In the hands of a GOOD player most any "clunker" can be made to sound good. Never would I take a "custom" made guitar to a "campfire or beach enviroment". My choice would be a guitar a few steps above "entry level"  that has been set up to my playing style and needs. It would have a "on-board" tuner, locking strap buttons, laminate construction, medium strings, good tuners and be of a dreadnought size. Fit and finish would be something I could be proud of but not cost an arm and leg. Several guitars by Yamaha, Takamine and others meet these requirements very well. Also, the guitar would have to bought used and at a good price (for me not the seller) Also number 2, if I had a custom made guitar it would only be played in my home and never would it be carried out to a gig. Currently I own and play a DY52 12 string K Yairi that plays better than any Martin, Gibson or Taylor that I have had the chance to play (be they 6 string or 12 string) so, for me, that's the one for me.

Nela

To me the perfect campfire guitar would be made of "rich lighter" pine. This wood can be polished up to a high sheen and would make excellant "kindling" for starting a fire. But then you would not have a guitar to play so you would have to have a "back-up" in order to be able to play with the other "folks". That's when I would do a little research into what type guitar "Joey" does not have and bring that one with me. That way when the fire dies down and things begin to get quite you can begin negotiations with "Joey", sell him the guitar and have your trip all paid for.


Nela

FYI, I will need a 2XL T shirt.

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(5 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Sometimes good things just happen. Keep us "little People" in mind when you get "rich and famous".

nela

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(2 replies, posted in Song requests)

Welcome to Chordie, richie. If the title to the song you are looking for is " I believe I'ii have a beer" you can find it on the "home" page under Songs. Just click on songs, then click on "J" and scroll down until you find Johnson, Jamie. Click there and when it opens, scroll down until you find the song.

Nela

Me n my buddy went yesterday. Brought home 50 nice channel cats all cleaned and filleted, ready for cookin'. We got to the lake, caught our bait (shad) and went to work on them with ultra lite tack;e. Nothing huge but most were 2 to 3 pound range with a few near 5 pounds. The carp are spawning, against the banks, and the catfish are there feeding on their eggs. Funny thing though, as we were in the "fish house" cleaning our catch several other fishermen came in that were "skunked" or had caught only a few fish and those were small.
Anyway, good day to be above the ground.

Nela

Going in the morning. Due to weather, doctor's appointments, honey do's and several other unplanned thangs that have come up it's been about 2 weeks since I been out on the water. Gotta get out an do a little cleaning of the boat, changing out tackle other prep work, today, and I'll be ready. Why is it that you look so forward to going phishing, enjoy being out on the water, fresh air / sunshine, nature at it's finest but when you get home you are exhausted? My retirement plans are to get myself scheduled to where I can phish Monday, Wednesday and Friday, clean phish, prep tackle and maintain boat on Tuesday, Thursday and half of Saturday.  Saturday nite, I'll take the Mrs out to dinner, play a little music, maybe get lucky and Sunday will devoted to restin' and other family duties. Sounds like a plan to me.

Tied me up several 1/64 oz hair jigs, in various colors, yesterday with the plans of tryin' something new. Got a lake nearby that has Coppernose Bluegill in it. From the info I've got they are beginning to stage up for the spawn. Gonna see if I can find them with my side-scan graph and work on them, If you ain't familar with these brim they can, an do, grow to be huge. One pounders are common and you can expect a few in the 2 pound range.

nela

Didn't mean for my post sound as a "correction" but just another point of view. Do you think that the Beatles would be as famous if they came along with today's music? Or Elvis, CCR, Stones or even Hank? With the exception of Elvis, I think all the above would be "just another band" (good one's but nothing special). With  Elvis, his attraction was with ALL women .With the others it was mostly teenage girls. 

Nela

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(21 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Since we're in mixed company, I can't say what we call that type of hat here in the south.

Nela

Bill. I think "Hank's" rise to fame was mostly due to the time in music history when he lived and died. Even with his popularity most of his hits came after his death. His song writing ability spoke of what most folk already had going on in their lives. If you think of all the hit songs he wrote there must have been hundreds that were never finished or just hit the trash can.  To me, his fame should not be considered with how quickly he rose to fame but how long he has kept that fame. His song writing ability, if you wanted to compare it to other artists, would be equal to Woody Gutherie or Bob Dylan (just in a different genre). Just like the Beatles rise to fame, it's all about the timing.

Nela

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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Just think of all that talent and what he accomplished in such a short period of time. If I remember correctly he was only 29 years old when he passed away. How can you not be a fan?

nela

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(89 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

With my old beat up hands I'm just lucky to even be playing. Playing lead notes faster than a snail's pace (fretting hand) or using my fingers independently for finger picking is something I just can't do, now. 6 hand surgeries have left me with fingers that are stiff, swollen (most of the time) and just don't work for that type of playing. For now, I can manage to be a decent strummer as long as I stay with the open chords and a few barre chords thrown into the mix. I would love to be able to play fingerstyle but I know my limitations.

nela

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(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Most 12 stringers have the octave strings below the regular ones. Ric's were designed differently as the strings are reversed. On older 12'ers heavier strings caused many problems when strung with them (bowed necks / lifting bridges, etc.). With heavier strings I would tune down at least 1 whole step then capo 2nd fret to bring back to standard. This would be better for the guitar neck and easier on the fingers. I use Earthwood Lites 9/42's on my K Yairi and it plays like budder.

nela

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(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

So how did that "A" chord sound? Beautiful guitar.

nela

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(14 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Me n my Wife will be playin' in Calhoun, La. tonight. This is a free gig with many friends gathering for some good food and some good music. There will be several others also playin' n singin' n listenin' n havin' a good time. Ya'll come if'n ya want too.

Nela

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(24 replies, posted in Recording)

If you will notice this is a old topic from many year ago..  As such, I doubt anyone will respond to your post, kimnoblemusic.

Nela

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(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Happy Easter to everyone.

nela

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(12 replies, posted in Poems)

Sounds like this one is from the heart, Good job.

nela

A Banjo? Say it ain't so, Jerome.

Nela

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(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Oh, I beg to differ. Just look at Zurf. He can't make a B chord with a good or a bad guitar.

Nela

Per my insurance agent homeowners or renters insurance will only cover musical insurance while they are in the home. and the you may need to have an additional ryder stating make / model / serial number. Auto insurance covers while your instruments traveling and again you need to a ryder on them. If you are getting paid to play out somewhere you need a separate policy covering your instruments. Sometimes. when playing out, the venue will provide the coverage BUT you need to ask what is covered and what are the limits of their policy.  If you are playing out and you know the crowd can get a little "frisky" why do you want to carry your best / most expensive guitar. Get yourself a good "beater" and use that. In a crowded bar a good $300 to $500 beater will sound just as good in that enviroment as an expensive Martin or Gibson. Do your homework on insurance coverage for musical instruments - not all policies are good policies.

nela

There's a whole lotta companies who write insurance for your musical instruments. If you have home owners or apartment rental insurance check your policy to make sure they are covered - sometimes they are excluded. If you have home owners or rental insurance that does not mean your instruments are covered while out playing a gig somewhere. That's a different kind of insurance and you need a separate policy. Also, if you are playing out at a open mic or a gig you never carry your $2000.00+ Martin or Gibson with you. You get yourself a GOOD beater and use that. There are a lotta $300 to $500 guitars that can sound almost as good as an expensive guitar. Playing out with a expensive guitar is for the professionals or for someone just to show off. Think of the enviroment  you will be playing in. As for insurance for your instruments you just need to check around, Make sure your policy covers your home, travel, use at a gig or anywhere else you may be playing.

Nela

Years ago, at the Chandlier Islands, I went wade phishing for speckle trout and redfish. Now, in doing this, we never used waders - just a pair of shorts and no shoes. As you would catch a fish you would put it on a 10' long stringer and tie that to a belt loop on your shorts.  The knot you would use had to be a slip knot that would come loose when a shark hit the phish you had put on the stringer. If / when a shark got after your phish you would know it as they would jerk you off your feet. And that's the reason you wore shorts without any shoes. It's much easier to pull your shorts off and wash the poop outta them than it is a pair of chest waders.

I've done this type of phishing all along the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas coast and there's nothing like fighting a 30" trout or a big redfish while standing chest deep in water.

Nela

A couple of our lakes have just been re-opened to phishing after the floods. The property owners are not real happy with this as a lot of lakefront property is still under water. Boats cause wakes that could damage their dwellings, piers and boathouses. Not only that but damage due to erosion is still going on. I'm beginning to have phishing withdrawal and will have to get my "fix" in pretty quick.  Been spending my time repairing my gear, tying up a bunch of crappie jigs in various colors and just getting everything ready.

TM. you and yore buddies hang in there. Ya'll will soon be out there with a twinkle in your eye, a grin on your face and a can of VI-INNEY sausages in your pocket. Stay dry, my friend. (Oh, a good quick fix for leaky waders is to carry a can of "Flex-Seal" spray with you.)

nela

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(21 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

RNS, welcome to chordie. The only thing that changes with age is your attitude about life,. It just get's better. Also, the groupies you get tend to have money of their own and enjoy  a good time. They may not have all their teeth, have blue hair and not be quite as perky as they used to be but they sure fun.

Nela

Well, after all my braggin' it looks like our phishing season is over for awhile. It's going to take some time for the flood waters to go down and since there were a lot of waterfront properties damaged our local lakes and rivers will be closed. There are several bridges that were destroyed as well as roads that are undermined so just getting around is going to be tough. TM, you need some company when ya'lls phishing season starts? I can bring the Winnabago, set it up in your front yard and phish everyday with you fir at least 2 or three months. Just be me n the wife (and our dogs). Please let me know ASAP so I can send out a forwarding address and have my retirement checks sent up there. Really lookin' forward to phishing with you. Ya'll have anywhere that I can buy a cane pole when I get there? Also. will I need to bring a shovel, or can I use one of your's, to dig worms. Hope you got a big yard as we may need a lotta worms.

Nela