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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Flaneur, Dec 5, 2010.
Ohh man does this thread give me major GAS.
My '35 Duolian. I sold it once and had to chase it to Peru to get it back
-but it was worth it!
I have been working hard with the steel fingerpicks. Frustrating.....but I like the ability to really drive the cone, with the added complexity of using all my fingers.
I can use a thumbpick, but never did manage fingerpicks.
The guitar is a Delphi Deluxe- fancy inlays, with a thin 'vintage steel' finish, which seems designed to age quickly. I'm very happy with it, because I don't like polishing- and the rather faded look made the purchase....'affordable', second-hand! Check out the treble bout paint wear....
Sounds killer. Looks...workmanlike
I went for the Estralita, because I wanted a decent wood bodybiscuit style, and they weren't so easy to come by at the time.
I don't like cleaning guitars either, my nickel one looks well-used.
On the subject of Estralitas....... this fell into my lap yesterday. 2009. Totally unplayed.
It's the 'Harlem Slim' model, without the binding and other deluxe touches. What a guitar! I seem to have put more time and wear into it in one evening, than it's first owner did, in seven years. Better late than never.
I'm not sure how the cutaway would have any effect on how the guitar stays (or doesn't stay) on your leg when playing it while sitting down. I've never had any issues with mine.
It is heavy and the weight makes it feel different than any other acoustic guitar when you're sitting. And if your leg is sloping down because of whatever you're sitting on, gravity will have it's effect on the extra weight.
But other than that, no issues when seated - which is almost always how I play mine.
I have a National model D, which is kind of a spider cone version of the Estralita. A buddy of mine has an Estralita and they are both great sounding guitars. Mine has a hand wound Tele pickup installed
What the heck. I might as well post a pic of my National Polychrome Steel while I'm at it.
My NRP WB
I love the utility of the polychrome guitars. All business- the 'flash' is all in the design- and the sound!
On Reverb now. Holy cow they sold 30 guitars yesterday...
Here's my entry:
My teenage daughter took that picture on a cell phone...no filters, no photo-shopping...very cool pic.
It's a cheap Dean Chrome G acoustic-electric resonator, which I accidentally bought on eBay for a steal...(I say accidentally because I made a ridiculously low bid, thinking it would never go that low).
Plays nice, sounds pretty good. I will probably trade up to another cheapie--a Republic, which are distributed at a shop immediately to the south of me. I've played a few of theirs and think they're definitely an upgrade. I haven't decided yet.
Here's a video of me playing a song I wrote about Fort Worth, Texas---“Panther City Blues"
It's a workhorse for sure. It weighs a ton though.
Dang, still resonatorless.
Don't feel too bad. I've been playing for 40 years and got my first resonator two years ago. Now I have two and I wonder how I went so long without one. Also there are many more inexpensive reso's these days than there were during most of the time I was coveting one. You might have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince but decent ones can be had for not much coin.
The market for a used National is tiny, compared to that for a Tele, say......
Be prepared to haggle. Hard.
I've posted this before but.....
If you have heavy strings on your Reso- to really drive the cone, when you are fingerpicking blues- you might try tuning down a whole step (or more) and using a capo. This way, you can play in standard, with a lower action and bendable strings.