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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 12:55 pm    
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Is this guy the Bill Hatcher on the forum? This guy is not only funny he can pick pretty dang good and from other videos I've seen he knows his way around the ins and outs of building a first rate guitar. Answers please......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHf_-hdUC5U
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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 1:35 pm    
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I'll defer to Bill for the answer, but yeah I think that be he. A heck of a musician and I know he has built some lap steels etc.

I'm blown away by some of his 14 string lap pickin' such as the Bohemian Rhapsody. He has a special gift as a musician. Notice in the videos how broad his scope of musical styles. Seems to be accepting of many types.

Here's the link to Bill's treatment of the rock band Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. It's beyond me how anyone can execute all these changes with faithfulness. I'm stunned.

I have posted this before, but you owe it to yourself to see this even if you don't like rock or Queen. Amazing.
https://youtu.be/AXphQ0wrdPU


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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 1:37 pm    
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https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/search.php?search_author=Bill+Hatcher

Not sure if the same one, but he's been on the forum since '98 and still posting recently...
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Dave Mudgett


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 4:36 pm    
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Yeah, it's clearly Bill Hatcher who is on the SGF.

This is the channel that has lots more stuff - https://www.youtube.com/user/32251/videos - which you will see takes you to his incredible Chaconne in D Minor by Bach for 14-string lap steel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGIx2VTfidw

Bill is a ridiculously multi-talented musician. Scan through some of those videos, you won't be sorry.
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 7:02 pm    
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yep i am still hangin around here. i remember when there was no steel forum. it was a users group lumped in with all kinds of groups from sewing machines to auto mechanics to whatever.... remember those?

i made that guitar out of southern yellow pine from home depot. remember that an electric guitar is just a hunk of wood with a stick poking out of it. no need to spend a lot of money on one....

when i was a kid, i thought that you plugged the electric guitar in the wall.....Winking

chet atkins was my guitar hero....even when i found out there were other people who played the guitar....he was still my hero. when i was 14 i sent him a letter....i addressed it chet atkins....nashville tn because i did not know his address. it was delivered to him...think about that. sort of like santa. you just put "north pole". he sent me an autographed picture. i still have it.

life is good...lets go practice.
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Jim Mckay

 

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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2020 7:54 pm    
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Dave Mudgett wrote:
Yeah, it's clearly Bill Hatcher who is on the SGF.

This is the channel that has lots more stuff - https://www.youtube.com/user/32251/videos - which you will see takes you to his incredible Chaconne in D Minor by Bach for 14-string lap steel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGIx2VTfidw

Bill is a ridiculously multi-talented musician. Scan through some of those videos, you won't be sorry.


What Dave said, you won't be sorry. Bill is fantastic and a must listen to.
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 1:00 am    
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Dave Mudgett wrote:
Yeah, it's clearly Bill Hatcher who is on the SGF.

This is the channel that has lots more stuff - https://www.youtube.com/user/32251/videos - which you will see takes you to his incredible Chaconne in D Minor by Bach for 14-string lap steel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGIx2VTfidw

Bill is a ridiculously multi-talented musician. Scan through some of those videos, you won't be sorry.


Thanks for the channel info Dave, looks like I won't get the lawn mowed this weekend.
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 3:15 am    
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Bill Hatcher wrote:
yep i am still hangin around here. i remember when there was no steel forum. it was a users group lumped in with all kinds of groups from sewing machines to auto mechanics to whatever.... remember those?

i made that guitar out of southern yellow pine from home depot. remember that an electric guitar is just a hunk of wood with a stick poking out of it. no need to spend a lot of money on one....

when i was a kid, i thought that you plugged the electric guitar in the wall.....Winking

chet atkins was my guitar hero....even when i found out there were other people who played the guitar....he was still my hero. when i was 14 i sent him a letter....i addressed it chet atkins....nashville tn because i did not know his address. it was delivered to him...think about that. sort of like santa. you just put "north pole". he sent me an autographed picture. i still have it.

life is good...lets go practice.


Bill could you post a picture of that guitar you made from Southern Yellow Pine? Thanks!!! Your new fan. Very Happy
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 4:05 am    
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made 8 of them so far. sold some, kept a few to play. one has a long neck bottle opener on it. i put it down at the bottom of the guitar so whatever you open doesnt run down the entire body....Winking




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdo-5YKZc-M
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 4:39 am    
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Bill Hatcher wrote:
when i was a kid, i thought that you plugged the electric guitar in the wall.....Winking


Bill, I have a list under the heading "I am so old I remember when..." Your quote took me way back to grade school. Its going on my list. With such gems as

When women's pants had the zip on the side.

When Made-in-Japan meant cheap junk.

etc.
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 7:17 am    
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Bill or anyone.....what kind of bridge is the one you used?
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 7:27 am    
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Bill Groner wrote:
Bill or anyone.....what kind of bridge is the one you used?


ebay from china. sorry about that.

its a heavy casting. you have to drill out the adjustment holes a bit in order to raise the bridge pieces up high.

plating is usually decent on the body and just ok on the bridge pieces. its better than the cheap thin bridges. i usually buy them a dozen at a time for a little better price. thx!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chrome-6-String-Fixed-Bridge-for-Electronic-Stratocaster-Strat-Fender-Guitar/142479483127?epid=854550689&hash=item212c7060f7:g:d10AAOSwRztZloYr
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Joe Elk


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 7:35 am    
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A FIRST!!!!!! I HAVE NEVER SEEN A STEEL GUITAR ON A ANY OTHER GUITAT WITH A BOTTLE OPENER ON IT!!!!!! NOW I AM AN OLD OLD RETIRED SAILOR AND THAT IMPRESSED ME!

Joe Elk Central Ohio
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Paul McEvoy

 

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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 9:15 am    
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Could you post more pictures of the guitar you did the Chacconne on? That tuning mechanism is really cool.
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Steve Cunningham


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 1:35 pm    
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Bill is a legend here in the Atlanta area...one of the best musicians and smartest people I know.
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 3:56 pm    
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Nuff said! Totally agree.
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