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Oct 17, 2019 - 1:43:24 PM
3 posts since 1/26/2016

Just trying to find some information on his guitars . Any info would be a help . Thanks

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:44:51 PM

3 posts since 1/26/2016

Made by a fellow named James . I think he was from south MS .

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:55:40 PM

461 posts since 11/9/2008

What kind of info are you looking for? The builder’s name was Harry James and he was indeed from Mississippi. He unfortunately passed away a little ways back.

I was fortunate enough to have one of his fantastic resos. I can’t remember the serial number off of the top of my head, but it was an ovangkol body with a quilted maple top. A real beauty and sounded as good as it looked!

I am not sure if anyone on this forum knew Harry as well as Trapper Wyatt. He has several of Harry’s builds and spoke to him on a regular basis.  Hopefully, he sees this and can contribute his thoughts.

Edited by - SlimPickins on 10/17/2019 14:56:28

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:03:58 PM

2954 posts since 7/27/2008

Yes, Harry passed away in August, 2017.

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:24:23 AM

332 posts since 1/14/2012

A couple of members have posted reviews of his guitars here.

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:35:27 AM
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563 posts since 9/2/2008

I have a buddy who plays a James regularly on stage, outfitted with Fishman PU and Doubleshot. It was his first custom guitar. That he leaves two 'Horns at home says he likes this one just fine for live shows.

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:47:40 PM

403 posts since 8/29/2013

This buddy you mention doesn't happen to have a first name Lee and hail from Cornelia, GA per-chance?

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:01:19 PM



563 posts since 9/2/2008

Originally posted by DBChimer

This buddy you mention doesn't happen to have a first name Lee and hail from Cornelia, GA per-chance?

Yes he does.

Lee Hiers doesn't appear to be an online member here (he may be using an alias).  He was active on, which is inactive...

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:55:40 AM
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403 posts since 8/29/2013

He's not only a heckuva' good dobro player but a really nice guy as well. Used to pick with him and Barry Palmer a few years back.

Those were the days.

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:00:55 AM

403 posts since 8/29/2013

BTW...I don't think he ever used an alias on any of those sites you mentioned, he used just plain 'ole Lee.

Maybe one of these days he might decide to chime in here and we all can become reacquainted.

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:41:18 AM

1132 posts since 7/28/2008

Lee is the one who put me on to Harry James and I visited Harry to try out his instruments.  I had him build one for me. It is a deep body R with soundwell in solid cherry.  Nice instrument!

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:58:08 AM

403 posts since 8/29/2013

Truly a small dobro world we live in

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:25:19 PM

403 posts since 8/29/2013

As a side note for some of you who may not be familiar with Barry Palmer, he happens to be a pharmacist by trade and one of the best 5-string banjo players I ever heard.

He's garnered additional fame as taking over and being the leader of "The Bluegrass Alliance" band for a number of years and home-based in Cleveland, GA.

At an early time in his career, he followed JD Crowe as the banjo picker for Jimmy Martin.

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:11:58 AM

3 posts since 1/26/2016

I have an opportunity to purchase one of his resos . It looks & sounds good . Some better than my 86 dobro square neck . I'm not sure of the construction . However there is a detailed list of the materials used for the build in the case . Even the persons name it was built for . It sounds like a good investment I may take the plunge . Thanks for the information . If the transaction takes place I'll post some pictures & the info . Thanks again .

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