C. E. Jackson
Posted 9 Sep 2019 1:46 pm
|I have been thinking about Charlie Norris, and playing my 1935 7 string National Electric Hawaiian again.
I was very fortunate in being able to get this steel. It is probably the most ornate vintage steel I own.
Here is information from Charlie regarding initial purchase when the steel was new.
1935 7 string National Electric Hawaiian
Many Texas Steel Guitar Players will know the original owner of this instrument, CHARLIE NORRIS,
of Mesquite, TX. I purchased this guitar from Charlie in 2004 after several years of begging him to sell
it to me. I play the guitar in an A6 tuning.
He said that he picked cotton for $0.03/lb. in the Fall of 1938 to buy the guitar for $67.95. Then he
took lessons from the "HAWAIIANS" who came by his home each week and charged $1.00 per lesson.
The $1.00 was paid in 3 dozen eggs each week.
Charlie became an excellent steel guitar player, and made various records playing this 7 string National,
a "SHO-BRO" Resonator Guitar, and pedal steel guitar. He was also very respected as owner of a music
store and teacher of guitar.
Charlie was inducted into the "TEXAS STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME in 1995."
A respected and dear friend I enjoyed visiting.
Here is a song I recorded in 2013. Melody, chords, and harmonics are all played on this steel. The steel is still
all original and I am very happy with the sound.
IT IS NO SECRET (WHAT GOD CAN DO)
Hopefully, other members will post photos and recordings of some of their favorite old vintage steels.
C. E. Jackson
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