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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.


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?   :) :) :)


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?


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.


I am developing an interest in flamenco guitars and the Art and Lutherie Ami guitar. The attributes I'm seeking are the ease of the playability of nylon string (meaning very low and easy action), but some of the tone of steel.

I have read that the Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings have some of these attributes. Will these Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings work with the Ami? And would they work on the steel string Ami?


Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:45 pm    Post subject: The Beatles and Communism  

The other night I watched a PBS program titled, Rockin' the Kremlin?. The program claimed or implied that the Beatles were more effective and/or instrumental bringing down communism more than anything else that the West deliberately implemented.

I believe that music can be very influentially on society, however to my mind this is a strong claim to make.

How many of you agree with this claim and to what degree?


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / 4 Guitars to Buy
« on: November 16, 2010, 11:19:47 PM »
[size=18][/size]I was in a pawn shop recently and in there are four guitars have my grabbed my attention.  They are as follows:

Hohner HG-05     $90.

Hohner HG-07     $90.

Washburn D10S  $100

Ibanez PF512NT  $200

I am in an electric wheelchair and unable to test them myself and no one in the shop can play, however I have a feeling that at least one of them may be a bargain.  I am hoping that in a few months that I will have a pile of money and I'm kicking around the idea of buying one.

I have done some research, but am still lacking solid info.

If any of you can supply some info, like are they solid wood and are the prices being asked for fair would be appreciated.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / BASEBALL BAT NECK?
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:03:51 PM »
I have a Martin D12X1. [:)][:)]  I love the tone, but I’m not crazy about the neck. [:p]  Even though my fingers are on the long side I still have some problems getting a comfortable chord hand position.  I don’t feel the flexibility that is needed nor can I bear into the strings.  I know that this sounds dumb, but the neck feels too rigid.

Does this Martin D12X1 has one of those Martin famous baseball necks or is it just me?  [:(]


Due to my typos this thread got sidetracked.  I (and I am sure some others) believe this a good topic so I will start over. I noticed that there seemed be some deep interest in Bob Dylan. This is making me wonder what are Dylan's most popular song and why?

Three of my favorites are: Sara, Isis, and Bob Dylan's 119th Dream.  Sara, because it is a love song or a song of longing that is very poetic and avoids being too simplistic. Isis, because it is great storytelling of a wild story. Bob Dylan's 119th Dream, because it is so crazy and because it is a subject many of us can identify with on some level


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Dylan Favorite
« on: February 26, 2010, 05:10:10 PM »
I noticed on my last topic (that got sidetrack)that there seemed be some deep interest in Bob Dylan.  This is making me wonder what are Dylan's most popular song and why?

Three of my favorites are: Sara, Isis, and Bob Dylan's 119th Dream.  I my reasons later.  


I am not as smart as I think I am, but I am not as dunb as you thnk I am.

Recently, I learned that ladder braced 12-strings have a different tone than x-braced 12-strings.  The 12-strings (Fraulini and Hauver) I have heard have been instruments of rag time music.  While I like and admire the music and the players I am not into rag time.  What, I want to knows is: does anyone play Dylan, Cash, and Hank Williams, etc using Fraulini and Hauver guitars?


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