My name is Renee, but my blues name is Rinnie. I love building guitars and my lil biz is starting to take off in these parts of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I need to buckle down and practice, as I hope to do some performing in the next year.
love the blues, roots music, and ROCK N ROLL, baby!
I dig those pups that Skeezix is building...send me an email, I am thinkin' on buyin' one.
All you women builders out there, keep on building!
All you women performers out there, keep on jammin'!
We all know that the playing field needs to be leveled. I have a plow. Let's get to diggin'
Nice to meet you, Rinnie, Susan, and Lana Rae. I think this is a good idea,so we can get to know one another. Thanks Susan.
Glad to be here and I am an absolute rookie - dont even play the normal guitar.
I'm Penny but my personal branding is Pan (short for Penny Ann Nelson but also covers the god Pan, Pantheistic, Panic etc). I live in Brisbane Australia and CGB's are quite new hear. Aussie bush bands have Tea Chest basses (one wooden tea chest, broomstick and a string) and shaker sticks made from beer bottle tops but thats about it. So, hearing a CBG is absolutely out of this world for us.
About a year ago I was doing some goal setting an reassing of my life and realised I was a white woman with no rhythm. Decided I didnt want to leave the planet still being a white woman with no rhythm so lept into the world of African drumming. Love it and have met some awesome souls on the journey.
One awesome soul sells his fire sticks through a drummer at the markets up the coast from where I live - we went up one weekend and I literally stumbled accross Paul Thorley playing at his stall and was hooked from that moment. Couldnt afford his awesome beasts so I bought a cheapy on Ebay the sound is okay but the neck is a 4X2 and pretty hard to navigate for my grrrl hands. So it has spent a lot of this year bonding with my wall.
Its been a huge year for me with job changes, sick parent and a few relationships that I prefer to call errors in judgement on my part - so the redneck has been neglected. The year is about to turn though and I'm back into it and now that I have got some rythm & lost my fear of performing in public & jamming just for the hell of it I'm ready to tackle the box once again.
Think its great to have a womans group. I grew up in the 60/70's where women musicians where non existant & the boi Zone had a big barrier around it. So think its nice to have a little shelter from the storm once in a while...
Diane, stick with the Gator story its awesome. Men mythologise themselves all the time its about time we started as well. Anyways folks really glad to be here : D
Love the gator story. That sounds like something I would make up.
I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. I've been playing guitar since the early 80's and repairing and building them for almost as long. I've found that at least around here, as long as you demonstrate a serious interest in playing and have some skill, people will take you seriously. There is also the thing I call the "female surprise factor" which is when you get up on stage, they expect you to suck, and when you don't, they think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I discovered CBG's after hearing about Richard Johnston winning the IBC and everyone marveling over this wierd guitar-like instrument he was playing, which was a Lowe Bow built by John Lowe in Memphis. I built my first CBG, a one string, by copying the picture on Richard's album cover. Then later I was amazed to find a Yahoo group with about 200 other people interested in doing the same thing. That was about 5 years ago I think. Hard to believe it's been that long.
I became fascinated with pickups sometime after that and started winding my own, and built my own custom winder.
You can check out my website here: http://skeesixcbgs.com. The project blog has pics and sound files of my various projects. I update it periodically.
You can also access my pickups through the website.