Yamaha Student Upgrade: Spirit of 76!

I installed a Fishman Preamp/Pickup in this one. It was the only Non Electric/Acoustic in the house. I bought this 1981 SJ 180 for a song. It’s a student guitar and all laminate, but plays well, good intonation, and the pickup addition renders her seaworthy. Final cost? $75.95 for the axe and pickup combined.

Happy March

I hope everyone out there is doing well. Given the current COVID situation, I have cut back on my appearances for March. Hopefully I will soon be vaccinated, but no luck so far.

Today we played at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, away from the customers, on a stage. Be safe!– Bill

Happy February

The COVID slowdown continues. Hopefully by early summer we’ll be back to normalcy. We have booked a few gigs, including St. Patrick’s Day at O’Connor’s and a series of short sets in the chapel at Historic Allaire Village.

I decided to revamp an old KAY mandolin from the early 1950s which was sitting idly about the house. Here it is after the clean up and then after a restringing. I’m learning a few tunes on the fellow. So far it’s:

Roddy McCorley
Derry Aire
Kesh Jig
Star of the County Down
Dawning of the Day
I Tell Me Ma
Harvest Home
Boys of Bluehill
Gary Owen
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Love Will You Marry Me
The Minsrtel Boy
Belfast Mill
She Moved Through the Fair