parlour guitars !

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  1. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Thanks for posting. Very enjoyable. Great demonstration on the high strung tuning. Going back to listen to the Stones, Pink Floyd etc. to listen for the tuning. Another great lesson from a another great TDPRI forum member. Thanks Larry.
     
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    Although I've been on the hunt for a quality dreadnought, I'm taking my time about it. In the meantime this thread got me GASing for a parlor again, and I just pulled the trigger on another Morgan like I had.

    Curse you, parlor guitar thread!
     
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    I didn't start this thread, but I've posted to it several times. So speaking for myself and my part in your parlor GAS...you're welcome! :twisted:
     
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    Your really just a wise medieval time traveling wizard dressed in modern clothes ain't you? I knew it all along, the beard gave it away.
     
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    Well, I dunno about "wise"...
     
  6. Charlie Bernstein

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    Nicest one I've ever played was a cedar-top Larrivee.

    At a less shekel-depleting price, Art & Lutherie's Roadhouse series looks like a phenomenal twang for the buck.
     
  7. Charlie Bernstein

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    Well, this settles it, Mally. Get your parlor guitar from Freeman.

     
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  10. 63 vibroverb

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    Anyone have any experiences using heavier strings on a parlour? I have a 12-54 set on mine right now, but always miss that extra umph from a medium 13-56 set.
     
  11. toomuchfun

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    Many 0 size Martins can take mediums. I put a set on my '51 0-18 and they worked fine. But even when playing with others I usually use custom lights (.011-.052) and get enough volume plus I can bend strings too.
     
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    I owned a c.1900 something Washburn parlor guitar for a number of years. Sold it, which I regret doing. (It looked just like this one, I don't have pics of my own.) Rosewood back and sides. Mine had an Ebony pyramid bridge.

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    I don't think anyone has yet mentioned why these little old guitars have such great volume, and why they don't sound like other guitars.

    The old ones have really minimal ladder bracing - while larger guitars must have stiff X-bracing to support the larger soundboard. As a result, a ladder braced top has greater freedom to vibrate. They also weigh about pound and a half, so the strings can really drive the top.

    They're great for fingerstyle blues, and punchy stuff like that. Not so good for strumming. No sustain whatsoever.

    I've tried a few modern builds and I'm not impressed. They have heavy bracing, probably because the makers don't want to replace them when someone breaks them. The old ones are fragile.

    I guess some makers are doing them the old way, I have not played any yet.
     
  13. toomuchfun

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    I agree ladder braced tops have a unique sound, but if you compare them with a X braced guitar from the same era the X braced models provide more volume, sweeter sound and great sustain.

    Never considered them for fingerstyle, I think of them more for blues . I don't currently have any from that era but I have a '57 and '63 Gibson LG0's (00 size guitars) and they are fun to play.
     
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    I have an Ibanez AVN10 - do you think that can handle mediums? It's similar in size to the Robert Johnson/Keb Mo L1's.
     
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