Gretsch Boxcar Square Neck Resonator (G9210)

I certainly didn't need another resonator guitar when I saw this sitting on the counter at The Fingerboard Extension in Corvallis. I was actually eyeing a cheap Lap Steel which was next to it when it caught my eye. I'm a sucker for dark mahogany for sure but one strum of this thing and I was hooked. The sound is incredable. The richest most resonant sound I have ever heard, especially from a low priced guitar made in China. I already had my Regal resonator which cost about the same and sounded nice, but this was in a whole other league.

Needless to say I bought and currently play this more than any other instrument. I still waiver between bottle neck and lap style. This being a square neck can only be played lap style. I kept the Regal resonator to play bottle neck style. I've been playing this one in open D. The sound really moves me deep inside. I hope I can get good at it and can keep playing for many years to come.

Gretch Boxcar
Gretch Boxcar Resonator
Gretch headstock

Regal Resonator Guitar (RD-40)

I happened in to the Troubador Music shop one day only to find they had sold my Gibson ES-333 I had on consignment. I could have walked out with the money but then I saw this guitar. I'll admit I was attracted to the vintage Regal decal even though I knew this one was made in China and had nothing to do with the legacy Regal guitar and ukulele company of Chicago in the 1930's - 1950's. It is actually a very authentic reproduction of Drobro models from that era, and it sounded pretty good so ...

I have been trying to play bottle neck slide for so many years. My old Fender with the raised nut just wasn't cutting it. The action is low enough on this guitar so that you can play chords and notes as well as slide. It's a round neck so it can be played lap style or bottle neck style. At first I was playing it mostly lap, dobro style, but after I got my Gretch Boxcar Resonator I tuned this one to open G and play it bottle neck style most of the time.

Regal Resonator

Makala Soprano Ukulele

Linda got this at a flea market. She really liked the dolphin bridge. Turns out that Makala ukuleles are make by Kala as their lower price brand. For the price this is really an great sounding instrument. My fingers are a little fat for small fingerboard so I prefer playing the Tenor ukulele.

This is now January's Uke. Wish she would play it more.

Kala Tenor Ukulele

After Linda brought home the Makala I decided to get a Tenor Ukulele. Got his one new on eBay. Came with a great case and a chord book. It has a great tone and is really easy to play.

Its very easy for a guitar player to adapt to a Ukulele. While the tuning is different (high G C E A ) the notes are relative to the 4 high strings on a guitar. So the same chord position works. All you need to know is that a D guitar position plays a G chord on the Ukulele, and then transpose from there.

Here is the Kala Ukulele Website

I sure play this Uke a lot!

Gibson ES-150

My first vintage guitar. Made in 1956, this model was the first Gibson electric first introduced in 1936. The 50's model featured a P-90 pickup which really puts out the juice.

We were in Portland visiting Adinah and we went out to a place where a guy was playing an old Gibson arch-top. I asked him what model it was and he didn't know. I liked the look and sound and decided I wanted an old arch-top and asked Andy (Adinah's boyfriend at the time) to look around for me. I looked at a few ES-175s which were all in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range. Andy fond mine at the Portland Music Co. Because it had been modified (the cut off switches are not original) it didn't qualify for the vintage market and I got it for $600 with new strings, setup, and a hard shell case. I'm pretty sure its the same model that the guy we saw was playing. Most later models had either single (ES-175) or double cutaways (like my ES-133).

I sold my ES-133 so this is the one I play when I want to plug in. Still sounds great. Love the drive on the P-90 and the warm rich sound when plugged in to my Silvertone vintage amp.

Gibson ES-333

I got this one new in 2004. I wanted a good blues guitar. At first I didn't think it sounded that great but then I had it setup with better pickups and now it is really hot.

Sold in 2016. I don't really see myself playing that much electric guitar in the future.


Regal Soprano Ukulele

Don't know where I got this. Its definitely old. Maybe 30's or 40's. It came with a bunch of strings and some old felt picks. I didn't know how to tune it until recently so it just sat in its case.

Here is the Wikipedia article about Regal Musical instruments.

Restored in 2016 by Kent at Troubador Music in Corvallis. I play this one all the time now.

1956 Supro Comet Lap Steel Guitars

Got this on eBay from a guy in Medford. He said his dad gave it to him 15 years ago and before that it was hs grandmother's. I was looking for either a Supro, National, or other Valco brand. These all have a "string-through" pickup which is really hot. It makes this guitar better for blues then country but works for anything.

Here is what someone said about Supro:

Supro is a limb on the National/Dobro family tree ... I think the name first appeared on lower-priced steel-bodied and plywood resonators (Collegians and Arcadias, respectively) in the late 1930s. After World War II, National/Dobro was reorganized as Valco, producing National and Supro as well as lap steels branded as Oahu, Airline, Silvertone, Bronson and Gretsch (among others). The Supro lap steels tend to be similar to the National models; however, unlike Nationals, virtually all Supro steels have the string-through pickup (as do most Oahus). The pickup tends to sound much more "dirty" and "bluesy" than Rickenbacher horseshoes, Fender's trapezoid string-through or Gibson's blade-type pickups; when you "shift" into overdrive it really comes into its own. (Ry Cooder has a Valco string-through pickup on his favorite bottleneck Strat. Jimi Hendrix's first electric guitar -- a Supro Ozark -- came equipped with one.)

I gave this to Adinah in 2012 or so. Maybe when her kids are bigger she'll learn to play it.