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For two trimesters, the students feverishly worked on their guitars, hoping to complete them by the end of the school year. If they fell off pace, they worked in the shop after school. On a few occasions, McNeill met the entire class for a full day of work on a Saturday. From start to finish, the guitars took each student between 120 and 150 hours to complete.
News of Bartlett’s plight reached Bachman at his home on Salt Spring Island in B.C. He took out a pen and signed another guitar, a white-butterscotch-blond Yamaha-Pacifica with a raindrop pick guard, and sent it to Bartlett.
“When you’re playing—whether for pleasure, money, or anything else—it’s a job. And once you realize that you need to work out your body in order to build up stamina, balance, and endurance, you’ll be able to do it longer with fewer injuries,” says [Douglas] Dennis.
Pruitt has played with artists including Bo Diddley, Ike and Tina Turner and Ivory Joe Hunter.After teaching himself to play from the radio with a guitar he made from a cigar box, Pruitt started playing clubs in Laurel and Hattiesburg in 1948 at age 15.