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Everybody singin' like somebody else's body. And that's pretty spooky if you think about it. I like the shows where the guy... he's like 18 years and white and he's comin' up on stage before a 90 years old bluesman [pantomimes lurching onto stage, plays really old sounding blues, wails incomprehensibly]... And then the 90 years old bluesman comes on and says, 'OK man, whassup?' Everythin's gotten like kinda spaced if you think about it... - Jerry Ricks, Port Townsend 97

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Offline Slack

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Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« on: July 31, 2017, 10:36:08 AM »
You don't want to miss this fabulous blog posting by Todd Cambio of Fraulini guitars.  A murder mystery for guitar geeks.  :P

http://fraulini.blogspot.com/2017/07/lonnie-johnsons-mysterious-12-string.html


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Re: Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 09:13:22 PM »
I'll second that Slack, very good reading and sleuthing by Todd. I hope to see the Fraulini Lonnie one day.

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 08:18:35 AM »
Nobody builds them like Todd. You have to admire the way he digs into the research aspects of these historic instruments like this project his copy of Lydia Mendoza's 12 string. All the aesthetics and detail work aside, they're also just great-sounding guitars.

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 01:17:48 PM »
Great story.  Great tune as well.
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Re: Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 09:24:54 PM »
In 2014 I mentioned to Todd that he might want to try selling his guitars in my friend Mark Waldrop's store "Guitar Tex" in San Antonio. They spoke, and sure enough, Mark knew the very Acosta mentioned in the article, which is how Todd connected with him. Wheels within wheels in our very small world.
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Re: Lonnie Johnson's Mysterious 12 String
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2017, 07:41:30 PM »
Very cool, good for Todd!

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