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Great Boots for the Ladies
BIKERS cannot over-emphasize the importance of Great Boots. H-D makes great boots. Here are some great selections for the ladies, handpicked by the editor. Good leather is highly recommended. For sizing, consider how they will be with one pair of heavy, high quality socks. Forget high heels and sandals. You want safety, comfort, durability, and quality. Not too high..about 4 or 5 inches higher than the ankle is perfect. Strap and lacing is my preference.
Iíve been playing guitar for even more years than Iíve been riding motorcycles. Right now, I am busy selecting what I think will be the very best guitars and for various price ranges. As I find them I will post them here.
#1 Choice - The Martin Backpacker was selected number 1, because it is so portable you can take it with you on the motorcycle and it has a true sound that is not achieved with more expensive full bodied guitars. It is not going to get the volume of a full sized dreadnaught , but it gets enough volume and the tone is good on 19 out of 20 I have tried. You donít get many frets to work with, but what you do get should have perfect intonation. If you are going to take a guitar on a motorcycle, this is a cinch to go everywhere you go. It even comes with a gig bag. For the money, and for the portability, itís terrific. If you are not going to take it on the road, get a full sized dreadknaught for a few hundred more. You should have both. (Iíll find a few more good deals and post them.)
Strings are a matter of taste. For the Martin Backpacker and most guitars, mediums or lights are good, and you want round wound. I recommend you stay away from the lights until you are professional calibre, and only choose lights when you know that is the tonal quality you are looking for.
For the absolute finest in acoustic guitars I recommend older vintage Martins if you can find them, but they are going to cost a small fortune. They are for serious musicians. Many people do not understand why vintage instruments are usually preferred. With acoustic guitars, there was a particular wood that was used prior to the 80ís. Itís no longer available due to deforestation of the rain forests. There is an exact year if you want to go do the research at the CF Martin web site. Martin had a good supply of wood which they kept for their dreadnaught lines, but eventually they ran out. Older Guild and Gibson acoustics are also good choices.
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A true short story by the publisher of BIKERS USA, a 12th generation American, descendant of Jonathan Fairbanks, so you will greatly appreciate Great Boots.
Jonathan Fairbanks from Sowerby, Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, England and his family migrated to America aboard the Griffon in 1632. They landed at Boston, at a site which is now called Griffonsí Wharf. By 1636, the Fairbanks Homestead was built in Dedham and is now the oldest wooden frame house which is still standing in America. It stayed in the family all this time and was actually inhabited in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Other descendants include 4 presidents, (Adams, Adams, Bush, Bush) and a vice president (Charles Fairbanks was VP to the rough rider Teddy Roosevelt). There are many stories which I will have to tell when I write the novel, after I complete publication of the Fairbanks genealogy my mother, Joan Fairbanks, began more than 30 years ago. She has turned over 30 years of research to me. Her research took her to grave sites and libraries all around Dedham, Dover-Sherborn, Millis, and Medway, and other members of the family added some research in Halifax, England. I am writing much of this from memory after studying her research, which includes copies of original documents and completely stuffs a large suitcase.
My particular ancestry is to Captain George Fairbanks of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, second eldest son of Jonathan, and commander of the fort at Medway. He was 13 years old when they sailed to America.
The third eldest son of Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks was Jonas Fairbanks, who had problems with his feet. Somehow he was able to gain possession of a pair of ďgreat bootsĒ. This helped his feet very much. However, it got him in a bit of trouble with the governor of the colony. You see, only gentlemen who had attained a certain amount of wealth, 200 pounds, were allowed to wear great boots. In 1652 he was fined for wearing great boots before he was worth LB200, which was contrary to the sumptuary regulation of the government of Massachusetts ordered in 1651. There are differing stories as to whether or not Jonas had to relinquish the great boots or keep them. It was certain that Jonas would not be allowed to wear them, even though they greatly helped his aching feet.
The moral of this short but true story:
Wear Great Boots, because you can! They are worth the extra money, and your feet will appreciate them.
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