While Son House was just as passionate a vocalist in the 1960s, his guitar playing was certainly not up to par. Compare his playing in those video clips and on his 1965 Columbia album, with his 78-RPM sides. I have heard that it took a Canadian teenager (Colin Linden) to re-teach House his own guitar parts. I have read the same story about Al Wilson (of "Canned Heat") also re-teaching him. Maybe both stories are true with the 2 different individuals.
Chances are when House was in his prime, he played with the customary plain G just like his peers. I wonder if that was his own "National" guitar he is always shown playing in the 1960s? Did he play a "National" on those late 1930s 78-RPM sides?
: Hi Terry,
: In fact, I never met a country blues
: guitarist who played music prior to WWII who
: did not prefer an unwound third string. If
: you look at the Vestapol videos put out by
: Stefan Grossman and look at the older
: players--John Hurt, Henry Townsend, Bill
: Broonzy, et al, they're all playing playing
: unwound third strings with the possible
: exception of Josh White.
: All best,