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Jim Yates
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  • Port Hope, Ontario
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Jim Yates commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Ron, I have never thought of a truss rod as a fix for high action.  The truss rod is for fixing the relief of the neck.  High action is fixed by adjusting the saddle and/or nut if it's not too high or a neck set for serious action…"
12 hours ago
Jim Yates commented on Ted Hechtman's group Goya and Levin Guitar Owners
" Are Levin back in business?  I found this but can't read it: "
20 hours ago
Jim Yates commented on GNuck's group Small Body Guitars
"First of all, decide how you're gonna tune it.  Chicago tuning (DGBE) as used by Nick Reynolds and Tiny Grimes is just the first 4 strings of a standard tuned guitar.  Tenor banjo tuning, (CGDA), the standard tuning for the tenor,…"
Jul 23
Jim Yates commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Some great modifications there Antonio.  I've always admired Guild twelve strings and that's a beaut."
Jul 11
Jim Yates added a discussion to the group Acoustic Guitar Music, Chords and Lyrics

Cold Pizza For Breakfast - Christine Lavin'd love some help figuring the chords to this great Christine Lavin song.See More
Jul 7
Jim Yates joined Tom Teates's group

Acoustic Guitar Music, Chords and Lyrics

For anyone looking to find chords and / or lyrics to some well known songs, especially rock music from the 5os and 60s.  There are also a number of miscellaneous songs, i.e, folk and Christmas music selections.See More
Jul 7
Jim Yates replied to TheValleyGirl's discussion Hummingbird 12 string and Gibson Restoration in the group 12-String Guitar
"Boy it looks very thick too.  I recall a period in the sixties when J-50s and J45s had very thick guards."
Jul 6
Jim Yates commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Yes, Robert.  It was a pearl inlay and he used a pen knife to dig it out. I recall seeing someone with a baseball cap with "The" on the front in Gibson script at a bluegrass festival.  Photos with the peg head scroll broken off…"
Jul 6
Jim Yates commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Michael,That's the same mandolin.  A bit of research shows that he defaced the mandolin about 50 years ago after being dissatisfied with work Gibson had done on his mandolin.  You are right about the repairs and, it seems that for the…"
Jul 6
Jim Yates commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Apparently Bill Monroe wasn't too happy with Gibson's restoration service.  This is how he responded.  Bill played a "The" mandolin for much of his career."
Jul 5
Jim Yates replied to Margaret Galbraith's discussion 9th v 20th fret marker in the group Old Folkies
"The standard position markers for guitar is at the 9th, rather than the 10th.  For some reason that I don't understand, most other fretted instruments have markers at the 10th."
Jun 23
Jim Yates commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"All of my mandolins, octave mandolin, ukuleles, banjos and even my Filipino banduria have markers at the tenth fret, but my guitars, a Martin, a Gibson, a Gretsch and a Goya (made in Sweden) have 9th fret markers.  Most guitars seem to have 9th…"
Jun 23
Jim Yates commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"John Herald's playing on the Ian & Sylvia and Greenbriar Boys records was my introduction to bluegrass style flat-picking.  I was shocked and saddened in 2005 to hear of his tragic death."
Jun 23
Jim Yates commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"This is the photo I meant.  Just asking about the guitar that the late John Herald is holding."
Jun 23
Jim Yates commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"I posted this photo and essentially the same question in a Facebook group today.  When I took a closer look at the guitar, I noticed that there is a position marker at the tenth, rather than the ninth fret.  While this is normal for…"
Jun 23
Jim Yates commented on Ted Hechtman's group Hofner Guitars
"My son Darcy's bass arsenal, including 2 Hofners."
Jun 20

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Music teacher, Music festival
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, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
1958 Goya M26, 1962 Martin D21, 1950 Gibson LG1,
2005 Eastman 605 mandolin, 1983 Washburn 2 point mandolin,
TC Octave Mandolin,
Kala Koa concert Ukulele,
Slingerland MayBell banjolele,
Home-made 5-string banjo,
Old catalogue 5-string banjo,
S.S.Stewart tango banjo,
Autoharps, dulcimers, mouth harps...
My wife says,"The concept of 'enough' hasn't gotten through to Jim."
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
blues, old time, bluegrass, jug band, Celtic...
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 8:31pm on April 8, 2015, GNuck said…

Hey there Jim;

Thanks for the comment about the Eastman guitar. Love mine too. Going to get another Martin someday but looking for a higher end banjo first at some point.



At 10:41am on November 14, 2014, Gary McNaughton said…
Thank you Jim I am honoured Gary!
At 9:40pm on January 28, 2014, Blackback Gull said…

Good Lord, Jim, small world, isn't it? When you head down here again, let me know, and I'll do you up a feed of fish and brewis - I'm about 20 minutes outside St. John's...

At 8:39pm on January 28, 2014, Blackback Gull said…

Hi, Jim - appreciate the invite. If you ever get up Newfoundland way, look me up...

At 6:44am on January 28, 2013, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Jim, I am interested in octave mandolin! Please tell me more about yours...maybe some pics too? What scale length does yours have?
At 12:11am on January 25, 2011, TL said…

Hey Jim,


thanks for adding me!


Greetings from Hungary,




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