Recording Info Sheet:


Title: Relentless Slide Blues

Style/Series: Acoustic 12-String Guitar

Format: Single

Recording Date: 2009

Release Date: Various

Track Notes (Bandcamp):

These were experimental recordings. For generating ideas. Not for release. After rent increases abruptly ended the Lab, I decided some of the exploratory tracks were interesting enough to share. For full effect, TURN IT UP. Don't forget to turn it back down.

For this test recording, I was focused on how big of a slide tone I could get from a simple solo 12-string acoustic guitar song.

The instrument is most likely a prototype Gibson B-45 (it's factory built with a legal inscribed 1961 serial number, but it doesn't fit official descriptions). Gibson made a lot of B-45's, from 1961 to 1979. Most were not playable at a recording level. A few great B-45's were somehow made, but they are incredibly rare. This is one of them.

Two A level artists who made excellent recordings with B-45's were Leo Kottke (his legendary Armadillo album), and Gordon Lightfoot. Unfortunately, both of their playable B-45's were stolen and never recovered. Kottke searched far and wide, but never found another one. Lightfoot did find one. When touring, he never let the B-45 out of his sight. Lightfoot fans knew the last song at concerts would be a 12-string song, so Gordon could carry the B-45 off stage with him.

That's how incredibly difficult they are to find. After this recording,
my B-45 ended up in storage. It's still there. Just the way it is.


Instrument Tech:
Guitar: 1964 Gibson B-45 12-String
Mods: Carbon fiber saddle, ebony bridge pins
Tuning: Open G

Player Tech:
Style: Thumb and finger picks
Slide: Craftsman 11/16ths thick wall deep socket

Composed by PwM
Audio production by PwM
(Mea culpa)
Acoustic Blues Lab Release: 3/8
Music 2009 Paul Warren Miller
Art 2022 Paul Warren Miller
License: All rights reserved

The Hardcore Studies:
This project was intended to push further into hardcore blues than
common sense would advise.


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