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Thursday, March 04, 2010

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
Capos that hold down all 12 of my strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Here's the scoop. I've been having a helluva time finding a capo strong enough to compress the strings on my 12 string guitar. Most work fine on a 6 string, but since the 12 string has twice as many strings [duh], they just wouldn't squeeze tight enough.
Oh, some would work okay on the first or second fret, but any higher up the neck and bzzzzzzzzzzzz. Suckage.   But hopefully, no more!

Yesterday, I was invited to tag along to this spiffy little joint called "The E String", which is a local bar with a small stage where they have live music, usually blues, every Wednesday night and I believe Friday and Saturday nights. The bands are small local bands, small names bands from elsewhere, and they also just have some jam sessions. 
So last night we went and listened to the blues. Great band, great tunes, great atmosphere, reasonable prices on drinks, bar food, the works.

Now in the same little joint, there is a place called "AJ's Music". They mostly sell guitars and accessories, but they have a few other instruments scattered around. The place isn't much wider than a one-car garage, but half again as deep. And in the back half, there is a walk-in humidor - yes, a humidor - where they keep all the collectibles such as antique amplifiers, and vintage and collectible guitars. Very cool music store.
They also had something I have been unable to find at the larger music stores. That's right, you guessed it! A FUCKING CAPO FOR MY 12 STRING!!! [picture]

The dude selling stuff told me "I wouldn't recommend this for a 12 string.", but I used to have one and I knew it would work just fine. No clue what happened to the one I had, but no matter. I have another now.

Yes, the little things are my favorite things.


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3 comments:

Freddie said...

You play guitar?

...Interesting.

Cactus Mark said...

Barre chords are you friend unless you're dealing with 12 strings.

curmudgeon said...

Freddie,
I try. I have fun. But I'm definitely not ready to quit my day job.
I do better on the drums than I do on the guitar though. :)

Mark,
This is true.
Good news though, the capo works like a charm.