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I took a drill to my most rare, most valuable guitar, my 1995 D-55 Bourgeois Cherokee. But...I'd do it again.

Acoustic content, so I know half the class will go back to browsing, and that's fine.

Ever since I bought this guitar, I appreciated its fine craftsmanship and most of all, it's sound. Amazing full boomy dreadnaught bliss. BUT, the purist in me was always slightly bothered by all the bling. Most of that being inlays and wood, it can't be altered. But there were two things I could do. Tuners and Bridge pins. And boy, little things can go a long way.

Here's how she was originally...

This winter, with the ridiculous weather and the toll it takes on solid wood acoustics...I lost a bridge pin. Somehow. Just fell out. Guitar even stayed in tune. Crazy. Disheartening, given that Bourgeois takes such pride in even the slightest detail.....individually numbered pins

But it became the catalyst for change. I chose to stick with ebony pins, but went bare. I also chose to address the one thing that really bugged me...the huge clunky Grover Rotomatics. Never seemed appropriate on this guitar, even though they're rock solid tuners (these are '95 vintage)

The only acceptable choice for a guitar like this, I felt, were Waverly's. I chose Ebony, to keep the bling factor down, and mesh with the fretboard, bridge, and bridge pins, in hopes of keeping it dramatic, but not flashy. I think it worked. The Waverly bottom holes line up perfectly with the Grover holes, then simply adding a hole on the top. This is where the nerve wracking part comes in. Drilling holes in the headstock. I tend to have a great fear of Murphy rearing his ugly face in situations like these, but all went well.

and the finished product.

She looks better, and arguably sounds better, if that's possible.

Next up, Gotoh's on my Larrivee.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Just sharing
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:51:00 AM »
an nice toe tapper, and a riveting and creative video showing an EA getting a good workout, back in the day.

General Discussion / NAD: Tweed Champ clone
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:48:49 PM »
My own journey through amp evolution continues. As I've been exposed to more and more on the dark desire to understand the roots of tube tone, and what the benchmark tones are, has brought me to my latest acquisition.

This is a handwired, true to the original Fender Champ. The Fender 5F1 circuit was rolled out in 1957, a tweed cabinet, an 8" speaker, a turret board, a handful of capacitors and a trio of tubes, and that's it. It was built for me by a very talented dude who's been building pedals and amps as a hobby for a while, and is a mod at a pedal clone forum. Super talented, super precise. He did a fantastic job.

It's a 5w class A amp. This has 1 knob. It turns it on, and it turns it up. Not to 10, mind you, or 11, but to 12! Yeah baby. The only exception to the original design is that he crammed a 10" Weber speaker into the Tweed Cab. Gives 52% more surface area. When you realize that sound is about moving air, it's readily apparent that that is a tremendous improvement in that width and roundess of tone that can be presented. 

These break up fairly early as you increase volume, and even earlier with humbuckers. Junior....with your wouldn't leave your house for days. This is just fantastic. Lore has it that Clapton and Allman recorded Layla on Champs.

Without further ado.......

the amp itself


closed up

ready to rock

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / FS: WD300SW Rarewood
« on: November 16, 2012, 02:18:51 PM »
Great deal on this guitar - some guy listed it on another forum.

Not affiliated with seller in any way, just thought someone here may be interested.

WD300SW Rarewood with OHSC...$300.00;topicseen

In the event some of you may have a guitar that is super comfortable, but lacks a little kick, don't sell the guitar, improve it a bit.

these parts came from my own guitar that I did a vintage refurbish job on. Everything in excellent condition. Happy to box an ship in the lower 48, and pass the cost on to you.

This is a set of Seymour Duncan Humbuckers. Jazz Neck (SH-2) and Custom-Custom Bridge (SH-11)
Called "Blackbacks" because of the backplates were painted black to be a proprietary offering for Ed Roman guitars in Las Vegas. Also the "seymour duncan" branding on the bobbins is a much smaller font than pickups available directly from Duncan. This is where the differences end however. Functionally they are as described in the links below. These were recently removed from a guitar originally sold by Ed Roman. Excellent pickups.

Excellent upgrade for that great import guitar with generic pickups.

Posted them on CL for $115.00 for the set, but would accept reasonable offers from my Washburn Brethren

These have short legs and 11", 4 wire leads

Jazz Neck
Custom Custom bridge

This is a German made "Nashville" bridge and stop tail.  $45.00

Classical Series / C64SCE
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:19:42 PM »
Has anyone here had exposure to this model? solid top with electronics.....Cedar board? funky headstock

Any good?

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / NGD '95 D-55SW Cherokee
« on: September 29, 2011, 02:00:14 PM »
Today is a very good day.

I've gotta scoot out the door, but I just can't wait.....

Some of you know exactly what I'm talking about.

January 16, 1995, #4

With a purty narrow rosewood bridge plate, to boot.

I was on vacation and stumbled across an old handmade classical that belonged to my girlfriends uncle. Made in Paracho Michoacan, which I read about years ago as a city of luthiers that generally make great guitars.

I know you're a long time classical player and fan, and are living in Northern Mexico,[:p] so I thought you may be aware. Are you familiar with 'em?

I'll just leave you with this little morsel......

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Vintage D30s-12
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:40:38 AM »
Yamaki aficionados...

What say you about a 1980ish D30 12 string, Rosewood/spruce, Martin Headstock?

Owner claims it's a '79

A forum search reveals nothing about this guitar.

Thoughts? Info?

UK Washburn Lovers Unite / UK friends - Buddy on tour near you
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:57:34 PM »
I TOTALLY dropped the ball. A very good friend of mine from Chicago has been on tour in the UK for a couple of weeks and I failed to give the heads up. Only a couple of gigs left

Hope some of you can make it, tell him Kip sent you

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Happy Birthday SPT
« on: January 01, 2011, 07:10:35 PM »
Happy Birthday to one of the good guys, Knows his stuff and isn't afraid to share it!

Cheers Bud.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Dark Side convert
« on: November 23, 2010, 11:03:59 PM »
Just Thought I'd share. I haven't gotten too much time on the new Idol...... Somebody else thinks it looks better on her.

Well, duh!

Idol Series / NGD - WI66
« on: November 14, 2010, 06:35:19 PM »
Well lads, stumbled across a craigslist post and about fell out of my chair. No haggling necessary. I don't NEED the guitar, but have always wanted to compare a 66 to my 67. Now I have

it's an 05 Korean build. Interesting the differences between the two. The 67 is thicker bodied, single piece body, as compared to 3 piece on the 66. 3 piece neck (headstock to neck with scarf joint, then an additional piece at the heel) on the 66 as well, whereas the 67 has a scarf joint, but one piece at the heel.

Lighter than my -67, even thought the 67 has the cavity!

VCC, of course. All in all, sweet, I like the weight difference...can't really A/B them because the pots and wiring has all been ripped out of my -67 and replaced with what I believe to be superior pots caps and wiring. Same p'ups though.

Veneer, not a cap like the 67

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Washburn 800 series p'ups?
« on: October 16, 2010, 09:12:12 PM »
New to me. spec'd in the J6? Who can give a frame of reference on these?

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Gig Today
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:38:03 AM »
playing at an Art Festival today. Here's the set list. If you knew this chic, you'd find this photo hilarious. Just roll with it.

Doo is Doox5, aka Heartbreaker by the Stones
Rikki is Rikki don't lose that number
Nite is Night Moves, Bob Seger

Temp is 52, 25 MPH winds, calling for Rain, about 3/4 mile from Lake Michigan.

Careful what you wish for........

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