version of Here’s That Rainy Day renders the melody beautifully.
    You will do a great job.
    Joe D

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    Joe, As you know I had my Triggs made D'Angelico 18" New Yorker. It is a top of the line archtop. I sold that to a member here with much agony. It was (and still is) a wonderful acoustic guitar. With a perfect sized vintage neck and incredible ease of play. But it is an 18" full depth guitar which was simply getting less play due to shoulder pain. I am sorry I sold it. Life is to short to deny yourself the things that pleasure you the most. If you can afford both IMHO you should keep both. Good luck,AG

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    Joe,
    Thanks for sharing your musical talents with our group. Your playing is just beautiful and your return to this forum benefits us in many ways. Your enthusiasm , energy and spirit with recreating the greatness of Joe Pass and Johnny Smith has been a real treat to watch - and I know the hours and committment it takes learning those arrangements.

    As for the comparison between your GJS and HJS, I would say your playing posture and ease of playing on the HJS is quite evident to me, and since the new pickup configuration the guitar is a perfect fit functionally and tonally. Not to take anything away from the GJS - its a classic for sure - and one of Gibson's best offerings.

    Ive read all the posts about how certain guitars require more effort to play (and reward us for that effort) ......and perhaps there is some truth to that reasoning. I like to think that the challenging instruments( unknowingly) become an exercise tool which help facilitate the effortless playability on our other favorite players.

    The bottomline is really playability, especially as we age.
    My best sounding guitars are not usually played as often as those which offer the "all around best" playing experience.

    I usually work out my arrangements on the easier playing guitars, then go and enjoy the finished product on my best sounding guitars.....if that makes any sense. Then the cycle continues, with me benefiting from both playing experiences.

    Thanks again for sharing your music and instrument experiences.





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    Hey Archtop Guy. I was thinking about you this morning when was playing! I was praying you made it through ok with minimal disruption. i am glad you reached out. Yes, I always have that image in my head of a handsome devil sitting in a room filled with a wall of windows, with a beautiful Triggs New Yorker in his hands. I’m sure you miss that guitar. I would too.
    There is little doubt those 2 guitars will be with me for a long, long time. I ran through my stuff this morning on the HJS18 and my wife asked me to start with an amp once again, because she enjoys hearing the songs I play. She told me this morning was the best she has ever heard me. Her favs are; “This Guys in Love with You”, Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What are you Doing the Rest of Your Life”. She doesn’t like Boy Next Door very much.
    Whenever I learn a new song, it takes me a couple of sessions to get all of the old stuff back. But when it all comes back, after I wiped the guitar down and put it back in the wall case, my feet don’t touch the ground for a little while.
    It is increasingly clear to me what my final lineup will be when it’s all said and done. Of course the GJS and HJS18 are my left and right arms. There will be the meaningful 175 I got from Vinny. An L5 for sure. And one other surprise guitar that I really can’t wait to get my hands on.
    In due time..
    thanks AG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Joe,
    Thanks for sharing your musical talents with our group. Your playing is just beautiful and your return to this forum benefits us in many ways. Your enthusiasm , energy and spirit with recreating the greatness of Joe Pass and Johnny Smith has been a real treat to watch - and I know the hours and committment it takes learning those arrangements.
    As for the comparison between your GJS and HJS, I would say your playing posture and ease of playing on the HJS is quite evident to me, and since the new pickup configuration the guitar is a perfect fit functionally and tonally. Not to take anything away from the GJS - its a classic for sure - and one of Gibson's best offerings.
    Ive read all the posts about how certain guitars require more effort to play (and reward us for that effort) ......and perhaps there is some truth to that reasoning. I like to think that the challenging instruments( unknowingly) become an exercise tool which help facilitate the effortless playability on our other favorite players.
    The bottomline is really playability, especially as we age.
    My best sounding guitars are not usually played as often as those which offer the "all around best" playing experience.
    I usually work out my arrangements on the easier playing guitars, then go and enjoy the finished product on my best sounding guitars.....if that makes any sense. Then the cycle continues, with me benefiting from both playing experiences.
    Thanks again for sharing your music and instrument experiences.
    Stevie, you talk the talk and walk the walk. I will always be greatful for the nice things you say. You have seen more things in our world then 100 people combined. And you make guitars sing when you play them. A real deal dude, that’s for sure. It’s great to know you on a personal level for a variety of reasons.
    Thanks for the support buddy.
    I am hoping you come full circle and bring back home a guitar that should absolutely be with you. You’ve worked hard and you deserve it. When and if it happens, it should be the grandest NGD. The NGD that EVERYONE would love to see.
    Joe D

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    Dear Joe,

    I missed that one. This is simply great. Prodigeous sound and perfect phrasing. Now let's make this album in chord melody style and publish it !

    Best to you.
    Archtop YT Channel: www.youtube.com/+FredArchtop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Archtop View Post
    Dear Joe,

    I missed that one. This is simply great. Prodigeous sound and perfect phrasing. Now let's make this album in chord melody style and publish it !

    Best to you.
    thank you Fred.
    I am still pushing for a DVD in the not so distant future.
    i appreciate it sir.
    Joe D

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    Joe,
    The realisation must be upon you, after hearing accolades
    from some of the finest players on this Forum , that it is
    neither the HJS or GJS we are applauding, it is your
    playing of whichever guitar you choose. To paraphrase
    Lawson's comment , it could be a Les Paul we're hearing,
    you have mastered the instrument, the model is of
    secondary importance. Bravo my friend, it is always a
    pleasure to hear you play.

    from J and A

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx View Post
    Joe,
    The realisation must be upon you, after hearing accolades from some of the finest players on this Forum , that it is neither the HJS or GJS we are applauding, it is your playing of whichever guitar you choose. To paraphrase
    Lawson's comment , it could be a Les Paul we're hearing, you have mastered the instrument, the model is of
    secondary importance. Bravo my friend, it is always apleasure to hear you play.
    from J and A
    Foxman,
    As you know, without the guitar we would have a lot to say and nothing to say it with. I am sure everyone on this great forum can throw down, especially with one of my babies in there hands. My guitars make me better. You guys make me better. The reasons why I chose these particular songs to play make me better.
    In the end, the star is the guitar. We just learn how to manipulate it’s magic.
    Hey, a Les Paul wouldn’t be all that bad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Foxman,
    As you know, without the guitar we would have a lot to say and nothing to say it with. I am sure everyone on this great forum can throw down, especially with one of my babies in there hands. My guitars make me better. You guys make me better. The reasons why I chose these particular songs to play make me better.
    In the end, the star is the guitar. We just learn how to manipulate it’s magic.
    Hey, a Les Paul wouldn’t be all that bad...
    you know... I like this. We so often say "it's not the instrument... it's the music... it's the player..." and yes that's true. But man oh man... the guitar. No instrument ever captured my soul like the guitar. From the first evening in the 1960's when I heard Mason Williams play "Classical Gas" the guitar has owned my heart. Yes, I'll confess it: I don't love the music, I love the guitar. And sure, i love the music too, but only because of this amazing, exasperating, exhilarating, demanding, rewarding instrument that we play.

    Joe I love the fact that Joe Pass and Johnny Smith have a prophet or evangelist in you; but I also love your love of these instruments, these wonderful guitars.

    I raise my glass to the guitar! And to all who show us its beauty!
    - Lawson
    "Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense." - Thornton Wilder, Our Town

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone View Post
    you know... I like this. We so often say "it's not the instrument... it's the music... it's the player..." and yes that's true. But man oh man... the guitar. No instrument ever captured my soul like the guitar. From the first evening in the 1960's when I heard Mason Williams play "Classical Gas" the guitar has owned my heart. Yes, I'll confess it: I don't love the music, I love the guitar. And sure, i love the music too, but only because of this amazing, exasperating, exhilarating, demanding, rewarding instrument that we play.

    Joe I love the fact that Joe Pass and Johnny Smith have a prophet or evangelist in you; but I also love your love of these instruments, these wonderful guitars.

    I raise my glass to the guitar! And to all who show us its beauty!
    I second that motion (emotion?)!
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    JoeMax, let me join this parade and just say "thanks" in a general way for posting your thoughts about guitars, and your playing videos, on this thread and many others. Please just know there's a B-grade player on the opposite coast who draws a lot of inspiration from your vids. Thanks, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat View Post
    JoeMax, let me join this parade and just say "thanks" in a general way for posting your thoughts about guitars, and your playing videos, on this thread and many others. Please just know there's a B-grade player on the opposite coast who draws a lot of inspiration from your vids. Thanks, man.
    Yeah, Larry Carlton calls me all the time and tells me that.. I'M KIDDING!!!
    Thank you Flat. If you are a B Grade player you are doing a whole lot better than me that's for sure!
    I appreciate the nice things you said.
    JD


    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone View Post
    you know... I like this. We so often say "it's not the instrument... it's the music... it's the player..." and yes that's true. But man oh man... the guitar. No instrument ever captured my soul like the guitar. From the first evening in the 1960's when I heard Mason Williams play "Classical Gas" the guitar has owned my heart. Yes, I'll confess it: I don't love the music, I love the guitar. And sure, i love the music too, but only because of this amazing, exasperating, exhilarating, demanding, rewarding instrument that we play.
    Joe I love the fact that Joe Pass and Johnny Smith have a prophet or evangelist in you; but I also love your love of these instruments, these wonderful guitars.
    I raise my glass to the guitar! And to all who show us its beauty!
    I was trying to play a modified E7 chord on someone elses guitar a few weeks back, like this;
    12
    12
    13
    12
    12
    12
    and the strings were so tight up there. I managed to fret the chord and I got virtually NO sound at all.
    On my guitars, playing a chord up there is no different than playing it down by the nut. And it sounds just as good. Strong notes, with bell like clarity. I learned to not take the quality of these guitars for granted. Believe me, I've played some crappy guitars in my life.
    Lawson, you are a good man. I am honored by all the support I get from you. Thanks buddy.
    PS, Play Here's That Rainy Day on the 165. It will sound better than Joe's version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    I second that motion (emotion?)!
    Dan-it Dan
    Dan-it Dan
    Dan. Da da dit da da da..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Lawson, you are a good man. I am honored by all the support I get from you. Thanks buddy.
    PS, Play Here's That Rainy Day on the 165. It will sound better than Joe's version.
    But of course that will be the guitar. I have a photocopy of a hand-written transcription of HTRD from Virtuoso that is tempting me, but it's very hard to read. Meanwhile I have a student here who is on maybe his 3rd or 4th Joe Pass transcription. He doesn't know it, but I'm flunking that kid.
    - Lawson
    "Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense." - Thornton Wilder, Our Town