Great words of advice from John Mellencamp’s song “Play Guitar.” That’s just what I did….
It can be said that my life was saved by Rock & Roll. Indeed, if it had not been for the great
American invention of R&R I wouldn't have been what I am now. Done the things Ive done, meet
the people Ive met and seen some of the greatest rock artist in the world. My social status
improved greatly as well. From a kid in the 50’s with no Father and a Mother with a drinking
issue music was my way out and up. I had nothing, worked for every penny but a guitar and rock
and roll set me apart. I could do what others only said they could do. This is a short Bio of me… I
own the domain name so why not?

                                           
Left and  above; 17, 1957. First
real solid body electric guitar.
Beautiful Magnatone. Mahogany
body, one piece design with a
small Magnatone amp.
Sold the Magnatone because of a neck
warping issue that couldn’t be resolved
while in Germany and purchased a beautiful
Framus Hollywood solid body. Sounded like
a Strat but felt like a Les Paul. Red with a
gold sunburst. Used it with ny band the
Klicks. This was my Buddy Holly era.
Left, first of four Fender Strats that I’ve
owned. This one a 56 with a maple neck.
Played it the first year with the Twiliters.
Second Strat, 1962 with
rosewood neck. Had a heavy
sound. I painted it myself. Used
this one for recording Rollerland,
Shakin all over, Move it and the
Girl from Liverpool.
The one guitar I wished I had kept all these
years. A beautiful Rickenbacker 360 six
string. Blond finish. Remarkable action.
Various sounds. Completely different from
a Strat but not as challenging as a Les Paul.
This was my last guitar I played with the
Twiliters. When we lost our bass player to
Viet Nam service, there were no bass
players of equal expertise that we could
find. So I switched to bass. By that time the
band had become a trio. I heard later that
the kid who had purchased the 360 from
the music store that I had traded it in had
dropped it and broke the neck. It couldn’t be
reliably repaired so it was scrapped. Broke
my heart…
My first foray as a bass player was a joke. I bought a
Danelectro Long Horn Bass because it was neat looking and
apparently easy to play. Tried it one night; No bottom. The
small strings even with two Bassman Amps provided no balls
whatsoever. Gave it back to the store and borrowed a Fender
Jazz bass that belonged to our manager Peter Guibord. It was
the same on that had been used all along since the beginning
of the Twiliters. I liked it and it did give the band a lot of bottom
so I bought it from him. Also purchased a Fender Showman
Amp with two Lansing D140 speakers. Later I bought a white
pick guard for the Jazz bass. Before I sold it for my EB3 I had it
stripped to bare wood and finished. It was beautiful.
The Jazz Bass is and always has been a great instrument.
The
KLICKS
Back in the late 60’s I saw the Grateful Dead perform on the back of a flatbed truck at the Dorval Shopping center in Quebec. Except for their starting
number “Dancing in the streets” I wasn’t all that impressed except for Phil Lesh, the bass player. He had a Gibson EB3 that had been modified. The small
bridge pick-up had been replaced by a clone of the massive humbucker at the neck and the selector switch had been replaced by a toggle switch. It had
a huge sound with lots of string action. The way he played made it stand out even more. Back in Plattsburgh Nelsons music center had just received a
new dark red EB3 so I traded in the jazz bass, ask my old friend Bruce Danville to modify it just like Phil Lesh’s bass. Through a Traynor YB3 500 watt amp
and two Showman enclosures with for Lansing D140 speakers, this thing roared. When I retired from touring I sold it to one of our road managers Ray
Bushey who used it for several years. One day while in a music store in Albany, NY I found it. It had been stripped of all its paint and varnish but it was in-
tack and playable. They wanted a fortune for it so I said goodbye to it again for the last time.
Guitars I have known and Loved...
     Who the Hell is Uncle Bill?
You got your eyes on a
cheer leading queen and you’
re walking her home from
school.
You know that she’s only 17
and she’d going to make you
a fool.
Now you know you can’t
touch that stuff without
money or a brand new car.
Let me give you some advice
young man,
learn how to play guitar”…..
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