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Frank Freniere


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Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 8:21 am     Reply with quote

Some of youse guys that grew up in the Northeast might remember Harry Guffee's steel shop in Connecticut. If not, think Jim Palenscar and his establishment: in other words, a great steel hang.

I heard Jeff Newman in concert one afternoon there and I was never quite the same ... Anyway, the catalog is a little hard to read but some of the prices will make your head spin.









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Larry Bell


From:
Englewood, Florida
Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 8:54 am     Reply with quote

Harry was a great resource and a great guy. 1980 was a good year for steel guitar.

One curious thing about the catalog, however, that caught my eye:
The Emmons LeGrande models show a SINGLE 12 LEGRANDE
I've been a 12 string player since the mid-70's and have only seen Emmons push-pull 12s

I assume that this is a misprint

Anybody know? Ever seen a S-12 LeGrande?
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 9:30 am     Reply with quote

Harry and I were good friends way back when ,we hung out a lot, even played gigs together. He was not just a good Steel player, he was also a fine songwriter, bass player and vocalist as well. A very talented guy.

Harry started the Ct Steel Guitar association and we had monthly meetings in Meridan Ct. I don't know how I got sucked into it but I was doing the monthly Newsletters !.

Harry also sponsored some very huge Steel guitar shows including bringing Buddy up to Meridan Ct just before the famous '77 St Louis show. Everyone who attended will agree, that afternoon was ICONIC !

All around good guy, did a ton for the Steel guitar community. Several years back I located him somewhere out West , he was still involved in music production and writing.

Those of us in that NE area at that time, we sure had some good times.

Thx Harry, wherever you are. It wouldn't have happened without you.
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John De Maille


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Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 9:40 am     Reply with quote

I bought my Sho-Bud packaseat from Harry back in the late 70's.
I also remember going to the show, where, Buddy Charlton played.
Harry did a lot to promote steel guitar. I hope he's doing OK today.
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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 9:51 am     Reply with quote

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Jack Stanton


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Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 4:47 pm     Reply with quote

Great guy, great shop.
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 20 Dec 2017 5:45 pm     Reply with quote

What a catalogue! What an inventory!
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Daniel McKee


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Corinth Mississippi
Post Posted 21 Dec 2017 11:19 am     Reply with quote

Very cool! Kinda interesting that the store was available 24 hours a day for at least phone calls according to the ad.
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Kenneth Kotsay


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Davie/Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Post Posted 21 Dec 2017 11:49 am     Reply with quote

Purchased a new Emmons D-10 Push Pull back in 1982, his store was located in Yonkers, N.Y. at the time.

The Emmons might be going up for sale in the very near future.

Ken
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Bob Miano


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Bergenfield, N.J. (home of "some" country music)
Post Posted 31 Dec 2017 8:51 am     Reply with quote

I was at the shop when it was in Yonkers as well.

Bought a Blonde Sho-Bud Super Pro D-10 from Harry, along with lots of other stuff.

Super nice guy and it was great to have a Pedal Steel shop less than an hour away.


Good memories !!


Bob Miano
New Jersey
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 31 Dec 2017 3:12 pm     Reply with quote

Where is Harry now?
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 31 Dec 2017 3:35 pm     Reply with quote

Chris Templeton wrote:
Where is Harry now?

See my post above...
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 31 Dec 2017 3:40 pm     Reply with quote

A teacher in Connecticut.
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Jack Strayhorn


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Winston-Salem, NC
Post Posted 3 Jan 2018 12:48 pm     Reply with quote

There were never any 12 string LeGrande's built, however Ron Lashley Sr. would have considered adding them if enough people showed interest. It never received enough inquiries to give it consideration.
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