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Author:  Jonmark
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Date:  9/11/2004 12:33:06 PM
Subject:  Re: WHAT KIND OF GUITARS
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Hi Somebody-
Since the Front Porch doesn't show links, you'll have to copy/paste them into a browser.)

This isn't a definitive history. Only my recollection of the guitars I know about.

Through to the mid 70's, Mickey played a Ramirez classical guitar.
http://tinyurl.com/3k7qs
It was broken by accident in a recording studio. I never saw this guitar but I mention it because he spoke of it as a lost friend.
I believe he had at least one other Ramirez, too.

Then he got into a shallow bowl Ovation "Country Artist" classical, like this one, except with a black top.
www.ovationgallery.com/page6string1624.htm

He was playing this guitar when we met and performed with it through the mid 80's.

Somewhere around '87 or '88, Mickey acquired/wrangled a special guitar from Chet Atkins.
It was a prototype, built for Chet, based around a stock Gibson "Chet Atkins CE" model, with the notable addition of a "Photon" midi synthesizer pickup installed.
Mickey fell in love with it immediately because it allowed him to add synth "choirs" and "strings" behind the natural sound of the guitar. (I was there at the very first show with it. It was also the first performance with Marie Rhines...)
Here's a generic example a Gibson CE (although I remember Mickey's as having a dark top):
http://tinyurl.com/4wrab

While the SE is a solid body "classical" guitar, because of the nature of the midi pickup, it was strung with steel strings instead of nylon.
In the early 90's a beautiful carved top was added to this guitar featuring theme's from Mickeys songs.... including, if I remember right, St. Cecilla.
I don't remember the person who did the work. Maybe Susie does...
You can see a small example of the carving in this photo (I know I have a better photo, just can't find it):
http://tinyurl.com/6ajkt

As far as I know, he toured with this guitar exclusively up to his last show in Cottage Grove, where he used the "Susie" guitar... a beautiful hand made acoustic.
An inlaid freight train runs down the fretboard.
http://tinyurl.com/6sre9

A beautiful portrait of Susie Newbury was added to the back.
http://tinyurl.com/5z23o



 WHAT KIND OF GUITARS by SOMEBODY at 9/10/2004 10:19:28 AM
 Re: WHAT KIND OF GUITARS by JeffS  at 9/11/2004 7:31:00 AM
 Re: WHAT KIND OF GUITARS by Jonmark at 9/11/2004 12:33:06 PM
 Re: WHAT KIND OF GUITARS by Doug at 9/11/2004 12:53:12 PM
 Re: WHAT KIND OF GUITARS by >X< at 9/11/2004 11:18:38 PM
 Nit Picking by Jonmark at 9/11/2004 6:53:16 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by Jonmark at 9/11/2004 6:59:26 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by larry larry at 9/11/2004 7:20:08 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by Bud at 9/11/2004 8:15:45 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by Doug at 9/11/2004 8:22:58 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by BobC at 9/11/2004 10:34:52 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by larry larry at 9/12/2004 7:11:10 AM
 Re: Nit Picking by Texasroyce at 9/12/2004 4:53:23 PM
 Re: Nit Picking by larry larry at 9/12/2004 6:51:41 PM

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