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Glenn F

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  1. Quite simply this: 1) the local shops are at best unethical, and worst, outright crooks. Simple. I tried to develop relationships with them, but was lied to, treated like a new customer everytime I went back and 2) buying in a shop gives no right of return here. Buying online automatically gives me the right to return a guitar without having to even provide a reason within a reasonable time frame. So, this is inconvenient and annoying, but it is the safest way for me to get the guitar I want.
  2. Funny. I forgot about it all weekend, until a couple of hours ago. Then it hit me: I HAVE A MARTIN COMING TOMORROW!
  3. Thanks. Scheduled to arrive Monday. I've been disappointed with Martins, on occasion, but since this guitar has been bought, sold, inspected and setup by pros, is classified as 'near mint,' I think the probability of me sending it back is slim. I frigging hope so. I'm too old for this insanity.
  4. you know, it's occasionally difficult for me to spot sarcasm online... 😂
  5. Thanks. I had one of those. Impressive guitar for the money. Played a gig with it in 2015. I couldn't get used to the V neck, though. This whole process has served to remind me how I hate the whole process. I've had to drag 4 guitars to a UPS collection point (we don't have a car), which hasn't been easy as I have trouble walking these days due to chronic gout in my feet. My wife has had enough, too.
  6. Nah. Well, a little. A Martin 000-17SM showed up at the shop, and I decided to go for it. I'm going to have to sell my Taylor 320 for it, though. Should be here Monday or Tuesday. The BSG is a very nice guitar. It just didn't stand out in any way in comparison to my other acoustics, whereas the Martin likely will. I've wanted a Martin 12 fret slotted headstock git for a while. Everything I've read about this model has been overwhelmingly positive. So that's the story. I expect the shop will start blocking my emails and calls soon.
  7. Nothing to see here...dum de dum....
  8. Me too! Jameson's is my fave Irish whiskey.
  9. Mod, Please remove. Thanks, Glenn
  10. Doesn't the bbs have captcha or other bot filters? Given the level of traffic here these days, it might be better to approve new members personally. Honestly, I know you're doing the best you can, but seeing all the spam at the top every morning is a turnoff.
  11. Been there, done that. Again, twice. Were named Gertrude and Heathcliff.
  12. Lol. My neurosis on full display... It's been a while since the little mönkey has gotten out to play so crazily. I already have a Taylor 320,:hog/sapele dread. Rib rattler, great for alt-tuning. I want a good spruce/hog combo. The one I'm getting doesn't have an ebony fretboard, something I usually aim for. it would be nice to walk into a local shop and there'd be 5 or 6 guitars all on my radar, waiting for me to try them out.
  13. After a thorough thrashing out with it last week, I've declared the truce over and am sending it back. Again. As I've said above, the guitar just doesn't suit my hands, and there's no getting around that. The sound was amazing, but that isn't enough. The shop has graciously allowed me leeway over the 30 day guarantee period to send it back (again) and choose another. my first thought was a Blueridge BR-243A, and it is still in the running. There's something about owning a BR, mass produced dipped in poly that doesn't appeal, so I am trying out a small maker, BSG, for a spruce/mahogany OM. trouble with having nice guitars is that I'm now harder to please.
  14. Neck is also slightly chunkier than I am used to, and it is a short scale. All of these variables probably play some role. I put some .011-.052s on it, and it is much better, and no real sacrifice of sound depth. My wife said "that guitar doesn't need lights." She loves the sound, too. Gonna see if I can lower the action a little bit, too. If the sound wasn't what it is, I wouldn't be going to this trouble.
  15. It's kind of a truce. Further thoughts: it is more difficult to play than my Martins and Lakewoods. Returning to form means this isn't a deal breaker, as I can play it now without stumbling around, but it is a fact. The frets, while properly dressed, are a bit high. Fingerpicking, the strings seem a bit stiff. Where it absolutely shines is chord strumming/picking, and use with a capo. The sound is clear, powerful, and sweet. I have PB nano Lights on it now. I'll see how it feels with custom lights next change. as for the guitar coming from the PRC, I have my qualms, sure. Only 4/16 of my guitars are from China. Not gonna lose sleep over it.
  16. Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar.
  17. It took until today to get here, due to a holiday last week. What can I say? The problem was entirely with me and my lack of practice. I've never experienced it to that degree. Kind of shocked, really. It's instructive that I looked for external reasons rather than the most obvious internal one: lack of practicing. The post-setup E10OM is very easy to play, sounds gorgeous, looks gorgeous, and is a keeper. Any criticism I leveled above should be taken with a salt quarry.
  18. I'd love that too, Freeman. As long as your son doesn't do anything to hasten the process. I really was very disappointed with the one I tried. The only reason why I'd even pay $500 for it would be unethical. And now, a couple of other units have shown up at the shop, and I am trying not to second-guess my fifth-guess decision. I would've had to give up my Taylor 320 to do the deal, as well. The Taylor is a superior guitar to that D-18. Meanwhile, I am getting re-acquainted with my collection, and getting myself back up to scratch. Very strange to not play so often (other than a few minutes noodling) and to see my skill seriously degraded. I have to let that be a lesson to me. Use it or lose it.
  19. The D-18 both sucked and stank. I'm still waiting for my Eastman back.
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