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  1. Just a thought - If you are using light gauge strings, try putting on a set of mediums. The extra tension on the neck should add a little bit more bow and, hopefully, solve the buzzing problem. I say this because I was experiencing buzzing on a couple of my guitars and couldn't figure out why until I remembered that I had gone from mediums to lights. Anyway, just a thought.
  2. Nice looking uke. Congratulations on your purchase. If you haven't seen/heard her before, you should checkout Danielle Ate the Sandwich - she is a terrific performer with a ukulele. Here is a link to one of her many great performances:
  3. At this time, the FG-180s go for big bucks and you have to be very careful as you will be buying a guitar that is over 40 years old and could have a variety of issues. Go to some guitar stores and try out the ones with Mahogany or Cedar tops if you are looking for warmth. If you like one, buy it. Art & Lutherie and Ibanez make some that are inexpensive. On the other hand, if you want the real deal and are willing to pay a few bucks, try the Martin 000-15M - but be careful since once you try that one you won't settle for the cheaper options.
  4. Yeah, they gave me the discount and it didn't change how I feel about it. To be fair, the friend I gave it to uses the Thalia, so it works for some folks. I prefer a capo that is minimally intrusive and the Shubb and the Planet Waves NS both fit that bill.
  5. I bought a Thalia and hated it. It was too clunky for me and it impeded my ability to fret. I gave it away to a friend. My favorite is the Shubb plus I use a Planet Waves/D'Addario NS Capo for the rare occasions when I have to capo up at the ninth fret.
  6. The old laminated Yamahas may not sound better than "high end acoustics" but they often sound much better than most mid-range acoustics. I have played several different models of those laminated Yamahas from the 70s and they were amazing. As I recall, Freeman himself was surprised when he learned that his old Yamaha was laminate given how good it sounded.
  7. That is really gorgeous. I love the grain on that wood. Congratulations!
  8. Despite initial skepticism, I bought some TUSQ picks - I got the bright and the mellow; haven't tried the dark ones yet. Gotta say, they really make a difference. The tone is brighter with the bright picks and mellower with the mellow picks and generally louder and cleaner with each. I have been using Wedgie picks for a long time because they are indented and stippled (?) so that they don't tend to slip out of my grip (and I hate dropping my pick during a performance.) But, the TUSQs sound so good that I am using them now and resorting to using Gorrilla Snot if I feel I need to. As always, YMMV
  9. I have long enjoyed stopping into guitar stores and playing whatever I had a hankering to try out. Over the years, I bought and sold so many guitars that I lose count. Each one I have had was great in its own way but nothing hit on every cylinder. Silly me; no one guitar could. Then I bought a Martin 000-15M followed not too long afterwards by a 1983 Larrivee L-07. They are both powerhouses in their own way. The Martin sound great and it's deep woody tone is perfect for fingerpicking. The Larrivee rings like a bell and I use it more for strumming. Now, I find that every song I want to play sounds just right on one or the other and my interest in trying out guitars has waned significantly.
  10. I had a Taylor for a while. It was easy to play, looked pretty and sounded nice but something just wasn't there. I wound up trading it in towards a Martin 000-15M and there was that "something" that was missing - projection, warmth and a great bottom end.
  11. Wow! That is really beautiful. I wish I could hear it, or better yet, play it! Beautiful work as always, Freeman.
  12. Eastman's are great sounding guitars. they really project and have a very sweet tone. Congratulations!
  13. OK; Challenge accepted. I have tried brass bridge pins in many guitars over the years. So long as the bridge was not slotted so that the ball end of the string didn't actually hit the bridge pin, I have found that brass bridge pins increased the sustain and made the tone brighter and boosted the treble. Ebony pins made the tone darker. On some guitars over the years, the change was salutary and I kept them on; On others the guitar sounded better with the existing pins. ​​​​​​​Of course, YMMV.
  14. That was great!. As a lover of old Yamahas I am thrilled to see that they can get neck resets. Thanks for posting all that work.
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