Gut Rumbles

December 08, 2004

a tacoma papoose

Do you know what one of those are? Allow me to enlighten you. (I would post a picture of mine, but my camera still hasn't recovered from the trip to Costa Rica.) It's a dwarf guitar with a 13" neck and 21 frets.

It is tuned to sound just like a regular guitar with a capo on the 5th fret. If you look on some album covers and see someone listed as playing "high-string guitar," chances are the musician is playing a Papoose. The little bastard rings like a bell, too.

I first saw one when Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stewart BOTH brought them out on stage and played the living shit out of them at a concert I watched. I knew I had to own one after I saw that. Mine is more than five years old now and it still has a very interesting sound.

I've been playing it a lot lately and I have my mind made up now. I'm going to rent some studio time after Christmas and record some of my music with nobody but ME playing on the entire tape. I'm gonna do all the guitars, high-string guitar, bass, autoharp, banjo, mandolin and whatever I can figure out for the drum part and sing three-part harmony with myself.

I need to do this while I still can and before I die.


I think you should go in the studio next week and record a Christmas album.

I'd buy it.

Posted by: ET on December 8, 2004 05:50 PM

I've actually done just that: cut a studio record with five tracks, myself playing all of them. If your ever in California, give me a holler and you can do it for free - no buying studio time or anything. It's really something good... for your own enjoyment... I still am too chicken to lt others listen to my production.

Posted by: Dz on December 8, 2004 07:01 PM

A buddy of mine has some reasonably priced giz wiz in his basement allowing him to record multiple tracks. You might want to look into that. I'd be happy to lay in the drum part, if we can figure out how to get my ass and a set of drums in the same place in Georgia at the same time.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on December 8, 2004 07:26 PM

I got a Papoose. Cute, but the action is like pressing bread knives into your fingertips.

Posted by: Steve H. on December 8, 2004 07:58 PM

I have a V-drum set on its way as I write. I have a pair of keyboards, 3 guitars,(my main instrument), a 4 track, misc. other gear, and by God I will have a CD with a batch of my own tunes and covers before I leave for the clearing at the end of the path.

God Willing!

Posted by: wes jackson on December 9, 2004 03:06 AM

You know, Rob ... with that tuning, take off the bottom two strings and you've got a ukulele.

Posted by: wheels on December 14, 2004 05:55 PM
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