"Bare Handed" ... a video of the title cut from my album in progress

Discussion in 'Member Video and Sound Clips' started by Jim Soloway, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,760
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Location:
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    This is an original song that has evolved over many years. It was very much inspired by thoughts of Lenny Breau. The name "Bare Handed" came from a comment that John Knowles made to me last summer about playing finger style without a thumb pick (unlike Lenny or Chet). I hope to have a new album completed in the next month or two for which this will be the title song.

    The guitar is a custom Loon that we've built for a customer. I've handed the reigns of the company over to Doug Kauer and Kauer Guitars, so this is one of the last few Soloway guitars being built here in Oregon. I was playing through my Line 6 Pod HD (the desktop unit) running a Blackface Deluxe model.

     
  2. cdaloia

    cdaloia Member

    Messages:
    3,323
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Location:
    Out There
    Jim, that's fantastic...and what a GREAT title for your record!

    Chuck
     
  3. abergdahl

    abergdahl Member

    Messages:
    3,415
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2002
    Location:
    Stockholm; Sweden
    Ahh that sound like Jim, and of course it sounds great..
    Looking forward to hearing this album..
    (just wait til you see the Swan i have on order from Doug, One pickup... but not where you usually place it ;) )
     
  4. CowTipton

    CowTipton Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,534
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Location:
    Haunting Mid-west
    Sounds so nice.
    One of those songs you just close your eyes halfway through and listen.
     
  5. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,760
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Location:
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Thanks guys. This project is starting to be a lot of fun. And it looks like I'm going to have access to one of Ken Parker's amazing archtops for part of it, so the fun quotient is only going up from here.
     
  6. abergdahl

    abergdahl Member

    Messages:
    3,415
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2002
    Location:
    Stockholm; Sweden
    Wow, I'm intrigued by these archtops... I hope you will record it unplugged as well as plugged..
    plugged in it sound rather close to your Soloways..
    Perhaps tone IS in the hands.. ;)
     
  7. DarrenTD

    DarrenTD Member

    Messages:
    842
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
  8. Frank Axtell

    Frank Axtell Member

    Messages:
    1,514
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2005
    Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
    Jim,
    This is superb...what beautiful sound you get out of that instrument...keep up the high level of musicianship!
     
  9. DøøG

    DøøG Member

    Messages:
    3,207
    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    Ringwood NJ
    Nice one Jim! Guitar sounds great in your hands! This is the archtop (no block), yes?
     
  10. A440

    A440 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,438
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2003
    Location:
    Central New Jersey, USA
    sounds great Jim! best of luck with your release.
     
  11. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,760
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Location:
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Not arched, but hollow, yes. The only block is directly under the bridge. The rest of the body is just one big air chamber.

    Thanks to all for the kind remarks. Playing is a lot of fun these days and this rig is definitely helping a lot. It's just so easy to record that I really don't have to even think about that aspect of it. I just hit record and play. There's no added EQ or effects to mess with and the sound is closer to what I hear in my head than I've gotten with a mic'd amp.

    And Anders, I'm not sure yet how I'm going to record the Parker but I will certainly give it more thought than I did on the first try. I recorded that clip right in the middle of the guitar show during NAMM in a hotel suite full of people (including at least a few who were actually playing other guitars). I just plugged it into my modeler with the basic settings that I use for my own guitar, put on a set of headphones and hit record. So if it sounded a lot like my usual sound, that would at least one of the reasons why. On the other hand, I do tend to impose my sound on pretty much anything I play, so it remains to see just how far from my basic sound I'll actually get with it.
     
  12. DøøG

    DøøG Member

    Messages:
    3,207
    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    Ringwood NJ
    Duh, yeah! I don't remember playing any archtops last year, just some that had blocks, and some not (like an archtop, but not). And that one Roger Tubeinmyhead bought, amazing piano like tones out of that thing!
     
  13. The bear

    The bear Member

    Messages:
    8,484
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2005
    Location:
    New York
    Sounds really nice!
     
  14. pinner

    pinner Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,638
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Location:
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Sounds Great!!!
     
  15. frquent flyer

    frquent flyer Member

    Messages:
    2,598
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    I should chime in to say that that guitar will come into my possession in two days. I have waited for a few months and anticipate a close friendship with this guitar. It is a loon with fingerstyle spacing. It also has a lutz spruce top and an ebony fingerboard.The pick ups are Di'marzio 36th anniversary.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  16. kirkham13

    kirkham13 Member

    Messages:
    628
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Location:
    Thomaston Maine
    Nice Jim, it has a good sense of drama and foreword motion.... I hope to try out a regular scale semi-hollow-body someday-maybe with a small v!
     
  17. garyh

    garyh Member

    Messages:
    627
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2006
    Location:
    Nova Scotia
    That was great Jim. Cool tune and savoury tone.
     

Share This Page