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    A friend is totally into old jazz hollow bodied guitars from the '50's and '60's. He brought one this weekend along with his mothers old acoustic

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    The acoustic needs a lot of love and care - normally I would say it isn't worth the time but when he said he wanted to play it again for his mom before she died, how could I say no. It will be the subject of another thread, but here are some of the issues

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    The other guitar is a 1954 Epiphone Zephyr. He bought the guitar missing most of its hardware and electronics and has been slowly acquiring the correct parts - tuners, the Frequesator tailpiece, pickup and ring. He brought it to me to put the tailpiece on, fit the bridge, make a nut and saddle for it.

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    Pretty straight forward. Here it is with my little (by comparison) jazz box - mine is 17 inch, this is 17-1/2 across the lower bout

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    Just to show the size, her it is with a normal tele

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    As they say, size matters...

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    • #3
      IMO it certainly makes a difference in the acoustical sound, but while they're undeniably cool, gigantic-sized bodies are just too uncomfortable for a lot of people to play.

      I look forward to the restoration thread on that old Harmony...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
        IMO it certainly makes a difference in the acoustical sound, but while they're undeniably cool, gigantic-sized bodies are just too uncomfortable for a lot of people to play.

        I look forward to the restoration thread on that old Harmony...

        Phil, in general I don't like large guitars - dreadnaughts and jumbos are just too big for me. Here is a fun picture of my jazz guitar and the parlor - that little guitar is amazingly loud

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        • #5
          I was in the studio over the weekend, and was given a new guitar by one of the guys in the band. It relates to both the Harmony AND the 12 fret parlor guitar in oblique ways. I'm going to make a NGD thread about it in a while...

          BTW, that parlor is just gorgeous - did you build that?

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          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            Looking forward to the restoration thread on the Harmony. Size matters to me too but for different reasons. I'm a big guy and I look goofy playing a little guitar (some people say I just plain look goofy ).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
              IMO it certainly makes a difference in the acoustical sound, but while they're undeniably cool, gigantic-sized bodies are just too uncomfortable for a lot of people to play.

              I look forward to the restoration thread on that old Harmony...
              I'm not a big guy and I really dig hollow body and semi hollow body guitars.
              I have a Gretsch TN, ES 335 and a ES 135, a couple of Godin 5th Aves, and the ES 275 that you reviewed a few years back.

              I figure if one can love a Martin D28 of Guild F Body, you can get used to an Archtop Jazz box.

              What is not comfy for me, is guitars with a big deep body. Still D 28's rock and J45's I love too.

              With a pup in a guitar, it's a whole new game.

              Too deep of a body and they will be more prone to feedback. You need to keep the volume at a reasonable level too, or you're looking for trouble.






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              • #8
                I used get a little wild with my big body jazz box
                Cranked up to the edge of feedback it got a nice Ted Nugent kind of sound

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                • #9
                  That's a sweet Epiphone Zephyr

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