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  • Johnson City, TN
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John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Is that you in the ad? Yep the 70's. It's been a long time since I saw one of those. Here's a picture of a some of my collection."
Mar 21, 2012
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Edward, Yes the Bose is an expensive monitor unless you look at in ear which are nice but I prefer the Bose. I like hearing what the audience hears.  The R&R group I work with consists of the guys I played music with in the early…"
Mar 21, 2012
John Fleenor joined Edward Sparks's group

Epiphone Owners Group

If you own an Epiphone instrument, old or new, this group is for you!
Mar 20, 2012
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Sometimes we attach an SM-81 lower on the mic stand depending on the room (you have to keep the banjo player turned slightly or those RB 250's can be overpowering). The real challenge I have is with drums in theR&R group. I've been…"
Mar 20, 2012
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"If you use dynamic mikes no problem. In our Bluegrass we use only use one large diaphram tube mic. In this set up we put the Bose off to the side and a bit in front. No need for monitors. As far as volume, check the Bose site and it will…"
Mar 20, 2012
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"I play as an acoustic solo and duo act, with a Bluegrass band as well as  with a sixties Rock and Roll group. We use the Bose L1 single bass, the original and set up in the same manner as Edward just described. Works…"
Mar 20, 2012
John Fleenor commented on Edward Sparks's group Picks, Picks, Picks
"I use Goldengate Thumb picks and Showcase 41 finger picks when I play Dobro. I like a lighter pick for guitar. I use mostly Dunlop thumb picks and Pro pick Fingertones on guitar. The Fingertones allow me to use a brush stoke with bare…"
Dec 20, 2011
John Fleenor joined Edward Sparks's group

Picks, Picks, Picks

Flatpicks, of your favorite picks and why!See More
Dec 20, 2011
John Fleenor replied to Jim Yates's discussion Any D-21 owners here? in the group Martin Owners
"I have a D-21 special, which I purchased new about two years ago. I love it!!!  The wider neck seems to feel better. It doesn't bother my arthritis as much as the narrow necks. I have a 1973 D-41 I bought new at Washington Music Center in…"
Dec 6, 2011
John Fleenor replied to Dave Sterenchock's discussion Not a coffee house gig but I've got a question. in the group Coffee House Players
"I don't see the problem.  I saw Country Joe McDonald do a solo set in between Ted Nugent and the James Gang in the Richmond Virginia arena in '69. I still remember his set. Do your show and thank the people for helping a fellow…"
Mar 4, 2011
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Bose Has a sketch of a set up that works for us. We only use one mic for voice, a larger diaphragm Marshall XL-77 tube, and SM-81 lower on the stand for instruments. We use a small mixer and connect to one channel per side. We run the…"
Feb 27, 2011
John Fleenor commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Try placing the Bose off to one side just ahead of the conderser mics. I play with a Bluegrass band and this is the way we use the L1. The bose forum for musicians has some ideas you might try. Good luck"
Feb 25, 2011
John Fleenor replied to mark o'boyle's discussion my d-18 fet problem I think in the group Martin Owners
"Have you checked the humidity levels in the room where you store the guitar? Sometimes, particularly in the winter months the humidity(or lack of it) will do strange things to Martins. I have had this problem in the past when I leave my Martins…"
Feb 16, 2011
John Fleenor joined Jeff Williams's group

Appalachian Acoustic Artists

Acoustic Players and Luthiers from the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding area's , .. A place to share info on events , festivals , gatherings , gigs , venue's, seminars etc ..
Jan 21, 2011
John Fleenor commented on Doug MacKenzie's group Country Blues
"Anyone into Furry Lewis?"
Jan 14, 2011
John Fleenor joined Doug MacKenzie's group

Country Blues

A forum for players and lovers of rural, country blues....
Jan 14, 2011

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician, Music teacher
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, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar, Lap-style slide guitar, Resonator guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin, Gibson, Scheerhorn, Vines, Epiphone
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
Blues, Bluegrass, Gospel
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 10:10am on April 23, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Here is a picture and description of the bass i built for my son's 21st birthday.

"Company: Sparks Model#: Model 21 Year: 2007
Description: I designed and built this bass for my son Josh's 21 birthday present. It has many special features in honor of his turning 21 years old, such as the 21 position markers on the fingerboard, one of which is a star on the 21st fret. Also, on the back there are five coins are inlayed, four nickels and one penny. The nickels are all from 1986, the year Josh was born, and the penny is from 2007, the year he turned 21...and they total 21 cents! The inlaying of the coins were my wife's idea, and it was quite a good one. His name is inlayed into the head in script mother of pearl. Josh likes to play in dropped "D" tuning, so I installed a bass Hipshot "D" tuner on the low E string. There are two volume and tone controls, a set for each pickup, and a blend control, instead of the usual three position pickup selector switch. The body is made of two bookmatched choice pieces of quilted mahogany. The binding on the headstock and fingerboard is curly maple, as are the handmade pickup rings. It has a full two octave 24 fret scale with a wide fingerboard that reaches deep into the body joint. The bass was presented to him on his birthday and he was appropriately shocked and surprised. I also documented the entire building process in a book called "Building a Birthday Present, the Model 21 Bass." He has already joined me on stage with it several times and believe me, it sounds as good as it looks!"
At 7:52am on April 23, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
I would love to see pics of your fretless bass! Please do send some! Here is a pic of my 1936 Dobro...

Company: Dobro
Model#: Vintage Wood Body 12 fret Guitar
Year: 1936
Description: This guitar was a gift from the original owner's son, who had had it in storage for about 25 years. Although I offered to purchase it from him, he said that he didn't play and would rather give it to me since I would play it. Although the original case was literally falling apart, in the storage compartment inside I found his father's steel slide and metal fingerpicks. The instrument is in very good, all original, condition, especially for an instrument currently 72 years old. There is a repaired crack in the slotted headstock. The original tuning keys work great. The "moons & stars" cover plate is rare, and I have only seen it in a photograph on one other guitar, and on a Regal brand resonator banjo (page 7 of the Gruhen's Guide to Vintage Guitars"). It has round-neck construction and good action, low enough to be played Spanish style, yet high enough for slide work.
At 7:43am on April 23, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Oh yeah, I should tell you that Steve McCoy, my musical partner with the fretless Breedlove bass, also owns a Martin D-41! Edward
At 7:41am on April 23, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Hi, thanks for your kind words on the video. I am primarily an acoustic player but I do own a few electrics, one of which is a Gibson Les Paul odd duck that didn't sell well and was only made from 1974 to 1978. And there was a bass version as well. Mine is a '76. It is very similar to you 335, only it has a sharp LP cutaway on the treble side and low impedance pickups! Here is the picture and description from my Guitar Gallery page on my website. If you get to visit and feel moved to, please leave me a message in my Guestbook!
Thanks, Edward

"Company: Gibson
Model#: Les Paul Signature
Year: 1976
Description: This instrument was purchased used from the owner. It is a rare bird these days as Gibson only produced a little more than 4000 of the model between 1975 and 1979, before it was discontinued, due to lack of public acceptance and sales. Guitarist did not like Low-imp pickups. The guitar has two outputs, one low-imp and one hi-imp. See the pictures of the body edge and the original ad below. The finish came in sunburst, but this model has a gold top, similar to the solid LP gold tops. Although the controls look like the typical setup, they are actually one volume and tone control, a phase switch, and a imp selector switch. This is the only Les Paul model with a semi-hollow body design"
At 6:23pm on April 22, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
I see you own Martins and Gibsons...and I see you are in the Gibson Group
I started...consider joining the Martin Group?!?!? Edward

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