James Gordon

BACKGROUND

Performance Experience
James Gordon, Harmonica Technician, is also known as a performer (and to his friends) as Jimmy Gordon. He got his first Harmonica at age 4 and began playing professionally at age 13.

He has played Harmonica with Rock, Roots, and Blues Musicians and Songwriters such as Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, J.J. Cale, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, NRBQ, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson and more.

Jimmy has played Harmonica in all types of venues from honkytonks to Carnegie Hall(with Cale) and all types of clubs, performing with Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonicas.

Come On Over was his first CD, released in 1997. In addition to Harmonica he also performs and records with electric and acoustic guitar, lapsteel, and Fender Bass, and vocals.

Technical Experience
James L. Gordon, Harmonica Technician, has tuned and modified Harmonicas since the mid-seventies. He has invented tunings of his own design and is in contact with others who do the same. He has operated a Harmonica repair service for many years.

In 1997 James met Master harmonica technician Joe Filisko at the annual convention of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. After some correspondence James was invited by Filisko to study the highly unique and refined techniques developed by Joe and his long-time associate and fellow Master tech Richard Sleigh involved in the production and repair of The Filisko Method Harmonica, played by professionals the world over.

He spent over a year in study performing strictly repairs prior to the release of his line of Gordon Custom Harmonicas in 1999; authorized Filisko Method Harmonicas.

James is now also a contributor to the further advancement of these remarkable Filisko Method instruments, and is fully authorized to produce and service Filisko Method Harmonicas.

Joe Filisko, Richard Sleigh, and James L. Gordon are in frequent contact fully sharing information and techniques exploring and furthering the art of the high-end Custom Harmonica. This powerful union enables James to create some of the finest diatonic Harmonicas available to the general public.

Teaching Experience
James has taught Harmonica at public and private schools, as well as seminars on Harmonica Repair and Music Theory at SPAH Conventions. He has taught private lessons for over 25 years.

General Information

Gordon Custom Harmonicas offers Filisko Method diatonics for sale to seasoned professionals, intermediate and beginners alike. James’ client list includes a range of players from the very famous to those simply in need of a far superior instrument.

Ordering

Send payment along with full contact information and order request to:
GORDON CUSTOM HARMONICAS
P.O. Box 461
Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Please e-mail for further information and/or telephone number

Shipping

All orders are shipped US Mail insured. Cost is $9 for the first instrument and $2 for each additional instrument.

For International Shipping a flat fee of $40 will apply.

For International orders over $650 please acquire an account with FedEx or DHL. Please note that I no longer can ship Harmonicas to Italy or Spain due to regulations.

Lead Time

Please check with me by email.

Orders are processed in the sequence of arrival with payment.  Thank You.

Pricing

Marine Band 1896 - $180
Includes:

• Blues Setup - Tuning,
• Filisko Method Reedwork
• Sealed Pearwood Comb
• Coverplates to Filisko Specifications
• Reedplate exposed edges rounded and smoothed

Options:

• Composite Wood Comb attached with screws - add $80
• Overblow Setup w/composite comb- $390
• Alternate tunings - inquire

Golden Melody - $180
Includes:

• Blues Setup - Tuning,
• Filisko Method Reedwork
• Reedplate exposed edges rounded and smoothed

Options:

• Alternate Tunings - inquire

Special 20 - $165
Includes:

• Blues Setup - Tuning
• Filisko Method Reedwork
• Coverplate opened in rear

Options:

• Alternate Tunings - inquire

Marine Band 364 - $325

Includes:

• Blues Setup - Tuning
• Sealed Pearwood Comb
• Reedplate exposed edges rounded and smoothed
• Filisko Method Reedwork