Monday, 21 June 2010

More guitar maintenance...

My trusty old Yamaha LL11 has had a pretty grotty looking heel strap button on it for ages. About 8 years ago I agreed to play at a company Christmas party and was asked to play acoustic on a couple of numbers - the Yamaha didn't have a heel button which I prefer rather than the old loop around the nut method - which throws the guitar into the wrong position for me so I always feel I'm fighting it to stay where I want it to.

So I quickly stuck a strap button on the heel - I think it was probably off an old Columbus Strat copy of mine from years back and just lying in the "scrap" box. Anyway it's bugged me recently. I rifled through the "scrap" box again and found two gold strap buttons - must be off my Les Paul Custom (I pretty much always on electrics fit Schaller Guitar Strap locks). I polished one up and stuck it on the LL11 - looks much better.

I also fitted a heel strap button to my 12string - again it left the factory without one. I do think that these days all guitars should have one fitted as standard but there you go. Anyway in the "scrap" box were a couple of nice chrome ones - off my Gordon Smith Graduate60 I think and I fitted one of those. So given I've recently moved to standing up for the acoustic performances this means the 12 string is back in the frame to be used - esp as a new song "Everyday" is coming together. Also for Father's Day I got the new Marillion DVD - Out of Season - which is 6 hours of live shows from the three days of the Marillion convention in Holland last year. That has made me think about Easter and Man of a Thousand Faces being added to the set list :-)

My daughter got me Tommy Emmanuel's The Mystery - long time favourite off Spotify when I'm at work. He is a stunning player - I wonder if I could learn any of his stuff? Problem is that the finger picked instrumentals like that and the Gordon Giltrap stuff I know get a bit lost in a pub setting they really require people who have come to sit and listen to you rather than go out somewhere where there is music happening in the background.

2 comments:

  1. Have to the strap/nut thing with my Martin. Looks very Johnny Cash/Elvis, but doesn't work me at all.

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  2. Last night Paul McCartney used the guitar he'd originally used when they recorded Day Tripper. One of the many he used during the evening.

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