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Froggy Bottom F12 | “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

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The guitarist Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of the popular 1930’s song on a Froggy Bottom 12-fret F model guitar.

by Froggy Bottom Guitars
June 16, 2016

In this video, Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of the popular song from the Great Depression, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” on a Froggy Bottom F12 that features figured koa back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top. The origins Froggy Bottom's F12 design lie in a smashed Martin F-7 archtop guitar from 1965. That archtop was converted by luthier and guitar repair expert Marc Silber into a flattop in order to salvage the instrument, and as the guitar made its rounds in the Greenwich Village folk scene, other players began converting F-7s. Froggy Bottom's F12 is comfortable to play, and features excellent projection and string-to-string balance.

Scott is a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta blues, as well as fiddle and banjo music from the Appalachian region. Scott teaches privately and is an in-demand guitar instructor at workshops around the country. He also presents educational concerts in schools, teaching the African and European roots of Southern American music to students of all ages.

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” was written by composer Jay Gorney and lyricist Yip Harburg in 1930, and was recorded by Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, and many others.


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