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    Anybody know what kind of mandolin he plays? I can't seem to figure it out looking at all of the youtube videos.

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    forgot to mention. Anyone know where I can find tab for galway girl?

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    Hi Chris; here's a pretty comprehensive thread about Galway Girl.
    No clue on Earle's mandos...I hope others will know.
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    At around 4.20 here is a glimpse at the headstock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AoysLSHNSo

    This was from back in '88.

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    I was too distracted by how young Steve Earl and David Letterman are in that video to notice the headstock, Canoedad.
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    Steve Earle has a Gil. He also had a Moon semi hollow bodied electric that he recently sold through Matt Umanoff's in Greenwich Village. That is the mandolin from that Galway Girl/Kennedy Center video.

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    Last time I saw him live he was playing a National Reso
    Chief. Way up North. Gibson 1917 A model with pickup. JL Smith 5 string electric. 1929 National Triolian resonator mandolin with pickup. National RM 1 with pickup. Ovation Applause. Fender FM- 60 E 5 string electric (with juiced pickups). 1950's Gibson EM-200 electric mandolin. 1954 Gibson EM-150 electric mandolin. Custom made "Jett Pink" 5 string electric- Bo Diddley slab style. Jay Roberts Tiny Moore model 5 string electric.

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    Jimmy Moon mandolins in Glasgow Scotland are rightfully proud of their association with Steve Earle. Go to 'Artists' and select Steve Earle's name.

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    I thought the mandolin that I saw him play was a gil but I wasn't sure.

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    Steve came by the shop a few months ago and spent the day with us. His regular stage mandolin is a Gibson F-9, with electrical tape over the logo. He regularly plays a Weber Sage octave mandolin, and is a Weber endorsing artist. He purchased a Black Ice mandolin from us that day as well, and frequently plays it on stage now. After spending a few hours with him, it became quite obvious that he is a serious collector of all types of instruments. He did mention a Gilchrist mandolin, and a new Gilchrist archtop guitar on the way. Many old Martin guitars, Gibson mandolins, Gibson guitars, etc. His road manager told me he was traveling with about 35 instruments on his recent US tour. Steve is a genuinely nice person who loves to talk and tell stories. He is also an avid fly fisherman.

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    Steve is indeed a very friendly person and serious instrument collector. He does indeed travel with 30 plus instruments, but says he has well over 200 at home? I had a nice talk with him after a show last summer; a great show I might add. He played four different mandolins that night, a bouzouki, a five string banjo and probably a dozen different guitars.
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    "This here is called a bouzouki, unless you're going through airport security, in which case it's better to call it a mandocello."

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    I met Steve after his Brighton gig a few weeks ago (thanks to Weber for setting that up). He mentioned his Gill and played his Weber Sage octave and Gibson that night. It was fantastic to meet him as a long time fan.

    As others have mentioned the selection of instruments on stage was amazing.
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    He also had a Godin that he sold through Umanov's, along with a matching guitar.

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    Huge Steve Earle fan (See my avatar The Mountain Cover) Saw him at DPAC in Durham this fall with my son, think I made him a convert. S.E. stayed after and signed books and chatted for a while, very sincere person. We were a few rows back, and couldn't really tell what what his F Style was, but it looked like he used a Gibson EM 250 for a few numbers. Galway Girl is pretty simple I believe, key of D with A,G, Bm throw in........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Byers View Post
    . . . a new Gilchrist archtop guitar on the way.
    I've heard about this from the folks at Gruhn--supposedly having it done in the "junior"/Model 1 color scheme--sort of like the other archtop guit Steve G did with the 670-something batch.

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    Steve Earle, Allison Moorer swap musical valentines
    from the 7 February 2012 edition of Cliffview Pilot.com

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    "What a long, strange trip it's been..." - Robert Hunter
    "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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    Outstanding very intimate version there !!!
    One day I'll stop all this crazy buyin', practicin', and playin'........course I'll be dead.......

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    There is a very good interview with Steve Earle in the September 2013 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine.

    In the interview, Earle talks about the instruments he plays on his new album The Low Highway.

    The mandolin family instruments he mentions include a Gilchrist mandolin (on the song Down the Road, Pt. II), and a Gibson K2 mandocello he borrowed from the album's co-producer Ray Kennedy.

    Here's a quote from Earle about the mandolin he plays on the song Down the Road, Pt. II: "...We were recording in Nashville and I hadn't played mandolin on anything yet. I had this really great new Gilchrist mandolin. I already had one Gilchrist mandolin, and I got another one that was even better than my first one. I got fascinated with the way it sounded. I wanted to play mandolin, and I wanted something that the band could play a little bit on."

    I'm very excited to say that I have great seats to see Earle on October 28th in Kent, Ohio. I'll try to get some pics of the mandolin family instruments he plays that night and post them here.

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    c.1965 Harmony Monterey H410 Mandolin
    "What a long, strange trip it's been..." - Robert Hunter
    "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
    Think Hippie Thoughts...
    Gear: The Current Cast of Characters

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    Sure sounds crappy when plugged in.

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    Is that a Gilchrist guitar he's holding on the cover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    Is that a Gilchrist guitar he's holding on the cover?
    Hi Shaun: The guitar on the cover is a first-year (1932?) Gibson L-00 which Earle plays on two songs on the new album. The primary guitar he plays on the album is a 1939 Martin D-18. He also played a D'Aquisto New Yorker archtop on the song Love's Gonna Blow My Way.
    c.1965 Harmony Monterey H410 Mandolin
    "What a long, strange trip it's been..." - Robert Hunter
    "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
    Think Hippie Thoughts...
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    "We were recording in Nashville and I hadn't played mandolin on anything yet. I had this really great new Gilchrist mandolin. I already had one Gilchrist mandolin, and I got another one that was even better than my first one. I got fascinated with the way it sounded. I wanted to play mandolin, and I wanted something that the band could play a little bit on."
    I'm pretty sure he's talking about this model 3jr #660 peaking out from the 5 - he bought it used from Gruhn... believe Shaun said he played it and it didn't float his boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    Is that a Gilchrist guitar he's holding on the cover?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Goist View Post
    Hi Shaun: The guitar on the cover is a first-year (1932?) Gibson L-00 which Earle plays on two songs on the new album. The primary guitar he plays on the album is a 1939 Martin D-18. He also played a D'Aquisto New Yorker archtop on the song Love's Gonna Blow My Way.
    Even though the article identifies the guitar as a Gibson L-00, after looking at the cover photo more closely I'm pretty sure that is a Gilchrist guitar.
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    "What a long, strange trip it's been..." - Robert Hunter
    "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
    Think Hippie Thoughts...
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    That is no L-00 he's holding on the cover- they must have switched photos after the caption was written!

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