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Blind Dog

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About Blind Dog

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  • Birthday 02/14/1956


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    Old guy. Used to be a young guy.


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    Interior BC


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    High performance vehicles, drawing, music, vintage stereo, dogs.


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    Trophy Husband (ret.)
  1. This forum has an 'old guard' that make it a miserable place. Had some surgery coming up and had to lay off the guitar for a bit. Killed some time here -- long enough to see that if they're not bitching there's no new blood, they're bitching about newbies posting. If this forum were a dog, it would need to be put down. 

  2. Imo, there's much conflicting information on Alvarez, Alvarez-Yairi, K. Yairi, and S. Yairi. Even on Wiki. There may well be an Alvarez Chosen One with unmatched wisdom & divine truth, but I try to research as many opinions as possible & form my own opinion. Jmo -- I'm no expert. AMF
  3. I have medical restrictions limiting me to one hour travel per 24 hours. I see a cool guitar, and I go outlaw.
  4. I'm amused at how many times a forum's old guard will crap on a newbie for commenting on an old thread. & I'm amused at how many times a forum's old guard will crap on a newbie for starting a thread without searching to see if it's been dealt with before. (Even if the old threads are titled "WTF!!!") & I'm amused at how many times newbies are crapped on for too many tags, or not enough tags. I've concluded newbies are often amusing.
  5. Hi taoron, and welcome. The Emperor date code page might be helpful. Alvarez are Yairi guitars for import by St. Louis Music Co.. https://yairiluvr.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/emperor-dating-code/ I'm not familiar with the model's suffix, but the A is Artist, D is for dreadnought, 60 might be trim level, C could be cutaway, S could be slope shoulder, and B could be burst. If nobody pipes up, you could try Alvarez customer service. With the serial # they might have the date, and they should at least be able to decipher the code. https://www.alvarezguitars.com/contact/ I think it's likely a solid sitka spruce top, with mahogany laminate back & sides. The base AD60 is here. https://www.alvarezguitars.com/guitar/ad60/ Convention for pricing used imo is; half original retail, with a bump up or down for condition -- case increase price as well. So a ball park guesstimate imo would $200 to $300 depending on condition. Pic's would help. Even if it's vintage, at 30 years old or older, it's not highly sought after -- so imo it would not increase the value dramatically (like a D-28 or Les Paul) if it is. You can always give it a bit of price bump if it's 1990, or earlier. Play ability will also influence the price. If you can demonstrate its tone, and that it plays well, all the better. Somebody here could have that exact model, or know for sure -- but I can't sleep. All the best, and Season's Greetings!
  6. Hey Mr. Surly, and welcome. Yamaha dating can be pretty hit and miss. I think you're likely looking at an eighties date, but the link might help zero in. It's the best date of manufacture resource I know of. There used to be a "Guitarchive" where you just populated a field, and it spit out a date, etc., -- but it, and other info were sometimes wrong. I miss it tho. Not all Yamaha guitars can be dated even to a year. They reuse most serial numbers every ten years, and sometimes the all important letter is missing. http://mycoolguitars.com/mij/yamaha-guitars/yamaha-guitar-serial-numbers-dating-your-guitar/ Somebody may have more helpful knowledge, but that's all I got. I'm a big Yamaha fan. There's some real gems out there. Good luck, and Season's Greetings!
  7. Hey Troubador, and welcome to the forum. I have a Seagull Artist Studio Burst, and it's a really lovely guitar - to look at & play. I went casually looking for a Studio Artist, the OM size, and ended up with a 2008. I was surprised it's a full dread'. Now I've always been a dread' man, but as I inch grudgingly towards being a dead man, I'm a big OM fan. I have a selection of smaller sizes, and the Seagull was such a deal (price of a case & came with a like-new Tric) I couldn't resist. Detail/build quality, play ability, and tone are all totl imo. I had an EIR & a mahogany OM Larrivée, same model, and they were so similar I let the EIR go. I really couldn't tell which was in my lap, without looking to see which one wasn't. Seems to be more a shape/volume of body thing that makes a tonal difference for my ear. A bit of a wood freak, I do prefer the look of rosewood tho. The smaller OM body style makes for a really comfortable couch guitar. Old shoulders, back and neck really appreciate the inch here, inch there, difference. Tone & projection are excellent. If you like the Godin line, as I do, might want to spend some time with a Larrivée if the opportunity presents. Mine will be pried from my cold dead hands. Jean's really the premier Canadian guitar manufacturer for me. Even tho he moved to Oxnard, people like Manzer, Thompson, Wren, Iannone, Laskin, Kronbauer, Bond ... all carry on the tradition. Hard to beat a new, or used, Larrivée for value. Both came in (minty to mint with ohsc) at about $750 USD. Their customer service is the best of the best - new or used. Last guitar? Unless you're in a real hurry, I would play every guitar available until one excites you. My favorite guitars are the ones that I felt called to purchase. I thought my Custom Furch would be my last guitar. I guess Jean's flawless build quality/balanced tone/cs has spoiled me. Furch (qc) wasn't even a keeper -- a dozen guitars ago. Jmo, I'm no expert. Enjoy your quest, and Season's Greetings! Edit: Artist/ST68/Martime query -- no clue, and I quit trading in. I wait to see if it still gets played. Can't have too many guitars imo. Cases otoh ... If you're looking for comfortable, bevels rock!
  8. IIRC*: It will be all solid wood, handmade in Canada -- guessing mid to late seventies. I think the Norman factory burned down in 1980, was rebuilt, but Normand lost control to bean-counters in 1986, quality suffered in a quest for cheaper production, and Godin bought the name/factory in 1988/89. The B30 had/has been dropped from the line up. The founder of Norman (Normand Boucher) has a son (Claude) building some serious acoustics. Spendy, but a top quality guitar imo. Robert Godin worked (distribution) with Normand after meeting on a hunting trip around 1970. The first Norman was built in 1967, and last I heard was still owned by the Boucher family. Godin (I've only heard) is reported to have very helpful customer service -- so as Glenn F suggests - 1-514-457-7977 (have your serial # handy, and 7 digits (or less) will likely perk them up. A B prefix means likely an eighties guitar as I understand) If all else fails, Boucher Guitar's customer service might be a good place for info. https://boucherguitars.com/about-us/ (* looked around a little too - but a lot is in French) (so they're pretty killer in the right hands) The bolt on necks were a pet project for Normand, and were to make the the guitar more easily adjustable -- not as a cost cutting effort. (body looks like cherry maybe) All the best, and Season's Greetings!
  9. Back in the day, the cool chicks dug groovy cats with cassette decks. If you wanted to populate the back of the Vista Cruiser -- you needed one of these. It did me no good. The cool chicks still didn't like my Willie. 😎
  10. Remember the 'missing link'? Warp 2.0
  11. Congrat's! Classic looks, Martin sound, and plays great? The trifecta of acoustics. Enjoy!
  12. Mainline: '19 Gnome Blues Custom (EIR/T13? redwood), '05 Larrivée 0M-03 Custom (bear claw/hog), '13 Kronbauer TDK 285 MJ Custom (koa), '08 Seagull Artist Studio Burst (EIR '94 Froggy Bottom Custom (koa) dread', '97 Fender Tele "1962 reissue Custom" -- often called the '94 Anniversary "Saudi" (:idk:) & Marshall Origin5 tube amp., '79 Epi Genesis

    Back rows: 1905 Vega parlor (hog), '78 S. Yairi 726 (hog), 60's Stella Harmony (plywood), '84 K Yairi AR377

  13. Exceptionally sweet! Congrat's on the score -- both the guitar & the lady. Mine called Klipsch La Scallas, "The little speakers." & I fell in love all over again. 😎
  14. Just me? If I couldn't find a better playing guitar (for $5K) than an entry level lam' Yamaha, I'm not sure I would have the humility to admit it -- on a guitar forum anyways. I have a lot of fond memories, & respect for Yamaha, but ... by I played a 331, for a year, while CFM/Gibson/Guild sulked in their cases. While it was no hardship -- it wasn't a boutique quality build or sound imo. Old shoulders & a disc issue made dread's painful. I replaced the dread's with OM, O, OO, OOO, thin-lines & MJs. I then passed on the 331 as it was just too good a little guitar to sit fallow. Imo it did not rival a $5K instrument. That old $100 'Scroe!' L series did -- but apples & oranges. In support: Perhaps you could share pic's (or name names) of any $5k guitars that don't stack up to an entry level Yamaha -- so others won't make the same mistake. Jmo -- I'm no expert.
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