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Grammer Guitar

The Grammer Guitar

As mentioned before, there are two guitars that I really would like to own. The first would be a Gibson J-50, ideally from before 1970. The Second would be a mid 1970’s K. Yairi YW-1000, the most beautiful Martin D-45 copy ever made. Having said that, I might have to add a third guitar in my list of holy grails, a Grammer Guitar. Imagine to find an original, before Ampeg took over, The Grammer Guitar RG&G, built by Billy and the boys in Nashville, Tennessee. Here you can read the history of the Grammer Guitar, it’s a pretty interesting story, especially if you like country music as I do. In the mid 1960’s Billy Grammer, a musician himself, decided to make an affordable flat top guitar for his friends in the Country music business. He took a Gibson J-45 and a Martin D-18 apart, studied their bracing pattern and how they were built and then made a copy with the best of both worlds, The Grammer Guitar. Maybe the reason I like them so much is because they remind me of my big headed Levin guitars from the 1970’s.

The Last Grammer Guitar made by RG&G The Last Grammer Guitar made by RG&G, built in 1968 on 715 Poplar Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee

I’m not much of a Joe Bonamassa fan but he plays a 1969 Grammer Johnny Cash model, I mainly respect him for taking his vintage guitars on tour and using them instead of just collection them. The Guitar Of The Week part on the Joe Bonamassa’s site is well worth a visit if you like old guitars.

361c60d0790243daad993f5778eb7fcd Joe Bonamassa’s 1969 Grammer Johnny Cash model, here is a Youtube clip of him playing it live

Here is Billy when he was young and awesome

And here is Billy when he is old and blind, but still kind of awesome

 

Video of the day

Movie of the day

Heartworn Highways poster

One of my favourite music documentaries is Heartworn Highways. It’s based around the whole Texas scene with Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Earle, just to name a few. I thought it would be possible to find the documentary in full on Youtube but apparently not so you will have to buy it or download it. These are my two of my favourite clips from the movie. The first one because it shows how awesome session musicians were back then, check out Albert Lee on guitar playing a 335, recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville. The second clip is because it shows how truly talented Townes van Zandt was as a songwriter.

Conan O’Brien

Jack white playing mandolin wearing a hat
Say what you want about Jack White but he loves old guitars, wearing hats and dressing up and so do I so at least we have that in common

I quite often watch Youtube clips while I eat at work and lately I’ve seen quite a few clips with Conan O’Brien. I’ve always thought he’s been quite good but now I found out that he is doing these 1-1.5 hours shows called Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien where he interviews his friends. It’s just him and a guest in a black room and since it’s made straight for the internet there are no commercial breaks and people are allowed to smoke and drink alcohol. Here is one with Jack White that I thought was pretty interesting.

Movie of the day

Hank Williams
Hank Williams, one of country musics early super stars

Araceli and I watched this BBC documentary last weekend and it was pretty good. If you are not much of a country fan it could work pretty well as an introduction to, The Joy Of Country.

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

The other day Araceli and I went to see Kris Kristofferson here in Barcelona. It was a late birthday present for me and a early one for her. It was just Kris Kristofferson with a Gibson Southern jumbo and he used the same 3 Cowboy chords and picking pattern in every song so maybe it got a bit repetitive. He wasn’t much of a singer back in the days and even less so now, or guitar player for that sake, but he has written so many good songs and it was a pleasure to listen to an old man from Nashville for an 2 hours and I’m really glad we got a chance to see him. I forgot my camera but I just found this clip on Youtube.

Movie of the day

This a great concert with one of my favourite guitar pickers and singers, Dan Tyminski.