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Send Me No Flowers... Send Me No Flowers...
Life is a precious gift and even more so to meet certain people along the way on this journey. To live a life fulfilled is what we all dream of, a purposeful life, a life with meaning and a life filled with laughter.

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New Link of the Month: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975 in Winterland New Link of the Month: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975 in Winterland
We thought we'd link our 'Elks up to some old vintage concerts that mean something to us. We hope you all like them too..just copy and paste....

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We're not dead, just busy... We're not dead, just busy...
I know that Lee and I have been extremely remiss in writing our show reports and general mushroom- induced tales of goofiness, but to be honest, we have been literally up to our eyeballs with the purchase and arrival of new gear- for the last 4 mo more...
An Autumn Day:  Fall Phily 2011 An Autumn Day: Fall Phily 2011
Gone are the tan lines and tailgates of Summer. The outdoor concerts and carefree lounging by sparkling blue waters have now given way to the vibrant colors of Fall. Rich reds, bright yellows, robust oranges and mahogany browns adorn the trees. more...
Notions, preconceptions and limitations. Notions, preconceptions and limitations.
Yet again, Ray and I found ourselves in the throes of what we love: a buying trip. As we head to parts unknown to participate in what had to be the single largest guitar acquisition offered for sale since the Shinnecock Indians gave their 800- acr more...
Casa De 'Elk-  Orlando 2011 Casa De 'Elk- Orlando 2011
Like conquering conquistadors, Ray and I set sail for the Americas, the "New Land" if you will. Like an old married couple, we get in the van and before that modern miracle of turning the key to ignite the engine takes place, the first order of bu more...
Night Moves. Nashville 2010 Night Moves. Nashville 2010
As I ride down I-24, I reflect upon yet another Nashville show. The familiar bass line in "Frampton's "Do you feel like I Do," echo's through out the van as the cold winter winds blows. Commercial truck drivers zoom past me making the van sway fr more...
Veteran's Day, 2010 Veteran's Day, 2010
We would just like to take a moment to thank all Veterans for their commitment and service to our country. If it weren't for each and every one of you, we wouldn't have the freedoms and liberties we so often take for granted today. Here's a huge ' more...
Arlington, 2010- High Times in Texas! Arlington, 2010- High Times in Texas!
This year's Arlington Guitar Show was interesting, to say the least. Not only was the show going on, but the Rangers and the Yankees were gettin' it on across the street on Friday and Saturday and being true sons of the South, you know we'r more...
Mr. Pat Foley- The Real Wizard of Oz. Mr. Pat Foley- The Real Wizard of Oz.
The man behind the curtain, the guy you never see but the one who makes things happen. "The Pivot Man". These words describe a gentleman that most people do not know directly, but most assuredly benefit from his efforts. Got an Dave Grohl ES-335 i more...
Exit stage left. An evening (or two) with Rush.. Exit stage left. An evening (or two) with Rush..
Every time I think of Rush, the mere thought brings a smile to my face and dare I say, a twinkle to my eye. The year was 1981 and the "must have" album was Moving Pictures. As many of you die- hard Rush fans may recall, their 8th record was and st more...
A Small Debt of Gratitude... A Small Debt of Gratitude...
This is not one of our crazy 'Elk tales or even a report from the road. Instead, it's a moment for us to stop. At least, Lee and I want to take a moment to say "Thank You" to everyone that has supported, stopped by, emailed, called or visited our more...
Summer Philly, 2010- Not Quite the Great White North Anymore... Summer Philly, 2010- Not Quite the Great White North Anymore...
I have to admit that we anticipated this past Philly show with a small amount of trepidation; We never know if the crowds will be strong or if a lot of cool gear will be coming in. It's kinda like I'm Ishmael and Lee is Queequ more...
Into the valley of the sun Into the valley of the sun

Disclaimer: This is not a representation of my normal jovial writing style. This is an introspective piece, so proceed at your own risk.

With a benevolent disposition, my Grandfather exc more...

Rockin into the night with 38 special,Kevv-Dogg and Chrissy Rockin into the night with 38 special,Kevv-Dogg and Chrissy
How can you ever forget the band, .38 Special? Oh, I so remember this band; It's 'kinda like when you were dating in high school, you were cruising with your girl and a song came on the radio. All of a sudden it's so deemed "our" song. For some, i more...
Nashville, June 2010 Nashville, June 2010
We'd be remiss if we always painted rosy pictures of the places and things we travel to all year, every year. By now, you should expect the truth from us and by crackey, we feel an obligation to present just that, whether it's what you would like more...
Cactus, Cowgirls and Starry Nights- Dallas, 2010 Cactus, Cowgirls and Starry Nights- Dallas, 2010
Oh, how Ray and I love the great state of Texas: from the original ranch that J.R. resided in to the historical Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald mortally wounded JFK. It's haunting, but yes, Ray and I have visited those hallowe more...
Wang Dang Sweet, well you know.. Dallas 2010 Wang Dang Sweet, well you know.. Dallas 2010
Friends, 'Elks and Countrymen, lend me your ears and eyes for the story I have to tell about the 2010 Dallas show is not only shocking but dare I say, titillating. Ray and I not only saw the emergence of an up and coming band (please read Ray's wr more...
A Visit with Rex Brown and Arms of the Sun A Visit with Rex Brown and Arms of the Sun
On Wednesday, 4/14/10, Lee and I were privileged and honored to be invited to the secret practice facility for Rex Brown's new band, Arms of the Sun. To say that these Texas boys have come up with something new and refreshing is an understatement more...
Three Generations of Elks. Three Generations of Elks.
We here at GrinningElk have been blessed by an occurrence that has never happened before and may never happen again: we have been found worthy to sell a guitar to three generations of the Campbell family of Powell, Wyoming. I guess the quote, "And more...
The New GrinningElk 'Something for Everyone' Campaign The New GrinningElk 'Something for Everyone' Campaign
Hello, current and future members of the mighty 'Elk Nation. In the coming months, you will see new gear being listed, the likes you've not seen on our site in the past. They will cover a much broader price range than in the previous years and the more...
Spartanburg, 2010- Just Another Weekend in God's Country... Spartanburg, 2010- Just Another Weekend in God's Country...
Comparing guitars shows to each other is just like comparing cars. Some are like a rusted, old Volkswagen sitting in your front yard: no matter what you do, you just can't seem to get the thing to work. On the other hand, other shows are like a Fe more...
Spartanburg, 2010- 1st MyLesPaul Southern Meeting Spartanburg, 2010- 1st MyLesPaul Southern Meeting
This year's Spartanburg show hosted the MyLesPaul Forum's first annual Southern meet and judging from all the attention their booth was getting, I'd say it was a rousing success! The three main charges were nbeersIII, Boleskinehouse, and his CEO, more...
Nashville 2010,  Part I-  A Traveler's Tale. Nashville 2010, Part I- A Traveler's Tale.
This show weekend started out as they all do, with Ray showing up at 8:00 am sharp to pick me up, me scrambling to get last minute things packed for the show, only to be chastised for not being ready on time. Ray:"Do you have your phone, wallet, s more...
Nashville 2010, Part II-   A Traveller's Tale. Nashville 2010, Part II- A Traveller's Tale.
Ah, a scenic trip through the northeast mountains of Tennessee always sends my spirit soaring. At 2100 feet above sea level, a man can clear his mind amidst all of natures beauty and tranquility. The Cherokee and Creek Indians called this home fo more...
It's a Bird, It's a Hellhound, No, it's Sky Dog.. Orlando 2010 It's a Bird, It's a Hellhound, No, it's Sky Dog.. Orlando 2010
Sights and sounds from yet another victorious Orlando show. 'Elks, this show was out of this world. I have so many things to tell you, that this is going to take a little while. If vintage cars and guitars, dashed with women (non- vintage, of c more...
Six Degrees of the 'Elk. Six Degrees of the 'Elk.
Today 'Elk's, we're going to play the "Six Degrees of Separation" game. For those of you that are not familiar with this game, let me explain the rules. The theory is based on the idea that everyone in the world can be linked to anyone else in more...
Into the Dungeon with Holdcell Into the Dungeon with Holdcell
A couple of nights ago, I was invited to a place few mere mortals are allowed to go- the practice facility of the hottest new band to emerge from the Southeast, Holdcell. I was there specifically to shoot a couple of photos for this story and to g more...
Snow,Ice and Pearls of Wisdom Snow,Ice and Pearls of Wisdom
How did the Vice President of Grinningelk Music Co. find himself in this predicament? He lost a bet, of course. We wagered standing out in 7 degree weather in your underwear on the lyrical outcome of Macy Grays 1999 hit, "I Try". Ray said the chor more...
Taking a Moment to Give Thanks.... Taking a Moment to Give Thanks....
In the current global and economic climate, it's sometimes hard to be cheerful. We all run the rat race and have the same concerns and if they become too great, it can become more than we can bear. Lee and I recently talked about this subject (as more...
Nashville, 2009- Cheap Trick, Bronco Billy and the Confederate Colonel Nashville, 2009- Cheap Trick, Bronco Billy and the Confederate Colonel
This year's Nashville show was like over- easy eggs; they're always the same and they're always pretty good (with a little salt and pepper). The crowd was pretty steady for a cold, December day and regardless of it being one of the biggest days in more...
Return of the Super Heros Return of the Super Heros
It's hot and sticky as Ray and I venture out into the early evening hours of August 13Th, 1973. The sun is just beginning to set as we walk to the front of a decrepit, old New York City hotel, this one being the Hotel Diplomat (don't look for it, more...
Ms. Melia Sigmon and Her Great Accomplishment! Ms. Melia Sigmon and Her Great Accomplishment!
Because Lee and I look at this 'Elk Nation of ours as one big, ever- growing family, we look forward to the opportunity to tell the world when one of our members does well in life or achieves a personal goal. That is exactly the case here, as the more...
Fall Philly, 2009- The Show, Part I Fall Philly, 2009- The Show, Part I
Ah, the Fall Philly show: An event that always proves to be interesting and provides Lee and I the opportunity to stay in a hotel that shares its parking lot with the dreaded and feared "North of the Mason- Dixon line" Hooters. The vibe was pretty more...
Chuckenstein and Wayneburger- Harvesters of Sorrow.... Chuckenstein and Wayneburger- Harvesters of Sorrow....
The two men in this picture are the "Romulus and Remus" of the guitar business. They are known industry- wide as "Chuckenstein and Wayneburger" and for their steely- eyed stares and ability to crush mortal men at will. But, w more...
Fall Philly, 2009- The Show, Part II Fall Philly, 2009- The Show, Part II
  • Photo 1. This is the 'Elk Booth, in all it's glory. Seeing as how it was a "Les Paul" weekend, we decided to bring nothing but 'Pauls to the show as a tribute. Most of the attendees thought it was a grand idea, but somehow, more...
  • Who Made Who-  An Afternoon with Angus. Who Made Who- An Afternoon with Angus.
    Scene one, act one.
    As a tape recorder rolls in the background ,Lee and Ray look at the blueprints of a posh, upscale hotel in Buckhead, Ga. "Good Morning 'Elks", your assignment today is to infiltrate the downtown headquarters of AC/DC. Your more...
    Fall Philly, 2009- The Emergence of the MyLesPaul Forum Fall Philly, 2009- The Emergence of the MyLesPaul Forum
    Well, the Fall Philly show this past weekend was capped off by the first "official" meeting of the MyLesPaul Forum guys, or 'Pauler's Confluence, if you will. In case any of you are wondering just who these particular guys and gals are, they are t more...
    Kiss:  Backstage Alive II Kiss: Backstage Alive II
    Those of you that have just begun to follow us will discover what our 'Elk herd already knows; There are no limits to the lengths we will go to in order to get a story for the 'Elk Nation. If there is a guitar show in a Quick- Trip in Des Moines, more...
    The Real Four Horsemen, 10/26/09 The Real Four Horsemen, 10/26/09
    In case you're wondering who these four guys are, they're the men who really make a Kiss show go on. You can forget about the four guys making all that noise and blowing smoke onstage, it's these men that are the real show and we're going t more...
    Backstage at Kiss,  10/26/09 Backstage at Kiss, 10/26/09
    Before I take you behind the scenes of the biggest circus in rock and roll, Lee and I must offer up a huge 'Elk "Thank You" and give props to our guy on the inside, Mr Eric McKenna, founder and proprietor of Boogie Street Guitars. Eric made the ca more...
    Kiss and Tell, 10/26/09 Kiss and Tell, 10/26/09
    Going to a Kiss show for me is the equivalent of Richard Simmons being in a room full of booty shorts or Charlie Sheen receiving an invitation to a fetish party at Heidi Fleiss' bungalow. Needless to say, it's the top of the Rock-n-Roll hierarchy. more...
    Kiss  Prequel, 10/26/09 Kiss Prequel, 10/26/09
    Going to a Kiss show is like going to the world's largest family reunion, if you're a Kiss fan. You see many of the same type of people: The drunk cousin you see once a year, stumbling around on New Year's Eve wearing your wife's lampshade as a ha more...
    Arlington, 2009 Arlington, 2009
    Ahoy, fellow Elks. To begin my report on the Arlington show, all I can say is that it was.....interesting. While I feel the need to be entertaining and present all things in our world in a positive light, the secret journalist more...
    The Gator Chronicles The Gator Chronicles
    The pictures below are indeed rare in nature and are of our most prestigious customers, Jeff "Gator" Waligora. When Ray and I first met Gator, we had to ask him about his peculiar nickname and of the name's origin. Gator told us that his father, F more...
    An Afternoon with Metallica, 10/4/09 An Afternoon with Metallica, 10/4/09
    Before I write this story, a debt of great gratitude must be paid to the gentleman that made this possible for Lee and I. We would like to thank, with all the 'Elk might we can muster, one Mr. Jim Singleton of Jim's Guitars. I more...
    Memphis:  A City of Kings.. Memphis: A City of Kings..
  • There are many sights to see in Memphis and Beale street always comes to mind when thinking of Memphis right? Or, how about a short stack at Rendezvous or going over to the Peabody hotel to watch the ducks do the now famous more...
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World.... The Most Interesting Man in the World....
  • Photo 1. What's a man to do that has done everything? I suppose you could go and see the Seven Wonders of the World or perhaps the humanitarian in you could save starving children the world over. Or, if you are so inclined a more...
  • Wild women don't get the blues Wild women don't get the blues
    When I strolled into Mollie Fontaine Lounge, I did not yet realize that I was entering hollowed grounds. When entering I noticed a lovely women behind the piano, her eyes filled with warmth and her voice spoke of wisdom. The stools along side the more...
    Charlotte, 2009- The Show Charlotte, 2009- The Show
    As Sammy Hagar said on the night before the guitar show, "Charlotte, Charlotte- I got lots of friends in Charlotte!" This year's show at the Metrolina Expo Center had a somewhat laid- back vibe with the usual characters, both old and some new. It more...
    Charlotte, 2009- A Visit From a Celebrity Elk! Charlotte, 2009- A Visit From a Celebrity Elk!
    On the last day of the Charlotte show, we had the opportunity to purchase a guitar that formerly belonged to Mr. Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Naturally and being known for these kind of cool and exceptional pieces we jumped at the chance, but how d more...
    Charlotte, 2009 Our Visit to the Splawn Amp Factory Charlotte, 2009 Our Visit to the Splawn Amp Factory
    Lee and I paid a visit to the Splawn Amplification Factory in Dallas, NC the day before the Charlotte Guitar show and it was both pleasant and informative. We were given the nickel tour by the owner himself, Scott Splawn and h more...
    Charlotte, 2009- An evening with Chickenfoot.... Charlotte, 2009- An evening with Chickenfoot....
    On Thursday, August 27, Lee and I rolled up to Charlotte a night early to catch us a Chickenfoot show. In case you don't know who that is, it's the new supergroup consisting of Chad Smith, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and the Red Rocker himself, more...
    Frampton, Show us the way!! Frampton, Show us the way!!
    Do you recall concerts before corporate sponsorship? You know down here in Atlanta, it was always "Alex Cooley Presents, Band X". Back then, the boys and I would get fired up on the way to the show, all the while listening to our Clarion casset more...
    An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel- 7/30/09. An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel- 7/30/09.
    Last night, on July 30, 2009 Lee, Dr. "Double D" and I went to see guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy Emmanuel. I must preface this story by saying that in our combined 153 years, we've seen a lot of bands and tons, I mean tons of guitarists. more...
    Frank E. Moates, A Fallen Comrade Frank E. Moates, A Fallen Comrade
    It is with sadness and condolence that we announce the passing of one of our industry's oldest and well- known dealers, Mr. Frank Moates. Frank was the owner of Atlanta Vintage Guitars for over 20 years and was once one of the largest vintage deal more...
    Summer Philly, 2009- Pt. 1. Summer Philly, 2009- Pt. 1.
    Well, another Philly show at Valley Forge is in the books and we trooped out of Pennsylvania tired but triumphant. The show was a little smaller this year so far as dealer attendance, but the amount of gear coming in was more than enough to go aro more...
    Summer Philly, 2009- Blobfest in Phoenixville Summer Philly, 2009- Blobfest in Phoenixville
    Photos 1-8. In 1957, in Phoenixville, PA., a small group of moviemakers on a very low budget filmed The Blob, a movie long- considered one of the best "B" Sci-Fi movies of the decade-and according to some, of all time. It was released in 1958 and more...
    Birthday's, Southern traditions and Hula Hoops Birthday's, Southern traditions and Hula Hoops
    Hailing from the South, birthday rituals down here are like no where else on Earth. As sure as sittin' on the back porch sippin' a refreshing glass of sweet tea after three helpins' of fried chicken, cornbread and all the fix-ins' are pure Sout more...
    Summer Philly, 2009- A Gracious Host Summer Philly, 2009- A Gracious Host
    We were invited to spend a couple of nights at Jim Singleton's house, or "Casa de Jamieo" as it's known in Spain. Jim has a beautiful place somewhere in Pennsylvania, but we could never find it twice in a row and it's a good thing we have GPS or w more...
    Summer Philly, 2009 Pt. 2 Summer Philly, 2009 Pt. 2
    As part one was dedicated to what we see at the guitar show, part two is more about what we do when we're not "at work". Believe me, we both avoid and get into more shenanigans than two guys ought to, but it's always in good fun and sometimes ques more...
    The Case of the Jealous Jokester The Case of the Jealous Jokester
    Most of you can relate to receiving a registered mail notification in your mailbox and that certain restless feeling that grips your inner being. Anxiously you drive to that all brick government building adorned with the stars and strips: your more...
    Nashville, June 2009- Music City Invaded by Elks! Nashville, June 2009- Music City Invaded by Elks!
    We attended Mike Tepee's biannual Music City Guitar show this past weekend and as usual, hung out with some cool people and loaded the 'Elkmobile with some great gear. This will be the first half of our usual show report because Lee got a new came more...
    Parliament Funkadelic- 4/26/09, Atlanta, GA Parliament Funkadelic- 4/26/09, Atlanta, GA
    Not to be outdone by a little 'ol Nickleback concert, Lee and I moseyed on down to the P- Funk show last night to see an old buddy of mine, Mr. Johnny Heintz and whatever else might show up. We saw a pimp with a couple of his ho's, some double OG, more...
    Dallas Guitar Show, 2009- Pt. 1 Dallas Guitar Show, 2009- Pt. 1
    It's hard to know where to start on this show report. Lee and I crammed more into six days than we usually do in a month. We ran the gamut, from getting another heavy bout of Texas' finest food poisoning to spending an afternoon with one of my all more...
    Ray goes to jail and still say's Romo's a Girl.. Ray goes to jail and still say's Romo's a Girl..
    Here is a soon- to- be mug shot of my business partner, Ray Mauldin. What started off as an innocent, but spirited conversation between Ray and Officer Mendez on the finer points of pro football turned disastrous. All I know is, there was some yel more...
    George Lynch's Flame Charvel George Lynch's Flame Charvel
    The fine young gentleman pictured here is Mr. Nick Dozier. Here's how Nick came to be featured in the 'Elk Diaries; I was wandering around the Paul Reed Smith booth in Dallas and I spotted what looked like a vintage Charvel case. My instincts wer more...
    Dallas Guitar Show, 2009- Pt. 2 Dallas Guitar Show, 2009- Pt. 2
    Of course, by being the biggest guitar show of the year, it takes us two parts to tell everything we did and saw- let's start with a set of blondes....
  • Photo 1. Ricky's boys, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson stopped by the boo more...
  • Nickleback, 4/23/09 in Atlanta Nickleback, 4/23/09 in Atlanta
    I have to interrupt the Dallas show report to leak a few pictures of the Nickleback show in Atlanta at the Verizon amphitheatre last night. Those boys rolled out on that stage and threw down straight old- school with bombs, smoke and more pyro tha more...
    Dallas, 2009- Steve and Janis Moya Dallas, 2009- Steve and Janis Moya
    We met this charming couple at the Arlington show a year or so ago and they have worked their way into our 'Elk hearts. This is Steve Moya and his lovely wife, Janis- he's the artist and she's the boss, no two ways about it. Heck, when they come t more...
    Dallas, 2009- A day with Rex Brown Dallas, 2009- A day with Rex Brown
    We got a call about a month ago from a friend in the business that went, "You guys know Rex Brown"? Lee looked over at me and said, "You know Rex Brown"? After I got up from falling out of my chair, the answer was an authoritative "Hell yeah I do" more...
    Nashville, 2009- The Show Nashville, 2009- The Show
    We love going to Nashville- we get to hang out in a room full of guitars and rock stars and since I'll never open up for Metallica, this is the closest thing to it. Now, let's get it on.....
  • Photo 1. The place where the Am more...
  • Nashville, 2009- The Bonnie and Clyde Sighting Nashville, 2009- The Bonnie and Clyde Sighting
    We heard on the way to the Nashville show that two of the most despicable and brutish outlaws ever to live was on the loose after breaking out of a Knoxville prison. I mean Lee and I almost turned the van around and headed back home, it was so fri more...
    Spartanburg, 2009 The Show Spartanburg, 2009 The Show
    You gotta love these Southern shows- everybody walks around drinking sweet tea and saying "Hello" to each other. It's always a laid- back, cool kind of vibe and we generally haul a whole mess of guitars out of these semi- local shows but, enough s more...
    Spartanburg, 2009- The attempted Okey Doke Spartanburg, 2009- The attempted Okey Doke
    This young lady had a booth at the Spartanburg show, "Bonnie's Vintage Guitars" and it featured a very nice collection of vintage Martin and Gibson Guitars. Here's what happened when this cool, slick city fella eased up on her and tried to buy som more...
    Spartanburg, 2009- The Singleton Theory Spartanburg, 2009- The Singleton Theory
    Lee and I have discussed many guitar dealers over the years and one of our more interesting discussions was on this gentleman, Mr. Jim Singleton of Jim's Guitars. We've come to the conclusion that he has, in the past, either hit the Maryland lott more...
    Spartanburg, 2009- Snow Days Spartanburg, 2009- Snow Days
    This is what happens when, after three days of walking around a guitar show and too tired to make the Sunday night drive home, I lean over and say to Lee, " You know, it will probably snow the day I blow a donkey out of my behind". The pictures sa more...
    Orlando, 2009- The Show Orlando, 2009- The Show
    We always love scootin' down to Florida because it's warm and because if we get really hungry, we just point the 'Elk van through the middle of the nearest orange grove and Lee holds a Steinberger gigbag out the window. Needless to say, neither o more...
    Orlando, 2009- Now That's Rare.... Orlando, 2009- Now That's Rare....
    In the eight years that Lee and I have travelled this great country, we've seen some rare and unusual things. We've seen guitars that never should have existed, a 55- mile long traffic jam in Indiana during a tornado and what we think was a real- more...
    Orlando, 2009- What's for Dinner? Orlando, 2009- What's for Dinner?
    In doing our part to conserve wildlife in Florida, we staked out and caught on film one of the Southeast's most wanted men and notorious poachers, John "Johnny D" Dannert. For years, he's masqueraded as a gourmet chef, guitar dealer and budding mi more...
    Orlando, 2009- The Security Guard Incident.... Orlando, 2009- The Security Guard Incident....
    Things were slow on Sunday afternoon, so Lee and I decided to go sharking in the parking lot and see if any old ladies were walking into the show with their ex- husbands '54 Strat. We figured if you can't get the guitars to Mohamed, take Mohamed t more...
    Orlando, 2009-  Sunset Orlando, 2009- Sunset
    As we were wrapping up the day and heading out to watch the Superbowl, we took a moment to enjoy this sight. We kinda got the feeling that maybe it was the Good Lord's way of saying, "Job well done"..... more...
    A Day in the Life of the Duke Boys- 1/17/2009.... A Day in the Life of the Duke Boys- 1/17/2009....
    It's rumored among some that Lee and I sit in a dark cave over a bubbling cauldron, casting spells and practicing the dark arts, but in reality, we are notorious for just plain 'ol jumping in Lee's truck and engaging in the long- lost Southern pra more...
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Hello fellow Elks! We've been very good this year and are looking forward to a midnight visit from Sandy Claus. Lee asked for a new Western- style shirt and a pair of Georgia State Patrol sunglasses for his 2009 John Schneider County Fair tour. Un more...
    Nashville, 2008 - 1937 Shaded Top Martin D-28 Nashville, 2008 - 1937 Shaded Top Martin D-28
    This guitar got the 'Elk "most interesting guitar of the show" award and it currently resides with Mr. Gary Burnett, of B-3 Vintage. The serial number dates it to 1937 and it has the early feature of forward X bracing. The interesting thing about more...
    Nashville, 2008- Mike Reeder and the Barbiecaster Acquisition Nashville, 2008- Mike Reeder and the Barbiecaster Acquisition
    This is a small tale about one of our industry's pillars, Mr. Mike Reeder of Mike's Music. Seems that at this past weekend's Nashville show, Lee and I were walking around and checking things out when we happened upon a situatio more...
    Nashville, 2008- Santa Walt at the Holiday Inn Nashville, 2008- Santa Walt at the Holiday Inn
    Here is a unique character; He's Santa Walt and he's been making omelets at the Opryland Holiday Inn for going on 30 years. When he first started working there, they actually built a small fire under the old cast iron skillets and today, he's a wi more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- The Great Rumbleseat Blanket Caper Fall Philly, 2008- The Great Rumbleseat Blanket Caper
    Before I reveal this story, a small bit of history must first be applied. The blanket in the below photos is a true piece of history and is priceless. It originally belonged to the King of the Aztec Nation and was almost destroye more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- The Sopranos Tour, pt. 1 Fall Philly, 2008- The Sopranos Tour, pt. 1
    Lee and I went up North a day early to spend some time with our "Minister of Security", Mr. Frankie B. This guy is a true sweetheart and welcomed us in like a couple of brothers- we had the time of our lives and got to see some things we may never more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- The Sopranos Tour pt. 2- New York City Fall Philly, 2008- The Sopranos Tour pt. 2- New York City
    Frankie B. didn't tell us where he was taking us for these pictures but as we rounded a busy corner (we lost count), he had us turn up a small side street. This street was Hamilton Place and it followed the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Hudson more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- A Special Visitor Fall Philly, 2008- A Special Visitor
    We were shocked to discover that Eddie Van Halen stopped by our booth and to our complete awe, was wearing a GrinningElk T- shirt. We only had time to snap this quick photo as proof, so please understand that autographs were out of the question... more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- 1958 Sunburst Lefty Telecaster Fall Philly, 2008- 1958 Sunburst Lefty Telecaster
    Another great guitar of interest was in Groovy Guitar's booth- a '58 Lefty Tele in an ultra rare sunburst finish. The owner of Groovy is Charlie "Da Boss" Giovinazzo; He's another one of our Northern brothers and from the looks of the guns on this more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- 1962 Gibson Explorer Fall Philly, 2008- 1962 Gibson Explorer
    Here you'll see Jill, Michael and Jesse in Joe Menza's booth with a super- fine, original '62 Explorer. These guitars are rare enough because of their small production numbers, but to find one in this exceptional and original condition is a feat i more...
    Fall Philly, 2008- A Room with a View Fall Philly, 2008- A Room with a View
    As we travel across this country, going to guitar shows and logging miles, we sometimes come across a scene or view that we don't see everyday. It was Lee's idea to bring a little of that countryside back with us to share with you and in the follo more...
    Arlington, 2008- The Show Arlington, 2008- The Show
    This past weeks show was like a segment right out of the Twilight Zone- we saw things we knew we'd see and then some things that were quite the surprise. Lee and I always try to predict how a show will go before we actually get there, but after th more...
    Arlington, 2008- The New House Arlington, 2008- The New House
    Whenever Lee and I go out to Texas, we like to visit our good friend, Jerry. We'll usually go out to his ranch for an early dinner on Saturday nights, but when we went to meet him at his house this time, there were some guys doing work on his driv more...
    Arlington 2008 and the Doubleneck Arlington 2008 and the Doubleneck
    There are two things in this first photo that are exceptionally rare- the very first guitar made by the Fender Custom Shop and Mr. Jimmy Wallace, grinning like a cat eatin' cold cuts. This guitar was a featured item in his booth at the show and th more...
    Arlington, 2008 Arlington, 2008
    This was one of the cooler guitars we saw at the show last weekend- a 60's ES-5 Switchmaster that's obviously a custom ordered one- off. Regardless of what anyone will say, they truly don't make guitars like this anymore and this pictures proves t more...
    My First band and their 25th High School Reunion My First band and their 25th High School Reunion
    This past Saturday night was one great reunion for me and a bunch of my old friends. To start, it was the North Cobb High School Class of 1983's 25th reunion and was organized by my old roommate of the "lost years", Mr. Ted Crowder. He put togethe more...
    Fun with Hurricane Hanna and Grand Funk Railroad.... Fun with Hurricane Hanna and Grand Funk Railroad....
    As the junior 'Elk was reliving past glory's with his band, apply named "Ray and the Shadows", I got a call from Bruce Kulick with an invitation to join him to witness an onslaught of vintage GFR. You couldn't have lived in the 70's without hearin more...
    Charlotte, 2008 Charlotte, 2008
    Meet planet Earth's newest guitar dealer, Tom Blades. If you see him at a show, you'll instantly recognize him by the trail of milk coming from behind his ears. We personally tested the "new kitten in the cat box" theory by making him believe that more...
    Charlotte Show, 2008 Charlotte Show, 2008
    Here is a picture of Lee with two storied legends of the guitar world, Mr. Rod Norwood and Mr. Hank Sable. To photograph them together is such a rarity, the National Enquirer offered me $50,000.00 for this photo but I refused, lest I find myself b more...
    Charlotte, 2008 Charlotte, 2008
    This gentleman, Bryan drove a good way to show off two of the basses from his prized Jaydee collection. He even took the time on Sunday to display the basses and was more than willing to reveal the details and features of each. For once, I just sa more...
    Charlotte, 2008 Charlotte, 2008
    Here is the 'Elk booth- please don't be fooled by the relatively low number of guitars on the tables. What you don't see is the 25 guitars we bought, stashed under the green tablecloths. Small but efficient- that's just the way we like it..... more...
    Charlotte Show, 2008 Charlotte Show, 2008
    This is the future owner of Jim's Guitars, Mr. Ben Singleton. First, we bet him he couldn't take the top off this ES-350 with a credit card and lo' and behold he did it! His Dad almost killed him. Then we bet him again that he couldn't take the gu more...
    Blind Cat Watkins and Wee Lightning Willie. Blind Cat Watkins and Wee Lightning Willie.
    We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw, live and in person two of the greatest blues men ever to strum a flattop- Blind Cat Watkins and Wee Lightning Willie. What you don't see is the crowd of about 500 people behind the camera and when they bro more...
    Charlotte Guitar Show, 2008 Charlotte Guitar Show, 2008
    We just returned from the first Charlotte Guitar Show at the Metrolina Expo Center. The turnout was a little lower as often happens when a show is moved, but I'm sure the crowds will grow as the locals find the new location. The air conditioning w more...