I totally enjoyed all aspects of the Gathering. The jamming in the morning before breakfast. Thank you to Pat who had coffee for us!!!!! All the workshops provided more info then my mind could absorb. And as you can see the pictures of the evening activities posted above. The entertainment was fabulous. I made two trip to Gruhn’s. That has to be the best Guitar Store on the planet. On Friday afternoon I went with Carson, Justin and Jim. We were given the grand tour. Up to the 3rd floor to see the service shop and talk to a couple of the techs. Then we got to go to the 2nd floor. George Gruhn himself came out and started talking guitars. He sat down with an 80 year old Martin(65k), played it and talked about what he looks for. (There is a video on YouTube with Vince Gill where he talks about a lot of the same things. He then picked up a brand new 18 style sinker mahogany. (The mahogany for the back and sides are around 100 years old. (Go to his Website and read about them). As he played first one then the other he talked about how similar the sound was from both. Both had a warmth to them. I was almost persuaded to get the Sinker but was able to just ‘SAY NO’ to myself. However that being said the need(want) continued the rest of the day and on the long drive home. So after a lot agonizing over the weekend I decided that I would order one. I decided on: Martin Custom Shop 18 Style 0000 size 14 fret w/ Sinker Mahogany / sunburst. It looks and plays great. Oh, based on George’s comments/recommendations I had them install the K&K Pure Mini w/volume control. Anyway if your haven’t been to a Gathering I highly recommend it. I have now been to two summer gatherings and two fall(fingerstyle) gatherings. You’ll meet great folks with common interest. You have a chance to learn in a live environment as opposed to watching on the internet.
In closing I just want to thank Steve and Paulette and the rest of the team for all of their hard work. The venue was great. The dorms were, well dorms, but it was extremely nice that they were made available to use for our stay.