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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: A very sad day
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:26:28 AM »
I second your thought and feelings.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / SoundFonts for Guitar
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:22:35 AM »
For the past few months I have been writing (or trying) to write music using MuseScore. Even though, I don't seem to have a natural talent for writing melodies I love trying and I don't plan on stopping.

However, as much as I like MuseScore I am vexed by their sound fonts for guitar (especially their 12-string). Their guitar fonts sound too close to piano. I do not like guitars that sound like pianos. Grrr.

I have tried doing an internet search for 6 and 12 string guitar fonts, but I either don't get enough, or they are not what they are advertised as, and are not compatible with MuseScore.

Are there any short cuts to this problem? I will appreciate any assistance.


General Discussion / ZIther Ditter
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:28:00 PM »
Please, forgive me if I am in the wrong section, but I am unsure which section I should go to on this forum.  If I am in the wrong place please let me know.

I have a friend that has seen a Zither on the net that one feeds some type of sheet music into it and then plays it. I have found an image of it on Google, but no type or brand name was given.

Does anyone here have any idea what it is and where it can be found? My friend think it sells for around forty dollars.


Thanks for the link.

What you showed me is fancier than the one in the video.

Can you put nylon strings on them?

Do you have any sound clips?


On youtube I check out the different guitars. 

A few weeks ago one parlor guitar caught my ear and is still holding my ear and imagination.  The guy on the video believes the parlor was made between 1895 and 1910.  The parlor is a Lyons and Healy Marquette and in some fashion is connected to Washburn.

What intrigues about it is not that is old and beat-up (in fact, that doesn't bother me), but that it has nylon strings and sounds slightly twangy.  I am not a classical guitarist, so this guitar is up and down my alley.  I always imagine a guitar with the easier playability of nylon, but with the sound of steel, however I thought and was told there was no such guitar.  Now, I know differently.  ::)

Not that I can afford it, but how many thousands of dollars do you guys think it would cost?  Are there still any Lyons and Healy Marquettes out there?  If so, where can I find them?  Why doesn't make Washburn make them?   :) :) :)


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: WTB: WD32S
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:56:03 PM »
S[font=comic sans msSorry to hear about your lost, but glad to hear about the new guitar for the kid.

I have some idea of how you and the boy felt.  Several years ago, my wife bought me a Little Martin and a few months later someone stole it from our apartment.  It was my first good guitar and of course it had sentimental value.  I knew it was a low end guitar, but up until then my guitars were cheap sounding and I always wanted a Martin.  Because we are on a limied income I wasn't able to get another guitar for two years.

However, the experience is not totally bad.  We learned to double check our doors and more importantly, I'm learning to forgive.

Lafayette [/font]

If the sound of the Mango wood is like the taste of its' fruit I would say it is too sweet for me.

All kidding aside, I do appreciate the suggestion and it has given me another lead to follow.

Until, you mentioned it I never heard or thought of Mango wood.

Thank you.


As some of you may know I have been window shopping for a flamenco guitar. One of the factors that gives the flamenco guitar its distinctive sound is the cypress wood. The problem with cypress is its expense.

My question is: is there another solid wood that gives the same or a very similar sound of cypress and is it cheaper?


I am having some problems locating flamenco guitars in Phoenix.

The only place that has come close is the Guitar Center in Tempe. My problem with them is that they do not have a big enough selection. My other problem is I'm on a budget. I need to keep it under $350.

Also, I do not want a classical guitar. Classical guitars are too sweet and they have no bite.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?


After listening to all comments and thinking it over I have decided not to waste any more time and energy pursuing the Antonio Hermosa AHQ-10.  I don't expect the bottom of a dreadnaught, but I want more than what a Baby Taylor provides.

If I can't obtain a flamenco guitar that I can afford and that my dear sweet wife won't faint over then I will consider the classical with solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

You mentioned options.  One option I can think of is putting the Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings on it.  I like the bite of the high B and E of steel strings.  Making thing more complicated, I like and prefer the tone of the low E, A, D, and G (if the G is wound) tuned strings of nylon.  I have read that that these strings have some of these attributes that I am looking for.  Also, in my exploration I have read that these strings have the tension of nylon and some if not all balled ends.

Will these Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings work with any of the Washburn classical and/or parlor guitars? 

By the way, what kind of tone does Oregon Pine Top and Sycamore give?

Thanks everyone for your comments, insights, and suggestions.  I will seriously ponder on them.


No offenses have been taken.

Yes, a $150 is pretty low and that is why I am suspicious, skittish, and need to know more.  I know that there are good deals out there, but I pay a lot of heed to the old adage, "If it is too good to be true it probably isn't".

As for price range how about something between $200-$300?  I know that isn't much, but maybe a good deal can be found.  Right now I don't even have that much, but we can save up for it in time.  Of course, more than that will take more time.

Thanks for giving the run down on the different woods and their properties.  However, you missed one and that is Spanish Cypress.  I understand that cypress may be very fundamental for that biting flamenco sound.  And, what about maple?

Does Washburn make any parlor and/or classical guitars with cypress or maple?


Thank you all for your concern and comments.

I am not looking for a classical guitar per se, but a small size (maybe 5/8 or 7/12) flamenco sounding guitar.  I really don't want a 3/4 size.  I already have a Baby Taylor that I like to a certain point, the point: it doesn't have enough bottom.

The person that suggested the Hermosa AHQ-10I implied it had a dry sound.  This intrigues me.

I want a flamenco or semi flamenco guitar for a number of reasons.  Because of my muscular dystrophy my hand strength isn't as good as should be.  I can play steel, but it is a struggle.  To my ears a flamenco has more bite than a classical.

When I play guitar it is in a narrow electric hospitable bed, because the configuration of my electric wheelchair makes playing a guitar of any size in it impossible. 

I love flamenco, however I don't have the speed, coordination, or technique to play it.  I also like blues, folk, and country and western.  I think it may be fun and interesting to play Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan on a flamenco guitar.  Also I believe the bite of a flamenco guitar may be appropriate for blues.

One other guitar that has caught my interest and imagination and is a well know brand is the Art and Lutherie Ami.  They make steel and nylon models.  Have heard the steel numerous times, but not the nylon (which is disappointing).  The other guitar that has made me drool all over myself is out of my price range is the Martin 0-28VS.  It not only looks beautiful but also sounds beautiful and has enough bottom to satisfy me.


I will take your suspicion in deep consideration.  The person that told me about this guitar is a dealer himself.  However he doesn't have a sound clip for me to hear.  That I don't like.  I'm on a limited income and I can't afford to waste money.

Thanks for response.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Washburn D12W
« on: February 05, 2012, 04:57:49 PM »
Did I miss something?  In all your research did you try writing to the Washburn Guitar Company?


I am window shopping for a small size flamenco sounding guitar. Someone suggested the Hermosa AHQ-10. From what I see from this link:

it looks like a pretty decent guitar, not great but, decent.

In spite of this link I still have some questions. One being: what does it sound like? I can't find a sound clip for it.

Does anyone on this forum know anything about this guitar or the company that makes it?

Any input will be appreciated.


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