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Jim Palenscar

 

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Post  Posted 15 Oct 2018 9:32 pm    
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I just visited Bobby Black and returned with a number of his steel guitars for sale including a Rickenbacker D16, a Fender Stringmaster D8, a Fender Deluxe D8, and an MSA Superslide 10/12 (currently setup as a 10 string) in pristine condition. I also have a number of tone bars as well as some of his CD's . I'll be listing the guitars on my website soon (www.steelguitars.me under the inventory tab) but please don't hesitate to give me a holler if something strikes your fancy right off the bat. The prices have yet to be determined but the history alone is worth the price of admission Smile .

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Abe Levy


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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 9:00 am    
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I hope this doesn’t mean Bobby is not playing anymore?
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Mark Eaton


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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 12:10 pm    
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I don't think that's the case Abe unless there is a recent downturn with Bobby's health. I have seen him play several times over the past few years and what he mostly uses are either his black Carter D-10 pedal steel, or if he is going non-pedal it's his West Coast Steel Guitars S-12 w/legs. Other times I've seen him use a Fender D-8 non-pedal.

But he likes that West Coast S-12 a lot and he has told me that he gets tired sometimes of hauling the Carter around.

Bobby has about 20 years on me and I've been starting to "downsize" - maybe it's finally occurred to him that he should start doing the same - but I swear the man has made multiple visits to the Fountain of Youth!

I believe Todd Clinesmith built him a guitar a while back, but I haven't seen him play that one.

When he first got the SuperSlide a number of years ago I saw him use it a couple times, but I'm not sure if he ever really completely "bonded" with it. But man, he sure sounded great on it.

But I will tell you, I love what he gets out of the West Coast Steel - when he brings that one to a gig I don't miss the Carter D-10 at all. It makes me realize that when a player is as great as Bobby you con forego the pedals and still sound amazing.

If there is other stuff going on with Mr. Black then I'm sure Jim Palenscar knows the story.
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Ronald Heinzel

 

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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 12:42 pm    
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I saw him a couple months ago in Soquel ca. He was playing this red Carter

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Tiny Olson

 

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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 1:09 pm    
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That's a cool photo. Looks like Bill Kirchen on the Tele, center stage. Great music made by Bobby and Bill back when with CC and His LPA..!!
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Mark Eaton


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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 2:30 pm    
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I don't recall ever seeing him play that red Carter, but then I've seen him play quite a bit over the years - maybe that one does a lot of case time - or it's a new/used acquisition, and he's moving out some old guitars to make room.

But wait - there's even more Carters from were that came from! Wink

Or is it the same guitar but with different lighting in the photo?

This is from a show from nearby Sebastopol in 2016.



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Mark Eaton


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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 2:38 pm    
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Bobby on the West Coast Steel at Twin Oaks Tavern here in Sonoma County.


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Mark Eaton


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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 2:45 pm    
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Tiny Olson wrote:
That's a cool photo. Looks like Bill Kirchen on the Tele, center stage. Great music made by Bobby and Bill back when with CC and His LPA..!!


Yeah, they still get together every once in awhile here in Northern Calif. Bobby wasn't with him, but Bill put a on an amazing show a few years ago at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.
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Ronald Heinzel

 

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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 4:36 pm    
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Mark Eaton wrote:
I don't recall ever seeing him play that red Carter, but then I've seen him play quite a bit over the years - maybe that one does a lot of case time - or it's a new/used acquisition, and he's moving out some old guitars to make room.

But wait - there's even more Carters from were that came from! Wink

Or is it the same guitar but with different lighting in the photo?

This is from a show from nearby Sebastopol in 2016.




The Carter he had that night was definitely red, we got there early and I was able to scope out his gear and talk to him briefly, really nice guy ! Terrific show
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Dean Rimmer

 

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Post  Posted 17 Oct 2018 4:42 pm    
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i'm not sure ..but i think he still plays at the sacramento western swing soc.....sometimes with tommy tomson...
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Peter Freiberger

 

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Post  Posted 18 Oct 2018 6:19 am    
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Bobby recently played here, sharing the stage with Jay Dee, so I guess he's still quite active, and playing great.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVW_EQ3VCMQJD0ifoXtFQRJd1lkkZJtYn
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Post  Posted 18 Oct 2018 6:20 am    
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Bobby is doing well and still staying out late playing his tail off Smile
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Andy DePaule


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Post  Posted 19 Oct 2018 3:05 pm     Great Link, Thanks
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Peter Freiberger wrote:
Bobby recently played here, sharing the stage with Jay Dee, so I guess he's still quite active, and playing great.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVW_EQ3VCMQJD0ifoXtFQRJd1lkkZJtYn


Great Link, Thanks Peter... Very Happy
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Bill Quinn

 

Post  Posted 23 Oct 2018 12:18 pm    
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Bobby was front and center, and sounding his usual fantastic self, at the Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Fest in August

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Gary Thorsen

 

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Post  Posted 23 Oct 2018 5:11 pm     Very cool pics
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I know this is a little off the subject of Jim selling Bobby's steels but I can't help but tear up a little bit looking at these pictures. Bobby was one of my heroes when I first started playing - well heck, he still is!! I remember warming up for CC and The Lost Planet Airmen and I was sooo danged nervous I could hardly play, not because of the packed house, but because I thought he might be in the house listening. I think he was on the bus but it sure put a lot of pressure on me. I kicked Bill's '52 Tele over and didn't even realize it. Sorry again Bill! Then I saw Bobby again in '99 in St Louis playing a straight steel. Unbelievable. What a master and great player!! Salute to you Mr. Black!!!! You are truly one the very best and still an inspiration to me.
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Post  Posted 23 Oct 2018 6:07 pm    
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Music starts @ 5:00. Bobby plays a Fender Deluxe 8.
I think in C6. Amazing tone. Lots of very cool and subtle slants.

https://youtu.be/ntkl6OY_ctc
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Post  Posted 23 Oct 2018 7:11 pm    
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Like Gary's post I was in Davis, CA in the early 70's opening for Bill Kirchen and the Moonlighters and I was sure Bobby was in the band (he wasn't) and I finally had to take my foot off of the volume pedal because it was shaking so bad the tremolo was just awful Smile.
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Peter Leavenworth

 

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Post  Posted 24 Oct 2018 8:11 pm    
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I just have to say that Bobby Black was my main inspiration in learning to play pedal steel guitar in the early '70s. Sooo smooth. Watching Commander Cody when they came up here in New England was about the only chance I ever got to hear a world-class player - in a world-class band.
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Post  Posted 24 Oct 2018 9:52 pm     Hey Jim, I'd like to see what J.B. tabs he has for sale
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Drew Howard wrote:
Music starts @ 5:00. Bobby plays a Fender Deluxe 8.
I think in C6. Amazing tone. Lots of very cool and subtle slants.

https://youtu.be/ntkl6OY_ctc


Amazing indeed! The song is Hank William's "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight".
He gives credit to Jerry Byrd for the original recording then pulls off those J.B. style bridges, each better and better. Cool
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Paddy Long


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Post  Posted 25 Oct 2018 12:07 pm    
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Bobby plays with Don Burnhams western swing band quite a bit too :-}
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Ronald Heinzel

 

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Post  Posted 28 Oct 2018 8:09 am    
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This is probably common knowledge to most of you, but what is the Goodrich box that Bobby has plugged into the steel ?
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Post  Posted 28 Oct 2018 9:28 am    
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It is a Goodrich Matchbox
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Ronald Heinzel

 

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Post  Posted 28 Oct 2018 9:57 am    
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Thanks Jim ! When I get down to San Diego to see my nephews I'm going make a point of going to your shop.
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Post  Posted 28 Oct 2018 10:14 am    
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Great!
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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 1 Nov 2018 7:12 pm    
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Bobby is great here as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adwnoFBcY94
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