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Jim Bates


From:
Alvin, Texas, USA
Post Posted 8 Apr 2015 7:41 am     Reply with quote

Does anyone have a color picture of Day's original "Blue Darling" from the mid 60's? It was a Sho-Bud D-10, permanent with the Blue sparkle, and a Spade, or other card suit inlay in mother of pearl. This is the guitar one that Shot made for Day.

I worked on this guitar when it was in the Houston area in the early seventies.

Thanx,
Jim
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Paul Wade


From:
mundelein,ill
Post Posted 8 Apr 2015 7:52 am     jimmy day Reply with quote

jim,

is this the picture??
p.w
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Jerry Roller


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Van Buren, Arkansas USA
Post Posted 8 Apr 2015 10:35 pm     Reply with quote

Here is my 96 blue lacquer LeGrande II with 8+9.

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Jim Bates


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Alvin, Texas, USA
Post Posted 9 Apr 2015 7:20 pm     Reply with quote

Paul, That picture may be the one, would have to confirm there is a card suit: Spade, Club, Heart, or Diamond inlay with mother pearl.

A few years ago I think a Forum member had a story of Shot making some special steels for Day, Emmons and a couple of others with the card symbol inlay. All may have been blue sparkle (or not). Maybe Day called all of his blue guitars "Blue Darling"???

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Jim
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Don Sulesky


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Post Posted 14 Apr 2015 6:57 am     my Weenick Reply with quote

This is my #007 Weenick, built by Martin Weenick in 2010.
One of the best sounding steels I own .
Ask anyone in the FSGC who has heard it played.
By the way I love the tone I get from the Alumitone pickup.


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Don Sulesky


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Post Posted 14 Apr 2015 9:24 am     Reply with quote

Jim

I believe this is his Blue Darlin' SuperPro II.
Hard to believe they are not with us anymore. Sad


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Gary Goldsmith


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 14 Apr 2015 10:29 am     Blue darlin Reply with quote

No pedals, but it sure is blue.
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Martin Weenick


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Lecanto, FL, USA
Post Posted 14 Apr 2015 10:56 am     Partial Blue Darlin Reply with quote

My latest completed guitar with short legged student.



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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 14 Apr 2015 11:40 am     Reply with quote

I'm short-legged, I'll take that one, Martin.
You've achieved something really nice in planar color design, very artful.
The neck really stands out, showing how the top is proportioned. Very cool.
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Gary Dillard


From:
Sylva, NC USA
Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 8:13 am     Reply with quote

Here's mine...

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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 8:37 am     Reply with quote

Gary,
Even your tuning wrench matches! Whoa!
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 8:55 am     Reply with quote

Yes, but Martin's tuning machines are almost all aligned. Neutral
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 9:16 am     Reply with quote

You can do that before you put the strings on. Whoa!
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 9:28 am     Reply with quote

Ooh, okaay... Embarassed
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chris ivey


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california - r.i.p.
Post Posted 15 Apr 2015 10:06 am     Reply with quote

hey roo de loo..i'm willing to bet that you've made more unnecessary posts than even i have.
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Martin Weenick


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Lecanto, FL, USA
Post Posted 16 Apr 2015 8:16 am     Reply with quote

Charlie Mc. I guess you are talking about the nylon tuners ??? There is no strings on this guitar yet and the nylon tuners are just stuck on there and turned a couple of turns, that is why they are uneven. Nothing has been adjusted yet. they will all be flush with the inside of the end plate when it's all done. The key head tuners are perfectly aligned. Martin.
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 16 Apr 2015 8:23 am     Reply with quote

Martin... You might be on to something. It's impossible to hit wrong notes, sound out of tune, or sound bad if there are no strings to get in your way. Laughing
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Martin Weenick


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Post Posted 16 Apr 2015 8:26 am     Reply with quote

Yes Richard S. I discovered long ago that learning to play Pedal Steel is a piece of cake as long as there are no strings on it. Martin.
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Mike Cass


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Post Posted 20 Apr 2015 12:50 am     Reply with quote

Zeke...she still looks great! Gotta love AJ's work... That was a cold day up in old Akron, snowing, as I recall Smile
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Bo Borland


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Post Posted 20 Apr 2015 4:59 am     Reply with quote

I saw this one for sale online a couple days ago.. it's sold..

I have only seen 2 in this configuration , blue and dark wood necks, one was John Hugheys' and the other originally owned by an old friend who passed away and has previously sold to another friend.


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steve takacs


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Post Posted 14 May 2016 3:29 am     Reply with quote

Mark,
You are indeed right about Buddy Emmons and Rusty Young doing columns in Guitar Player magazine. I think Tom Bradshaw did as well.

I never understood how the magazine went from Bud Eastman, a pedal steel guitarist being in charge to Tom Wheeler who apparently did not have a kind place in his heart for the steel.

I allowed my subscription to lapse and never renewed it. I'm sure GP did fine without my dough. I just could not see supporting the magazine after the rebuff. Glad to see you responded as well. stevet
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Don Sulesky


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Post Posted 14 May 2016 4:54 am     Reply with quote

I also followed every issue of Guitar Player up until Jeff Newman stopped his monthly articles. I then tore out all Jeff's, Buddy's and Rusty's articles and stopped my subscription.
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 14 May 2016 7:56 am     1969 original finish Reply with quote

Back to the topic:




(I didn't have this when the thread started.)
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Will Hart


From:
St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Post Posted 14 May 2016 12:37 pm     Blue Reply with quote

My Caribbean Water Blue Clinesmith. Beautiful tone
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Douglas Krause


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 14 May 2016 12:44 pm     Reply with quote

Jeff Baxter did a short stint doing Steel Symposium in Guitar Player mag in the 70s, too. Sure it's off topic of the original post, but so what, it was brought up.
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