Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

Vintage Standel Guitars

Vintage Standel Guitars

I’ve always wondered how come no young kids ever started playing these 1966–67 Standel guitars in their garage bands. They have a visually pleasing design, don’t cost too much money, and are unique and cool looking. I’ve done years of research and fact-finding on them.

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WIWS Radio: My New Favorite Thing

WIWS Radio: My New Favorite Thing

WIWS is like listening to an AM radio station circa early 1960s, with that classic AM radio compression and a hint of reverb (like you’re listening to it in your ’62 Oldsmobile) along with vintage and newly created jingles and DJs.

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Goodbye 2021

Goodbye 2021

2021 didn’t turn out to be the “comeback” year we all hoped, which only serves to remind us how deep the 2020 hole really was.

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Bo Diddley at 368 Livingston, Brooklyn, 1959

Bo Diddley at 368 Livingston, Brooklyn, 1959

A memory from this day five years ago: visiting the ghosts of rock and roll history at 368 Livingston in Brooklyn, where Bo Diddley shot the cover photo for his Have Guitar Will Travel album in 1959.

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Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project, feat. Carl Perkins

Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project, feat. Carl Perkins

They’ve been slowly releasing old Kinescope films of the Ozark Jubilee TV show, and this morning they dropped a new (old) episode from 1956 with Carl Perkins performing “Honey, Don’t” live in the television studio! This performance is ASTOUNDING!

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1940s Scully Record Lathe

1940s Scully Record Lathe

I’ve been restoring my 1940s Scully record lathe for nine or ten years now, and it’s only been very recently that I have got all the internal gear workings together. It’s still not up and running, but it’s REAL close.

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The Cinema 7080

The Cinema 7080

Cinema Engineering’s chief designer Art Davis came out with the first “graphic equalizer,” the Cinema 7080, around 1950 or 1951. They are rare as hens’ teeth. I found a junked example a few years back and had it restored.

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The Pinecaster Book

The Pinecaster Book

Nacho Banos and Lynn Wheelwright have created a magnum opus of guitar history: insanely detailed photographs, an abundance of exuberance regarding the history and timeline, and a level of quality that feels like you are handling the Rolls Royce of books.

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