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  1. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    Thanks for the great info. I’ve been perusing the wildwood inventory, just to get an idea of the various models/body sizes/scale lengths etc. Seems like the OM- is the 000- body with the longer scale? (Which I prefer, since I tend to use drop tunings.) And the 00- & 000- models I looked at...
  2. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    The OM-21 looks interesting… I love the thumpy bass you get with a dread, does the OM manage a bit of that, just a tad less? I need to play one. I do mostly fingerpicking. What’s the diff between an OM-28 and a rosewood OM-21?
  3. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    I’m enjoying the semi-drift, especially with pics. :)
  4. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    Gotta mark up the price now, it’s distressed. :cool:
  5. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    A lot of extremely useful info here, thanks! A major question I need to answer is do I prefer the sound of rosewood or mahogany. If I could find a store with a d15, d18, d28, and hd28, they would likely make a sale. I‘m not opposed to used, or other great brands either. I’ll check out the...
  6. RLee77

    Greg Lake plays a Martin D35

    From the Beginning, one of my fav Greg Lake songs… is this the D-45?
  7. RLee77

    Need Advice: A Tiny Amp for Travel

    Totally agree… I just got the Vox Adio yesterday and I’m extremely impressed. What an incredible package of sounds & functionality! Wish I’d gotten this years ago. I have several high-end amps, but this is perfect for bedroom noodling. Bonus that it’s also a great Bluetooth stereo speaker...
  8. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    Excellent suggestions, thanks. I agree, it would be fantastic to be able to do side-by-side comparisons of multiple models in one store, but that’s hard to find, sadly. I read one of your past posts on things to look for when buying used, it was extremely informative. What’s the main tonal...
  9. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    Breedlove’s are great guitars, my brother has one, I liked it a lot.
  10. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    I have a good humidifier I bought a few weeks ago for my music room, so I’m set there, it stays around 40-45% now. Without it, winters in Reno are DRY, like 18-20%. If I were to ever buy online, Sweetwater would be my choice too. I’ve done electrics online (I’m mainly an electric player), but...
  11. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    That’s what I’m looking for now, and my preference is not to buy from this GC. I’ve had issues with this store manager in the past; He gave me insultingly low offers on some used amps & guitars, and wouldn’t discount a keyboard that had been a demo on the floor for quite a while. A few years...
  12. RLee77

    Dread shopping & sparse GC showroom

    So I’m patiently shopping for a new acoustic, my retirement reward to myself. Likely a dread, likely a Martin, but anything’s possible, since my method is essentially to play suitable contenders until one blows me away (and doesn’t force me back to work to pay for it). Budget is roughly 3k or...
  13. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    Just to close the loop on this issue, I applied a few coats of Dr. Ducks Axwax and buffed it off after a few minutes, and it worked extremely well. Highly recommend it.
  14. RLee77

    Restringing Gibson G-Force tuners

    Right? But in my defense I was using other guitars, and just recently started playing this one again. I go through cycles.
  15. RLee77

    What Trick Have You Found That Makes A Guitar Play Better Without Serious Mods?

    Good comments on doing a proper setup for your playing preferences. If I had to pick one thing, it would be setting pickup heights to vendors recommended settings. The tone improvement can be significant.
  16. RLee77

    What do you consider the quintessential American made acoustic guitar?

    Taylor makes some awesome-sounding instruments. Last time I was in the acoustic room at a local music store, I played several Martins, a Gibson or two, and a Breedlove, and they sounded various degrees of great to mediocre. Then I picked up a $2800 Taylor (forget the model now, I have it...
  17. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    I’m not sure where you got the idea that my finger was not on top of the string.
  18. RLee77

    I honestly can't hear a difference between tube and solid state amps.

    Excellent post, I agree entirely. And the part about “studio magic”… I’ve been surprised & in denial sometimes when find out how certain guitar tones on classic recordings were actually done… like instead of the imagined dimed plexi, it would be a guitar straight into the board through a weird...
  19. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    I’d suggest if you’re interested in how it’s done that you check out some tutorial videos on YouTube… no shortage of them. I guess it’s hard to describe with words. I use the same technique that pretty much every electric player uses; nothing unusual.
  20. RLee77

    To Lock Tuner or Not? Help!

    Interesting, because I measured the balance point of my tele before and after replacement of the heavy fender locking tuners, and it moved significantly. The effect of weight of the tuners is magnified by the length of the neck. It’s not the additional raw weight, it’s what it does to the...
  21. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    And coconut oil always reminds me of Hawaii, because all the tourists there smell like coconut sunscreen. Another plus!
  22. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    At this point I’m not sure if I’m getting punk’d or if, as a classical guitar player, you just arent familiar with electric guitar string bending/vibrato, as done by players since the invention of the electric guitar. You can watch some videos on string bending/vibrato if you really don’t...
  23. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    The string is not getting shoved DOWN into the fretboard. It’s a standard, everyday, bend with vibrato wherein a portion of your fingertip brushes against the fretboard while the string is being pushed *sideways*. Not at all an odd thing for anyone familiar with a style of playing known as rock...
  24. RLee77

    Rosewood fretboard cleaned, now it’s hard to bend strings

    If you completely avoid touching the fretboard doing a 2 note bend with vibrato on the G string in the upper frets, my hat is off to you. :cool:
  25. RLee77

    To Lock Tuner or Not? Help!

    They weren’t for me… it depends on what you’re starting with. They required a hole for a pin on the bottom, and the headstock hole needed was larger. (From vintage split-posts.)




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