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Edward Sparks
  • 58, Male
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • United States
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  • Rodney Mark Harrison
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  • Kurt Chandler
  • Iain Brennan
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  • Domi Sanchez
  • Michel Rouxel
  • Gary Moulton
  • Charles
  • Mark Thomas Wolf
  • Michael McBride



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Welcome! Edward Sparks Singer/Songwriter/acoustic musician

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Guitar maker, Guitar-related website
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, Mandolin, Lap-style slide guitar, Banjo, Travel guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Gibson J100 extra (1994)
Gibson J160E (2004)
Gibson Les Paul Signature (1976)
Martin D-28 (1976)
Martin D-28-12 (1980)
Guild JF212XL 12 string (1980)
Guild JF30 6 string (1990)
Epiphone Zenith archtop (1948)
Regal dobro (1936)
Takamine Santa Fe cutaway acoustic/electric classical (200)
Several guitars I made myself including an electric 12 string a 6 string lap steel
I own 30 instruments total
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
Acoustic rock and singer/songwriter stuff!
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
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At 12:16am on April 23, 2014, Michael D Krampitz said…

Hi Ed this is Mike Krampitz I know everybody has'nt heard from me for a long time,I'm not going to dwell to much on what happened.But feeling great I bought afew more guitars since we last talked,I will send pictures.I got a Guild Jumbo 2 weeks ago,thing that pissed me off was it was made in China,It plays and sounds fantastic though.I also got a Bedell but got rid of it for no special reason it just sounded like 5 of my other guitars.I picked up a uke from Samick concert size sounds nice and I got my fathers Fluke uke which is amazing.I'll get back to you soon with pic's

At 5:27pm on December 27, 2013, Michael McBride said…

Hi Ed,

You asked about my recording setup:

  • I lay down tracks using a Blue Yeti Pro microphone running into a MacBook Air
  • I edit in Adobe Premier, Audacity, and Fission (Rogue Amoeba) software

When I'm composing songs I capture them on my iPhone and iPad into Songwriter's Pad, the best app I've ever used for songwriting. It syncs between by iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Air and has tiered cloud storage subscriptions. 

My "studio" is a converted spare bedroom. I filled a bunch of 50 Lb burlap coffee bags with packing peanuts and hung them around the room in place of expensive acoustic panels to tune the room a bit. It's not perfect, but I get a very nice quite sound.

Thanks for asking. What about your recording setup? ~Michael

At 3:57pm on December 27, 2013, Michael McBride said…
Hi Ed. Thanks for the friend request.
At 1:20pm on June 3, 2013, Iain Brennan said…
Hi Edward,much appreciated! Thanks for the welcome, I will check-out the Gibson page, got me a J200 Standard a few months ago, -never out of my hands,such a beast to play, I love the big sound you get from it, I also bought a '2003 Gibson J185 12-string recently, lovely warm sound, getting my local Luthier setting it up for me just now.
At 1:08pm on January 28, 2013, michael schwartz said…

I just saw the photo of Lilly and "her" guitar. Whatta cutie she is!

I'm pondering adding a pick up to my J12-15(all Mahogony). Would you suggest the Fishman Matrix for it? I'm pretty clueless about  the onboard electronics and would appreciate your advice.

At 10:25am on January 28, 2013, Jim Yates said…
At 10:03am on January 28, 2013, Jim Yates said…

Hi Edward,
My OM is a Trinity College.  I'm quite happy with it, though it's not an expensive instrument.  My wife bought it for me a number of years back.  When it started getting scratches on the front I added a pick guard and when the tailpiece gave out I put a new one on it.

The scale is about 20" and I keep it tuned GDAD, an octave below the mandolin with the first string dropped a full tone.  It gives a kind of DADGAD guitar voicing in the keys of G and D and related minors.  I do use a capo on it which I don't on the mandolin.

I'll try to drop a photo on my page.

At 4:44pm on November 25, 2012, Domi Sanchez said…

Hi Ed, Thank you for the comments and the friendship invitation.  I use to live in Gainesville, Florida.  For the last 22 years, I'm now living in the Takoma Park Maryland area, the home of John Fahey.  I hope some of that talent rubs off on me! LOL.  I'm a budding guitar player.  I would love to learn the inner workings of an acoustic guitar and really understand what makes a great guitar sound great other than the talent holding the guitar.  This is the golden age of acoustic guitars and I would love to be part of that movement!

Take care, my friend,


At 10:59am on November 15, 2012, susi Lawson said…

Just added a new gallery Ed, thanks for asking!

At 5:14pm on November 14, 2012, Ralph Massaro said…

Thanks Edward.


Funny...I too have a cat named Gibson.

The J185 sound is so new to me.  I purchased it because it's a short scale.  I read it was a great finger picking guitar.  I tried a Martin 00028....did not like the dead sound...not sure what the hype is all about.   The Gibson J185 sounds more complete, loud and sure looks better.

All I have to do now is learn to play 


Question.  I have a friend that wants to sell me his 1975 Martin D35.  I'm not 100% sure I want a guitar with no truss rod.  You have an older D28.  Does it hold up or is it a money pit?







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