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  1. Yes, it is quiet, alas. And yes I do remember 10 years back when it was a vibrant forum with lots going on. Like you, lots of people drifted off and few have returned. But now you are back perhaps things will change?
  2. Thanks for the review, Phil. It's a nice looking guitar. As I mentioned before I would find a neck width of 43 mm too narrow for nylon strings but for many people more accustomed to playing steel string guitars the Fender could well be a good option.
  3. Every guitarist should have a classical guitar. Cordoba are OK but I prefer the similar specification Admira models.
  4. Hello everyone. When I started the VOM I had good intentions to record something new but was seduced by the lovely (very unseasonable!) sunny weather here in the UK all last week so did lots of work in the garden. So here is an old one: As Tears Go By by Jagger and Richards https://app.box.com/s/19hya0cf80ig90cg5ew24ue56h071ym7 Great to see you Deep, Cats and Misha - some great contributions. Misha - you have a most beautiful voice. You must participate in every VOM - that is an order.
  5. Congratulations, Misha, very nice. I've played a little bit on ukuleles but find the fret-board of the smaller ones too narrow. I would probably go for a baritone ukulele and string it to ADGB (same as a guitar 5th to 2nd strings) rather than the usual DGBE (guitar 4th to 1st strings). You can use different strings if you want to - good string retailers stock single strings or you can cannibalize regular nylon guitar strings.
  6. Good luck with that guitar, Phil. I play mostly nylon strings these days - a mix of classical guitar and a couple of acoustics on which I've fitted nylon strings (I have electronics fitted to both so tend to use them at open mic sessions). The Fender has a 43 mm neck so that is quite narrow - too narrow for me with nylon strings - but I will await your review with interest. I've been quite impressed with some of the newer Fender models - they seem to have gotten their act together. PS. Beware! Once you are hooked on nylon strings you are hooked forever.
  7. Hello. And no, I don't have one. In fact it's the first time I've heard of them or seen one. Strange looking things. They seem to be much more "electro" than "acoustic".
  8. Not a happy time worldwide at the moment but let's keep music alive. I shall be along with something shortly but please start posting stuff asap. Old or new, whatever.
  9. My first guitar was an arch top. Bought it off a friend for 5 shillings in 1967. The action was so high it cut my fingers near to the bone. I jumped up and down on it and I've never played one since.
  10. Those slope-shoulder dreadnoughts do look good. But I'm a bit like Idunno in finding a 43 mm neck width at the nut and the consequent string spacing too narrow. I've changed the nut on one of my dreadnoughts to get an extra 2 mm on the nut string spacing which does help a little but generally I'm happier with neck widths of 48 mm + these days.
  11. Common mistake, in fact very common mistake is not learning barre chords. I would recommend that as soon as you begin to feel comfortable with some of the first position chords you should start learning barre chords.
  12. Hello and welcome. I would guesstimate $1250 to $1750. Likely towards the higher value if condition is good. Some of the US forumites might have a more accurate estimate.
  13. Nah. You guys don't even know how to pronounce "capo". And as for "D'Addario" - well!!!!
  14. Lovely looking guitar. Many of those old MIJ guitars are so very good. PS. Don't "upgrade" anything.
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