The duo played live on the great Country Music shows of the mid 1930’s, such as the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, the Midwestern Hayride, the Ozark Jubilee, and the National Barn Dance. These all not only had a live audience, but were broadcast on the radio. So millions of listeners became aware of the comedy duo. The guys hit it big when they discovered their niche of doing parodies of popular songs. And though Homer and Jethro were funny, both were serious musicians.
comping (accompianing), which was popular with most big band guitarists of the era. Instead of playing a single chord, the player would play variations of the chord or related chords, which made the song more interesting and made great use of the guitar as a rhythm instrument. One of the few guys that has mastered this technique is Doug Green aka Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky and the Time Jumpers.
Gibson L-5C throughout his career. He occasionally was seen with a natural finish and a sunburst L-5C.
Early in Haynes career, he played an Epiphone Triumph. He can be seen in videos with a Gibson J-200. The main instrument was always the L-5C.
|Homer with #001|
Homer Haynes Limited Edition Stratocaster that was limited to 500 units (Though some authorities say 200 units.)
Gibson L-5C is the cutaway model of the L-5. This beautiful instrument was carved by Gibson's craftsmen out of solid spruce. The body is 17” wide at the lower bout. The bound neck is fitted with an ebony fretboard, with pearloid, block inlays. The neck and binding features a point at the distal end of the neck. The headstock is bound and capped in black maple with a flower-pot inlay.
The binding around the body features six plies, while the binding on the neck and headstock are made of two plies.
Homer and Jethro’s humor may seem a little dated by todays standards, but it was always good clean fun. Both men’s instrumental musical ability was overshadowed by their fame as comedians.