Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke
1940 Scully Lathe Educational Film
The Whippersnappers and I cut the master disc for our brand new vinyl album, Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm, on my 1940 Scully Record Lathe. Here’s an “educational film” produced by Science Lab Educational Films and Westinghouse demonstrating the process.
RIP Chris Strachwitz
RIP to the great Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records. It’s impossible to overstate his importance or his influence in the world of music. That’s a mighty big statement, but it’s true.
Loading in at the Orleans Casino, 2:20 AM
Load-in is brutal, that cannot be denied. Especially after driving five hours through the desert. There are a few early-bird Wednesday-night rockabillies already getting their drink on, watching the guy load in carts of guitars and amps.
RIP Billy “The Kid” Emerson
RIP to Billy “The Kid” Emerson, the oldest living Sun Recording Artist. December 20, 1925-April 25, 2023. The fact that Emerson was still alive until today is mind-blowing enough…
For Sale: 1965–66 Era R.C. Allen Electric Guitar
This is a 1965–66 era R.C. Allen electric guitar made by Dick Allen in El Monte, California. This was a model he was trying to mass-produce at the time, although best estimates are that he only made around forty of these.
At the Country Music Hall of Fame with Jody Maphis and Kyle Eldridge
Spent the afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame with Jody Maphis and Kyle Eldridge, getting photos for the Fretboard Journal article that I will be writing about Kyle’s new doubleneck guitar.
RCA BK-10A Microphone
Well, lookee what showed up yesterday! Big thanks to Jeremy Darby up in Canada for helping me procure this RCA BK-10A microphone from the legendary microphone guru Doug Walker, who recently decided to sell his collection.
Kyle Eldridge TNM Custom Guitar
Kyle Eldridge will be receiving his new doubleneck TNM Custom guitar from Terry McArthur (Jody Maphis is going to be there, too!).
At the Pharmacy
He found out I was a guitar player, and we talked about jazz guitar giant Kenny Burrell. Somehow the subject of Miles Davis came up…
The Beginning of the “Mos-Rite” Guitar Company, 1955
The beginning of the Mos-Rite guitar company, 1955: Semie Moseley, gifted teenage guitarist, performs as part of Reverend Ray Boatright’s Pentacostal Gospel Crusade.