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  • Smith & Straughn (a.k.a. the audubon society)
    t read music either Rob decided instead to meet CW and the two struck up a musical partnership that has lasted now for over 20 years They wrote songs in CW s dorm room recording demos on a cassette recorder that were then re arranged and re recorded by CW s band Sound System By the end of 1988 CW had transferred to Simpson College and Rob had moved back to his home town of Madison The two would send lyrics chord diagrams and cassette tapes back and forth through the mail each expanding on the ideas of the other When Rob came to Iowa at the end of the year the two set about their first collaborative recording project The result was the audubon society a self titled release that explored their acoustic rock and folk roots and their more experimental sides as well In the following years the audubon society recorded two more albums Ancient Blue and The Princess then a fourth Ackworth after renaming themselves Misunderstanding The new name gave them the freedom to explore more advanced recording techniques and experimental arrangements than would have been appropriate in the acoustic mindset of the audubon society By 1996 CW had begun building a recording studio with longtime friend and Sound System alumnus Steve Hudspeth CW and Rob continued to write and record but their style and technique continued to evolve Another new name offered a clean break from the past They had become Smith Straughn the audubon society complete works 1988 1992 PREVIOUS CD NEXT CD released 1999 the audubon society complete works released 1999 four cassettes on 2 CDs the audubon society 1989 Take Me Away This Is Real The Privileged Ones Someone to Hold Me Close Dream of a Scene clofré Winter Wind Sheila Sometimes Another

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/the_audubon_society__complete_works_1988-1992.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Rickenbacker 325 “clone” electric guitar
    been out of production for decades and vintage 325s are simply out of reach for me Even the recent 325c64 reissue is a bit pricey although eventually I hope to acquire one So that led me down a path I wouldn t normally take I started looking at knockoffs or clones Usually built in China or Indonesia clone guitars are made to look very similar to the original models so much so that clone manufacturers often wind up getting sued or harassed out of the market It s not really something I want to encourage but with the price less than a third what I d pay for the genuine article that I hope to buy someday anyway I figured I d give it a shot This particular Chinese manufacturer TheTopGuitars com makes clones of Rickenbackers Fenders Gibsons and other high end guitars They re made to order with selectable options such as body and neck woods scale length number of pickups fret markers headstock text and of course color Their 325 with the options I chose came out to 550 USD including shipping It took about 6 weeks from the time I placed the order to its arrival at my door And the result although not perfect is certainly acceptable Technically the body shape of their 325 is not quite right The original has smaller fins at the top and bottom of the guitar body and the headstock is shaped a bit differently In reality this is much closer to a 330 but without the sound hole at the top side of the body The body itself is a bit thicker than a genuine 325 which makes the guitar heavier than John s would have been They got the look and sound of the pickups pretty well right though

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Featured_instruments/Entries/2015/9/27_Rickenbacker_325_clone_electric_guitar.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Featured instruments
    passion is my music Over the past thirty years I ve learned to play more than a dozen different instruments and have built a collection of over 70 string brass woodwind keyboard and percussion instruments I m not a virtuoso I m a perpetual student But I feel I m more valuable as a utility musician than as a one trick pony My Featured Instruments blog gathers and shares what

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Featured_instruments/Featured_instruments.html (2016-02-16)
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  • featured instruments
    featured instruments Blog Summary Widget Blog Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Featured_instruments/Archive.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sound System
    2010 A SAFE PLACE coming in 2011 Over the Blue How Can I Show Her This Is Real Kiss Me Once Give It a Little Time Not Every Day End of the World Broken Record Take Me Away White Haired

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/A_Safe_Place.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sound System
    1989 released 1999 Includes the following full length rehearsals In Rehearsal I Hall Memorial Auditorium In Rehearsal II Rehearsal and Recital In Rehearsal III Folk Songs of Siberia In Rehearsal IV Who s On Top In Rehearsal V No Band

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/In_Rehearsal_1987-1989.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sound System
    Sound System complete works 1986 1989 previous cd next cd released in 1998 COMPLETE WORKS 1986 1989 released 1998 Includes the following full length releases Busted Home Turf Variety Pack

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Complete_Works_1986-1989.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Fender El Rio acoustic-electric guitar
    Kingman and Malibu This guitar was purchased from Last Chance Guitars now Crazyhorse Guitars at their old location on 35th Street I had been looking for a good steel string acoustic at the time and for 175 the El Rio was as good a value as anything else I d seen while shopping around If you can manage to find one on Ebay you ll see that they now sell for several times that amount It s been to the luthier a couple of times over the years The first time was to re position the battery holder Fender placed the holder inside the sound hole where the neck meets the body This meant I needed to change the strings if I wanted to change the battery the one and only complaint I have about the El Rio design Guitar ER installed a flip out compartment just under the strap peg to make the battery much more accessible The second repair was done at The Lutherie Shop the El Rio had fallen off my wall and landed squarely on the strap peg cable socket and had cracked the wood at the butt end of the guitar quite severely I must

    Original URL path: http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Featured_instruments/Entries/2011/3/30_Fender_El_Rio_acoustic-electric_guitar.html (2016-02-16)
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