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Mike Cass


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Nashville,Tn. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 12 Jul 2001 9:14 pm    
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In response to a number of requests, I am sharing a little info on the '64 Stereo D-10 belonging to the Emmons Guitar Co. Inc.
I have been involved for a little over a year now, in the tedious process of restoring this once fine instrument. It is quite possibly one of only two Stereo guitars still fully intact & somewhat functional, with the original Stereo pickups & wiring harness,as designed & installed at the factory by Buddy Emmons in 1964.
I know where the other one is but I will decline to disclose that info at this time .
Ths guitar should be ready in time for Scotty's convention over the Labor Day weekend.
This process has been a long & convoluted one. First, we had to figure out how to get it apart,
(thanx E) .Then I commissioned the help of Dave Wilkerson at Techstar, here in Nashville.
Buddy had some idea of how the harness should work, but it had been altered a number of times on this particular guitar. Dave, going on E's memory, designed a schematic for me and made it fool proof .
This guitar was in a sad state of disrepair & neglect & I have taken great pains to restore it to better than new condition. Some of the improvements Ive made are; an up to date return spring system, repair of the shorted out pickups(done at Emmons Co),remanufacture of the wiring harness with factory parts(as mentioned earlier),total re-mica & reflock of the body, luster buffing of all metal parts,improved changer pillar mounts(the old ones,having no legs, tended to warp the body badly),etc,etc,etc,as you would expect in any restoration I would be involved in.
Even falling apart & with pickups shorting out frequently this guitar had THAT sound. Im confident my ministrations will once again allow this fine old, rare artifact to render that tone that can "blister a beagles ear at 40 paces" & mechanically speaking,it will be playable for the first time in 20 years, or so.
If you've never seen & heard one of these guitars you will be in for a treat!! Buddy told me that he felt it was the most beautiful sound he ever heard out of a steel guitar, these Stereo models.He also said that in '64 it really wasnt feasable for a player to own & haul 2 amps .
Therefore, very few of these were made. The serial # of this one is ES,7-64-003. It was originally owned by Sonny Curtis, who took delivery of it in mid to late '64.
Please look for it in the Emmons room at Scotty's convention.
I hope this answers most of the inquiries Ive been recieving about this horn.Thanx......MC

[This message was edited by Mike Cass on 12 July 2001 at 10:39 PM.]

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Michael McGee


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Everton, Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 13 Jul 2001 6:01 am    
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Mike, what exactly makes this model 'stereo'? Does each pickup have its own output? Does each pickup have 2 outputs? Is the pickup actually wired in stereo so that strings 1 thru 5 go to one output and 6 thru 10 go to another? I've heard of this model for years, but never knew how they defined 'stereo'.

Thanks,

Mike McGee
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Ernie Renn


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Brainerd, Minnesota USA
Post  Posted 13 Jul 2001 7:57 am    
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Mike;
Cool, dude!

When Buddy gets back from the Everly tour, have him snap some pictures to send them to me and I'll put them on the website.

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My best,
Ernie

The Official Buddy Emmons Website
www.buddyemmons.com
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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 13 Jul 2001 8:20 am    
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Moved to the Pedal Steel forum. This forum is for topics about players, that one is for topics about instruments and techniques.
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