Gut Rumbles

December 14, 2005


I was inspired to steal this idea write this post after I read this one. I wanted to say, "Oh, YEAH?!!! Well, check THIS OUT, big boy!" So, that's what I'm doing now.

Guitar Inventory

1. The flagship of the fleet: a 1964 Martin D-28. It may not be the best-looking guitar in the world after the years it spent in bars being marinated by beer-spillage and cigarette smoke. It may not be the easiest guitar in the world to PLAY, either, because I have the action a little high and I don't use light-gauge strings. But I'll put the SOUND up against any acoustic guitar I've ever heard. I like Steve H., but I'm calling BULLSHIT on this:

"My Gibson sounds better than any Martin on the face of the planet."

Fuck you, Steve. If you'd bring yourself to a Jawja blog-meet, we could duel it out neck and neck and SEE about that.

2. A 1972 Guild D-35NT. I bought it back in 1976 when I was having some work done on the Martin. It became my emergency back-up guitar.

3. A Tacoma Papoose. I agree with Steve that the action is a little rough, but the sound is very good for a miniature guitar. And, yes, it IS difficult to hold if you sit down to play.

4. A very ugly Fender Telecaster. It's in the picture above with the papoose. I'm partial to beat-up, ugly guitars and the Fender obviously fits that bill. Plus, I believe that a Telecaster is the most versitile electric guitar around. You can play ANY kind of music on one.

5. An Oscar Schmidt OG 312 Twelve-String. Pound-for-pound or dollar-for-dollar, I don't believe that you can beat Oscar Schmidt guitars for a quality instrument at a reasonable price. Ask this guy if you don't believe me. I picked out an Oscar six-string for him from my friend willy's inventory and Jim was delighted with the guitar.

6. An Oscar Schmidt OG-2 six-string with a beautiful jet-black finish. This is the one I usually take on road trips with me today. It plays and sounds great and I paid less than $200 for it.

7. A washburn t-12 electric bass. Hey! I needed a bass for my home recording and I couldn't beat the price on this one. Mine has a wood-grain finish instead of the baby-blue in that link. I think mine is better-looking. I also bought a Peavy TNT-115 amp to go with it.

8. A Murrell lap steel. It's a piece of shit, but I like to dick around with it every now and then.

I also have two banjos, two mandolins, an autoharp and a fiddle. Don't ask me why. I buy musical instruments the way I DON'T buy guns. If I like it, I get it. You never can tell when the thing might come in handy.

Besides--- it beats pissing away money on trivial, ephemeral things, like marriage. NONE of my musical instruments has ever hauled me into divorce court.


As long as there is room in the house, there is no such thing as too many musical instruments.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on December 14, 2005 12:22 PM

Of course if there isn't room in the house, there still aren't too many instruments, just not enough house. A construction project would be called for.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on December 14, 2005 12:23 PM

thanks, Rob, for posting about your babies. i was happy to hear about Steves and doubly happy to hear about yours. LOVE that Tele, brother, love it! so gnarly.

now, we gotta get the two of you to post about your influences, why you started picking in the first place, if you were worth a hoot, and blah blawgity blah blah. : )

i found you from steve so this is doubly cool.

glad ot hear you feel better. you can do it! 55 days. that's so good. i've only ever been able to go 43.

Posted by: richard on December 14, 2005 12:46 PM

Oh I would love to hear you play! It's been so long since I've heard someone play any musical instrument. I love sitting around a campfire to the sound of guitar music and singing.

Posted by: livey on December 14, 2005 01:11 PM

Hey, I'm not putting down Martins. Lots of kids use them to strum along with Nirvana, and a hollowed-out Martin makes a pretty good litterbox.

Posted by: Steve H. on December 14, 2005 04:06 PM

Yeah, I read Steve's list and I feel the same way as you. There ain't NO Gibson that can beat a Martin, except for maybe an old Advanced Jumbo. Here's mine:
1) 1991 Martin HD-28 (scalloped bracing). An absolutre dream to play and hear. I play it only acoustically.
2) 1991 Gibson Nick Lucas Re-issue. My main stage axe. This is for fingerstyle blues and you can't beat it for that.
3) Mid -30s Gibson L-00. Been through the wringer, and doesn't sound sweet, but is GREAT for old blues--the perfect voice for that.
4) 1930 National Triolian - tough action and the neck a little skewed, but sounds great. My foul-weather axe for festivals.
5) 1979 Fender F-65 acoustic. Solid spruce and rosewood. Excellent for the price ($250 back then). My old buddy.
Also, a Fender 12-string of the same model, a Sterling resonator I don't like much and a Peavey T-60 electric I like, but don't play, cause I never got into 'lectrics.

Posted by: Rex on December 14, 2005 04:19 PM

I farookin' LOVE that guitar, and you're right. Dollar for dollar, you can't beat it.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on December 14, 2005 09:20 PM

Now all you need is a good hammered dulcimer.

Posted by: The Thomas on December 15, 2005 03:50 PM
Post a comment

*Note: If you are commenting on an older entry, your
comment will not appear until it has been approved.
Do not resubmit it.