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Bob Crain
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  • Cheltenham, Victoria
  • Australia
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  • Phil Manuel
  • Ron Nagle
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Bob Crain replied to James Baxter Bain's discussion Hotels near Nazareth? in the group Martin Owners
"Accommodation is pretty scarce in Nazareth, we stayed in a B&B which was very nice as far as golf goes...I'll leave that to someone else. It is a fantastic tour and facility with lots of guitars to play and the museum is just brilliant…"
Apr 8
Bob Crain commented on Ted Hechtman's group Guild Owners
"Interesting no date of manufacture I wonder how old it is, for $178 might be worth picking up do a tidy up and resell but I don't how much demand there is for classical guitars."
Apr 7
Edward Sparks replied to Bob Crain's discussion Mark Knopfler Interveiw in the group Songwriters
"Have not...will do! Thanks!"
Mar 27
Bob Crain added a discussion to the group Songwriters

Mark Knopfler Interveiw

If you haven't already you should read the interview with Mark K in the April issue of AG...great interview with some fantastic insights in to song writing by a brilliant song writer.See More
Mar 26
Bob Crain replied to Mike Bishop's discussion Off Topic But Martin Related in the group Martin Owners
"ALL of the garbage you see on TV labeled as "reality" shows are engineered fakes!!! I don't know what has happened in this world that people can be so gullible, shallow and happy to live their lives vicariously though the…"
Mar 15
Bob Crain replied to Mike Bishop's discussion Off Topic But Martin Related in the group Martin Owners
"'s definitely off topic, this is a music site as opposed to a show biz site, AI is "show biz" has nothing to do with music....the glistening of the strings is show biz lights, as with everything else on those shows it is…"
Mar 14
Bob Crain replied to michael schwartz's discussion UV aging guitars in the group Martin Owners
"In my opinion acoustic guitars, like people, should age gracefully not force-ably and my understanding is the best way to age a guitar is to play it. My '73 D-28 doesn't look as good as any of those guitars it has been played sometimes…"
Mar 14
Bob Crain commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"I am always worried about my family and my guitars when I can't see them life is risky business. On another note...the train is a great way to travel no matter where you are!"
Mar 2
Bob Crain replied to Iain Brennan's discussion Two 1973 Guilds in One Week in the group Guild Owners
Jan 30
Bob Crain commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Went in to my Guitar Church to pick up my Guild that was having a fret dress and a service and saw an open blue Martin hard shell case typical of '70s dreadnought cases and asked what came out of it .... a collector in ill health brought in his…"
Jan 26
Bob Crain commented on Edward Sparks's group Protest Music Revisited
"Lon, very nice!!!"
Jan 26
Bob Crain commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"To me those guitars look like dime store novelty items and I don't think I would be up on stage playing one of them....on the other hand it was a great photo of Florida Gull!!!!"
Jan 24
Bob Crain commented on Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher's group Songwriters
"My friend said "treat every note from first to last as important"...good advice. Although my stuff is mostly lyric based....if it didn't have music it would just be poetry... so the music is important...still learning, still working…"
Jan 8
Bob Crain posted photos
Jan 8
Bob Crain replied to Daryl Kosinski's discussion Open Mikes
"I think the first thing you need to determine is why you are going to play at an open mic in the first place...they have their value for a performer but they are also a way for a venue to provide free music and get a F&F (Family & Friends)…"
Jan 8
Bob Crain commented on Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher's group Songwriters
"Ed, you must rank higher in the chain on this site...whenever I try to copy and past something like this I get the too many words message....frustration and usually give up and resort to linking to my website...what's the trick. Nice info, I…"
Jan 8

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
1973 Martin D-28 w Martin/Fishman under saddle installed
1995 Guild Starburst - F-Hole semi - RED in color
Thomastik - Infeld Strings
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
I play my own originals which are mostly socially conscious folky rocky "hippie" inspired and mix of covers from the likes of N. Young, F. Eaglesmith, R. Newman, J. Browne etc etc etc
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I subscribe

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At 10:09am on December 17, 2012, Phil Manuel said…

Thanks for you kind words, and you are right - I just gotta keep doing my best to express myself, without worrying about putting myself out there.   Keep in touch!

At 7:05am on November 7, 2011, Edward Sparks said…

Hey Bob,

I went to your page and saw some of your pics...there is one from a visit you made to the Martin Museum and took a picture of the exhibit with Crosby, Stills and the bottom right hand corner is a miniature guitar (000-45) in a little case that I created!  Here is your picutre:

Here is the story from the Sounding Board Newsletter about my miniature.


At 9:32am on September 3, 2011, Edward Sparks said…
Oops, that S was a typo...It's a standard D28. My D28-12 is in the shop right now getting a neck reset and refret...when I get it back it will be kept tuned an whole step down for songs I can't sing that high McCartney's "We can work it out."  I have a 1980 Guild 12 string I kept strung with extra lihgts and tuned to pictch, but the double truss rods in the neck keep it in check!  Edward
At 10:26pm on September 2, 2011, Edward Sparks said…

Hi Bob, welcome to the songwriters group!  We look forward to "talking" with you there about songwriting!  I have a 1976 Martin S28 and a 1980 D 28 12string.  Although I play pro, I have several guitars I use on stage but my D28 6 string is my home guitar for writing and recording. Maybe you could post some of your songs here.  I have become pretty good friends with another guy from Australia named Ken Brodie, he is from Darwin Northern Territory...don't expect you to know him, but he is a great writer and player/ might want to get in touch with him.  So, welcome!



Ken Brodie


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