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  Topic: Ed Black ZB Custom
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 53
Views: 14013

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 1 Apr 2018 10:07 pm   Subject: Ed Black ZB Custom
A lot of the Eddys album was recorded at my studio in North Hollywood but on those recordings, Ed played a push pull. I remember when just about everybody in town had one of his handmade guitar straps ...
  Topic: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 773

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 14 Mar 2018 4:28 pm   Subject: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
I also play Stick and I invented and manufacture the Lap Dawg Stick accessory which consists of an aluminum bracket that bolts onto the back of the instrument using existing holes and has folding padd ...
  Topic: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 14
Views: 2094

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 13 Mar 2018 7:00 pm   Subject: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
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R.I.P Nole "Nokie" Edwards
He used to hang out on the set of Deadwood so they finally dressed him up as an undertaker and ...
  Topic: What Was The Best Compliment You Received
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 31
Views: 1770

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 3 Feb 2018 7:29 pm   Subject: What Was The Best Compliment You Received
Two come to mind. One time I was playing with Jo-El Sonnier when he lived out here in L.A. He told me in his Cajun manner of speaking: "Hey man I love da way you play - real economic. You leavin' ...
  Topic: String bends behind the bar - - HELP!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 1533

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Jan 2018 10:33 pm   Subject: String bends behind the bar - - HELP!
I tried it for a while but could never get my fingers in and out from between the strings smoothly enough and still maintain precise bar control to be worth messing with. I'd have to plan out what I w ...
  Topic: Sara Jory
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 156
Views: 18378

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: 3674

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)
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  Topic: ZB C6 pedal 5
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 954

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: 5271

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: 2152

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: 2350

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: 11199

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: 6764

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: 6764

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: 1539

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: 5638

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: 2418

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: 6477

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: 11343

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: 5194

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

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Summ ...
  Topic: Leon Russel gone
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 5194

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: 11608

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: 33601

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: 4151

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: 2987

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 ...
 
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