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I worry that the high end market is a bit saturated - I see so many guitars on Craig's list of all quality, dominant sales venues such as Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc. and tons of ads for high end makers in Acoustic Guitar.  Plus you are competing with the hourly wages of 3rd world companies.  The question is how you'd be able to distinguish yourself from the pack.

I completely understand your frustration with the I/T gig and your need to do something you love.  But do you know you'd love doing this?  Are there baby steps you can consider - i.e. a luthier  "short course" that covers some basics, a guitar tech job at one of the music stores, use vacation time to shadow a luthier, signing on to work for someone else to "learn" the business or apprentence, etc.

Be clear as to what your business plan is and how the cash will flow and your minimum to live on and support dependents.  Also be clear about how many hours it takes to make a single guitar and your marketing plan to gain a piece of  your target market.

It is okay to use your vocational day job to support your after hours avocation.  Many people do what they love after hours.

General Discussion / Re: Washburn Rover
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:35:12 PM »
I have something for my Martin Backpacker that "kraftboy" makes
It is lightweight and easy to put on/take off.

You may want to contact him with your needs.

General Discussion / Re: Free or resonable guitar lessons.
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:18:29 PM »
Subscribers to acoustic guitar can pay a bit more for their on line repository of lessons.  I've not done this, but it has caught my attention recently.

I think the LA guitar folks have a subscription service, too.

My most recent guitar teacher has a series of online youtube lessons targeted at beginner fingerstyle players.  Search davidsguitarclass for about 20 that are up there.

I've been playing a long time, but have found that lessons help to keep me focused and progressing.  I feel happy if I learn a new concept or theory or song in a lesson environment.  On my own, I tend to blather around w/out focus.

I was taking group lessons in the evenings at a local high school.  The latest teacher in this venue has just quit.

Sooo, since my head and and shoulder are finally on the mend after the Suburban body slam, I am picking up the guitar again and wondering how to focus, create a plan, improve and stay motivated, etc. on my own.  Deadlines also help.

What helps you continue and improve outside a lesson program?  Or how do you choose someone to lesson with?  I'm not sure I need an instructor, but I do need focus and a plan.

All thoughts, as usual, welcome.

D10 Series / Re: Just ordered my WD10SCE
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:21:38 PM »
It is a nice guitar.  I had one.  The first one I received via mail order had a neck set that was improper that I did not immediately notice or look for.  When I finally took it to be "set up" it was pointed out to me.  Washburn did replace it (rather than the mail order co. since time had passed) after a bit of discussion.  So,  if I were you, I'd have a tech or luthier check it out for set up (it won't cost much) and maybe have them put a set of coated strings on if all looks good.  I know Sam Ash sells Washburns and our local one has a good tech.

I come from the classical guitar side.  As a result, I recommend instruction as your hand position is important and it is easy to develop "wrong" habits.  Also, it would be nice to play more than rhythm, learn to read tab as well as music and generally explore all you can do with it.

Our local high school offers guitar lessons in the evening adult classes and teachers are good.  You may want to check your area for a similar program.


D10 Series / Re: any ideas for how to like my wd10sce better?
« on: December 23, 2013, 04:50:01 PM »
Hi YerDugliness,

Since you asked:

Actually it sold rather quickly - a few days after my posting.  A mom had forgotten to lock her car doors and someone stole her son's guitar  while she was picking up a few groceries.  She brought her son over and he played it a few minutes and that was that.  They made a decision in 15 minutes or less - I hope that worked out!  I had put some nice coated strings on it, included the hard case that was like new (too heavy for me to carry) , an inexpensive strap and a clear static Taylor pick guard.   Because I had purchased all this stuff on special sales and prices have since gone up, I think I was only down 20-30 dollars  - I consider that rent.  I am lucky as I see guitars on Craig's List that never seems to sell.

I am considering whether I really need another guitar ... much less what it might be.  I did buy an inexpensive simple pick up that can attach to the head stock (out of the way) and will amplify the classicals as well as the steel string I have that was Dad's.  Didn't sound too bad and I seldom need to plug in any way.  So maybe that is good enough for now. 

Lots of lessons learned through all this.  Mainly, evaluate and play the guitar you are buying in person.  ;)  And, yes, you can have too many guitars!

BTW, I'm planning to play with my church's orchestra tomorrow night, if my shoulder feels okay.  I was run into by a Suburban while walking across the street the evening of 12/14 and feel very lucky to be alive and talking a bit of sense.   Still not physically comfortable enough to drive myself around and have headaches, bruises, etc.  Feel a bit slow-witted, too.  Makes for an unusual holiday.  Just goes to show, you never know.

Wish you all an appropriate holiday greeting.

D10 Series / Re: any ideas for how to like my wd10sce better?
« on: November 30, 2013, 06:29:35 PM »
Well, I went ahead and put mine up on Craig's list since I didn't think anyone would knock on the door looking for a wd10sce.  It's fate is now in God's hands, as if He didn't have enough to worry about   ;)

Classical Series / Re: New life for my C104SCE
« on: November 30, 2013, 06:24:59 PM »
Yer Dugliness - If you'd stop buying high end guitars, you could afford retirement ...  ;)

I have the factory QC Card from my Washburn wd10sce.  It shows:

1st string at 1st fret:  0.5 mm
1st string at 14th fret:  2.0 mm
6th string at 1st fret:  0.5 mm
6th string at 14th fret:  2.5 mm


D10 Series / Re: any ideas for how to like my wd10sce better?
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:24:07 PM »
Lots of food for thought here, once again.  Ya'll rock.

I've been MAKING myself play the Washburn first in my practice sessions, then rewarding myself with the classical in the second half, on the premise I am trainable and hope to feel more comfortable with it.  I think this is just making me play the classical better, which isn't a bad thing.  And it doesn't hurt any guitar to be played more.

The wd10sce does sound good, especially with the new strings and played with a pick - the fault is in me, an old dog ya know.   

Funny thing is that I've been taking a local "master class" to improve myself, and the instructor is nuts over my classical ... and he has a beautiful Ramirez.  So, maybe I've been totally and unknowingly spoiled all these years.

I helped my dear old Dad pick out his Sigma many years ago, so that is probably why it "feels" good to my hand.

Re playability:  what seems difficult to me, is barring for a clear tone- it is like I have to torque my left hand unnaturally to get clear notes on the washburn, less so on the sigma and not a problem on the classical.   

Another reason to play the guitar you buy before you buy it.  Another of my life's many lessons.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and impressions.  LOVED the guitar photos Mr. Dugly, sir.   ;)

D10 Series / any ideas for how to like my wd10sce better?
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:01:53 PM »
I want to like it.  But, so far, it isn't my fav.  The strings it came with weren't doing it any favors, so I changed out to a set of DR coated and the sound improved (stronger).  Playability still seems lacking.  Set up seems okay - about a "medium" action.

I'm a classical crossover ... I still prefer the old classical and play it most.  But it seems as if the wd10sce doesn't do my playing (more fingerstyle than strum) any favors.  To me, the old Sigma (action is similar to the Washburn if you measure string heights) is easier to play and the classical easiest.  It is almost as if the shape of the wd10sce neck doesn't match my left hand. 

So, perhaps I need to bite the bullet and assume it is a guitar/guitarist mis-match?  Or are there other adjustments I can make?

(Now you see why I was considering a trade in a different post.)

D10 Series / Re: Washburn WD10SCE Allen/Hex Key/Wrench question
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:42:35 PM »
No calipers handy, but I did find the allen wrench for my guitar and laid it on a pocket gauge.  Looks like a 4 mm diameter to my eye.

General Discussion / Re: does this sound like a good trade?
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:28:08 PM »
I'm going to answer my own question.

No.  Classical guitar was strung with steel strings.

Classical Series / Re: New life for my C104SCE
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:14:57 AM »
Growing older, not up is my anthem. 

Classical Series / Re: New life for my C104SCE
« on: November 16, 2013, 03:21:12 PM »
Even though I don't have a classical Washburn, I am another happy red box Augustine string user for approximately 50 years.   :o  I do use others at times, but typically go back to the Augustines.

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