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The words was the hardest thing to get and make 'em stick. Sometimes you'd sit down at night and write two or three songs, but they had the same tune to mostly all. All the blues pretty near sound alike unless you got a rare voice and put turns and trills in it - Thomas A. "Georgia Tom" Dorsey interviewed by Jim O'Neal and Amy van Singel, The Voice Of The Blues

Author Topic: Big Joe Williams' way to '9-string' his guitar  (Read 12578 times)

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Offline frankie

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Re: Big Joe Williams' way to '9-string' his guitar
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2014, 11:32:13 AM »
it also looks like the same (?) Harmony Sovereign is being used by Big Joe in the video that John posted...  you get a good peek at the headstock from just the right angle at about 4:30.

Incidentally, Joe's using a Gibson (ANY guitar could be improved using Joe's method) in that french video...  and there's a KILLER "44 Blues" in it.

Offline uncle bud

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Re: Big Joe Williams' way to '9-string' his guitar
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2014, 02:09:09 PM »
aside: what a wild stringing scenario! No idea if that's how he regularly strung his guitars (relationship of the added tuners to the added strings), but that would probably keep ME from messing with Joe's guitar. Not to mention that  he'd probably kick my ass!

He'd have to catch you first.

That French film is great. Too bad about the voice over. I like how Big Joe seems pretty damn entertained by .44 Blues himself. And the tune he plays alone after it that starts with the "blues jumped a rabbit" verse is very cool too.


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