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  •  Sounds like they need adjustment (2+ / 0-)
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    Yankee Texan, KenBee

    spend the bucks to have the repairman or luthier do the adjustments.  Do you have the Allen wrenches for the strat?  The neck trussrod adjustment wrenches for the Gibson and clones?

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    by Rolfyboy6 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:04:16 PM PDT

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    •  A truss rod adjustment (5+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, am, 3rdOption, Da Rock, Philpm

      can make a world of difference in a stringed instrument, but needs to be done by someone who knows what he's doing.

      I'm more a banjo player than guitarist (one of those rare birds, a liberal bluegrass musician), but both my Gibson and my Chinese-made Recording King had identical neck-bow issues that needed tightening of the truss rod to fix.

      Import instruments don't get the TLC that higher-end domestic instruments do, but over the years any instrument can develop issues, wherever they made.

      I will say that the fretwork on my domestic instruments is much better than that of the imports.

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      by Yankee Texan on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:53:41 PM PDT

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      •  liberal bluegrass players..uh oh... (3+ / 0-)
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        it is weird tho isn't it, the bluegrass players I know out here in so cali are a mixed lot, but basically many working man dust bowl conservatives...yet the old time musicians, I know lots, they run dem center to very left of the dial sometimes, no repubs except for one lonely Romney voter that hangs out sometimes...but that's calif maybe..

        Darryl House is a member here and plays in a bg band iirc..but not only california, but northern california, so....

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        by KenBee on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:21:40 PM PDT

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        •  I think it's worse (9+ / 0-)

          in Texas. Here, it's really hard to find fellow progressives among bluegrassers, and some of them are ver-ry hard right. . . I wonder how many of them know that Ralph Stanley endorsed Obama in '08 and campaigned against Eric Cantor last year.

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          by Yankee Texan on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:48:41 AM PDT

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        •  Still lots of conservative bluegrassers (1+ / 0-)
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          are still around, but the music is changing rapidly. Really a lot of young folks in their 20's are taking up bluegrass, folk music and old-time music these days.

          One of my favorite young bands is Crooked Still. These kids all came out of the Berkley School of Music and other Boston colleges, and they're as hot as a 2 dollar pistol.

          An older bluegrass fan made the mistake of saying Boston wasn't a really a bluegrass town to their lead singer, a tiny girl named Aoife O'Donovan. I got to listen to her school the old guy up on the facts, and he left with his ears all afire. It was a perfect ending to a grand concert.

          California, New York and Boston have always been bluegrass hotbeds. The notion that the music is only Southern has never been true.

          And those kids are playing at a musical level that is far higher than at any time of the 50 years I've been playing.

          Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

          by Idaho07 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:51:32 PM PDT

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