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  Topic: Sara Jory
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 156
Views: 17302

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 17 Nov 2017 5:47 pm   Subject: Sara Jory
Late to the game but my view is: If it entertains people (not just steel players) and it doesn't affect the entertainer's execution of the music, I gotta give it a pass. Hendrix was a genius and I kne ...
  Topic: Show us your Fender triple necks-or other brands too !
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 46
Views: 2578

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 Nov 2017 6:53 pm   Subject: Show us your Fender triple necks-or other brands too !
1956 pushbutton. 24" scale. Top down - E13 (Morrell style), G11 (G Dobro w/extra hi C & E at the bottom), B6/A13 (Joaquin's tuning except in B instead of C) ...
  Topic: ZB C6 pedal 5
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 870

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Oct 2017 12:32 pm   Subject: ZB C6 pedal 5
On that guitar,that pedal with those changes is pretty much always gonna feel like a truck clutch. Ask me how I know.....
Live with it and enjoy the tone.
  Topic: R.I.P ISGC, Missing you this weekend
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 27
Views: 4837

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 15 Sep 2017 3:29 pm   Subject: R.I.P ISGC, Missing you this weekend
I went to that thing 7 or 8 times from 1984 to about 2007 and sat at the feet of the masters (and partied with a lot of them). It was the inner sanctum of steel guitar. Those experiences can't be repl ...
  Topic: Bobby Black
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 10
Views: 2012

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 21 Jul 2017 8:02 pm   Subject: Bobby Black
Yep great guy and great player. We've been good friends for years. I'll never forget when he drove down to L.A. to play at Joaquin Murphey's funeral in 1999 and we spent a couple days together. A high ...
  Topic: Bill Collings RIP
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 2187

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 15 Jul 2017 8:59 pm   Subject: Bill Collings RIP
I've played his mandolins and they're second to none. Tricky instrument to build correctly. More like making a violin. Wow. World class luthier no doubt. I hope the company keeps going somehow.
  Topic: Kayton Roberts
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 48
Views: 9670

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 14 Jul 2017 10:25 am   Subject: Kayton Roberts
One of the strongest,sure-footed most authoritative players I've ever seen. He never seemed to hesitate for a split second and was on his game at all times. Part of it may have been that he always jus ...
  Topic: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 35
Views: 6484

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 16 Jun 2017 11:54 am   Subject: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
No I meant regular cassettes. The last car I had with a cassette player was a 1977 Audi I bought from Don McGinnis. I did have a "hang down" 8-track player in my 66 Mustang. I used to hate h ...
  Topic: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 35
Views: 6484

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 11 Jun 2017 1:38 pm   Subject: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Boy that album brings back a lot of memories. I had and probably still have somewhere a cassette version that I kept in my car back when cars still had cassette players and played it over and over eve ...
  Topic: L.A. Drummer Steve Hunter
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 3
Views: 1340

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 8 Jun 2017 7:16 pm   Subject: L.A. Drummer Steve Hunter
Sad to report my brother in arms Steve Hunter has shed his mortal coil and headed out to northern climes. Steve was a drummer from Houston who spent many years in L.A. before heading back to Texas a f ...
  Topic: Gregg Allman
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 18
Views: 4916

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 27 May 2017 8:03 pm   Subject: Gregg Allman
Yeah everybody's dyin'. What's up with that? This one hits close to home. I went to Castle Heights Military Academy with Gregg and Duane way back in the early 60s and remained in contact for the rest ...
  Topic: "Stranger" Don Markham has passed on
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 3
Views: 2344

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 25 Feb 2017 9:03 pm   Subject: "Stranger" Don Markham has passed on
Played a few gigs with Don in the late 70s/early 80s around Bakersfield and L.A.. You don't run across too many country sax players. R.I.P.

Everybody's dyin'. What's up with that?
  Topic: Keeping picks on fingers
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 56
Views: 5995

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 10 Dec 2016 10:18 pm   Subject: Keeping picks on fingers
I usually just go up to the bar at the beginning of each night and get a slice of lime or lemon and take it up to the stage and keep it on a napkin on my amp. Then I rub it all over my fingertips each ...
  Topic: Buddy Cage style
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 75
Views: 10822

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 25 Nov 2016 1:54 am   Subject: Buddy Cage style
There's a NRPS album called "Home, Home on the Road" which I only ever had on a cassette which I bought at a truckstop somewhere when I was on the road and played it to death. It was recorde ...
  Topic: Leon Russel gone
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 4970

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 15 Nov 2016 10:52 pm   Subject: Leon Russel gone
1977 Paradise Studio Burbank,CA. working on the "Americana" album. Two young bucks scheming up some damn thing

Summ ...
  Topic: Leon Russel gone
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 4970

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 13 Nov 2016 6:20 pm   Subject: Leon Russel gone
I've lost a dear friend of nearly 50 years. He and I traveled the country and the world together. He was a huge influence on my music. It's like losing a brother really. It's gonna take me a while to ...
  Topic: Describe the "West Coast" style of steel playing
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 48
Views: 11273

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 19 Jul 2016 10:43 pm   Subject: Describe the "West Coast" style of steel playing
I played a lot of it for a long time and I'd say it's pretty bluesy and often kinda like sawin' Cajun fiddle. Lotsa dominant 7th voicings and lines and lotsa B+C pedal licks. Go here https://www.youtu ...
  Topic: Heartbroken
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 164
Views: 32529

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 23 Jun 2016 7:29 pm   Subject: Heartbroken
Sorry to hear about this. It kind of comes with getting older but the ones like this which don't make any sense are the hardest to take. I hope God eases your path on this one.
  Topic: Guy Clark has died
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 12
Views: 4060

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 17 May 2016 11:05 pm   Subject: Guy Clark has died
I met him in the early 70s when he was just another good but struggling songwriter among others. In 1973 I was moving from Norfolk Virginia to Los Angeles and on the drive I stopped in Nashville for a ...
  Topic: Anyone using a 4" tone bar?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 12
Views: 2777

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 13 May 2016 8:30 pm   Subject: Anyone using a 4" tone bar?
I used a George L 4" x 1" for years on my 12 string - the biggest bar I was aware of except for Sneaky Pete's monster bars. Around 8-10 years ago I heard of a 15/16ths bar so I tried a 15/16 ...
  Topic: 1995 G&l Asat III
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 1
Views: 1728

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 28 Apr 2016 4:47 pm   Subject: 1995 G&l Asat III
Extremely tricked out guitar for the serious pro. I ordered it with a custom shop mild 'V' quartersawn birdseye maple/rosewood neck. This is the rare pre BBE 3 bolt micro-tilt model. It's extremely mi ...
  Topic: Prince - RIP
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 6412

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 21 Apr 2016 12:02 pm   Subject: Prince - RIP
He was also one of the best recording engineers with deep understanding of the process and great old school analog skills like incredible split second punching in/out and razor blade tape editing skil ...
  Topic: Gib Guilbeau RIP
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 4752

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 13 Apr 2016 10:03 pm   Subject: Gib Guilbeau RIP
Wow. That's prolly the last time I saw him as well. Beautiful soul with a lotta music in him. He had a cool funky home studio in a mobile home up in Palmdale where me,Carmine Sardo and Albert Lee play ...
  Topic: RIP- Merle Haggard
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 116
Views: 31338

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 9 Apr 2016 8:51 pm   Subject: RIP- Merle Haggard
I prolly played more Haggard songs in country bar gigs than songs by any other single artist. When I first started out I even played songs that I didn't even know at the time were obscure or very earl ...
  Topic: U12 question: low strings and tone balance
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 4341

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:48 pm   Subject: U12 question: low strings and tone balance
I tried just about every 12 string pickup ever made in my Sierra because it's so easy to do. I keep coming back to a single coil 17.5 Wallace True-Tone. With any humbucking pickup I get string separat ...
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