Danelectro 56 U3

Gear I’ve Owned

I’ve been selling gear and reviewing what to keep and what I’ve let go. Here’s the gear I no longer own. There was nothing wrong with the items I sold or traded. I was just done with them for one reason or another. I’ve regretted getting rid of some of […] Read more »


Broken: Aquila Red Banjo String

Broken strings are a nuisance that most players of stringed instruments have faced. After the fact, you often want to determine why the string broke. Was it a fluke? A bad string? Or maybe your playing style is harsh on strings. A good place to start is to make sure […] Read more »

Arts and Lutherie Ami Parlor Spruce

Goodbye to my Ami Parlor Guitar

Goodbye to my Ami Parlor Guitar About 10 years ago I stopped at a Daddy’s Junky Music store in Boston and discovered the Ami parlor guitar by Arts & Lutherie, one of the Godin family of guitar companies. When I first saw the guitar I was impressed that such a […] Read more »

Gibson LG-1

Goodbye to my Gibson LG-1

My wife and I are selling our house and moving south. Because we expect our next home to be much smaller, I’ve been selling some of my gear. This is the “downsizing” you hear about among retired people. I loved all my gear but I had acquired quite a few items […] Read more »


Modifying a Goodtime Banjo

I’m still loving the Goodtime open back banjo I recently purchased. But I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the sound when I bought it. I’ve been experimenting with typical mods often made for a more old-time sound. Specifically, I changed the head from the top-frosted Deering head (actually a Remo Weatherking […] Read more »

Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn

Today’s post is about Abigail Washburn, a singer-songwriter and player of old-time clawhammer banjo. I seem to be covering women musicians I like in groups of three. The first three were women involved in folk music who are my age or older: Peggy Seeger, Kristin Lems and Malvina Reynolds. This is […] Read more »