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Dangerous Lee Interviews Professional Handmade Guitar Maker – Ron Luczak

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Who owns the first guitar you created in 1982?

I still have that guitar, it’s a small scale “mini” sized copy of the 1958 Gibson ‘Explorer” model, but I never entirely finished it enough to make it playable. I was so excited about what I accomplished half way through, that I bought more lumber and started making a few more full size guitars and from there I just kept going.

Why do you prefer to work with Mahogany, Maple and Rosewood?

These woods are traditional musical instrument woods and I rationalized that there must be a good reason they were always used, so I didn’t deviate too much, although I have experimented with other wood species I always come back to the Mahoganies & Maples.

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You don’t play guitar, so what keeps you so motivated to create. Is it a love for music?

I don’t actively “play” at the moment but I was drawn to guitars as early as I can remember and I learned how to play over time and have been in bands and made occasional recordings mainly as a hobby. When I was about 20, it seemed like everybody was playing the guitar and I got the notion to try to build a guitar and I just never stopped. I can pick up a guitar and play anytime I want, but building is just more exciting to me.

I understand you’d like to make a guitar for Paul McCartney. Have you tried to reach out to him or his “people” to make it happen?

His name is just the first one I could think of during a local TV interview, which was conducted at 8am when I was barely awake and hadn’t had coffee yet (ha). It could have been a lot of different “names” that I might have blurted out, but yes It would be marvelous to have him or any of the many artist’s that I admire to play a guitar I made. I don’t feel comfortable soliciting a famous person to hold my guitar just because their famous, or for gimmicky reasons. I’d rather they want one because they find my guitar to be a useful tool to create their music with.

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Can you make other instruments?

I have made a few Bass guitars but I feel that I fully understand how a regular 6-string guitar should feel, play and sound so for the time being I’m compelled to concentrate on doing “what I do best”, although I do aspire to build Mandolin’s and Arch-Top Jazz guitars in the future.

What is your ultimate dream for Luczak Guitars?

When I was just starting out in my early twenties I imagined the scenario of a huge factory with lots of employees and every music store around would stock my guitars, but now, quite honestly, that sounds like a great big stress-filled headache! I don’t want the “Business” of it all to stifle my “Art”. I would be content to operate a small scale production with just a few employees who are also fellow crafts-people and 8 hours a day we would custom hand-build each guitar for the customer, as it was ordered, while preserving our social lives, such as having a beer at the 501 in Flint on Friday nights with our closest friends.

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British Celebrities We Wish Would Go Away!

Before going any further let us be clear that we aren’t wishing harm on these people, we just really wish they would retire or go a long way away from anywhere they could encounter a film crew or photographer.

Just who are those annoying celebrities who always seem to be on the television or in the newspapers?

Sir Paul McCartney

Peace on earth … Paul McCartney at Paris fashion week earlier this month.

It pains us to bring the Beatles legend into such a discussion, but for a guy who hasn’t made a decent track in around 30 years he is still awfully popular. The tipping point probably came in the summer, when he seemed to be everywhere, most notably the Olympic Games opening and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Surely, it’s time for Sir Paul to enjoy his retirement. No-one would begrudge him that, he has earned it. There are only so many more times we can listen to a strained rendition of ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ or ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ Maybe he just turns up to see the fireworks displays that happen on these occasions.

Anyone from ‘The Only Way is Essex’

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Admittedly, we don’t know the names of anyone from this show, but we’re sick of asking who that is on the front of the newspaper or on the television, for the response to be ‘someone from The Only Way is Essex.’

Great, and they are famous for what? Actually, leave it at that, we would rather live in a bubble, ignorant of that world.

Keith Lemon

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Okay, so Leigh Francis’ most popular creation – allegedly based on one of his best friends – is funny a lot of the time, but television executives just seem intent on ramming him down our throats as much as possible.

Using the character to make money and attract viewers might make good business sense, but he’ll ultimately become stale and within months, we’d have all switched off.

Celebrities, Period

This is getting the better of us now. Why don’t we just do away with celebrities’ altogether? The way the media portrays certain people, it is almost as if we have to throw a party every time one of them manages to get out of a taxi or leave a London nightclub without causing huge embarrassment to themselves.

Of course, this then manifests itself across society, which then has ramifications on the way we live, how our children grow up, and how disillusioned older generations get with the world.

Let’s just end celebrity culture, have a fireworks party, and get on with our lives.

Author Byline: Stuart Green is a content writer and specializes in information about fireworks displays, fireworks for sale and the fireworks industry in general. Stuart’s passion has come from years of experience and watching displays as a child.

Ask Dangerous Lee: I have a huge crush on Benedict Cumberbatch and I haven’t a clue why…

Q:I have a huge crush on Benedict Cumberbatch and I haven’t a clue as to why. I am 61 years old. I understand the age difference and even age-appropriate Sir Paul McCartney keeps getting married and never answers my letters. On a scale of one to ten what are  my chances of dating Sherlock Holmes? Seriously, I go faint and numb just watching the PBS “Sherlock” reruns…of course that might be my medications inteacting, but it feels like love or at least late-life lust. I thought I’d be much more reasonable at this age, but nooooooo!

Sally Franz

Portland, Oregon

Benedict Cumberbatch

A: I had to Google Benedict to find out who he was and I must say I have no idea why you’re attracted to him either because he is a funny looking fella, but hey whatever floats your boat. Be happy that at 61 you still get sexually aroused. Your chances are slim to none of dating Benedict, but that’s cool too! You’re a certified Cougar and I hope I’m like you in 30 more years. Now go out there and get under or on top of someone. Don’t forget to practice safe sex ;)

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Friday, March 20th on “Ask Dangerous Lee Live”

The Last Beatle Standing

Dangerous and HP talk to David Wood the author of Around the World in 80 Rounds, Jacob James the author of The Good Guise a book that identifies John Lennon and Paul McCartney as being the two witnesses that appear in The Bible at Revelation 11:3, and comedian and star of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Dante Rusciolelli. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.

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Dante Rusciolelli

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