Oscar

Guitar, keys, percussion vocals

Keys….. Korg-N1 Originally used to record the CD “Oscar” in 2001…. More here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/oscar

Guitars:

Lots of guitars. It’s a disease chasing after the perfect one. Of course we know that at the end of the day it’s all in the fingers. Clapton can make a $50 guitar sound good, but hey…. Not all gear stayed. I now have “preferred seller” status on Reverb.com getting rid of the instruments, pedals, sound gear and other things I tried and didn’t use after that. Here’s the lineage of my “main squeezes”……..

After starting out with a cheap Ibanez acoustic (long gone) I bought a Martin 000-15M Streetmaster. I liked the look, and when I played it in the store the sound was, and still is, amazing. Can’t push it too hard, but nice and quiet it is sweeter than honey. Something about that Mahogany.

Then I came across a bargain on Craigslist. Martin D-16 GT. Turns out there’s a reason it was a bargain. Martin had some trouble with the top coat on the top separating from the sealer in the early 2000’s. Told me so when I brought it in, but since I wasn’t the original owner they couldn’t fix it. Did give me a free tune up while I took the tour to make me feel better. But, it plays and sounds pretty darn Martin good, so a re-finish is in progress. (Note the white blotching)…..

Then I drifted towards nylon, a Martin 000C-Nylon crossover to be exact. A bit more spacing at the (radius) neck than a steel, but not the surf board that is the classic, and a lot easier on the fingers. (Also since gone to a new home….)

Liked it so much I had Martin build me one in all Mahogany. One of one in existence as far as I know…..VERY sweet instrument, and not going anywhere!

Still stuck with the nylon until I took the 00015SM with me for a weekend to an SCA event. By the time I got home I was, again, in love with steel. And still much in love with Mahogany. So I found a really nice D-15M on Reverb for a good price…. Put some K&K minis in there which, together with the Behringer ADI21 DI were the current main stay of the sound in the duo.

But like everyone I’m always a little apprehensive about taking these delicate wood instruments out of the house. They just don’t like to travel. Changing humidity and temperatures affect them a lot. In a way it’s a challenge to see how it will play at this 95ยบ 90% relative humidity party, but in other ways it’s a “challenge”, if you get my drift. So then I found Carbon Fiber. To be honest I’d known about it for a long time as I know someone who gigs with one in very challenging conditions for just that reason. For some reason I had never considered them though. But, here I was killing time walking around Scottsdale AZ where there just happen to be a lot of guitar stores and I ended up sitting in one playing a Rainsong. And man, did I like it. So the short version of this story is that I now mostly play a H-WS1000N2……

IMG_5402.jpg

And man, do I like playing this thing. It can travel 3000 miles and come out of the case perfectly in tune. I’m not worried about hurting it as easily as it is strong, And it sounds really good, especially through an amp. Yes, I know the purists will raise their noses at this. And I agree that there is nothing that sounds as nice and complex as a GOOD wood guitar. My 000-15SM is still a mighty sweet and sexy sounding instrument, if played in a quiet room, gently. Pushed or amped none of that remains. None of them retain their angelic sound through a cheap amp, let’s face it. Yes, if you put a $3000 mike on it in a sound studio, or even on a stage, and run it through pro equipment operated by a pro you may retain some of it. But that ain’t me…. not by a long shot. The Rainsong sounds VERY good in those conditions…..I’m loving it.

Of course…. once you go down the CF road you discover another world…. stay tuned. There’s something in the mail that I think is gonna turn the whole thing on it’s head, again!