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Walter Stettner


From:
Vienna, Austria
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 11:09 am     Reply with quote

Saw a clip of Porter Wagoner on one of the Opry Legends DVDs (great series, BTW Smile ), with some shots of Don's steel. Does anybody have any info about this instrument? Single neck guitar that he played standing, with two pedals on the far left side of the instrument (seen from the front side). Interesting guitar! Looks like he also did not use a volume pedal...

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John Billings


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 12:04 pm     Reply with quote

Walter, I have seen the Porter Show where the pedals were first at the changer end, then shortly thereafter, they were at the keyhead end! I read somewhere that Don's guitar was the first guitar.
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robert hays


From:
sikeston mo. usa
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 12:32 pm     Don Warden Reply with quote

Walter go to "birth of the sho bud steel guitar" and you will find the info you asked about there, Don's was the first shobud sold.
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joe long


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 12:38 pm     Reply with quote

Check the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. I believe they have his ShoBud on display.
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robert hays


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sikeston mo. usa
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 12:46 pm     Reply with quote

I talked to Don thursday at Don Helms funeral and he told me he would be at the St Louis steel show so we can all ask him and get the strait info there,
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Walter Stettner


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Vienna, Austria
Post Posted 15 Aug 2008 1:02 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the input! I am excited to hear that Don will be in St. Louis! Smile

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Bill Ford


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Graniteville SC Aiken
Post Posted 16 Aug 2008 6:34 am     Reply with quote

Here is a quote from BE about Don's guitar, the #1 Sho-Bud.


http://www.planet.eon.net/~gsimmons/shobud/buddy.html


We sold our first Sho-Bud, an eight string single neck, to Don Warden, steel guitarist for Porter Waggoner. Don sang in Porter's trio, so his pedal rods were lengthened to allow him to play and sing from a standing position. Among the first double neck players were Sonny Curtis, Ben Keith, George Edwards, Jimmy Day, and myself.
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Ken Mizell


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Lakeland, Florida, USA
Post Posted 16 Aug 2008 8:39 pm     Reply with quote

I believe I saw that steel guitar at the Acuff Museum next door to the new Opry House many years ago, like around 1979.
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