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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / tbahder answer
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:17:10 AM »
Rather than pig pile on a old thread I moved this to it's own spot.

tbhader asked
I have juts bought a Rover RO-10. Pardon me, I am new at this. ChangeLing says that he has improved the Rover's sound greatly by removing the shim under the saddle. In order to do that, you have to remove the string tension---in all strings. Will that cause problems with the neck, i.e., removing string tension in all strings at once? The manual cautions that strings should be changed one at a time. Can anyone comment?

First welcome to the gang.

I have been changing strings on guitars since the dark ages.  I have never seen a problem from removing all the old strings, before re-stringing.  In fact, I do remove them all before I restring.  This gives me the chance to look inside, clean, polish, whatever.  Having said that some players do prefer to replace strings one at a time to keep a near constant pressure on the neck.  They would only remove them all if some other work was necessary.

So, I would not hesitate to remove all the strings to do the work you describe.  Down the road, sure take a belts and suspenders approach and go the one at a time route for regular string change.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Gone... Way OT
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:02:19 PM »
Just about a year ago Mrs. Keel and I put our sailboat, a 1969 Hinckley 38, in dry dock and put a For Sale sign on her. We have owned Kotchka for over 12 years. We sailed her summers in Maine before we moved aboard and set off cruising. We cruised her from Maine to Nova Scotia and down to the Islands of the Bahamas. She took us across the Gulf Stream 14 times. She was our only home for 6 years. Saved our butts many times due to our boneheadedness. During our ownership we put over 25,000 nautical miles under the keel.

Today we signed a contract to sell her. There is a cliche that the two happiest days of a sailors life are, the day he buys a boat and the day he sells her. Not true. Yeah we are relieved, but it feels more than a little melancholy. Fortunately we're not selling because we have to, but because we want to. It's time. Our cruising days are over and it's time to let someone else take care of her.

A couple of pics for those who care...

This was taken at a sailboat race, Georgetown, Bahamas. 2003. We won!!!

At anchor at Lee Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas.

And it's not all fun and games.  

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Neil Young Quotes
« on: March 02, 2009, 05:09:16 PM »
I stumbled onto these quotes from Mr. Young.

JO: What are your views on people going to college to learn guitar?

NY: Paints a pretty doomed picture of the future, doesn't it?[Laughs.] First of all, it doesn't matter if you can play a scale. It doesn't matter if your technique is good. If you have feelings that you want to get out through music, that's what matters. If you have the ability to express yourself and you feel good when you do it, then that's why you do it. The technical side of it is a completely boring drag, as far as I'm concerned. I mean, I can't play fast. I don't even know the scales. A lot of the notes that I go for are notes that I know aren't there. They're just not there, so you can hit any note. I'm just on another level as far as all that goes. I appreciate these guys who play great. I'm impressed by these metal bands with their scale guys. Like I go, Gee, that's really something. I mean, Satriani and Eddie Van Halen are genious guitar players. They're unbelievable musicians of the highest caliber. But I can't relate to it. One note is enough.

JO: Any words of encouragement for young players?

NY: Just start playing. Learn a few chords and play with someone who's maybe a little better than you. Don't learn from a book any more than you have to. Learning from other people is what music is all about. Pick up things and put them back together yourself. Use them to write new songs, to make new sounds, new chord changes, new time changes. Just create. Even if it's all s**t, just keep creating. Pretty soon it'll be great.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / sound samples
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:57:05 PM »
The thread on Pikes new (and very cool) Tacoma built Washie got me thinking.  In it Dread asked for a side by side sound comparision.  Said to myself, self, how do your various toys compare sound wise.

So for those that care.

All guitars were recorded the same way.  Miced with a shure sm58 plus a direct input to a audio interface.  Recorded with Audacity.  Tried to make the clips as same, same as possible.

First is Washburn, D46sce.  Solid spruce top.  BBand all controls set in the middle.

Guild D35NT solid spruce and mahogany, K&K under passive saddle pickup.

Martin D2R, solid spruce and lam rosewood, also a K&K.

Dean 00R solid spruce and rosewood.  Pickup is a sound hole mounted, dean markley tahoe.

First some simple first position chords, then some finger picking.  Bonus points if you can identify the middle riff.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / For Sale
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:52:20 AM »
I've hesitated to post this.  So, if posting a For Sale is objectionable, please let me know and I'll delete it.

Long and Short, I'm going to sell my EA20.  Couple of pics for those that might be interested.  Or just for fun as pics are always good right??

$150 with the case and I'll pay for shipping.  If anybody is interested I'll provide more details.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D46 SCEK
« on: January 09, 2009, 03:58:24 PM »
A local shop has one of these for a pretty good price.  $349 with the original case.  Although used, both case and guitar look like new.  Likely could be had for less.  Have not decided if I'm going to make an offer.  Very handsome guitar in any case.

The K designate I assume stands for Koa??  Laminate???

Posted this on another forum.  Thought some of the washies might be interested.

Guitar, An American Life by Tim Brookes.

Just finished and I'd definitely give it a couple of thumbs up.

The story line is: Brookes had a beautiful Fylde guitar

The guitar was broken by a airline baggage handler. To replace the Fylde and for his 50th. birthday he decides to have a custom, concert/jumbo built by a boutique luthier in Vermont, Running Dog Guitars.

This leads him to research the impact guitars have had on American culture. One chapter will be about the building of his dream guitar, the next a historical look at how the guitar has shaped not just music but society.

FYI, Brookes is a regular commmentator on National Public Radio.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Home recording
« on: December 01, 2008, 01:23:17 PM »
Shiner and CB got me thinking a thread re: home recording might be of interest.  It is for me anyway as i've just started down this slippery slope.  I'm curious if other forum members are recording?  If so; how, what kind of equipment, etc.??

This is how I'm going about it so far.

The audio interface is a M-Audio mobile pre USB.  Simple two channel A/I.  2 XLR jacks and a 1/4 inch guitar jack.

I'm using free software from Audacity.

I've found audacity to be very easy to use.  You can add virtually unlimited tracks, cut and paste bits and pieces (nice when you mess something up).  I've done a bit of research on more pro recording softwear, e.g. Protools, CuBase but at least for now Audacity does what I need.
Via the audacity web site you can download a piece of software to trasfer the audacity file to MP3.  Also you can add a zillion effects to the audacity tool.  Chorus, reverb, compression, delay, plus a bunch of stuff I have no idea about.

I'm recording the guitar straight into the A/I, or using a Zoom multi effects stomp box to add some effects directly.  I've also tried micing the guitar with less than satisfying results.  Vocals are done via a el'cheapo no name XLR microphone.  A better mic may be my next purchase.

So, what say you????

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Washburn sighting
« on: November 29, 2008, 01:37:14 PM »
At a open mic on Wed. a woman showed up with a really sweet looking and sounding Washburn.  Nice bright, crisp sound w/o any harshness.  Never got the chance to ask her about it but I believe it's the same guitar as in this thread.

All the guitars I own are naturals, HHHMMMMM!!!!! [;)][;)]

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / open mic
« on: November 20, 2008, 07:34:18 PM »
After a eight month sabbatical from playing out I jumped back into the open mic scene last night.

Typical open mic in a bar situation. Wide range of styles and abilities. I came up after a very good duo. I did a three song set. That seems to be the magic number. I did one original and two covers. I've been working out a bunch of stuff in open tunings of late and used the open mic to give them a test drive. The original is in open G, the covers in D.

I've always had a bit of a problem with stage fright. Maybe anxiety is a better word. I kept thinking of Rockets comment and I'm para phrasing here. There are lots of real things to worry about in the world, why worry about performing. Maybe it helped. I was a bit nervous but once I got going, I wound up having a pretty good time.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Wolfgangs vault OT
« on: November 19, 2008, 07:03:28 AM »
I'm sure many of the forum gang have looked this site over.  But, just in case..

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D46CESP
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:03:37 PM »
Saw one of these in the local Sam Ash today.  '08 model.

Did not have the chance to play it.  Very striking visually.   A lot going on with the binding, the woodgrain,  cutaway, inlays etc..  Workmanship looked pretty good.

Also of note, the local big box stores are just jammed with product.  You can hardly walk around the acoustic room they have so many guitars.  Must be hopeful the consumers will actually be in a spending mood this Christmas.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Nut surgery
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:35:23 PM »
My new 12'er got a bit of surgery a few days ago.

I shipped her back from Annapolis to a friend who lives here in St. Pete.. He brought to my attention the nut slots needed to be lowered a bit. When fretted on the third fret there was a bit of a gap between the string and the first fret. Should be just a very tiny gap, paper width. My first thought was take it to a luthier, but after a bit of research I decided to purchase some files and have a go at it. I've done lots of other acoustic work but never attempted this.

I purchased a set of Norman tm files and followed the instructions very carefully. Took lots of time and stopped for repeated measurments. These files are sold on E-Bay and frankly have a very mixed bag of reviews. For me they worked perfect. The guitar plays a lot easier, better intonation and less buzzing. It was good before. I just thought hey it's a 12'er she's supposed to be a bit stiff Now she plays a lot easier. The job was actually pretty simple.

If you were going to do this kind of work a lot the Norman files may be a problem. Some customers have complained they went dull very fast. Also a few complaints of a lack of communication from the seller. He was fine with me and for the occasional lower the slot kind of job I think the files will work just fine.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Best Buy and Washburn
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:56:25 AM »
I went into a local Best Buy today to chek out cellphones.  Was distracted by the new instrument room.  First Best Buy I'd visited that sold instruments.  Had a dedicated acoustic room, good assortment of the typical electric guitars (Fender, Epiphone and Gibson), amps, acessories.  Store layout was much like a mini Guitar Center.  The store was staffed by a very nice guy.  Older gentlemen, a'ka my age!!! [;)]  This is Florida remember.

Washburn was represented by a few electric models, no idea which ones.  Plus a few acoustics, Rovers, D10s and a '08 D46scek.  The top acoustic prices were Gibson and Martins at $1,500-$2,000 or so.

In the same strip mall is a Guitar Center and a mile down the road a Sam Ash.  The Sam Ash store had a huge inventory of acoustic guitars.  Never seen it so stuffed.  Wasburn was represented by the usual Rovers, EA9's and D10's and a few '06/'07 vintage better guitars.  '06 J56SW for example.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / No such thing as
« on: November 01, 2008, 07:45:06 PM »
So I've been following all the various G.A.S. threads and FWIW I'm pretty sure no one is even close to a case of uncontrolled G.A.S.. [;)]

Here is why.

I use 7 different tunings.  So any rational player would want a dread for each tuning.  Plus, you'd want that rosewood rumble for some and the big, bright mahogany sound for others.  So at a minimum it seems 14 dreads is only reasonable.

Then...  you'd really want a 000 for fingerstyle work.  A 00 for some Delta blues.  At least one Jumbo 6 and a 12 string cousin.  A maple back Jumbo.  At least a beater or two for those around the campfire singalongs.  Almost forgot a resonator.  A Weissenborn.  A nylon string for those classical moments.  A archtop for some Jazz.

So 25 seems to be the magic number.  More than that is obviously piggy.

Just sayin!!!

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