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  1. Done that a few times - ouch. Finally figured out that I was cutting my nails too short. If I leave 1/16" or so of white, it doesn't happen...
  2. Just weighed my '17 LP - 11 1/2 lbs! I think I'll start counting my practice time as exercise - 2 for 1!
  3. Maton is based in Australia. Tommy Emmanuel plays Maton guitars.
  4. I would start with justinguitar.com if I were learning again. Too bad the Internet wasn't around when I was starting out.
  5. Glenn, You're alive. You made it through two bouts of the flu. You have an incredible wife who is looking out for you. You're still making music. I'd say you're blessed.
  6. Sorry, no. I read the RS article maybe 5 years ago in a paper copy. The Gallup poll was cited in a NAMM newsletter a couple of years ago. That's the best I can do.
  7. Nope. It's not. Take it from an engineer who designs these things for a living.
  8. It just arrived today. I think I'm in love!
  9. According to a survey done by Rolling Stone a few years back, 93% of people who attempt to learn guitar quit in the first year. A Gallup poll claimed that 15,000,000 people in the USA "play" guitar. Obviously, they extrapolated that number from a tiny sample size of a couple thousand people (as they always do). Further, they did not define what "playing" actually means. Anyway, that's about 5% of the population, or 1 in 20 people, which is ridiculously high. So, even if we take that 15,000,000 as "real", consider that 93% will quit, and that leaves you with just over 1 million. My gut feeling says that's about right.
  10. Warm, dark, mellow... Have you considered a nylon string? That's what I usually pick up when I want that kind of tone.
  11. I've been doing a lot more practicing (a good thing). Since my wife is also stuck at home, I've been staying away from the acoustic guitars and just going unplugged on an electric. However, I miss the sound of the acoustic - so I ordered a Yamaha Silent Guitar. Just plug in a pair of headphones and I'll be back in acoustic bliss. Now, if only it would get here. Supposed to be delivered in the next day or two...
  12. Archtops certainly project well. That's what they were designed to do - cut through the mix in a jazz band prior to the advent of amplification. They were sometimes referred to as a "high hat with strings" - more of a percussion instrument than a melodic one. I definitely prefer the bassier sound of a flat top to the brashness of an archtop. I get that there are those who love archtops. I certainly love the look, but not the sound.
  13. Stewmac is about the only place to get decent nut files (that I know of). Have been tempted many times to fill up my cart and do a build from scratch - never can decide exactly what I want to build, tho...
  14. Yeah, my wife loves the Epiphone, but I'm more into the traditional look of my Kalas (besides, I have a real Gibson Les Paul for when I want to make lots of noise...)
  15. I have a Kala KA-S soprano and a Kala KA-TEME electric tenor. They sound great with Aquila Reds nylgut strings. I put a low-G set on the tenor, high-G on the soprano. Wife has an Epiphone Les Paul electric uke - looks just like a baby Les Paul - it's a blast!
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