Thank you for sharing - much as I love my Telecaster and Stratocasters, it’s nice to think that at some point they can all go, and I’ll then do everything I need on an acoustic - probably on my back porch, unplugged and with the sounds of the world superimposed…
I always play to the kids and animals in the crowd - they seem to connect
no better way to improve focus and hone your chops than playing an acoustic in a noisy environment (trucks, buses and motorcycles are tough competition)
First off, Page played a Harmony H1260. I have been playing them since the 1960s and still do today. It remains one of the best ladder braced guitars ever built. The H1264 is one of those later Jet Set Sovereigns.
But a great story. The last time I played with a band was in the mid-1970s. And in that case it was an acoustic blues band I put together because I wanted a break from the guitar and a chance to saw away at blues fiddle.
My hat is off to you though as even though I have a crusty, gravely thing going on with my voice, I have never been able to summon up the chutzpah to sing in front of people. As to what I play, while I have been known to break into a fingerpicked version of the Stones "Honky Tonk Woman", a take on the Beales "Norwegian Wood" with a kazoo standing in for the sitar, or something like Hot Tuna's "The Water Song", I am still most at home with blues and some jazz from the 1920s into the early-1940s. But I will still only play in front of others if I have somebody else to handle the words. If I do take a try at singing, I am going to guess that it will be with something like WWII era pop song "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" because my inspiration for that tune comes from the great Bahamian guitar player Joseph Spence who had a guttural voice which has been described as half gospel and half grunt. So, something I might be sble to handle.
I went the other direction 17 years ago. I quit soli gigging and went back to electric music.
A friend contacted me last month and requested I play acoustic guitar at her opening art show.
I've been woodshedding daily to get back.
Amazing how many more songs I have learned in
those 17 years.
The acoustic guitar is my first love. These days I’m ready to play whatever is needed for the gig. Electric or acoustic, I want to play out as much as I can. For over a year now it’s been acoustic for a weekly gig.
In addition to my three Sovereigns I own I also play a 1956 H40 which is basically an H1203 Sovereign with a Gibson P13 pickup mounted beneath the fingerboard extension (Harmony unlike Kay never made their own pickups or amps) and a 1942 figure 8 H165 which oddly was initially marketed as a Stella.
But when you talk about comparing guitars you are missing the point. There is no good or bad or better or worse. There is only different. Me, I have owned 1950s and later Martins. None of them are still here while the Sovereigns remain. I also play Gibson flattops built in the 1930s and 1940s. While they ain't going no place my Harmonys peacefully co-exist with them. The Sovereigns put out as much raw and wide-open thunder as you could ever hope for. The only ladder braced guitar I own which I like better is my 1930s Oscar Schmidt-made Galiano jumbo. Granted though two of my Sovereigns now sport modified bridge plates fashioned out of the original maple brace/bridge plate combo along with pin bridges. My oldest block letter logo guitar which has been with me the longest though I have left stock.
For my sanity and mental health I started playing music again about ten years ago. I gig “unplugged” with my buddy …. Brooklyn bars mostly. I feel alive playin and singing in front of people. I never take my share of the cash. My buddy needs the cash. I have a day job.
But then that makes it ok for me to not stay late after we stop playing and break down.
Anyways, I’ve been through about 25 guitars, the nicest being Taylors, Gibsons, and Martins. Currently a Taylor is for sale, and I still have my 2010 Gibson J45-TV and 2009 Martin D15.
I love playing out. We mostly play classic rock, and songs people our age grew up with. And we play some off my buddy’s CD.
i don’t know why I am sharing this crap… I suppose I really enjoyed your post and I tipped my hat a little reading it.