Here's the story behind this thread from my standpoint. It's linked in to Pistolpete's thread about how many guitars you own and how many you actually play.
I had three guitars, the Fylde Alex, Francis' first build for me (triple 0) and a Stratocaster. About two years ago I decided to buy a third acoustic which I could be more 'relaxed' with. In other words, I wouldn't cry if I dinked it. So I bought a Vintage Gordon Giltrap, an excellent guitar for the money. Then about 12 months ago I bought an Epiphone Sheraton. The idea there was that i'd have a second electric as well with a different sound, different look etc etc. Also I loved the look of them because Beatles used to play them. I'm of that 'vintage' as well .
The trouble is I didn't play them. I'd always play either the Fylde or Milsom for acoustic or, if I did play electric (not that often these days) i'd play the Fender.
So in Feb I decided that i'd sell both guitars and put the money to one new acoustic which I knew i'd enjoy playing. I decided on a 12 fret parlour to be different from what I already had. But I wanted a good one and none that I wanted came to light. I'd been following Francis' build thread for Andrew's parlour (s). Then I saw another post in the thread and thought 'shall I be a cheeky sod and contact Francis again'. I felt a bit guilty because he'd already built me one guitar and I thought maybe he was busy with other commissions.
It turned out that after Andrew's guitar he had no others on the horizon so he agreed to build this one. Francis, as usual, has been incredibly helpful all along as many of you can testify from experience.
Of course the idea was that i'd end up with four guitars instead of five. Then Jose comes along and spoils it all by FORCING me to buy one of his. So i'll be back up to five when the parlour is finished. But at least now I know i'll enjoy playing them all.
That's the story so far. It's lovely to see a new guitar taking shape and, as things stand at the moment I may even be allowed to drive to Hereford to pick it up
Back to it after a stint of household DIYing. I've profiled the front edge of the sides to a 20 foot radii and have started to laminate the linings in situ. These will be removed and shaped off the sides.
NewDave: Johnson's greatest is achievement is making that blithe, insouciant lightweight Cameron seem statesmanlike. That LBC interview. Holy Cow!
Jul 3, 2020 9:05:04 GMT
walkingdecay: One of the weird things about that stupid virus is that symptoms reappear weeks later. Last week I felt like housebricks had replaced key joints of my body; now I find I can't taste anything again.
Jul 4, 2020 7:32:19 GMT
ocarolan: Housebricks for knees? There is mortar this virus than first appears! But sorry to hear that Pete - hope you will recover soon - all the best to you and Mrs Decay - stay safe.
Jul 4, 2020 9:46:16 GMT
walkingdecay: "mortar..." I like it!
Jul 4, 2020 13:15:08 GMT
walkingdecay: Regarding covid, the echoing symptoms get us down, but under it all we're happy just to have survived it. The media and government made it sound as if anyone in our age group who got it was all but doomed during those early days.
Jul 4, 2020 20:21:53 GMT
walkingdecay: I'll echo your "Stay safe" to you and everyone else Keith, as the disease can really knock you about and it's far from beaten yet, but in the event that anyone does get it, they should bear in mind that it's unlikely to kill them.
Jul 4, 2020 20:31:29 GMT
walkingdecay: Being as downright frightened as I was only made those days worse, as did my wife's guilt over her unproven supposition that she brought the virus home.
Jul 4, 2020 20:40:32 GMT
walkingdecay: Didn't mean to say all that. Mind diarrhoea.
Jul 6, 2020 10:09:13 GMT
walkingdecay: I've always had it though...
Jul 6, 2020 13:03:07 GMT
ocarolan: ... a sign of a well-rounded personality then!
Jul 6, 2020 16:37:17 GMT
Akquarius: Pete, I wish you and your wife a fast recovery. Tis virus is a mean little devil.
Jul 6, 2020 19:27:42 GMT
robmc: Isn't mind diarrhoea the same thing as a stream of consciousness after 4 pints and chicken vindaloo? I have that quite a lot
Jul 7, 2020 11:51:29 GMT
walkingdecay: Thanks Bernd. We're lucky, I think. Some of the after effects that others are suffering make ours look like nothing. As The Mothership said this morning, "We got away with it."
Jul 8, 2020 14:21:52 GMT
walkingdecay: Rob: Eruptions at both ends?
Jul 8, 2020 14:23:02 GMT
curmudgeon: Catching up, So sorry for Walkingdecay and his battle with Covid-19. I'm "shielded" -had cancer treatment in 2017, bronchiecstatis from pneumonia and heart stents. I've still worked the allotments,cycled,etc. They'd give me morphine and wait.
Jul 9, 2020 10:04:31 GMT
robmc: Well hopefully you'll steer clear curmudgeon....Eruptions both ends Pete, that may have been the inspiration for Eddie Van Halen! It reminds me of a night out with friends and bootleg whiskey as a teenager, eruptions doesn't cover it.
Jul 9, 2020 17:10:42 GMT
curmudgeon: Probably best for everyone to steer clear of Curmudgeon at all times anyway!
Jul 10, 2020 19:45:08 GMT
robmc: Except for your (infamous) noisy cat Curmudgeon!
Jul 12, 2020 8:45:53 GMT
walkingdecay: Compared to what you've been through our experiences are small annoyances, Curmudgeon. Keep taking care.
Jul 12, 2020 11:14:51 GMT