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  1. Oh dear. That's bad news. In what way is the string spacing "awkward"?
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Piezo-Contact-Microphone-3-Transducer-Pickups-with-end-pin-jack-for-Kalimba-GN8/233306806959?epid=27018461409&hash=item36522b5aaf:g:O5MAAOSwqWtdSrVH Output was high. In fact I removed one of the transducers but I still ended up gluing a thin leather disc to the remaining two contact faces to reduce output.
  3. Thanks all. Its' a lovely guitar and it would have been a good deal at 3 or even 4 times the price. They sold new for around the $500 mark - and over here we would have payed £500 due to tax. So yeah, good stuff. Joe - I think I'll keep the pawnshop owner in the dark and maybe up the frequency of visits. Deep - yes, I've fitted a K & K type PU.
  4. Congratulations. That mahogany looks pretty.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dtct1Xdfgk
  6. Probably the score of the decade. And most certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time. The pawnshop in our local town usually have a few guitars for sale and I often pop in when I'm passing. A few weeks ago when I called in it turned out to be 5 minutes after a used Walden N730 had been put out on display. It was a discount sale due to one of the tuner buttons being broken - a large chip where it fitted onto the tang. Sale price £44.99 Solid cedar top, solid Indian rosewood back, layered (as Taylor say LOL) rosewood sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge. I bought it, of course. A blob of epoxy resin fixed the tuner and it plays like a dream.
  7. Poor intonation is often a problem when using a capo on a 12 string due to the different string thicknesses. I've glued a strip of softer rubber on mine to help overcome this.
  8. Indeed. But certainly in the past 10 years or so I've found that there are very many very good guitars around at about that price point. And really, something like the Yamaha FG830 I mentioned would cost 3 to 4 times as much if it was US-made. So you could say it's just as "good" as a guitar costing $1000 to $1500.
  9. Oh I think $350 is ample money to get a good guitar. There are so many good guitars around these days that it's hard to go wrong. The Yamaha FG830 comes in around that price point and that is an excellent guitar.
  10. Yeah. I know, Phil. Just couldn't resist the dig {smile thingie} {wink thingie}
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