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Gary Blanchard

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After finally getting the Gibson a couple of years ago, I thought I was set. Right...

 

In April I met Devon Macrae at the New England Folk Festivals selling hand-made guitars, mandolins, and other stringed instruments. I fell in love with his instruments and commissioned him to build one for me. The body is cherry, made from wood that has been in his family's barn for over 100 years. The top is Alaskan spruce, and he installed a K and K mini pickup. It is so beautiful to play and sounds wonderful.

 

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Cool and unusual guitar. Congratulations. :thu: Godin (Art & Lutherie, Seagull, Simon & Patrick, etc.) uses cherry extensively for their guitars. Some low-end models even have cherry tops.

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Gary, you’ve been supplementing your income** for years with “ok” instruments and done a fine job of it. It’s about time you parted with some of that excess performing cash. I know, it’s just less money you’ll have to give to your financial advisor team, but they can sacrifice.

 

**doing the stuff we all talk about.

 

nice guitar btw. Seh-heh-exy!

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Hah! How do you think?

 

Probably gorgeous, if the way it looks is any indication. :) But I have limited first-hand experience with cherry-bodied guitars, so I was curious as to how it compares tonally to other guitars that use more commonly-used body woods, like maple, mahogany or rosewood.

 

 

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Nutty, with a fruity nose. Great legs, pairs well with CSN, Croche, and, surprisingly, a bit of Hedges. Depending on the chef, of course.

..my prediction.

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I like the look. The Norman B20-12 I had was Cherry with a spruce top. Very loud and probably a bit of a raucous sounding guitar. Not suited for the average set of nerves, it was like finger picking a chalk board. But, it could cut through a mix. Definitely not a soloing tool.

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I love the sound. To me, it is a bit more mellow than the J45. The K & K mini pickup sounds much more natural to me than the pickups in the Gibson and Epiphone guitars. I am going in to the studio later today (I hope) and will provide some sound clips when I can.

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I never thought of a J45's sound to be anywhere near that of a normal Cherry wood soundbox. The J45 has always been a thumping, damped sound lacking projection and certainly resonance. If that new guitar is mellower than the J45 I'm thinking it's quiet.

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Perhaps mellower is not what I mean to say, and I am certainly talking about playing plugged in. My J45 is rather brash plugged in, the new guitar has more of a true acoustic sound plugged in. Here are two recording I did earlier today with the new guitar.

 

 

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Your new guitar certainly sounds lively in both recordings (I thoroughly enjoyed both, BTW) and I suspected you were referring to the plugged in sound as "mellow." Once again, Happy New Guitar Day. :thu:

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Hey! It sounds EXACTLY like a 6 string guitar. The big questions are, how does it feel in your hands, and does it subtly coerce you into being a better player? No need to answer (but you are free to expound!), as those questions are answered in your reviews, a yes.

 

That is really what new things regarding our present pastime/part-time/obsession (pick one or even more!) need to accomplish. Inspiration and mechanical comfort. Sound follows.

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