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Hi there,

As a creative person there are times when despite your best efforts success isn’t just rolling in and you’re not buried in money. The press isn’t covering your material, won’t return emails, phone calls, your product may lay dormant, and as my girlfriend so deftly describes, your skin begins crawling with dangerous anxiety. Then when you pop open your favorite local paper/website/blog looking for some kind of solace or at least a direction to point your problems, suddenly other artists you think you’re on the same page with ARE getting coverage, and most likely they are. This is a breeding ground for not only more anxiety but other much more insidious characters to start showing their proverbial ugly heads; jealousy, anger, apathy, misplaced frustrations, snappy tones, and poor attitudes.

However there is relief for these types of issues. One word. Community.

Nothing squashes cynicism and misplaced competition better than a sense of community. Being front and center for your buddy’s band breeds feelings of trust, appreciation, respect and good old fashioned friendship. Let’s face it, we could all use a few more people in the front row at our shows, cheering and clapping their faces off, excited to see your band doing your thing, rocking out and having a blast.

I received an email last night from a smaller, brand new Cola band that was so appreciative that I would pass the word along they were looking for shows, any opportunity. I could just tell by the tone of the writing it was genuine. And I thought to myself, “Geez, who am I? We’re another band trying to do the same thing, fill the place up with good people, put on a great show.”

Long story short, I think we could all stand to show some more appreciation towards one another, send a thanks, show up at your friends show as much as you can, share their stuff online for your fanbase. And all the sudden all those feelings of anger frustration, just fade away.

Click here for the article by Ariel Hyatt where the ideas came from. Thanks Ariel.


Until next time,


Hey Friends,

So Skymonk and DYEL had a nice little 3 night run for

sbbColumbia, SC 3/19 – Art Bar

Charleston, SC 3/20 – House Show

Asheville, NC 3/21 – One Stop Deli

Charleston hit a snag and it didn’t work out but we’ll be giving it another go in the future. It happens. So we dedicated this post to Meatloaf for framing this perfectly with his song, “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”. Yeah it’s weird, so what.

The good news is we’ll be rocking Art Bar Columbia, SC on 3/19 with Soensoes and One Stop Deli in Asheville, NC on 3/21 with Stereo Reform. Exciting!!!!

So, as always, the amps will be warm, speakers will be kicking and we’d love to see your smiling faces.

poster 4 asheville


Until next time,



Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Scotty’s Guitar of the Week!!

I thought it was time to finally bring you my go-to bass.

This is my B.A. Ferguson SMT-B4-SR, otherwise known as “Betty White” the Shirley bass.

We finished building this bass in July of 2014, just in time for Ms. White to make it into the B.A. Ferguson/Unitas booth at the 2014 Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants Expo) in Nashville TN.

Here’s the story:

I first met Boot back in 2007 when I needed a saddle for my Yamaha FG-75 acoustic guitar. This is when Frets & Necks was still above the old Hartsville pawn shop, three moves ago. I remember walking in and asking the owner of Hartsville Pawn if he had any of the long white pieces of plastic that go in the bridges of acoustic guitars. He proceeded to call to a guy in the back of the store.  Boot came up and said he could help.  He would only need an hour and that would include a restring.

About an hour later, he handed me back the guitar. I remember being amazed at the fact that he had to make the saddle by hand, and that it wasn’t just some simple piece of plastic like I had originally thought.  It was something that had to be finely tuned to the guitar. A few months later, I brought my 5 string G&L L-2500 bass guitar in for some setup work from Boot. During this trip, he told me that he started building guitars and that he had finished a few, including a few basses. I was really excited about the possibility of one day owning a bass that was built in my hometown.

Over the following years I became fascinated with lutherie, and did a lot of research into bass making. After a series of unfortunate events that turned out for the better in the end, I began my journey into lutherie and started training under Boot as an apprentice. I was itching to get started on my bass, but it would be at least a year after I started my apprenticeship that the plans were made and set into motion.  During that time, I even sold my G&L, so I could afford the parts.  It was a long process since other projects had to be tended to first, but piece by piece, Betty White was born.

Now for the specs:  She has a one piece body that is made out of Honduran mahogany, with a 300 year old Redwood cap. The neck is a single piece of quartersawn maple taken from a piano beam, and the fretboard is made out of teak. The neck has an offset V shape which gives it a rock solid feel combined with the 7.25″ radius on the fretboard. It has a 35″ scale which lends more tension to the bass, giving her a nice, crisp, clear tone. The neck pickup is a Kent Armstong Hot Twins P-bass pickup, and the bridge pickup is a prototype jazz bass pickup that my buddy Patrick gave to me made by Heavy Air Pickups in the UK.

Interesting fact:  The Honduran mahogany was supposedly originally slated for the Gibson factory, held by a wood-curing company in Kingstree, SC.  Through a few chance events, the remnants of that mahogany has ended up in our wood supply.

This is by far my favorite bass. She’s comfortable to play and sounds incredible. There is no gig this bass cannot handle, much like her namesake…

Without further talking…


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