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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know of any players that use acoustic archtops for music other than jazz? I'm interested to hear them in other styles/settings - blues, folk, country etc. I know of a few early blues players that used them such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, and of course Maybelle Carter's L-5 in a more folky country style. Any suggestions on players or links to YT videos I could check out?

    Thanks

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    I am always interested and impressed at the musicality and inventiveness of David Rawlings:

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    Ah yes of course, how could I forget Dave Rawlings, great player!

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    Howard Emerson uses a 20s L5 (among several other guitars)



    If you skip ahead to 3:40, you can see it in action. Some other later Mike Bloomfield acoustic stuff is supposedly archtops, but I don't think there's anything definitive as to which songs.

    John.

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    I heard a young country/folk singer who was sporting a non-cutaway full arch top recently. She was playing with Molly Tuttle, but wasn't Molly Tuttle. Hopefully that gives you a sense of the kind of music. Wish I could remember her name. She was very good.

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    Dave Rawlings is a monster. Watch what he does with the capo about halfway through this song.



    Devil Makes Three—met them at a concert a few years ago at the merch table. They were extremely nice, and we chatted about guitars for a good 15 minutes. I think both the guys have vintage Epis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rlrhett
    I heard a young country/folk singer who was sporting a non-cutaway full arch top recently. She was playing with Molly Tuttle, but wasn't Molly Tuttle. Hopefully that gives you a sense of the kind of music. Wish I could remember her name. She was very good.
    Possibly Courtney Hartman?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit
    Possibly Courtney Hartman?

    Yes. That was her.


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    Pretty sure Buddy Guy played a cheap archtop for Muddy Waters on the all-acoustic 60's album 'Muddy Waters Folk Singer.'

    Lost my copy and I can't find the cover art to prove it. Great album, with Willie Dixon, too.

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    Thanks for all the replies, will check all these out - great stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit
    Pretty sure Buddy Guy played a cheap archtop for Muddy Waters on the all-acoustic 60's album 'Muddy Waters Folk Singer.'

    Lost my copy and I can't find the cover art to prove it. Great album, with Willie Dixon, too.
    ah yes I have that album, one of my favourite acoustic blues albums of all time. Buddy also played a Harmomy (I think) Archtop on his own acoustic album Blues Singer. It was this album that first got me into Archtops as I love his sound on it. Here’s a video from the recordings:


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    Bluesbreaker,

    Thanks for the wonderful video of Buddy Guy. I'll look into the Guy album you mention.

    There's a wealth of stuff on that youtube channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit
    Bluesbreaker,

    Thanks for the wonderful video of Buddy Guy. I'll look into the Guy album you mention.

    There's a wealth of stuff on that youtube channel.
    No problem rabbit, yes it's a great channel with some really interesting content.

    The Blues Singer album is fantastic. I remember reading an article about it where it explained about why the producer wanted the archtop on the album and how he made Buddy play without a pick for a different and more intimate sound. He hated doing it at first as his fingers were so sore but when he heard it back he loved it.

    This isn't the one I read but it's similar:

    Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set | Billboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit
    Pretty sure Buddy Guy played a cheap archtop for Muddy Waters on the all-acoustic 60's album 'Muddy Waters Folk Singer.'

    Lost my copy and I can't find the cover art to prove it. Great album, with Willie Dixon, too.
    This one...

    + Muddy for good measure...

    Only saw Buddy Guy / Jnr Wells once, the crowd was getting restless because of the delay in setting up the gear & they came out and did an acoustic set which didn't go down well (?) - Buddy won 'em over by tearing them a new *hole in two verses (double ?).

    Jnr Wells blew the back of it on a solo version of 'Help Me'..that helped too.
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    Here's John Mayer using an L5


    Looks like Mark Whitfield is in the band for this performance as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dot75

    + Muddy for good measure...

    The guitar on the Muddy at Newport is most probably John Lee Hooker's instrument.

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