Archive for April, 2009

Pat Martino, Jazzhouse (Cph), April 29

April 30, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Pat Martino’s current European and North-African tour took him to Copenhagen yesterday. His trio with Tony Monaco on Hammond B3 and Louis Tsamous on drums opened the show on 8.05 pm on the small stage of the Jazzhouse with a blasting rendition of Wes Montgomery’s “Four on Six.” The show was a one-set, appr. 100 mins. thing which also included “Round Midnight”, “Road Song” and other standards. It was a high-energy, ultra-virtuosic affair and a marvelous display of classic hardbop playing. The energetic Monaco was a perfect match for Martino, the latter playing with a(n even) harder and more direct attack than on his records.

Pat, playing his Gibson signature model through a huge Marshall amplifier, didn’t talk much, but recounted an anecdote of how he, at the age of around 18 had played a gig with Les Paul in New York, after which he taken Les Paul to Count Basie’s where Wes Montgomery was playing with Mel Rhyne and Jimmy Cobb. Martino left Paul, who was mesmerized by Montgomery’s playing, for another job, and upon returning found Montgomery still playing, but now joined by Grant Green, George Benson and Paul. After the playing they all went to a diner and “talked guitar for the rest of the night”. I sure would have liked to have been the proverbial fly on the wall that night.

Archtops and the Recession

April 29, 2009

Nicolai Foss

As I have indicated in a number of posts I think the recession is visible in the archtop market: The supply is above-normal, and prices are clearly going down. Richard Autenzio offers the following interesting reflections on this theme:

In response to “Is the Recession hitting the Archtop market” I personally don’t know yet in relation to my business as it is too new. However, it might be intresting to know that in Australia the Archtop market is not big and it is getting harder and harder to find them in the shops. I feel that the new Archtop guitar market is not going well and the shops knowing this are not renewing their stock after a sale. One problem with the new archtop market is that there is an enormous choice for such a small but definate market. This makes it difficult for many shops selling new guitars to stock a big range of new Archtops as they are not a fast turn over product, like a Strat or Les paul. If the recession is affecting the new market sales I can see many of these newer guitars soon being discontinued. I think brands like the Eastman’s must be affecting the Gibson and others new sales, even though I am not that impressed by these cheaper carved tops but I know many are. The interesting thing about the rush on the latest carved Chinese Arch top guitars, is that it really should not matter if a guitar has a carved top or a laminated top, or even a pressed solid top as long as it sound right to you acoustically. On the other hand those that care more about the electrified sound of their new Archtop guitar could find that a carved top may be detrimental to what hey were trying to achieve with their electrified sound. Anyway, realistically I feel what ever the effect the recession makes on the guitar industry the Archtop market will feel the same. It would not be the first time the archtop guitar market has declined but it has always come back bigger and better because it has a much longer history behind it than the electrified slab.

Schultz Archtop on French Ebay

April 27, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Here. Apparently from 1939. I love that tailpiece. Will be interesting to see what it ends up fetching.

Smooth …

April 14, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Here is an amazing YouTube clip with a late edition of the All American Rhytm Section, i.e., Basie, Freddie Green, Norman Keenan and Sonny Payne. Freddie’s Gretsch Eldorado is more audible than usual, at times more so than the ever so discreetly brushed drums. Here is the Freddie Green website.

More Crisis Indications

April 10, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Type “archtop” into the search field at ebay and you get more than double as many hits as you would get a year ago. And notice the high number of absolute top-end guitars that have begun to appear on ebay (unusual not very long ago…). Here is a 1933 Selmer D’Angelico offered at a buy it now price of 30k USD. Here is a very pretty, and much more affordable, 1938 D’Angelico Style B. Here is something highly unusual: a D’Angelico tiple uke, offered at the price of 29,9k USD. The D’Angelico Excel is here. And we end with a Clifford Essex, offered at the price of 9,5k USD.

Amazing Stuff on

April 9, 2009

Nicolai Foss

My guess is that the current financial malaise is forcing a lot of collectors to sell some of the best specimens from their collections. Thus, is currently surpassing itself in terms of mouthwatering offers, not the least this blogger’s favorites, the immortal Epiphone archtops.

Of particular interest is a very pretty 1953 Epiphone Devon at only 2,395 USD, a 1963 (!) Epi Deluxe with twin humbuckers (pricey!), and one of the very rare 1992 Emperor reissues, offered at the ridiculously low price of 3,995 USD. And if you are into Epis, that (original) Emperor still hasn’t been sold, and is now down to 4,995 USD. Check it out!!