The Wind Cries Mary….on acoustic

The Wind Cries Mary….on acoustic

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I often play Little Wing on acoustic…now I’ve got another one to learn.  Beautifully done here by Stefano Barbati.  I do love guitars, and when I hear one played this well it reinvigorates my desire to build cabinets to put them in.  Off to work now…enjoy

John Hartford just got it….

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I spent a lot of years “going to work in tall buildings”.  Glad that now I’m building cabinets to keep guitars, mandolins and fiddles happy and looking good.

It’s my birthday today, so I thought this was the perfect song about how life used to be… and glad to say isn’t any more.

Music billboards on Sunset Strip

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The intersection of art and music is always an interesting place to be.  Robert Landau started photographing them back in 1969.  Some of these are beautiful.  They bring back a combination of memories of the music, the time, and make a statement about our culture.  Enjoy watching the interview.

Large Natural Cherry Guitar Habitat™

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We we’ve shipped three large cherry Guitar Habitat™ cabinets this month.  Two were stained and dyed to make them the traditional dark cherry you often see in antique furniture.  The one is in natural cherry, finished with just clear nitrocellulose lacquer with an undercoat of French polish.

Cherry is a really interesting wood.  It’s almost like photo paper.  It starts out nearly white, and the longer you leave it in the sun, the darker it gets.  In a few years, this one will have darkened to a beautiful patina in it’s new home in Colorado.

Crosby and Nash. Flawless

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Recorded in 1970, this captures two of the greatest voices of a generation.  Performed flawlessly on Martin D45’s for a BBC video.


A 1933 OM45 played by a master

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Here’s a great little video from Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon, CA.  It’s Julian Lange playing a 1933 Martin OM45.  There is nothing like the tone of the  pre-war Martins, and this is one of the very best.  I hope we have one of these in a Guitar Habitat™ somewhere.

If you haven’t been to Schoenberg Guitars, they are a wonderful little shop a ferry ride from San Francisco.  Definitely worth the trip.


Dakota Dave Hull talks about his guitars…

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Dakota Dave Hull is a pro touring guitarist, a veteran of years on the road. Lugging a half dozen heavy guitar cases, he stopped by Dan Erlewine’s shop and answered some questions, starting with “Why so many?!”

Maybe we need to build Dave a transportable Guitar Habitat™….


“Thoughts on the death of a beloved actor” by Rhiannon Giddens

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Rhiannon is one of the great talents of the early 21st century.  Incredible voice, fantastic on banjo and fiddle,  and great selection of songs.  In addition to her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, she’s recently been working with T-Bone Burnett.  I look forward to hearing that.

Her comments here are as well said as anything I’ve seen.

“Thoughts upon the death of a beloved actor”

i darkly go where you can’t reach–
the depths of viscous shadow
i curl myself and grit my teeth
of what, it doesn’t matter

i only know i have no claim
of conscious choice, or need
this suffocation has no name
nor patronage, nor creed

it cloaks me in wet company
and when i never know
in suddenness it comes to me
and then it lets me go

it cares not where the surface lies
nor how bright the sun
nor how close the lover’s sighs
it finds me on the run

i yearn to tell you how it is
trapped in this horrid dance
but, love, what makes me saddest is
i’ll never get the chance.


Carter Vintage gets more talent stopping by than anyone….

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So here’s Brendan MacFarlane from Scotland thats been wowing people with his voice since he was about 8… Now he’s 16 and recording albums in Nashville.  He stopped by Carter Vintage with Jake Clayton and played a tune.  Christie, sell this young man more guitars!  Once he gets a few more, he’ll need a Guitar Habitat™! 

Gang of Rhythm - Walk off the Earth (Official Video) from Walk off the Earth on Vimeo.

Their vibe reminds me of Talking Heads…

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Another video of Walk Off the Earth.   It struck me watching this, that they have a feel that reminds me of Talking Heads.  All we really need here is someone to come on camera in a grass suit.  Fun video.  Hard to watch them and not have a better day.


EC still brings the heat…

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I’ve been a fan since I was 14, and over the years Eric Clapton has morphed from 15 minute solos to songs that are more influenced by singer-songwriters, reggae, and Americana.  Some say he’s past his prime, and now he’s announced he won’t be touring any longer.  But he’s an elder statesman that changed the course of music as clearly as the Beatles, and influenced the tone of every guitar player that followed him.   Here’s a video from an early Crossroads performance.  Awesome solo on a great Bob Marley tune.  Mr. Clapton, thanks for a lifetime of great music that you played, and other artists that you got the rest of us to pay closer attention to.   And you very definitely still bring the heat.


NAMM at Carter Vintage

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We had a great time at Carter Vintage Guitars during NAMM, and got to deliver a new small Guitar Habitat™ set up for guitars and a mandolin for one of their customers.  We just got a few photos from my cousin.  For those that know him, we did ask Roger to take the beer out of his pocket for the photo.

James Brown “opening” for the Rolling Stones, 1964

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This is the James Brown performance at the T.A.M.I. awards in 1964.   A lot of big groups performed.  They decided to close the show with this new group from England, “The Rolling Stones”.   James is not one to “open” for anybody.   While James is doing this show (which brought the house down), Mick and Keith watched from back stage.  “Worst career move we ever made” was Keith’s comment. Can you imagine having to follow James Brown on stage?

Lake Street Dive and Mavis Staples… How cool is that?

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I’m a big fan of Lake Street Dive.  They are one of the best new groups in a long time.  At Newport, Mavis Staples got on stage and performed with them.  I saw that happen before… Mavis with Levon Helm on the Weight.  These kids are a group to watch.  Incredible talent.

Walk Off The Earth…

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Great video.  Just more proof of some really amazing young talent out there….though I do wonder what will happen to the guitar industry if you only need one guitar shared by five people…

Danny Flowers talks about songwriting…

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Danny is a great songwriter, and well known for his hit “Living on Tulsa Time” recorded by Eric Clapton.  He does a nice job of describing songwriting here.   He is sometimes a guest teacher at the Darrell Scott Songfood workshops. Just got one of his guitars from Carter Vintage, our distributor in Nashville.  Hope some of that great mojo translates to my song writing.

Beautiful lap steel, Ed Gerhard and a Wissenborn.

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The old Weissenborn Koa Lap Steels have such a wonderful tone.

Our small humidified guitar cabinet…with mandolin

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We delivered one of our small cabinets to a customer from Carter Vintage Guitars during the NAMM show a few weeks back.  He was kind enough to send us an email with photos of the new cabinet in place in his home.  This is our most basic cabinet with solid wood sides (in this case black walnut), and no drawers, but the wood is really beautiful, and he’s squeezed in four guitars and a mandolin.

These cabinets are available in walnut or cherry starting at $1,995.   Hand built in solid wood, with a one quart humidifier.  Here’s what the new owner had to say:

“I love this product.  I think it fills a real need in the market and is a great value.  I hope you are very successful.
BTW – I’ve worked in the furniture industry for more than three decades. I really appreciate this kind of product and especially the attention to your customers’ specific needs. It is very refreshing! Keep it up!”

-John, Tennessee

Thanks John.  Glad we could build it for you.

Sarah Jarosz - "Build Me Up From Bones" (Fretboard Journal) from fretboardjournal on Vimeo.

Octave mandolin with Sarah Jarosz

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I’m not sure what they put in the water up there at the New England Conservatory of Music, but between Sarah Jarosz and Lake Street Dive, I’m real impressed with some of their graduates.  Here Sarah is playing an octave mandolin.  An octave mandolin is tuned just like a regular mandolin, but is an octave lower.  It’s similar in size to a mandocello, but tuned differently.  The octave mandolin is tuned GDAE (low to high), and the mandocello is CGDA. I love all the instruments in the mandolin family.  Enjoy. Thanks to Fretboard Journal for recording some wonderful artist videos.

John Hiatt - 'Long Time Coming' (Solo) from fretboardjournal on Vimeo.

Guitar connection with John Hiatt

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John Hiatt is one of our great singer songwriters.  Here he plays a bit and talks about connecting with his vintage Gibson LG2.  Beautiful old guitar. I understand.  Sometimes you meet that guitar that you just have to have.  Mine came when I was broke.  Luckily I had a friend I could call.  I told him “I found this incredible guitar.  One of us has to buy it and I don’t have any money”  Luckily he bought it, and in a few years, I traded him another guitar for it.  It’s a 1937 Gibson HG-00 in maple.  When you have a guitar that’s a keeper…well you keep it. I guess that’s why we started building cabinets.  We love guitars, and maybe a few of them will be a little more pristine than they otherwise would have been a few decades from now.  Whether you buy one of our cabinets or

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