4/4/2014: Sal Al and Rambling Kind at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls

Where: Mocha Maya’s, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA
When: Friday, April 4, at 8PM

On Friday, April 4, we will be joining our friends Rambling Kind at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls.  If you haven’t seen Rambling Kind before, you should definitely check them out.  They are a great bluegrass band that plays original music as well as standards.

Mocha Maya’s is a great place to see live music, worth the drive if you don’t live in Franklin County, MA.  The sound is good, the chairs are comfortable, and you can get decent coffee and tea as well as beer.

The Fender pedal steel guitar needs work! Let’s go to the hardware store.

Working on the Fender “500″, as Ryan and I call it, almost always necessitates at least one trip to the local hardware store. This always means we’ll get at least three or four questioning glances as we roam around, picking out thin wire cable, turnbuckles, tiny screws, steel wool, angled aluminum stock, hooks, and buckets of lighter fluid. The last time we spent a day working on the Fender, a clerk made a joke about us making a bomb when we dumped all this on the counter. When we ran out of lighter fluid and had to go back and buy out the entire inventory, he didn’t laugh.

If you’re unaware of the history of the Fender, you can read up on it here. What follows is an update on the recent work Ryan and I have done on the guitar.

(All photos by Brandee Simone)

 

Here's a full shot of the Fender 500 in all it's glory. Ryan and I sanded the chipping black paint off of the aluminum frame, buffed it with 0000 steel wool, and polished it with Brasso. We also spray painted the body and pedal board with white auto paint.

Here’s a full shot of the Fender 500 in all it’s glory. Ryan and I sanded the chipping black paint off of the aluminum frame, buffed it with 0000 steel wool, and polished it with Brasso. We also spray painted the body and pedal board with white auto paint.