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Brad Sarno


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St. Louis, MO USA
Post Posted 14 Mar 2015 7:31 am     Reply with quote

What would Jimmy Day's copedent have been in the early 60's? Say, on that Steel and Strings album...

Here's one version I've found, but I was under the impression that back then he may have had only 1 or 2 knee levers...

http://b0b.com/wp/?page_id=725

Anyone?

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Brad
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 14 Mar 2015 7:35 am     Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken, Steel & Strings was on a D-8 (just to complicate your question).
And if I am mistaken, never mind.
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Donny Hinson


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Post Posted 14 Mar 2015 2:33 pm     Reply with quote

One of the N'ville guys can validate it, but I'm fairly certain "Steel & Strings" was done using a D8
tuned to D9th. And somewhere, buried in my collection, is an original reel-to-reel of that album. Now, I probably haven't listened to it in 15 or 20 years, but I don't believe that any levers were evident on that album. My old Sho~Bud Tuning Guide indicates that his first D10 guitar had only one lever, lowering 2 a whole tone, and 8 a half tone.

The setup Brad listed is probably from later in his career (I'd guess late '70s to early '80s), when it became vogue to have four levers on the E9th.


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Chris Lucker


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Los Angeles, California USA
Post Posted 14 Mar 2015 2:33 pm     Reply with quote

Fender 1000 on that album. I think it was Herb Steiner on the forum who identified open note(s) to deduce D9 tuning on the one neck.
The Sho-Bud All Star Tuning Guide shows this below. I don't know the year, but the address on the guide is Broadway and there is a zip code.

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Chris Lucker


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Post Posted 15 Mar 2015 6:28 pm     Reply with quote

Does anyone know when Sho-Bud made that little booklet I refer to above?
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Bobby D. Jones


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West Virginia, USA
Post Posted 15 Mar 2015 8:27 pm     Jimmy Days early days copendent Reply with quote

I have the Bear Family Records re-issue of Golden Steel Hits and Steel and Strings. In the notes it says the original STEEL AND STRINGS ALBUM was recorded at Columbia Recording Studio in Summer of 1962. The one person who could help more than anyone would be Mr. Buddy Emmons. The story I heard was Jimmy was with Buddy Emmons when Buddy split a pedal to make the 3 pedal setup from the 2 pedal E9th was done. Since Buddy and Jimmy switched places with Ray Price it was important they kept their guitar set up with the same copendent so they could get the same licks on openings and turnarounds. Mr Big E where are you?
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Jussi Huhtakangas


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Helsinki, Finland
Post Posted 18 Mar 2015 4:28 am     Reply with quote

Chris Lucker wrote:
Does anyone know when Sho-Bud made that little booklet I refer to above?


If there is the Broadway address it's post -63-64. My permanent is a -63 and was made in Madison. I've always tried to get somebody to verify when Shot moved the business to Broadway address but nobody seems to have the exact answer!
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Herb Steiner


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Post Posted 18 Mar 2015 5:31 am     Reply with quote

Donny is correct. It was a D-8 in D9 tuning. Probably was the first Blue Darlin', the one with his name in cursive on the front apron.

It was back in the 70's and I was working out either "I Can't Stop Loving You" or "Making Believe" (I can't remember which), and it was in Bb using open strings. So it had to be D9. I asked Jimmy "eight-string D9th, right?" and he smiled and said "you're paying attention." He was a very much fun guy to hang with, loved to party.
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Fred Layman


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Springfield, Missouri USA
Post Posted 18 Mar 2015 7:24 am     Day-Emmons pedals Reply with quote

A story circulated in earlier days that it was Shot Jackson that actually came up with the E9th tuning while Emmons and Day were both on the road. Shot reportedly called both players to report what he had come up with and both players put it on their steels, but that the two players reversed the first and third pedal changes, resulting in the Emmons - Day variation. I have never seen any validation of that story however.
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