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thatoneguitar:

Name: Thom Heckel
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Instrument: 1965 Silvertone 1446L
Maybe 8, 9, 10 years ago I had wanted a Bigsby for my Tele and a buddy of mine wanted a lap guitar. So I traded him my 1966 Rickenbacker lap with the Horseshoe “Ry Cooder” pick up, thinking I was gonna take off the “Whoopee bar” and find another bridge for my new kick around Silvertone. Now you see, I’m pretty stupid, but I did take it to practice first and thank god! I had never felt feedback so warm and tingly shoot through an instrument into my pelvis and out of my toes and eyeballs at the same time, ever before. But surely I couldn’t dive bomb the tremolo and have it come back up in tune. Why yes, look at that, she stays in tune.  The neck and the action was like a slip and slide compared to my others. 
Now I broke a ton of strings at first because I didn’t know how to handle such a delicate lady, I’m pretty stupid, you see?
But she has taught me the art of a lighter touch, yet we still can scream. The molding of tonal feedback, in which the sustain lends you the ability to skip the sandwich, go have a 3 course meal and come back to a mellow drone of sounds which may be mistaken for an organ, a saxaphone or even whales, is sempiternal. She has truly changed my approach, my style and my sound. I love my big, black, cheap guitar!
Said buddy asked if I ever wanted to trade back…I am sorry MR, and to you as well Nigel for the whole sandwich thing.
Bands: Bouldercrest Singing Group, The Sweetdick Jane
Sound Clip: Bouldercrest Singing Group - Forgive

thatoneguitar:

Name: Thom Heckel

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Instrument: 1965 Silvertone 1446L

Maybe 8, 9, 10 years ago I had wanted a Bigsby for my Tele and a buddy of mine wanted a lap guitar. So I traded him my 1966 Rickenbacker lap with the Horseshoe “Ry Cooder” pick up, thinking I was gonna take off the “Whoopee bar” and find another bridge for my new kick around Silvertone. Now you see, I’m pretty stupid, but I did take it to practice first and thank god! I had never felt feedback so warm and tingly shoot through an instrument into my pelvis and out of my toes and eyeballs at the same time, ever before. But surely I couldn’t dive bomb the tremolo and have it come back up in tune. Why yes, look at that, she stays in tune.  The neck and the action was like a slip and slide compared to my others.

Now I broke a ton of strings at first because I didn’t know how to handle such a delicate lady, I’m pretty stupid, you see?

But she has taught me the art of a lighter touch, yet we still can scream. The molding of tonal feedback, in which the sustain lends you the ability to skip the sandwich, go have a 3 course meal and come back to a mellow drone of sounds which may be mistaken for an organ, a saxaphone or even whales, is sempiternal. She has truly changed my approach, my style and my sound. I love my big, black, cheap guitar!

Said buddy asked if I ever wanted to trade back…I am sorry MR, and to you as well Nigel for the whole sandwich thing.

Bands: Bouldercrest Singing Group, The Sweetdick Jane

Sound Clip: Bouldercrest Singing Group - Forgive

Cork-ney Cox. I had to drink a lot if wine you guys.
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thatoneguitar:

Name: Jenn Downs
City: Atlanta, GA
Instrument: Danelectro Bass
In 2005 I was playing in my very first rock and roll band (the one show with the all girl industrial band doesn’t count) on a surprisingly sturdy, fire engine red Squire 2 bass. It sounded great, but it was decidedly NOT COOL. This became a problem when I wanted to join my next band, The Cogburns, who played Telecasters, custom Fender basses, Firebirds and Flying Vs.
One night before the bassist I ended up replacing moved out to LA, he played this Danelectro Bass on stage and I fell in love immediately. I think I remember begging him to sell it to me, even though it had a cat sticker and I do not like cats. He’d bought it from The Cogburns’ guitarist and epic storyteller who said it came from some pimp or heroin dealer who was a bluesman in the 70s. Who knows where it came from really, but I think it’s actually a 90s issue. It only cost me $200, my cheapest piece of gear and my most loved. Even my Thunderbird takes a backseat to my Dano. 
This bass has traveled with me all over the Southeast and one tour of England, it’s been my comfort in band breakups and my joy on stage, and it survived an on stage guitar tossing collision at (old) Lenny’s - note the two holes on the bottom right side are covered with Hello Kitty Bandaids.
Band: Superpill, The Downs
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thatoneguitar:

Name: Jenn Downs

City: Atlanta, GA

Instrument: Danelectro Bass

In 2005 I was playing in my very first rock and roll band (the one show with the all girl industrial band doesn’t count) on a surprisingly sturdy, fire engine red Squire 2 bass. It sounded great, but it was decidedly NOT COOL. This became a problem when I wanted to join my next band, The Cogburns, who played Telecasters, custom Fender basses, Firebirds and Flying Vs.

One night before the bassist I ended up replacing moved out to LA, he played this Danelectro Bass on stage and I fell in love immediately. I think I remember begging him to sell it to me, even though it had a cat sticker and I do not like cats. He’d bought it from The Cogburns’ guitarist and epic storyteller who said it came from some pimp or heroin dealer who was a bluesman in the 70s. Who knows where it came from really, but I think it’s actually a 90s issue. It only cost me $200, my cheapest piece of gear and my most loved. Even my Thunderbird takes a backseat to my Dano. 

This bass has traveled with me all over the Southeast and one tour of England, it’s been my comfort in band breakups and my joy on stage, and it survived an on stage guitar tossing collision at (old) Lenny’s - note the two holes on the bottom right side are covered with Hello Kitty Bandaids.

Band: Superpill, The Downs

Video

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merlin:


““Wearable”” Prototype
At this point? Just diving into Blue-Sky Solutioneering.

merlin:

““Wearable”” Prototype

At this point? Just diving into Blue-Sky Solutioneering.

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