upyerkilt wrote: Guitarpix wrote:
I bought a guitar from an older gentleman a few months back and upon getting it home I discovered a 10 year old rattlesnake rattler inside the guitar. I mentioned this to a few of my friends and they said that allot of old timers do this. So my question is why? Does anyone have any ideas? I don't think it really adds anything to the sound (unless you shake the guitar..lol)but I could be wrong my ears aren't exactly the best trained...Thanks!
how do you know it was 10 years old? is there a way of telling by looking? Coming from Scotland we only get grass snakes and adders,
can you still hold one of these rattles from a rattlesnake and make it rattle? does it rattle when you play the guitar?
maybe if it does rattle when you shake it, you are suppose to hold it while strumming like one of those wee hand shaker things that you hold while strumming?
Hey Ken, Rattle snakes add a rattle every year and this one has 10 rattles. Yea you can shake it and it rattles just like it did on the snake. I read it added to the tone also and that it was a natural humidifier.
Old fiddlers sometimes tuck a batwing in the strings on the head of there fiddles. It's supposed to help with tone also? Don't know if any of that is true but thought it was interesting.
And Doc, Yea I'll have to try the Rattle Snake Shake bit..lol
Last rebel, I'm really surprised you knew that...I thought that was just in my neck of the woods...lol I've been coon huntin' quite A few times myself but always pass on that portion of the kill... Maybe it's a guy thing but I just can't see doing that to anything (dead or not)...lol
Zurf, Yea I'm going to leave it in there..I'm a little superstitous like that also. I think it's a nice touch...Peace!
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