Originally posted by magoo99
Hi cord Welcome To the forum, Hope you stick around.
Well Magoo, I'm still here.
The guitar is quite a change for me because I am used to the much greater volume of the steel stringed Martins and Gibsons, etc. Additionally, the flat fretboard is a major change for me.
Because it is a used guitar, I don't have an owner's manual. I find that when it is hooked to an amplifier I cannot turn the volume up very high at all on the preamp because the sound is too harsh, particularly on the number one string. I have no idea why that string would be so much louder and sharper than the rest, but it is. So at this point in time I am at a loss on who to ask.
I noticed last night that the saddle really does sit level so loosened the strings and took the saddle off. There is a pizeo under the saddle but no shims.
It is sitting a bit higher on the base side. The wire to the pizeo comes up through small hole on the base side and I suspect that that is the reason why it sits a bit higher.
I tapped the saddle near the #1 E string and then near the #6 E string and it seems to be that the sound of the tapping is louder on the side nearest the #1 string.
Also, a part of my problem is that I am used to the curve of my other guitars, so I have developed a height when I am using my thumb or flat pick that allowed me to clear the #1 E string because the curve of the strings places that string slightly lower than the movement of my pick/thumb; thereby avoiding that string.
However, with the flat saddle/strings the #1 E strings is a bit higher and I am accidentally hitting with my pick/thumb . . .so I guess that I have to adjust.
I expect that the guitar needs a lot of playing . . .I think that the strings that I took off today were the originals. This instrument hasn't even begun to open up yet.
I believe that the saddle is plastic, so I may make a bone saddle for it. I think I have some bone that size.
Are you very familiar with the Washburn classical guitars? What is your opinion of them?