WOW!  That looks amazing!  Jim, I'm very impressed.  I don't know much about electrics, but I know that takes some serious skill.  I love the headstock and all the work you put into making it all official looking.  big_smile  Amazing!  Are you bringing it to the BYG this year?  wink


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WB Big Jim!  Glad to be of help!


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The first post has been updated with all the fancy shmancy details!  wink  Same as before, only this year a week later.  We Look forward to seeing those of you that can make it!  While the barn is totally gone, I've been piling up winter dead-fall for a few years now.  There's some good dry wood out there.  I don't think we're likely to have another fire like THAT one year. 

JJJ - I do hope Chris can make it, although understand if she can't for reasons... including needing to NOT be stuck on a long trip with you twice in one year.  LOL!  Just remind her that I didn't forget about that cake!

UJB - We'll need to figure out some new method of recording things so there's not so much wind noise.  Editing all those videos was just... apparently... far too big a task for me from last year with my hectic schedule.  I deffo need to take a few more videos and pictures myself this year too.  Or, maybe we'll just get lucky and it won't be breezy (though, the breeze is nice to keep the bugs away). 

TF - I promise, we don't get THAT crazy all the time.  For the most part, it's pretty chill and relaxed.  The one year, Jim just... went a teeny bit overboard with his enjoyment of getting rid of the last of the old barn.  LOL! 

My FAVORITE thing about BYG?  Getting to chit chat with those that I now consider old friends, and getting a wider taste of different guitar playing styles!


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Ok, since we've got a few stating August works better... AUGUST IT IS!  Make those plans, rent those cabins... or stay with the Zombie Team at the motel... or sleep on the couch... or blow up mattress... or pitch a tent! 

We'll see ya'll in August, and I didn't forget that there needs to be a GIANT CAKE with sparklers for UJB and Chris!  wink


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We have a date, now the plans....

When:  August 11th
Where: MekidsFamily's backyard in Central NY State
Who:  Local and Chordie Friends

Backyard style gathering - "campfire style"
Acoustic Guitars
Food on the grill
Bon Fire (Jim totally burnt down the barn, so no more insane fires... I don't think)
Kid Friendly
Tent Friendly
Boat/Yak/Canoe Friendly

We'll do one day and evening dedicated as a backyard relaxed party (Saturday).  This means that if you live close please feel free to bring a dish, everyone BYOB (and we'll have some drinks to share as well) and a lawn chair if you are able (coolers make great seats).  Bring your guitar or instrument of choice if you are able (or share, there's plenty of them here)!  Bring along the kids if you'd like (but keep an eye on them - we live on a main road without a fence).  Bring along warmer clothing for the evening (or stand within 10 feet of the fire for warmth).  Should it rain, we'll move to the wrap around porch or inside.  Jim and I will provide food (Possibilities include: NY Salt Potatoes, NY Sweet Corn, burgers, dogs, sausage, maybe some chili, SMOKED PULLED PORK, the best tater salad you've ever had in your life, fresh fruit, homemade cookies perhaps, good yummy stuff, etc).

Note:  When I say, NY I do not live anywhere near New York City.  This is rural, Upstate NY.  We live in the central part of NY State halfway between Syracuse and Utica.  Send me a message for the specific address.  Look up Oneida Lake, you can walk to it from my home, on the North Shore.

Of COURSE those traveling should plan to stay for the weekend and if you'd like to stay longer, we'd LOVE to have you!  I'll be planning Vacation time from the Wednesday before the party to the Wednesday after the party.

The yard is plenty large enough to set up tents.  There are also tons of nearby NY State Campgrounds (as well as private ones).  There are motels close, and Hotels close enough.  As we're a stone's throw from Oneida lake, there are also tons of summer camps to rent for a week or a weekend nearby.  We do have a little bit of space inside - a couch to crash on, however we have hardwood floors so crashing on a floor may not be a best plan unless you bring along a pad or blow up mattress (we have ONE).  All are more than welcome to make their-selves at home inside! 

Along with one day of an outdoor party, we'll do a few days of just relaxed picking, strumming, or helping you find cool things to see depending on the turn out of course.  Nearby are streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, nature trails, and historic sites.  The girls and I took Roger on a hike down the Salmon River Falls the year he came.  The Boxing Hall of Fame and Baseball Hall of Fame are within driving distance as well.  The Adirondacks are about a 1 1/2 hour drive, Niagara Falls is about a 3 hour drive from here, and New York City is about 5.  If you want to come up and join us and go off wandering and exploring, I'll have dinner on the table for you when you get back... Jim likes to fry up bacon and eggs for breakfast... as those that have been here in the past know, the coffee is always on early in the morning, and hugs from the littlest are free and often.  Come visit and join us for a little in person Chordie Family Style Gathering!

The closest airport is SYR.  For more specific details, shoot me an email.

This first post has been edited to add all the fancy details
The thread for 2017 BYG is located here:
The thread for 2016 BYG is located here:


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Dirty Ed wrote:


Did you get it at the GC in Syracuse?  I stopped by the GC in Columbus last week while visiting my son.. I really wasn't looking for anything but one guitar just "spoke" to me.  It was an Ibanez AV4CE.  Maybe it was the "torrified", top or just the strings they had on it but now I have a case of GAS. I checked online and the Syracuse store has one.  Tell Jim to give it a try if you're over that way. I'm curious what he thinks about it.  BTW, Musicians Friend has it on sale at 25% off. If I could sell one of my acoustics (even my Martin) I'd jump on it.


We did, indeed.  Found it there, drove to a few of the mom-n-pop shops, but no one had one that sounded quite the same.  We went back to the GC in Syracuse and the one on the wall was the last one they had in stock.  Ibanez AV4CE, we'll have to check that out and let you know!  It's funny, when you just find that new,  must have, guitar and things like our favorite Martins aren't so favorite anymore.  I sometimes wonder if I'll get the Martin back out of the case.  wink


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Thanks for the kind words all. 
UJB, I think you'll really like it!  big_smile  You know I'll be more than happy to pass it around for others to try out. 

Jim's looking to get one of the Martin X series guitars.  wink  He's got one on layaway, but it was "my turn" to get a NGD (he's had a few out of turn already), so I had to get mine first.  LOL!  There's quite a few places here that sell Seagulls.  A lot of the the other Godin guitar brands don't make it down, though.  This one has the "slim" neck width on it.  It's honestly a little thinner width than my Martin at the top, so it's not wide for me at all.  wink  I'm with DE, the wider widths I find easier to play.  I've got a double jointed thumb, and can't really plop my thumb at the back of the neck like you're "supposed" to.  That may have something to do with it. 

I should clarify, Jim didn't pick this one out.  I picked it, he offered to buy it.  We went around to a few shops, but none seemed to have this wood combo and I could hear the difference.  I was trying for a smaller guitar, but just didn't hear the sound in any of the others.  So, we drove quite a few miles in one day and ended up back to GC to pick this up on his insistence.

TIGLJK, ha ha ha.  You make me blush!  I'm working on getting my callouses back, I promise!  I'm not sure I'll ever be "performance" quality, but I have missed playing and singing for sure. 

My songbook needed a good dusting, and in the process I found a couple songs in there I'd written but never really shared.  I'll have to see if I can tweak them enough to make me happy and record.  That could take some time, since a few of them are YEARS old.  It's a start though.


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Yeah yeah yeah, I've been fairly absent.  I'm sorry.  I probably will continue to remain a mystery much like many females are (even to ourselves at times).  However, I mentioned that I had a NGD and hadn't gotten around to sharing it.  I feel bad that I don't have more time here, so thought of you all CRAZIES while I recorded this today: … new-guitar

Because my hubby loves me (and he wants a NGD himself), Jim bought me a new guitar that I absolutely fell in love with for Valentines' Day.  Welcome to the new Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT!  It's a cedar top and laminated Cherry back and sides.  The action is AMAZING on this guitar and, dare I say it, may become my new go-to over the Martin at half the price.  Crazy.  (see what I did there?)

It's a dread.  It seems like no matter how badly I want to stay away from the size, I just love the sound.... I keep getting drawn to them.  I spent my first night with it on the couch, and the next few days in severe shoulder and resulting back pain (getting old I guess).  I've since added a strap and adjusted my hold.  Things seem to be going well.  LOVE IT!  The linked song above was without a pick, there's just some things you can't do with other guitars without a pick that you can with a dread.  Picking notes out is just a million times better sound.  I love how unique the wood sound is to "all the other spruce tops".


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Congrats and welcome to the Imaginary Pickle Club!


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I just happened to pop on here today to check on things.  I bought a new guitar recently!  I've got to get a NGD post up, after I get some photos, and maybe record the noobie too.  wink  Thanks for thinking of me/us, guys.  I'm hopeful the new guitar will spur me to play some more, and mayhaps get a few videos up too.  We'll see what happens!  Jim's watching the Daytona today, so that means I'll have more time on my Sunday than usual while he falls asleep to the sound of the cars going round and round.  ha ha!

Poor Chris!  Alright, so no more fainting.  Stay away from all the beautiful people.  Take it easy.  Get some rest.  I don't think this is a valid enough excuse not to make it to BYG 2018.  I  mean, that's like, 7 months away and I have some SPARKLERS to put in a CAKE!  big_smile 

Get better!


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It was good getting to know you some, CG.  Thanks for hanging out here, when you did.  I'm sorry the small community here wasn't what you were hoping it would be, and I do genuinely hope you find a group that suits you better. 

Thanks to for your feedback.  Negative or positive, as long as it is honest and serves a constructive purpose, I'm all for feedback.

Since this topic is basically a goodbye, I'm going to close it from further posts.


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Welcome Back PETE!!!!  big_smile  Chordie's like crack, but in a "it honestly won't hurt you" good kind of way.  wink  It's like "Cheers"!  I'm really glad to see you here again.


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Hey-o!  I'm not dead, just round, errrr... I mean, around.  wink

Actually, I've had a TON of work-y things happen in the past year and especially the past few months.  Good things, really.  Though, my work days are now spent managing people who are monitoring all sorts of social media, including forums.  As many of you may know, I work from home.  That said, it means I'm on the computer - at home -all day long.  On top of that, I'm homeschooling my kids (who are also at home with me - all day long) and a lot of that organizational stuff is also done on the computer.  When the day's all done, I try my hardest to get away from said computer.  In a nutshell, I just haven't had a ton of time lately to visit all my favorite websites, including Chordie.  Plus, I get yelled at by the family - "Are you still working?", "how long are you working?" - even if I'm just trying to look at Chordie or my personal Facebook, they want me to socialize with them, they're weird like that wink

I do check in from time to time, mostly silently.  I'll handle a lil moderation, check up on the newest Chordie posts, and miss you all!  I'm working on slowly fitting in more time for my guitar, plus all of ya'll! 

UJB - I'm really sorry to hear that.  Make sure to send me a note if there's anything I can do to help.  I promise, I do check my personal email at least .... once a month.  Yeah, I'm bad on that too.  But, you've got my number too, so call if you think of anything I can help with.  Seriously!

Gotta say, I'm glad no one else kicked the bucket.  Thanks for thinking of me TF!  <3


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Hey Bill and Dondra!  I haven't been around a whole lot, but I've been following.  How's things going?  Have you managed to fight off the nearly invisible monsters?  I hope you're both doing better.  Think about you often!

Interesting stories, most I haven't heard, some I've heard tidbits of here and there.  big_smile  Good topic!

I'm pretty sure I've told most of this before somewhere on these boards, but I'll bite again.  wink  My Dad took guitar lessons when he was young, and I grew up with him being "the guy" at campfires playing and singing tunes.  He was a train Engineer on the railroad so was gone a lot, but when he was laid off and home for periods of time, we'd sit together and he'd practice guitar and teach me how to sing, to hold out a note, add a little vibrato, to properly end a word that ended with a consonant (he had lots of choir practice in his youth).  I got rudimentary lessons in reading music, or at least watching for the chord changes and words to know when to turn the pages for him in his music books.  I sang along.  He played a lot of the songs from the 60's and 70's, and some folk tunes, but always put his own spin on them.  I grew up knowing Dad's version of songs, not the radio versions, and it's only been the past few years that I've ever even bothered to listen to the originals to really begin to understand my Dad's taste in music (and why some people don't know "these great songs" - lots were really dull recordings, but not the way Dad played and sang 'em).

He tried to talk me into learning guitar as a kid, I just wanted to sing though.  I was required to learn an instrument in grade school and picked up the B-flat clarinet.  That's where I learned to read the treble clef.  Then I quit playing after a few years and just sang and sang, took voice lessons for a bit (learning Italian Arias, really odd musical numbers, and old Latin religious songs as well as participating in vocal competitions), made it to All County as well as All State choir.  My parents said I wouldn't make money in music and encouraged me NOT to follow my dreams and go to a music college - Willie said so, I needed to be a doctor or lawyer or something.  Long story short, I didn't end up going to any college but finally picked up the guitar a few years ago.

My Grandma was a big fat lady, she was always playing her 8-tracks - Elvis, Dolly, Willie.  My other Grandma played the organ (typical church music and songs from the 20's-40's) and gave it to me at one point, but I never learned to do more than plunk out notes.  She taught me where they were by writing on the keys in pencil. 

I wish I'd have taken music theory in high school, but there just wasn't time with Girls Choir, Jazz Choir, regular Choir, voice lessons, and boys.  wink  Maybe someday I'll bother to learn more, but for now I'm just happy strumming a few chords to sing with.

My first song was "Leaving on a Jet Plane".  I remember this discussion coming up years ago and could swear a bunch of people said their first song was "House of the Rising Sun".  When I was new, I couldn't understand how that would be chosen as a first, because I thought it was awful difficult but then again I've only ever played it somewhat the way I learned it (my Dad's way, not calm and cool like the original).  wink

There were a few Tom Petty tunes over the weekend and they all sounded great!  I'm still surprised that no one did Free Fallin' - I actually have that one in my book, so I'll see if I can find a few minutes to record it before the month ends.  FINGERS CROSSED!


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Jim and I would both like to thank you, once again Joe, for your amazing hospitality!  We had a wonderful time, as always!  The weekend weather was absolutely beautiful, the guitar time was wonderful (or "something like that"), food was abundant, and new friends made as always!  Jim and Robert hit it off well, and it was soo good to see him again, as well as Zurf, Jeff, Scott, and yourself Joe!  Also, I took down the model number of your camcorder... I may just get one to keep it new in box and on hand for that day when I finally break yours.  Hi, my name is Amy and I'm a lil clumsy.  wink

Dexter and Bobby found no problem fitting in (although no one actually invited Bobby, he seemed to have no problem making friends with just about everyone and even managed a sip of Bourbon).  big_smile  Good times!  Of course, after I told the girls all about our new friends, they were both a little jealous that they didn't come with us.  Steph said, "Sure, the one time I really SHOULD have come because I'd have been able to make some friends."  HA HA!   

Let Jeff know that Steph will be impossible to keep out of the car next year, as long as Dexter is expected to be there.  wink  I'll make sure she practices up.  We look forward to seeing you all at the next slightly North Eastern event, be that perhaps a little south of here or right at our home in July/August next year.


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Awe, JJJ you and Chris won't make it?  sad 

MKD and I will be heading out Friday morning.  I've got the weekend off.  I'm 99.9% sure that we'll be without kids.  Steph may change her mind and want to come along at the last minute, but so far the plan is for the little to stay behind with the grandparents and big brother.  I haven't had much time to do much aside from the constant of work/homeschool/mom duties, so super looking forward to getting away where the electronics don't work as well.  wink 

That weather forecast doesn't look too bad, UJB!


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Welcome to the forums!!  big_smile


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Thinking of you and your family Mojo!  I am glad to hear you're in a decent location, however very sorry to hear you've got family further south.  I hope they've all stayed safe.  The devastation on the news is so very sad.


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Well, shame on me for not getting a picture up sooner... but... it's fuzzy.  I thought there would be a LOT more photos floating around the internet similar to mine, but much better.  I've been surprised not to see so many, so I'm happy to share my fuzzy photo with ya.

I took one of Jim's welding hoods apart a little, and used the "glass" as a lens filter.  wink  Hence the fuzzyness, but all in all it was good viewing!;oe=5A290110


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Looking good there, Bill.  The guitars and amps will be there when you're ready to spend time with them.  The worst that can happen is the strings rust a bit and need a change.  They'll wait.  As always, take your time and do what you need to for your lovely Dondra.  I always say, family comes first - no matter what.  Yeah, we're the Chordie Family, but we have no pressing issues to attend to here.  Hugs and kisses for the two of you, and gabbing the kids and giving them some as well, especially with the two of you in thought.


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Hey hey hey!  We'll be there!  We're currently discussing if either of the kids are coming along or not.  We (especially me) may be due for a break from them by then.  wink  Of course, even when Steph isn't feeling personable, she still manages to enjoy a little time away.  wink 

That's so nice of your new buddy, Jeff, to offer up space!  I'll try to remember to toss that new air mattress in the trunk just in case it's needed.  We're HOPING to head out Friday Morning, so we're not arriving late at night for a change.  Maybe that will help avoid some of the traffic in the "construction zone" between here and there too. 

I'll make sure to bring along the cookies!