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Monday Motivation: No Nails Edition

“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”
-Duke Ellington

Today we feature Gary Stewart playing Albeniz with no nails. The guitar he is playing is a copy of a Torres. The video is only of the guitar, not Gary.

6 Responses
  1. 2010 February 2
    Franck B permalink


    I like your site very much, but this particular video doesn’t seem to be working.


  2. 2010 February 2

    Hi Franck, it should be working now.


  3. 2010 February 2

    It’s been so many years now since I didn’t have nails, I’m very curious about playing without them. Of course, it’s impossible if you play with other guitarist’s on a regular basis, I’d never be able to keep up the sound. Nice recording.

  4. 2010 February 11
    Cary Terry permalink

    I am without nails at the moment to reinforce technical and tone issues.

    I sure don’t sound like that…, but wish I did.

    I do plan on working with Mr. Thames to have a guitar made in the next few years.

  5. 2011 March 1
    Pete permalink

    There is a very nice vid of Lieske playing a very special Torres! (piece starts at 0:58)
    (piece starts at 0:58)

  6. 2011 March 2
    Justin permalink

    Beautiful song, and great tone, never heard someone without nails sound like this. I wonder if Mr. Thames did something special with this guitar to accomadate. The bridge is bit strange, did Torres make a 12 hole bridge? And whats with all the extra nut material extending over the bass side? Whatever it is, I’m sure Mr. Thames had good reason to do so!