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Billy Murdoch
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From: Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

posted 21 July 2004 12:50 PM     profile     
I have a steel playing mate who owns a couple of Emmons guitars and he got a Carter about a year ago.He really likes the Carter,every time I see him he tells me of all the big time players who now play Carter.
Last time I saw him he said that the big E had taken delivery of a Carter.
Any info on this.
Regards
Billy
Bobby Lee
Sysop

From: Cloverdale, North California, USA

posted 21 July 2004 12:59 PM     profile     
I'm sure things change from time to time, but last I heard Buddy has S-12 Carter and Sierra guitars that he uses for experimentation, and D-10 Emmons guitars that he uses for performing.

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Bobby Lee - email: quasar@b0b.com - gigs - CDs, Open Hearts
Sierra Session 12 (E9), SierraOlympic12(C6add9),
SierraLaptop8(E6add9), FenderStringmaster(E13,A6)

Jim Cohen
Member

From: Philadelphia, PA

posted 21 July 2004 01:38 PM     profile     
And just took delivery on a new JCH.
Paddy Long
Member

From: Christchurch, New Zealand

posted 21 July 2004 01:57 PM     profile     
Yes, Buddy's new JCH is a 10/12 configuration - 10string E9th and 12 string C6th --- the other way round would be interesting as well !!

He has played MCI and Sierra in the past as well.

John Daugherty
Member

From: Rolla, Missouri, USA

posted 21 July 2004 04:08 PM     profile     
Billy, it is quite common for musicians with a huge following to get offers for free equipment in exchange for using it in public.
It is a good way for manufacturers to advertise their products.
You will see famous musicians change equipment from time to time. Why? .. Why not, It's free. Of course they have to like the instrument to do this. .. JD
Larry Bell
Member

From: Englewood, Florida

posted 21 July 2004 07:19 PM     profile     
Mr. E also played Derby guitars and I believe he actually gigged on a Sierra guitar -- not the 12-string 'experimental' guitar, but a D-10. My personal preference of all the sounds I've heard from Buddy have been The Blade, the EMCI (The Christmas Album), and all the Emmons all-pull guitars above any of the others.
but what the he!! do I know -- anything he plays sounds great

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Larry Bell - email: larry@larrybell.org - gigs - Home Page
2003 Fessenden S/D-12 8x8, 1969 Emmons S-12 6x6, 1971 Dobro, Standel and Peavey Amps

Jim Cohen
Member

From: Philadelphia, PA

posted 21 July 2004 07:32 PM     profile     
Of course, he's also been known to play bass.
Lem Smith
Member

From: Fulton, MS. U.S.A.

posted 21 July 2004 09:03 PM     profile     
He's also played a Sho~Bud in the past. If I remember correctly, he also started out on a 6 string Supro lap steel. Me too, and that's where the similarity ends!!!

Lem

Joe Henry
Member

From: Ebersberg, Germany

posted 22 July 2004 11:20 AM     profile     
quote:
He's also played a Sho~Bud in the past

Well obviously Buddy E. played Sho~Bud guitars before there were Emmons guitars because he happened to be the "Bud" in Sho~Bud

Regards, JH

CrowBear Schmitt
Member

From: Ariege, - PairO'knees, - France

posted 22 July 2004 02:26 PM     profile     
i've seen a pic of Buddy playin' a Melobar w: Speedy West close by
Mike Weirauch
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From: Harrisburg, Illinois**The Hub of the Universe

posted 22 July 2004 04:43 PM     profile     
I've seen him play with his ears and I saw him scratch his a$$ once, does that count?
Lem Smith
Member

From: Fulton, MS. U.S.A.

posted 22 July 2004 09:21 PM     profile     
I know Buddy was the "Bud" in Sho~Bud. I am certainly thankful for Shot and Buddy's efforts. Everyone has their preferences, and mine is Sho~Bud.

I'll bet Buddy could get things outta a Sho~Bud Maverick that most couldn't get out of a steel with 20 pedals and 20 knee levers!
Lem

[This message was edited by Lem Smith on 22 July 2004 at 09:22 PM.]

retcop88
unregistered
posted 23 July 2004 06:16 AM           
It isn't so much what he plays..It's how he plays.

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James R.Hall
MSA S10 & MSA D12


David L. Donald
Member

From: Koh Samui Island, Thailand

posted 23 July 2004 07:22 AM     profile     
Hmm. funny I have never seen a pic of Buddy playing a Sho-Bud.
I KNOW they had cameras back then, even if they wasn't digital.
Go figure.

[This message was edited by David L. Donald on 23 July 2004 at 07:23 AM.]

Larry Bell
Member

From: Englewood, Florida

posted 23 July 2004 07:38 AM     profile     

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Larry Bell - email: larry@larrybell.org - gigs - Home Page
2003 Fessenden S/D-12 8x8, 1969 Emmons S-12 6x6, 1971 Dobro, Standel and Peavey Amps

Roger Rettig
Member

From: NAPLES, FL

posted 23 July 2004 07:58 AM     profile     
Nice one, Larry!

Jussi Huhtakangas
Member

From: Helsinki, Finland

posted 23 July 2004 09:26 AM     profile     
If I'm not totally mistaken, that's the Night Life- and Steel Guitar Jazz-horn.
Tony Orth
Member

From: Evansville, Indiana, USA

posted 23 July 2004 10:24 AM     profile     
Obviously, the above pic is from thre pre-pack-a-seat era. I wonder what the piano player was using???

T

David L. Donald
Member

From: Koh Samui Island, Thailand

posted 23 July 2004 02:50 PM     profile     
Somehow I KNEW it would only be minutes before I saw one here LOL.
Cool Larry! Yes nice pic
Jerry Roller
Member

From: Van Buren, Arkansas USA

posted 23 July 2004 02:55 PM     profile     
Mike, was that at the same time?
Jerry
Terry Wood
Member

From: Marshfield, MO

posted 24 July 2004 03:01 AM     profile     
Whatever steel he plays, it comes out sounding like EMMONS, that's why we call him The Big E.

I will never forget the first time I saw him at a steel show. He left an impression on me that changed my outlook on steel and life to this day. He was and always has sounded great to my ears.

He could play on a cheese grader, with two strings and it would sound sweeter than honey or molasses.

Woody

Larry Bell
Member

From: Englewood, Florida

posted 24 July 2004 03:02 PM     profile     
. . . can't forget THIS one

I believe this was the 'Four Wheel Drive' guitar (right, Buddy?)

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Larry Bell - email: larry@larrybell.org - gigs - Home Page
2003 Fessenden S/D-12 8x8, 1969 Emmons S-12 6x6, 1971 Dobro, Standel and Peavey Amps

[This message was edited by Larry Bell on 24 July 2004 at 03:03 PM.]

Terry Wood
Member

From: Marshfield, MO

posted 25 July 2004 12:27 AM     profile     
Great picture Larry!

I love it! Man that Little Jimmy, "Tater" Dickens was someting else. If memory serves me correct, I think I read where Buddy was introduced by Tater to the Opry stage July 22, 1954 or 1955. Buddy maybe you could clarify that. Let's see that was or nearing your annversary with the Opry right?

Great picture, and yes 4-Wheel Drive, a Great Steel Tune, Buddy! I used to try and attempt it, but never could quite pull it off like Buddy. But who else could have played it like him either.

Thanks Larry!

Woody

Buddy Emmons
Member

From: Hermitage, TN USA

posted 25 July 2004 07:26 AM     profile     
I've seen that Opry picture before and cannot for the life of me remember why I was playing the Fender 1000 behind Little Jim. My guess is that it was someone else's guitar and I was trying the C6 neck on for size.

I'm not sure that guitar was the one I used on Four Wheel Drive, because I recorded it while working with Ernest Tubb, which was about two years after Little Jim. Shot Jackson and I had started Sho~Bud by then, so I was playing a Sho~Bud when I took the job with ET. But I loved the sound and feel of the Fender 1000 for C6 work.

Jussi: I believe the Sho~Bud in the picture was the Nightlife and Steel Guitar Jazz horn.

Seeing that Opry picture reminded me of the crazy things that used to happen during the live broadcast, like Shot Jackson removing my bar from my Bigsby and replacing it with a 3 x 6 inch heavy metal pipe. I had lost track of time while at Tootsies so I had to run to the dressing room for Little Jim's next spot. When I got to my guitar, I noticed a huge cylinder sitting on a towel between the back two necks. It took about a nanosecond to figure out who was behind it. There was no time to look for Shot so I took my guitar to the stage as if nothing had happened. When Little Jim introduced the song, I picked the pipe up and used it on the intro. I heard a horse laugh coming from nearby, looked in the direction of the laughter and there was Shot, red faced and doubled over. He walked toward me to return my bar and I shook my head no and finished the song with the pipe. I had to grip it from the top, but bar slants were a breeze. Between what Shot pulled on me and my response to it, I thought he'd have a coronary.

As for Freebies, I used to gladly accept them, but starting with my Sierra S-12, I've paid for every guitar I have. That includes two Legrandes, two push/pulls, and a new JCH. It's easy on the pocketbook and very complimentary to go the endorsement route, but I've found that paying for a guitar avoids politics, and I'm about as nonpolitical as you can get. I enjoy the freedom of taking a guitar of my choice to a job without having to answer to anyone. And what better endorsement can there be than liking an instrument well enough to pay for it?

[This message was edited by Buddy Emmons on 25 July 2004 at 07:37 AM.]

Ken Latchum
Member

From: Danville, Va. USA

posted 25 July 2004 04:49 PM     profile     
Buddy!
Your last paragraph in you post was explained and said as good as I have every heard.

Amen Brother

Ken

Buddy Emmons
Member

From: Hermitage, TN USA

posted 26 July 2004 10:29 AM     profile     
Terry,
I recall coming to Nashville to work with Little Jimmy Dickens the week of July 4th in 1955. I thought I worked the Opry before the 22nd but you could be correct. Close enough either way.
My first job in Nashville with Little Jim was on the Friday Night Frolic broadcast from the National Life Building on 7th and Union. Now you know where Hank Garland got the name for his instrumental.
Tracy Sheehan
Member

From: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

posted 26 July 2004 09:04 PM     profile     
Buddy E.Your story about the pipe reminded me of something Rufus Thibodeaux told me many years ago when we were on he road together.As i recall i am almost postive it was you that before you wewt on stage at the opry one night some one took the fret boards off your steel and you set down to it like nothing was wrong and played it.Was that you?
I can't remember the rest of the story.Tracy
Lem Smith
Member

From: Fulton, MS. U.S.A.

posted 26 July 2004 10:32 PM     profile     
At the risk of being considered a "leg humper" here, I just gotta say this. Buddy, stories like those are what this forum is tailor made for! I love it, and would love to hear more "war stories" from the past like that.

Man, I'd have been nervous enough just playing the opry, but if somebody had switched my bar... I'd have probably passed out! LOL

Lem

Chuck McGill
Member

From: Jackson, Tn

posted 27 July 2004 04:56 AM     profile     
I understand Buddy plays jazz guitar(6 str)
very well. Doesn't surprize me.
Buddy Emmons
Member

From: Hermitage, TN USA

posted 27 July 2004 05:54 AM     profile     
Tracey
There was a time when the fret boards on my push/pull guitar were removable and every once in a while for laughs, Id play an Opry spot without them. Rufus may have seen it and thought someone played a prank on me. A few of us were always looking for subtle ways to distract or entertain the other Opry musicians while they were trying to work.
Billy Murdoch
Member

From: Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

posted 27 July 2004 08:35 AM     profile     
Buddy,
If someone took the strings off my guitar I could probably play on and no one would notice.
Thanks for your stories and keep them coming.
Best regards
Billy
Tracy Sheehan
Member

From: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

posted 27 July 2004 11:56 PM     profile     
Ok.Here is one more Rufus told me.If not true blame him not me.B.E.would know for sure.I am well aware of the fun things musicians pull on each other.Rufus told me when Bud Charlton first went to work for E.T.the first night he played the mid night jamboree at E.Ts record shop Ernest introduced Bud Charlton and had him play an instrumental and he played a good one.As he played Buddy Emmons and Jimmy Day leaned on the back of B.C'c chair to make him nervous all in fun of course.When he got through Buddy or Jimmy asked the other.reckon dats all da kid can do?Can't put here what Leon Rhodes then said.LOL.I can believe it.Buddy do you recall this.Rufus was a riot also.P.S.Buddy if you should see this do you know how Rufus is doing?Last i heard of him was from Jimmy Newman in1989 at ehe S..D. state fair.

Gee the years have slipped by.Thanks.Tracy.

Terry Wood
Member

From: Marshfield, MO

posted 28 July 2004 06:16 AM     profile     
Hi Buddy,

Buddy I was thinking that I read once, where you came to the Opry on July 22, but I probably got it confused. To many dates in my head these days.

I do remember when I first saw you play at a steel show for Martha Wood at Springfield, MO back in 1977. I was a kiddo about 22 and your playing had a profound affect on my playing. Changed my life and steel approach forever!

Thanks for all the Great Music and inspiration!

Terry

Ron Page
Member

From: Cincinnati, OH USA

posted 28 July 2004 06:26 AM     profile     
Oh come on guys. Look at the outfits Buddy is wearing. Does he look like he'd be picky--pardon the pun-- about what guitar he plays?

Now before you send in the black helicopters, JK.

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HagFan

Reggie Duncan
Member

From: Mississippi

posted 29 July 2004 05:44 AM     profile     
Buddy also played a Dekley...right? I think it was red and sounded GREAT!

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[This message was edited by Reggie Duncan on 30 July 2004 at 10:23 PM.]

Brett Day
Member

From: Greer, SC, USA

posted 29 July 2004 08:48 AM     profile     
Buddy played a Fender nonpedal steel until he got his Bigsby tripleneck pedal steel he played before Sho-Bud came along. He came up with the Emmons guitar after he left Sho-Bud. Brett, Emmons S-10, Morrell lapsteel
Jim Smith
Member

From: Plano, TX, USA

posted 29 July 2004 05:49 PM     profile     
I don't recall Buddy ever playing a Dekley, but if he did, I'd love to have a picture for my collection!
Bob Snelgrove
Member

From: san jose, ca

posted 03 August 2004 03:22 PM     profile     
Buddy,

Do you also have a Carter?

thx,

bob

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