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Meet Mary – Paul’s Guitar

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“Mary” is a Washburn DC 60 E, serial # 62304.

I purchased it new on September 6, 1991 for about $800 at The White House Of Music in my home town of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

This model was produced only for about 5 years. Aside from when they were first available, I’ve only seen a few ever since they came out in the early 1990’s. What sold me on the guitar is the unique 24 fret (2 octave) neck. Very rare for any guitar, and unheard of for an acoustic. What keeps me playing her is the incredible tone, it has SO improved with age.

11065_724719659070_23901884_41192184_3768149_n-1And it is a warhorse! Takes a beating on the road and has held up amazingly.

For example:

Due to a drunk patron, Mary took an upside down dive off a 3 foot stage in New York City in 1993 and came out with only a tiny ding. By rights that should have broken the headstock off.

In Temple Texas, a metal footswitch dropped on it from several feet up when the guitar was lying on the stage floor without a guitar stand. Dumb idea.

Mary also survived Tropical Storm Alison, a flood in Houston on June 8, 2001. The car I was in got stalled in high water, was pushed to higher ground, but the water kept rising. Thankfully the water never got higher than the rear wheels after that. I had to leave the guitar in the trunk as my girlfriend and I waded thru chest high water to flee to a nearby hospital for shelter for the night.

Recent repairs & modifications have been done by Tom Oatley. Tom was Jimmie Vaughan’s guitar tech for 5 years, and was also a tech for the Dixie Chicks recently. Of special note is the beautiful hand made metal cross he himself made after receiving the idea for it in a dream! It’s purpose was to cover the hole in the side left from the original electronics panel.

The pick up system he installed is a Trance Audio Amulet System. This pickup system I was turned onto by Michael Hedges, who used a prototype model. It’s what captures all the body knocks and hand nuances on the guitar.

Other mods have been done by Luthier Del Langejans of Holland, Michigan. The man makes guitars that will make you melt; and has made guitars for guys like Phil Keaggy & John Michael Talbot.

Another important addition are brass bridge pins on the bass strings. Again, I got the idea from Hedges, but then was convinced to make the change after hearing for myself when I played Willy Porter’s guitar. Brass pins add a huge amount of volume and tone. Both very good things!

The neck & headstock is 1 piece of mahogany which I find amazing. Several pieces of wood at least are normally used for this step. And mahogany being a soft wood makes for easy neck vibrato when you shake the guitar with love.

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Meet Marge – 12 String Guitar

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“Marge” a 2007 Taylor 354ce, serial # 20071114023, purchased in January 2008.

It was an outer space experience the first time I played her at Strait Music in my now home of Austin, Texas. That same outer space experience continued the 2nd & 3rd times too before I purchased it. It is a writing tool extraordinaire!! Oceans of sound.

A HUGE sound!

Whoever invented the 12 string should get a medal for being extraordinarily cool.

A trick I often do w/Margie is capo at the 5th fret in the tuning of C#G#C#F#G#C#. This is a fantastic balance of bass, middle & treble. The melodies I often play on the middle 2 strings, the lower strings work the bass range, and the top strings work as drones or harmonies. 3 parts-that’s the key to a full sound.

I employ the capo like this on “The Bloodhound”, “Mayim” & “Metamorphosis” on The Butterfly.

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Want to play along? A list of song tunings by CD.

The Butterfly

March 2009 – Tunings and instrument used.

  1. Breathe D A d g a d’ ( Capo 9th fret )
    Mary
  2. Arise – D G d g a d’ ( Capo 7th fret )
    Mary
  3. Mayim –  C# G# c# f# g# c’# ( 12 string, Capo 5th fret )
    Margie
  4. The Bloodhound – C# G# c# f# g# c’# ( 12 string, Capo 5th fret )
    Margie
  5. Michele – standard ( Capo 5th fret )
    Mary, ’91 Gibson J-30, Larivee, Kramer Focus 3000
  6. Sydney – Drop D
    Mary, Gibson ’75 Flying V
  7. Winter Hill Waltz – D A d g a d’
    ’91 Gibson J-30, Oscar Schmidt auto harp
  8. Advent Meditation – D A d g a d’ ( Capo 9th fret )
    Mary
  9. The Wizard – C G d g a d’ ( Capo 2nd fret )
    ’91 Gibson J-30
  10. Adam & Eve – B1 G d g a d’ ( 5 string capo 7th fret )
    Mary
  11. Wilson’s Smile – C# G# c# f# g# c’# ( 12 string )
    Margie
  12. Metamorphosis – C# G# c# f# g# c’# ( 12 string, Capo 5th fret )
    Margie
  13. Sunflower River Blues – C G c g c’ e’
    Mary
  14. Send In The Clowns – D A d g a d’
    Mary
  15. You – standard
    Mary

14 Windows

July 2004

  • Golden – drop D ( D A d g b e’ )
  • Spirit of Autumn – E B B f# g# c#’
  • Never A Lake Of Fire – C G d g a d
    changes midway to G1 G d g a d
  • Song For Ginger – standard tuning
  • Renata’s Gig – C G d g a d ( Capo 2nd fret )
  • 6 By The Pool – standard ( Capo 7th fret )
  • Irene – open C ( C G c g c’ e’ )
  • Thanks For The Party – drop D
  • Stillhouse Hollow – drop D
  • Farewell…. – standard ( capo 12th fret )
  • Wilmore – D A d g a d ‘
  • Out Of Body – D A d g a d’
    to D A d f# a d’
    to D A d f a d’
    to C A d f a d’
    to Bb A d f a d’
  • Valentines Day – standard
  • Willow City Loop – drop D

A. D .

October 2002

  • Easter Song – standard
  • Victory Dance – C G D g a d’
  • Sedona – D A d g b e’ ( drop D )
  • Warren’s Pillow – standard
  • Immaculate Heart – standard, capo 2nd fret
  • I Am With You – standard
  • Behold – double neck baritone/6 string guitar baritone – A D G C E A
    guitar – drop D
  • Wedding – drop D
  • 3 AM Surprise – standard, lots of electric tracks!
  • Vacuum – standard
  • Chipmunk – standard
  • Do You? – D A d f# a d’
  • Drop D Me – drop D ( get it? )
  • Lament For Bloodlines – drop D
  • Minuet For Handmade – standard, capo 7th fret
  • Whiskey/Boy – drop D
  • Wolf Song – a wolf played this song, how should I know the tuning ?

Spoken Groove “When Lego’s Learn To Love”

May 2006

  • Thrill of the Moment – Drop D
  • In Love With Your Sound – C G d g a d’
  • Movin’ With The Groove – standard
  • Monet #3 – D a d g a d’
  • Beauty Queen – standard
  • #100 – standard
  • Many Sighs – standard
  • Climbing Out Of – standard
  • #27 (mandolin) – gg dd aa ee
  • Breakaway – D A d g a d’
  • Spoken Without Words – standard
  • The Little Tree – D A d g a d’
  • Vanity of Vanity – standard

(tracks 5 and 10 omitted)


 

Spoken Groove “Acoustic Spoken Groove”

September 2003

  • Funk Infection – standard
  • Shake – standard
  • All So Cliche‘ – standard
  • The Flobgob – standard
  • Harley Girl – drop D
  • Never A Lake Of Fire – C G d g a d’
    changes midway to G1 G d g a d’
  • George – D A d f a d’
  • Deep Sea Creature – drop D
  • Flow – standard
  • Rashi & Me – standard
    changes to E G d g b e’ for ending jam
  • Mary Poppins – G G d g b e’
  • #36 – standard
  • Wilmore – D A d g a d’
  • Descent Of The Moon – standard

Peter Nevland Band “Birth Of The Spoken Groove” (Spoken Groove)

May 2003

  • Harley Girl – drop D
  • Descent Of The Moon – standard

Peter Nevland “Late Bloomer” (Spoken Groove)

May 2002

  • Night Longings – drop D
  • Rain – D A d g a d’

 

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