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Charles Esten has the en­vi­able job of play­ing a se­lec­tion of fine gui­tars in his role as Dea­con Clay­bourne is the US TV hit Nashville, and he says he’s just as guilty of Gear Ac­qui­si­tion Syn­drome as the rest of us. “The one that I play all the time [in the show] is a Martin D-28,” he tells us. “I have it around my neck half the time I’m on stage, and when Dea­con plays, he’s plays that an aw­ful lot, too. There’s just some­thing about it that re­ally felt great, es­pe­cially when I put it down in dou­ble drop D.” The tun­ing (drop­ping the two E strings down to D) has be­come a favourite for Charles and has even shown up in a cou­ple of songs on the show. “It takes out that 3rd, which makes it not quite as pos­i­tive if you’re play­ing a ma­jor and not quite as sad if you’re play­ing a mi­nor,” he ex­plains. “It’s that kind of neb­u­lous area, which I like a lot… and I think Dea­con likes a lot, too.” Series five of Nashville is on Sky Liv­ing.

We were sad to hear that gui­tar builder Steve Ac­worth passed away on 21 May. Ini­tially based at Wing Mu­sic in Kent in the early 1970s, he went on to work on in­stru­ments be­long­ing to Rick Parfitt and Fran­cis Rossi and make gui­tars for Jeff Beck, Pete Town­shend and Keith Richards. Gui­tarist reader Keith Smart notes: “Steve made a lot of T-style gui­tars and said that Leo’s orig­i­nal gui­tar de­sign could not be bet­tered. As well as cre­at­ing in­stru­ments, he was an artist and an in­ven­tor. He will be missed.”

The sec­ond Gary Moore in­stru­ment auc­tion at Bon­hams took place on 28 June and saw the col­lec­tion sell for 10 times its es­ti­mate. The Sonic Blue ’57 Reis­sue Fender Strat that he used for the Out In The Fields pro­mo­tional video, 1997 Dark Days In Par­adise Euro­pean tour, plus Live At Mon­treux per­for­mance from that year, sold for £22,500 (in­clud­ing pre­mium). A 2008 Gib­son Les Paul Gary Moore/Dark Fire pro­to­type gui­tar hit £12,500 against an es­ti­mate of £3,000 to £5,000, and Moore’s 2012-made pro­to­type of his 2013 Trib­ute Les Paul sig­na­ture went for £10,625 (es­ti­mated £2,000 to £2,500).

Bri­tish folk gui­tarist Martin Simp­son will host a three-day work­shop at the Ken­wood Hall Ho­tel in Sh­effield from 17 to 19 Novem­ber. The work­shop is open to play­ers of var­i­ous abil­i­ties and is question-led, with a com­mu­nal din­ner in the evening. For more info visit www.mar­tin­simp­son.com

Nashville’s Dea­con Clay­bourne, played by Charles Esten, has an affin­ity with the Martin D-28

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