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  1. In 73 there wasn't much else out there to compare. Gibson (a non-contender to this day) was the brand I asked myself what the fuss was all about. Compared to the sound of a Martin, I thought the entire Gibson line-up was meek. I was 18 and could hear a pin drop in the next room (with a carpeted floor). But, I've been told that's because I don't appreciate the Gibson sound, which is a defensive forum-coined term that suggests subjectivity without sacrificing a reputation for quality of sound (in the right ear). I've simply determined Gibson owners to have tin ears - which is also a permissible citing in subjectivity. Tit for tat. Then there was Guild, second to Martin, leaving the Gibson brand a very distant third but well appointed for store wall decorations. I played Cort Jumbos that made the Gibson J-200 sound like it's in the next room (also carpeted). Of the (then) big three, Martin was clearly (clean ears) the only choice for quality of sound, Guild held its own and with the F-412/512 series 12-strings (I owned the F-412) it blew away all others, and Gibson was there for the people who liked bling on their shirts, fingers, belt buckles, boots, hat bands and guitars.
  2. I agree with that. I've tried the mahogany from guitars using it with back and sides to guitars using it everywhere. You do things like that when people rave about it enough to brainwash you into pursuing mahogany like it's an elixir of tone. Anyway, back to spruce over rosewood, that's my preference. The Martins I've owned are few. The models were D-35, D12-35, D-18, DM and OMV-16E. I bought one of those HPL concert size Martins I bashed into a nylon string cross-over for a friend to learn on but that was bought to experiment with so I don't count it. The only memorable one of those was the D-35. I liked its sound a lot. The last one flew the coup in 2005 and I haven't seriously considered the brand since then, or played one. If I was to get curious again it would be about the D-35. I liked it over the D-28 series. But, I prefer classical these days so that will probably not happen.
  3. No more cats around the house but, yea, they competed for the elusive strings at changing time. Pet talk - I had a Cockateal that was very loyal, and very jealous of anyone or thing that it determined was a threat to its station in life as my buddy. I'd scratch its head and it would push into my fingers. When I played guitar (finger picking) it would fly to my right shoulder, climb down my arm, perch on my picking hand and nip at each finger as it plucked a string. Not sure, but I think it was jealous of me "scratching" something other than it. Its name was Pepe.
  4. Played a bunch but best, within the brand itself, never occurred to me to sort out. Not sure I know anyone else who has, or anyone who has ever attempted to sort it out and state the outcome. But, then again, I don't know many players and those cats don't play Martins.
  5. I've never played either of them but have to give Yamaha points for making good guitars affordable. The AC3R (rosewood) and AC3M (mahogany) may have a slight difference in sound but I probably wouldn't be able to hear it. Like DeepEnd suggests, you'll have to either try them both or take your chances and flip a coin if you can't. My preference is rosewood vs mahogany, and tea vs coffee, for what it's worth.
  6. You have good spirit. The knowledge here can sometimes compete in suggesting something for you to take to heart. Just think of it as a camaraderie of players looking out for someone's best interests. Have fun getting started.
  7. Meranti has a mahogany appearance (Red Meranti). It should look nice with the Gmelina soundboard. Meranti shares a Janka hardness with mahogany (hence the name Philippine Mahogany, I guess), and looks similar when finished. Are you using it for the neck as well? Lot's of questions but I'll just see how this plays out.
  8. Coconut shell rosette? That's some pretty hard stuff. What abrasive are you using on your drum sander table? I can well imagine you're going to develop some heat taking the shell down to the Gmelina. I took a look at the materials you're using and I'm curious about the Gmelina's sonic characteristics. I read it's used for musical instruments, among other things. Do you have any instruments made to-date using it? Thanks for starting this thread.
  9. Something the caters to your hands, first, then when you progress you'll naturally pick up cues about refining your search. We all know the first hurdle is our lack of motor skills in fretting and picking the strings. No sense exacerbating that by getting a guitar with strings that are easy to fret (nylon) but the neck is too wide (classical) for small hands. For all intents and purposes typically everyone has small hands starting out until they develop the motor skills needed to use them well. The first step is to view the major chords (A thru G) and pick a couple to try out on guitars at your local store. The C, D and E Major chords are beginner's chords by virtue of their placement being easier than A, B, F and G Major chords. Know the fingers used for the C, D & E and take your time placing them on various guitar necks. It's your money so get something that will make it well spent starting out. Guitar necks vary greatly between models and classical guitars are typically the widest of them all. If you have the means, seek out a nylon string guitar that has steel string physical dimension necks. They're called cross-over guitars. I bought one for my son to learn on and he's done well by it. It's the best of both worlds providing ease in fretting the strings. The appearance and sound of the guitar is something you will consider important after you have the skills to make music with one. Don't encumber yourself at this point looking for the grail of sight and sound. As your progress you'll quickly learn that every guitar you buy is the grail when you buy it, only to be bested by another. That means there's no such thing as a grail.
  10. For your own edification, here's a link you can use to compare individual string tensions. Then you can get an aggregate differential between sets to compare. https://www.curtmangan.com/guitar-string-tension-chart/
  11. Wegens have a pretty good reputation among flat pickers. I'm a hack with picks, though, and keep them forever because they just don't get the practice time lying safely in a box. Guess I'll have to bring back my Neil Young inspiration.
  12. On a different instrument, I bought some violin strings but instead of just the strings D'Addario makes a violin kit that includes the strings, a clip-on tuner and rosin for $34.00 (retail store). The strings alone are $27.00. Cripes that's expensive. Anyway, I strung up the violin, clamped the tuner on and its works really well. Sold separately, D'Addario charges $3.99 for the rosin. That makes the tuner (Jethro Bodine, where ought plus ought are you) $3.00? The Snark is now about $19.00 retail.
  13. I put two new 2032 batteries in the Intellitouch, switched it on and clamped it to the headstock of my classical. With new batteries that tuner's sensitivity and accuracy is very good. I plucked the low E string on the classical and the tuner displayed that note. Then, leaving the Intellitouch clamped to the headstock of my classical and plucking the open low E string on my steel string (plugged), the Intellitouch again displayed the low E note no differently than it did on the classical. I unplugged the steel string and plucked the low E string again from about three feet away with the same result. This tells me the tuner is Piezo based. All of them probably are.
  14. Music & Arts didn't have any. Too bad they didn't work out. Like Grant, I tend to switch corners when appropriate from the pointy corner to one of the more rounded corners. That's pretty much on Neil Young stuff. But, 60mm is the pick I've decided works best for me. I haven't touched an electric for 12 years.
  15. Yea, I can see how they'd catch your eye. When I was attempting to learn flat picking I found the best tone from 60mm but best playability from very thin picks. That one looks to be incorporating both. I'm going to Music & Arts tomorrow to pick up some violin strings so I'll see if they have some. Worth a try.
  16. Hi Neil. Yes, I play often in DADf#ad and EAEac#e. You're right about the mesmerizing drone. It has an alluring quality. I write for both tunings these days more so than standard. I'm curious about slide because I think I will explore it far from the usual open G blues standards, or country use of it, in the same manner I explore standard and alternate tunings when not covering stuff. It's just a new direction to take finger picking and my interest.
  17. Good question. The things utilize physical contact but I would imagine the acoustic guitar will transmit all ambient noise to the tuner. I'll try it with another guitar plugged in the same room as the one with the clip-on tuner.
  18. Little finger. I get the mechanics of the light touch and damping. It's the 3-fold thing of that, using the fret wires and a tuning that's brand new to me. It's a start-over-again thing. Perhaps I should ask a lot of questions about the best slide, best guitar, best strings, best pins, best nut/saddle material, best humidity, etc., that will make me the best slide player I can be.
  19. Where's Neal Paisley? I've insincerely dragged a slide over the strings many times over the years and the lack of immediate results sent me back to finger picking. But, I want to think learning to finger pick had to be >>>>>>>>>> harder than running a slide across the strings. Keeping that thought, I shouldn't need to remortgage my efforts and interest to put a slide to proper use given some time. I'm going out today to the hardware store to see if it carries brass tubing that will fit my little finger. daddymack, you might be onto something re closing your eyes. I do that finger picking but until I know intuitively (muscle memory) where the fret wires are it'll be eyes-on.
  20. I don't have an answer for you, Franco. The guitar is unknown to me but I did take this request to the internet and search it. I came up empty handed. It appears Abraham Wechter left the US and went to China to further his craft with hand made high end guitars. A few years ago his guitars were on the market but that seems to have stopped. Good luck finding out about your guitar. Knowing Wechter's history, your guitar has become a collectible so hang onto it.
  21. These old posts cropping up in quick succession are trying to tell us to talk guitars if we expect to keep the forum current and interesting. Nah. Actually, I've had recent inspiration for resurrecting steel string interest. In my search for an elusive 12 fret guitar I've uncovered many people who have made great use of them, leaving me feeling pretty much in their dust. So, I bought a slide, tuned to open G and discovered I don't like a glass slide. Or, maybe I don't have a clue how to use it and buying a brass slide will prove it. In any case, I think I'm going in that direction. Anyone here making inroads with playing slide? I can see right away a radiused fret board is probably a hindrance over a flat board. Developing that oh-so light touch over the fret wires, for a heavy handed person, is like driving with a raw egg between my foot and the gas pedal. But, gotta break a few before you can make an omelette.
  22. I was in Music & Arts a few days ago looking at tuners. The Snark was there, among others, and prices were from $19.-. I don't need one. The Intellitouch I bought 13 years ago is still working strong but it's also persnickety with the low E string. To get around that I sound the 12th fret harmonic and it responds immediately. No guitar has perfect intonation between open and 12th fret so I have to tweak it a smidge after that. Happy NTD. It looks sturdier than the Snark.
  23. True. My son plays violin and has become rather good at it. Bowing is an art in itself to maintain an unwavering tone. But, yes, as long as the bow is in motion it's releasing energy into the string(s). One thing that's difficult to do is play softly. The bow has weight and it takes a very deft hand to know that weight and relieve it uniformly while in motion to throttle the energy to the strings. The compromise is to turn one's body sideways such that gravity is relieved proportionately.
  24. Not a bad looking guitar, Howard, but I checked out the neck shape and it's a very pronounced V, almost sharp. Don't think I could psyche myself up enough to give it a go with that neck. Thanks for looking out for me. On a tangent, while I was looking around I stumbled across this guy so I thought I'd paste him up here for a little lesson and entertainment.
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