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Guitar Stories: The Bones of J.R. Jones' Dean CE Cutaway Resonator

I bought my guitar on a whim in a small shop on the outskirts of Buffalo about seven years ago. It was on sale for 350 dollars. The guy threw in a gigbag, too. My previous guitar was a beautiful Taylor that cost me more than I pay in rent even today.

The Bones of J.R. Jones: On What It's Like to Be a One-Man Band

The question, "Why do you play as a one man band?" gets asked to me a lot. The funny thing is, it was never a conscious choice to go this route. It was born out of necessity. I wanted to create something bigger than a singer songwriter project, something that was full of passion, something that would punch people in the chest with meaning, but also something I could take out to the dive bars in town and catch people's ear.

The Bones of J.R. Jones: On The Undeniable Pull of Vinyl

I remember reading a quote somewhere about taking vinyl home and having to live with it. What struck me about the quote was the concept of "living" with what was just basically a vehicle for recorded music. What a strong sentiment. You never hear anyone talk about living with their mp3's, CDs, or whatever. It's a romantic notion for sure and it makes sense when you really start to break down what a vinyl record means.

The Bones of J.R. Jones: On Recording

Recording like song writing is usually a slow process for me. I start by cutting some very rough demos of songs on my own. I usually just hit record on my computer and start to play. I see what I can lay down and build it up from there.