Another show coming up!
So this morning, Grace grabbed the mandolin by grandfather gave me. Jonathan grabbed the accordion Jen’s grandfather gave us. And they started to jam:
She doesn’t have a name yet, but she sure is pretty:
She’s a Gretsch Electromatic G5120.
I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time, and yesterday I found one at a price too good to pass up. I haven’t much time to play it yet, with school just starting up and all, but so far I really love it. And it sounds great through my Peavey Classic 30 or my FloorPod. Or both, for that matter.
We had a great show at the Art & Soul Cafe last night.
Somebody took this picture of my wife Jen playing bass:
I’m a lucky man. 🙂
A couple snapshots from tonight’s show, courtesy of David (click for larger images):
This is Sybil’s new best friend:
Something new that Tom and I are doing. My lovely wife will of course be playing bass and Tattoo Steve will be sitting in on drums.
The Art & Soul Cafe meets in the basement of St. Paul’s Church in Mountville, PA. It’s a laid back, casual environment where artists and musicians gather to make a cool place to hang out. I’ve played there a couple times and it’s always a good time. Come on out. We have cookies.
A few folks have emailed me or left comments on the site to ask how Sybil, my Parkwood Hybrid, is doing these days. In a nutshell, she’s great. In a slightly larger nutshell, I’m happy enough with her that I sold my Rickenbacker, and those of you who know me well know that that’s not something I did lightly.
I’ve been playing Sybil regularly since the beginning of January, once a week at church and once a week at worship team practice. I will occasionally pick her up and home, but I mostly use my trusty old Alvarez White Fusion when I don’t want or require any amplification.
She’s holding up quite nicely. A few weeks after I bought her, she developed a nasty buzz on the second fret, so I had to take her back to Guitar Center for a quick adjustment. And last week, I noticed that a small screw attaching the Parkwood logo plate to the headstock had come loose, but that was easy enough to fix. You know, with a screwdriver.
Otherwise, I have no complaints at all. I love how versatile this guitar is. When leading worship at church, I really appreciate being able to switch over to electric for a song or two, or even keep the acoustic and electric channels going at the same time for a really unique sound. And switching between modes is a snap. It’s great for when you want a nice, soft, acoustic intro, but you want that little extra kick when the drums and bass come in.
Speaking of that extra kick, the Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbuckers have a great sound, even when going direct to the PA system with no amp. And the acoustic sound is really, really sweet. It’s a brighter sound than what I’m used to (my Alvarez has a rich, dark sound that I’ve come to adore), but not at all unpleasant. And through my FloorPOD, it sounds absolutely amazing.
In the looks department, Sybil is a knockout. The Australian Blackwood top with Light Vintage Burst finish is just gorgeous, and the somewhat understated chrome controls add a bit of elegance to it.
Since I purchased Sybil, Parkwood has pulled the plug on its hybrids. From what I understand, they were a limited run made exclusively for Guitar Center and they’re totally sold out. They should definitely make more. Parkwood got everything right in this guitar, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Looks as though Sybil may become a collector’s item.
But the hybrid market is getting more saturated. In addition to the Parkwood, I’ve already written the Taylor T5 and the Ovation VXT. I’ve also read about Michael Kelly’s Hybrid Special, which weighs in at about $599, but I’ve not personally tried one.
Epiphone has also gotten into the game with the Les Paul Ultra II, which looks like a regular Paul but has a chambered body to get the acoustic sound. It sells for anywhere from $599 to $699 and comes in a variety of very Les Paul finishes.
Finally, Ibanez has launched a hybrid, too: the Montage. Its price range is about the same as the Epi and the Kelly, but it has some nice features for the money, including a built-in tuner and XLR outputs. It also features onboard reverb, chorus, distortion, and other goodies, although I can’t in good conscience recommend using the effects built into any guitar. Just rubs me the wrong way.
So anyway, there you have it. I’m loving Sybil and I think she likes me, too.