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Idunno

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  1. Might be a friend's guitar or he's waxing better just for show. In any case, offshore philanthropy calls to the heart are often from the stomach.
  2. Best to contact and buy from a source closer to him. Have the store hold it for him to pick up or otherwise let him make his own (trustworthy) arrangements. I trust the freight forwarder from here as far as I can throw a bull by the tail. That's a long way, many hands are involved and the guitar can Houdini somewhere along the route or get damaged by mishap or lack of environmental controls. My own involvement with gifted stuff was anonymously through a trusted means, usually an instructor, who lent the guitars to students until such time they could demonstrate themselves to be serious students. Then, they were formally gifted their guitars. The instructor provided me with information regarding possible recipients under his instruction, or another instructor's tutelage, and we would monitor them from there. The guitars themselves were student-grade guitars that I compensated the seller for when it was decided students qualified themselves for receiving them as gifts. Not much activity of late, though.
  3. Did you actually play that Martin or is it a case of eyes needing ears?
  4. I was perusing some of the old parlor and OO size vintage stuff this past weekend because of this thread. There were some soundbites of some of them and I gotta say I'm not a fan if tone is part of their appreciation. I get the romance with vintage - I'm a softy for old rag wing biplanes - but, like any other guitar, if it doesn't suit my ear it's still just someone's cast off junk.
  5. Any guitar that's a good body fit will do. I'm eyeing carbon fiber guitars and will probably end my days with one. The Emerald X20 is my current focus.
  6. Age = Irrelevance. If it were a 2009 box of Triscuits I might think differently. The Yamaha line bests all others in their price points, IMO. It's not like they don't know acoustic instruments. I've not played the LL6 or the LL16 but if I had to take a clue from CrisprCas9to5, I'd say he thinks the latter is 10 times better.
  7. Good deal. Glad it worked out. I rely pretty much on my ear to sort stuff out on the fret board. I attempted Tuxguitar some years back when I thought about scoring my own stuff but Mr Pointless, always present and pretending to be a realist, nagged me about doing something else with my time that actually had relevance.
  8. Can you use Tuxguitar editor? http://www.tuxguitar.com.ar/
  9. Okay. This is another recording of The Boxer, minus one verse because my mind wandered and I totally forgot to sing it. How many of us have done that before? This is on the Goodall RCJC after a setup that put the strings too low and made it buzz. I put 13s on it after that to attempt to pull some string height into it but James makes his guitars like battle axes. https://app.box.com/s/ncyyx2nkildufnosj80avpieisway457
  10. OM 10 CF Mahagony Top: Cedar Back and sides: Mahagony Fingerboard and bridgge : Indian rosewood Neck: Mahagony Head style: Slotted head style Scale lenght: 650 mm Binding: Flamed maple Rosette: Fishbone Top purfling: 3ply Fingerboard purfling: 3ply If they pass the same scrutiny they laboriously applied to their site I'm sure Yamaha has nothing to worry about. Glenn, give them a shout and tell them to pay their editor. Okay, live and let live. I think I'm done with wood guitars, though, so I'll hawk them just to be a good sport. If one floats by me before an Emerald X30 I'll give it a try. Edit to add: "muminga"?
  11. Hello Mark. This is a somewhat dated thread. I even see my old moniker and, IIRC, the moniker of the guy who coined "VOM1T" [it wasn't Chris Baker (Stackabones) like many think]. But, bringing it up to date, yea, I'd like a crack at one of the Emeralds (X20) but doubt I will ever do that without buying sight unseen. I've tried the Rainsongs and would be happy to swap out for one.
  12. The acoustic guitar sales listing is probably ready for a clean slate.
  13. Cool, but...courage? On a similar note, my bathroom door is book-matched and I'm contemplating making a guitar back from it. Gonna call it Stinkwood. The naming of it is open for suggestions. Flushingwood? Mud Ash?
  14. No. Like gitnoob, my focus is developing skills. I'm rather tired of the obsessions people garner as they romance the instrument itself. After a fashion it shows to be an inverse relationship to making music.
  15. Nope. Not at all Gitnoob. Not at all. Going back in my time well before the internet I built museum quality scale wood models of sailing vessels from reproduced plans, detail sheets and building standards employed during the time of tall ships. For instance, the main mast diameter was a function of the ship's beam. You had to have these references, or the general knowledge of a shipwright, to successfully proceed with the hobby. All the work was done by hand, including the fashioning of all manner of wood shapes, with basic hand tools. No machines (saws, planers, sanders, drills, etc.) were involved. Sanding was accomplished by scraping. Lot's of clamping and learning about wood species and their respective characteristics was essential to each constituent part of a build along with the knowledge of hand sharpening of tools, tool & jig fabrication, fabricating various scale diameter ropes, hand fashioning all metal fitments, on and on. The joy was hardly the finished product. It was embodied in its making. When I think of all the folks making acoustic guitars, and reflect back on the hobby mentioned above with the network of craftsman and artisans I met, the making of the guitars is hardly a comparable craft by contrast. But, if that's all you can claim to know then you will naturally consider yourself a craftsman if you've developed it to the extent of your abilities. And, I must admit, there are some visually stunning examples of acoustic guitars out there from the private builders, though aesthetics being the primary bait, most of them I can say do not suit my ear; . Machines are great for rendering a significant savings in time and involvement only if saving time and involvement presides over the ROI of pursuing craftsmanship, which is what has been sacrificed to machines by Martin, their ilk and many private builders. And, following your suggestion, we should hail the machine for replacing real musical instruments, coalescing the new real lest we not be old news cast-offs of a bygone era.
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    Nads, more precisely.
  18. Martin's legacy is craftsmanship. Early on it was one of the makers contracted by Lyon & Healy, the latter being a luthier of some reputation, and I often wonder which of the vintage Lyon & Healy guitars still in existence were produced by Martin before L&H started building their own under the brand Washburn (George Washburn Lyon) in Chicago. My point, regarding the vintage tools in that Martin museum, were any of them employed in the making of L&H guitars? Does the tour provide any insights into that? Very interesting legacy.
  19. Mr. Anderton, you might change your birth date in your public profile unless you really are 18 years old.

  20. Yamaha is an international company sourcing from another country that doesn't always abide by international law. Perhaps the lone wolf or the alpha male of the pack? I don't distinguish based upon the who and their personal mantras. That would eschew many, possibly most musical artists if I got that wrapped up in irrelevant and tertiary aspects diluting an interest. Any playable and sonically pleasing instrument should be considered sans the philosophes restricting what would otherwise free us all to employ our own good judgement.
  21. Whoa, Howard did you tell that pawn shop owner that Natura tuner buttons are $400.00/each? Sly haggling! Guitar looks great at 3X the price. Give us a sound bite next VOM1T.
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