My new 150-year-old guitar

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  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    A guy literally knocked on the door, wondering if I would be interested in his grandmother's guitar. I played it - fell in love - and am now recording an album with it. All this in two weeks.

    First, four SDQuattro/macro shots.

    rose triangles 3-550.jpg rose triangles1-550.jpg rose triangles2-550.jpg b string2-550.jpg


    Next three are quick phone shots.

    fullfrontW.jpg labelW.jpg tornavozW.jpg


    First video, soon after I got it:




    New video, promoting the album I'm in the process of putting together of the type of music that would have been played on it - contains a few excerpts from what I've done already:

     
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  2. Rense Haveman

    Rense Haveman Well-Known Member

    Ow, wow! That is a beauty! The shape of the body, not modern at all... And the inlay-work (is that a word?) is amazing..... Wonderful Rob! Tonight I will listen to the videos....
     
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  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Rense. Yes, inlay. It's a bit crazy, but I love playing it.
     
  4. Rense Haveman

    Rense Haveman Well-Known Member

    What's crazy? The instrument? How to play it? How you react to it? :D
     
  5. WoW! You had such a beautiful guitar. I m just mesmerizied by seeing your 150 year old Guitar!
     
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  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Thanks, Karishma.

    Rense, I meant crazy in that I still can't believe a guy just knocked on my door with it. He was over 70 years old, and was so happy to find someone who knew how to play it appropriately.
     
  7. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    this a a truly beautiful instrument.
     
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  8. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    What a beautiful guitar, your playing of it sounds beautiful too. It sounds just like it looks as if it ought to sound - if that makes any sense!
     
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  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Thanks. Well, I've finished recording an album. It will be available in two or three weeks' time from iTunes, Amazon, and literally a handed other places. Meanwhile, you can hear snippets and purchase it for download from here:

    https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robmackillop4?SourceCode=HEARNOW

    If you do, I get 91% of what you pay. But here's the reality: one of my albums has had over 6,000 plays on Spotify, for which I was paid one single euro...
     
  10. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    What a great story and a nice continuation of the instrument's history. Love the recordings to date and I'm looking forward to that download. FLAC I hope! ;)
     
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  11. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Don't give me flack, Pete! I'm doing my best :)
     
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  12. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    Great looking guitar, Will play the you tube later. My sister has my Grandmothers 150 yr old Banjo and she plays it well. I will have to see if she can send me over a photo of it.
     
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  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Rhonda, it would be interesting to find out what the banjo is, as I have done research into early banjos, and have recorded some.
     
  14. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    I will text her tonight. Might have an answer by tonight or tomorrow.
     
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  15. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    My sister handed it down to her son. She is trying to reach him to see if he still has it and if he can forward some photos of it along with the label. She was able to tell me it was all mother of pearl , is about 150 yrs old and the name was Bijou.
     
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  16. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    All mother of pearl? Must have been a fancy one!
     
  17. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    It was gorgeous. Update her son gave it to his son and he just moved so everything is packed away. He is not sure if he even has it anymore :( If and when he comes up with it. I will update here.
     
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  18. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    Oh Rob! Listened to your music. It was so beautiful. The sound was amazing. Doesn't hurt having someone who can caress those strings. It takes love of the art of music to play that well. Kudos on a well thought out intro as well.
     
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  19. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, RJ, it keeps me off the streets. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I think we have documentary evidence to prove otherwise, Rob! ;)
     

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