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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!
  16. I know this a longshot, but there are a lot of bored people in the world right now, so... I have a 1974 Conn F-10 acoustic guitar. It has a beautiful, rich, deep, full tone. From research, I've found that Conn made guitars from 1972 to 1978. I managed to find a 1974 Conn catalog, and the F-10 isn't listed. However it IS listed in a 1971 catalog as a student grade model with a laminated spruce top. However, my F-10 definitely has a solid cedar top. And the serial number proves that it was definitely made in 1974. In the 25+ years I've had it, I have yet to run into anyone with a guitar like mine. Any Conn owners out there? Anyone have a solid cedar Conn (any model)? This has been a mystery to me for a long time...
  17. I've been toying with the idea of getting a Cordoba C5-CE. The general consensus seems to be that Cordobas are built very lightly and are therefore very responsive and "lively". I've also heard several people say that their models made in China are superior in quality to their much more expensive models made in Spain. I have no direct experience with that (yet), but I've been researching Cordoba for a couple years now.
  18. Under $300, acoustic steel string, not junk - the only thing that pops into my head is Yamaha.
  19. Me, too. I've been gone since 2011 - all my old stuff seems to have disappeared. Most of it's probably irrelevant now anyway. Still, it would have been nice to take the nostalgia ride all the way back to the '90s...
  20. I really wanted to like mine. It was a beautiful Figured Koa Celebrity. Great neck. Problem was, I couldn't play it sitting down. It always wanted to rotate away from me. I solved the slipping around problem with a no-slip phone mat, but it still wanted to rotate. Plus, for a deep bowl, the bass was very thin. Never could warm up to it, so away it went.
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    Godin Godin LGT-S

    Godins in general are what I consider to be "sleeper" guitars - at least in the USA, they seem to be a well guarded secret - this model in particular. While made in Canada, with Canadian hardwoods, and assembled in New Hampshire, they have every bit of the quality of American made instruments, with more mojo, and less price. No, I don't work for Godin, nor am I associated with them in any way. I just own several of their instruments and love them all.
  22. OregonJim

    Cort CL-1500

    This is one of my keeper guitars. Others come and go, this one will stay with me 'till I'm too old to play anymore. Then it will become a wall decoration.
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