1968 Martin 00-16C Guitar, Cottage EP

The Buddha Rats, Cottage EPThis is “The Cottage EP”, and it was written and recorded back in Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006.

I always loved the sound of a good nylon string guitar, and I had spent a few years recording and playing on my Dad’s old ’64 Goya. The Goya’s were a line of Swedish guitars built by the Levin family starting in the 1940’s, and rivaled the sound, and quality of Martin Guitars. Martin ended up buying the Goya name in the 70’s, moved production out of Sweden into Asia, and imported the inferior-quality guitars to America. If you ever get a chance to purchase a pre-1975 Goya, go for it: You won’t be disappointed.

By the time I was ready to buy a good Nylon of my own, I lucked into a deal on a 1968 Martin 00-16C concert sized guitar. The guitar had been owned by a little old lady from Connecticut, and kept in storage under her bed since the early 1970’s. With the exception of a bent tuning peg, the guitar was (and still is) in immaculate shape with simple appointments, no binding, a thick (but comfortable) neck, a thin dull lacquer finish, and a sound that can fill a room.

Once I got the 00-16C, my technique got better and my songs got simpler (at least for a little while).

But that’s enough talk. Here’s “The Cottage EP”: 3 songs (2 instrumentals, 1 with vocals), clocking in under 5 minutes and available for download (links in orange) for your listening pleasure. I hope you enjoy.

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2005, 2006 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Cataloged with The Library of Congress. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats ® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

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