This page features select gear and reso-related products: the Rob Ickes Model Wechter Scheerhorn resonator guitar, a new DVD-Video featuring a studio performance by Rob Ickes, with special guests Andy Leftwich on mandolin and Michael Alvey on piano, plus links to recommended instructional materials.
Performance DVD-Video New Release! Rob Ickes: Contemporary Dobro Artistry In these intimate studio performances, Rob Ickes (Blue Highway, Three Ring Circle) is joined by bluegrass prodigy Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Three Ring Circle) on mandolin, and then by jazz pianist Michael Alvey, for a powerful set of richly improvisational instrumental duets, followed by two signature solo works. The DVD includes a wide-ranging interview, a photo gallery, and a bonus audio CD of all 17 tunes from the DVD.
Release Date: 08/08/08 DVD length: 67 minutes
Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Track List: (click on loudspeaker to hear audio clips; our apologies that they are currently not functional for Firefox users)
1. Angeline the Baker (see video, below)
I Am a Pilgrim
Be Thou My Vision
Stanford and Son
Made in France
I'm Thinkin' Tonight of My Blue Eyes
10. Blackberry Blossom
11. Jack's BBQ Blues
Lullaby of Birdland
Some Other Time
Stars Fell on Alabama
Ireland, Love of my Heart
The Old Rugged Cross
Price: $29.95 + $3 shipping (U.S. addresses). Please note that orders placed after December 17, 2008 will be shipped on January 2, 2009.
The first video, below, shot in a quiet room at IBMA World of Bluegrass in 2007, provides a great opportunity to hear what this instrument sounds like, and includes a few comments about the instrument by Rob and luthier Tim Scheerhorn. (Or you can just skip to 3:20 if you want to steal a few "Salt Creek" licks). Not seeing the videos? You may need to click a security message at the top of your screen to "allow block content" if you are not seeing the two video screens below.
In the 2nd video, Rob plays a Model 6535R right out of the box, Tim and Rob discuss topics such as the "feel of the guitar", the geometry of the neck angle, the cone, and the mix of wood & metal. Rob sneaks in a micro-lesson, at 2:34, on playing in G minor.
Rosewood back and sides
Flush maple fret markers and dot inlay
Round soundholes with screenless rings
Tortoise shell pickguard
"Rob Ickes" inlaid in fingerboard
GHS TS1600 Tim Scheerhorn Resonator strings
Hardshell Case included
(For info on the Schertler Basik with Wechter exclusive onboard preamp, go here.)
Final setup in Wechter Guitar's Indiana shop includes installation of
* bone nut
* premium spun aluminum cone
* cast aluminum spider
* hard maple saddles with proprietary Scheerhorn model black cap
* proprietary Scheerhorn internal baffle
* chrome plated tailpiece and coverplate
You can order either version of the Rob Ickes Model Wechter Scheerhorn using Google Checkout. Domestic shipping is included. Foreign shipping varies widely; to find out what shipping charges will apply to your non-U.S. address, please send an email with your shipping address to email@example.com before ordering. If you prefer to order using PayPal, you can do so at www.robickes.com.