Earl Scruggs and his Guitar

A sort of obscure (and wonderful) Earl Scruggs guitar performance is his recording of "Georgia Buck" on the album "The Fabulous Sound of Flatt and Scruggs" (Columbia, CS9055). It's an odd tune with some strange timing, unusual chord changes, and some of the best fingerstyle guitar playing you'll ever hear. The composers' credit on the album is given to "Scruggs-Flatt", but I'm not sure if this was an original tune or an arrangement of a traditional. I've heard a recording of a tune by Bascom Lamar Lunsford called "Georgia Buck", but it had a completely different melody and chord progression and also had words.

My dad was a longtime fan of Scruggs' guitar playing, and he had a few stories about it. . .

He was standing in line one night to get into a Flatt and Scruggs show, and got into a conversation with an old farmer about the greatness of Scruggs' banjo playing. After this had gone on for awhile, the farmer added, "Yep, and he's the beatinest thing I ever hyeered on a git-tar, too!"

Once on a Flatt and Scruggs TV show, there was a request for "Nine Pound Hammer" which was coming up right after a tune Scruggs had played on the guitar. He was on his way back for the banjo, but when Flatt introduced the song, Scruggs just turned back to the mic and tore into it on the guitar, taking the entire band by surprise and picking the living daylights out of it.

At a live show one night, Dad got a close-up look at Scruggs' old D-18 (the one with the entire upper half of the top covered with a pickguard) and said that it had a hole the size of a dime in the back of it.

Thanks to Greg Earnest for this info!