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  1. 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"?
  2. 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.
  3. The acoustic guitar sales listing is probably ready for a clean slate.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Mr. Anderton, you might change your birth date in your public profile unless you really are 18 years old.

  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Chris is the reason I switched to Guild. Long story; goes back to '74. Still, it's a good video. Long live Martin Guitars.
  14. The 10K can be correlated if you're looking to correlate it, or conjured up if that's making more sense to you. Any number can work, IOW. Neal mentions the prodigy and we dismiss him as a weirdo who thinks guitar and thereby plays it. Then we have 50 y/o veterans asking a board how long before string changes. The notion of numbers just doesn't work. Nor should it. As previously stated, it's different for everyone and the claimant spotting us with 10K derived his number from a study of 1, 2, 3, 300 guitarists? Smell the sham? Finding a self-made expert in that yet? It took me 3 months to restore a 98 Jeep Cherokee bumper to bumper therefore it should take a similarly spirited person a similar period of time and, just for the sake of it, let's go macro and make everyone capable of that in the same period of time with the same level of quality. Asinine yet?
  15. Actually, I'm not connecting the undoing of natural things with a display or love. I would connect it with an unnatural force messing around with nature but that's where it stops. Now, should you write about undoing all those natural things as deeds to prove love, then it has to be connected in a manner that we understand and not a reach. In Scarborough Fair, the lyrics "Tell her to make me a cambric shirt. Without no seams or needle work. Then she'll be a true love of mine." is similar to your flow of impossible deeds so I'm guessing there's some influence there. But, even that song doesn't jump right out and elicit love. Who needs someone to perform impossible deeds as a show of love? That's counter intuitive. If anything, I see it as a way to ensure that love does not develop. It's like saying I'll love you when monkeys fly out of your butt. Like I said, love needs to be connected to deeds one would associate with enticing it. I do like the minimized lyric style, though, and try to use it when I can.
  16. Very true. It would pull sideways if not held down first against the board with a decent amount of squeeze. But, it was easy compared to starting my car back then. That hand crank could be dangerous and if your timing had slipped even a little you'd be there cranking your arm off. I don't even want to talk about making the butter or stoking the boiler.
  17. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002CZVU0/ref=emc_b_5_t Used this on the Guild F-412 I had.
  18. Objective quantitative analysis, of a subjective qualitative challenge, was completely logical to some people and a belly laugh to others who don't limit logic. But, yea, to push logic (and milking a few more miles out of the joke) aside, it's good to know some of the previously faithful realize they've been duped. Doctrine comes in all flavors. However - The thought made me conjure up a conservative estimate of hours spent playing that exceeded the 10K. Meaningless as a number alone, it did make me question most of those hours as poorly spent. So, I think the proposition is more towards making the most of opportunity (in sheep's clothing).
  19. Black Holes. You just can't predict when and where they'll be.
  20. Sure. People who think a big name and expensive in a single sentence equate to quality in workmanship and sound are people who do not possess the playing and aural skills to judge a guitar. So, they weigh their decisions on forum-speak. And/Or, they buy sight unseen with high hopes of bagging a trophy but get a hyena. Look at the ads and notice all the used high end stuff out there that can be found in frequent forum discussions getting vaunted and lauded. People actually take that chatter seriously and buy based upon it. Much of it is simply parroted by people who, if I were a betting man, probably have never touched the stuff they hawk or even have the skills requisite to properly sampling such instruments. They just want to earn a place within the ranks of a forum camaraderie and pay the propaganda forward. It's been that way since I started reading these various forums in the way back.That's where the hype meets its match in personal disappointment and good guitars are tossed, almost literally, onto the market at prices that fetch quick sales and the end of the suffering. Then of course, there's the purchase that could not be afforded but went down anyway. The buyer has to sell for financial reasons and loses his shirt and pride.
  21. Thanks, DE. The forum upgrade took me by surprise. But, it looks like it's back and working (just like before).
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