It’s been a while since the guitarsophist blog has had an update. I have been busy with my other blog, Teaching Text Rhetorically. But I have a new/used guitar–an Epiphone Casino. Here it is in all its cherry red glory:
I also have a new amp, a Boss Katana 50. More on the new amp later. However, because of the new amp, I happened to tell my friend Craig that I might be looking for an archtop with humbucking pickups, maybe an ES 339. Well, Craig is retired and he loves looking for guitars, so unbeknownst to me, he went on a search. I was at a luncheon with some of my wife’s colleagues when he called me from the Guitar Center in Oxnard. He said he had found a guitar and had sent me a video. I said I was busy and I would look at it when I got home. He said, “Don’t you want me to put something down on it or something?” At that point I knew that he thought it was magical and didn’t want it to get away. Craig is really picky about guitars. If he thinks its magical, it is. So I told him to buy it. It turned out to be this Casino. I was really looking for a smaller guitar with humbuckers that was not a Les Paul. This is a big ES 335 style guitar with single coil P-90 pickups. But I fell in love with it the first time I played it. Craig was right.
Casinos are famous because all the Beatles except Ringo had one, and Ringo is a drummer. The Casino sound is all over Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.
Today we got together to jam. Craig is playing his Epiphone ES 175, a big box jazz guitar, through a Fender Pro Junior III. I am playing the Casino through the Katana 50. Craig is playing all the big jazz chords and the walking bass and all that good stuff. I am playing an improvised lead. Here is a version of “It’s Just My Imagination.” I am playing with both pickups and with a little boost on the clean model in the amp.
We didn’t have a vocal mic, so you have to just imagine some of the vocals. This next track is a quick improvisation just before we packed up. No rehearsal, everything made up on the fly:
This is the neck pickup with a little boost on the clean model. We were having fun. Everything is recorded in Reaper for Linux with two mismatched cheapo mics aimed vaguely in the direction of the amps.