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Post by gtrbill on Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:06 pm

For all of you multiple instrument owners out there ..... Do you have a favorite guitar that keeps jumping out of the case at you? Do you have certain guitars for each type of music you play? For certain occassions? For days of the week? Or do you rotate through them?

I find myself grabbing my Breedlove Pro Series more than the others. It works for all the types of music I usually play ... blues, Celtic, singer/songwriter. I do try not to play the same guitar back to back from one day to the next. It keeps them from getting jealous! Surprised
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Post by Omegaman on Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:20 pm

Breedlove Northwest is my horse. I have a Cashimira classical for that vibe, and my go to electric is my Fender Road Worn Tele. I rotate a lot though, but those are my hands on beaters. My other horse would be my Composite Acoustics CA-7Se I bought from Mac. I'm not worried about it being damaged by wind, snow, rain, or hail. cyclops

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by MandoSquirrel on Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:07 pm

I only have the one guitar, Guild D25, but I currently have 5 mandolins at home, & one in the hospital for too long now. My go to currently would be the Gibson A2, followed by the Kay I fell in love with when looking for a less expensive F hole mando to replace the Breedlove Cascade, which, prior to getting the Gibby, was the go to for playing in front of people.
I still love Victoria, & the bowlback is an interesting change.

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by MandoSquirrel on Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:14 pm

The Gibson, the Kay & Victoria are good for blues or Old Time("hillbilly"), bowlback, Gibson & Victoria for "classical" , Kay, Breedlove or Gibson for jazz or bluegrass. Breedlove really works pretty well for pretty much everything. I may just go ahead & change the strings & keep it!


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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by Melodeous on Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:26 pm

I have 5 guitars and play two frequently. The Breedlove Focus concert and a Goodall RCJC keep my hands occupied most of the time with a Yamaha Classical (CG110CE) taking third place. I have another acoustic steel string I had custom built for me, and does nothing to scare the first two into their cases, and a Rickenbacker 330-12 that occasionally gets my attention. One I don't count is a Guild F-412 I bought new in 1974 that has paid all the dues it can.
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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by Tele on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:17 pm

No pictures (too tired to bother after the game with Omega today) but after a few years of buying guitars, I've actually sold a few. The one I play the most is the same one you see in most of my YouTube videos; a C20 Masterclass. My C25 12'r gets a bit of play, but I'm still getting back into the whole twelve string vibe. I have my Pro C25 C/RH in "C G D G A C" tuning, because I'm transcribing Hedges tune "Bensusan" right now. My other acoustics dont see much daylight at the moment. My go to for electric stuff has always been my namesake, but she's been waiting for a new neck, and I'm a little too heartbroken to think about it. So the PRS McCarty Rosewood has been getting the play time along with my old beat up Strat.


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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by Neal on Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:07 am

Like a few of you, I go in cycles. The last month or so I've been focusing on a uke tune sort of bluegrassy fingerpicking number in an alternate tuning (yep, you can do that on the 'ukulele). And the good part is I'm finally playing "Patricia", a custom uke made by Dave Means of Glyph Ukulele. A mezzo soprano I commissioned in.. '07 or so and got in '09, but haven't really found my stride in it.

Guitar-wise, it was bottleneck on the National 12 string for the longest time, then the National 6, then standard tuning the Martin 00-17... I can't make up my mind What a Face . Here's Patricia and her mother, a late '20s Gibson Uke-3
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Post by Omegaman on Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:22 am

Those ukes are gorgeous.

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by WileE on Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:49 pm

MandoSquirrel wrote:The Gibson, the Kay & Victoria are good for blues or Old Time("hillbilly"), bowlback, Gibson & Victoria for "classical" , Kay, Breedlove or Gibson for jazz or bluegrass. Breedlove really works pretty well for pretty much everything. I may just go ahead & change the strings & keep it!

When did you get the Kay?

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Post by WileE on Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:51 pm

Neal wrote:Like a few of you, I go in cycles. The last month or so I've been focusing on a uke tune sort of bluegrassy fingerpicking number in an alternate tuning (yep, you can do that on the 'ukulele). And the good part is I'm finally playing "Patricia", a custom uke made by Dave Means of Glyph Ukulele. A mezzo soprano I commissioned in.. '07 or so and got in '09, but haven't really found my stride in it.

Guitar-wise, it was bottleneck on the National 12 string for the longest time, then the National 6, then standard tuning the Martin 00-17... I can't make up my mind What a Face . Here's Patricia and her mother, a late '20s Gibson Uke-3

The Martin 00-17? Have we seen that?

I agree with Omega, those ukes are gorgeous.

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Post by WileE on Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:55 pm

Omegaman wrote:Breedlove Northwest is my horse. I have a Cashimira classical for that vibe, and my go to electric is my Fender Road Worn Tele. I rotate a lot though, but those are my hands on beaters. My other horse would be my Composite Acoustics CA-7Se I bought from Mac. I'm not worried about it being damaged by wind, snow, rain, or hail. cyclops


That's a nice looking tele! Not that the others aren't, but that it especially nice.

How about a picture of the CA-7Se?

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by Neal on Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:04 pm

WileE wrote:

The Martin 00-17? Have we seen that?

I agree with Omega, those ukes are gorgeous.

WileE

Thanks! I love the ukes. The Martin? Here it is, not a beautiful guitar, but a serious player. 1937, not original, finish gone, been thru at least 2 sets of tuners before me, I installed Grover open back, like the Waverly's, but a quarter of the price. Let's see... arm rest, as my sweat was eating into the finish, neck reset/fefret in '97. I found the receipt, 473.00, and that was with a new saddle, nut, and a crack fix!
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Composite Acoustics 7S-CE Slim Sharp Cutaway for WileE

Post by Omegaman on Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:30 pm

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by MandoSquirrel on Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:41 pm

WileE wrote:
MandoSquirrel wrote:The Gibson, the Kay & Victoria are good for blues or Old Time("hillbilly"), bowlback, Gibson & Victoria for "classical" , Kay, Breedlove or Gibson for jazz or bluegrass. Breedlove really works pretty well for pretty much everything. I may just go ahead & change the strings & keep it!

When did you get the Kay?

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Tried out the Kay Feb 4, and picked it up on Sat, Feb 5, when I made a down payment on the Gibson, which I picked up March 19. This model Kay apparently has surprisingly great sound ; I know mine has, & I've seen a couple of other references at Mandolin Cafe & MandoHangout to near identical mandos.




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Post by MandoSquirrel on Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:42 pm

OhMan, that looks COOL!

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Re: Who and what do you play?

Post by WileE on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:11 am

Neal wrote:
WileE wrote:

The Martin 00-17? Have we seen that?

I agree with Omega, those ukes are gorgeous.

WileE

Thanks! I love the ukes. The Martin? Here it is, not a beautiful guitar, but a serious player. 1937, not original, finish gone, been thru at least 2 sets of tuners before me, I installed Grover open back, like the Waverly's, but a quarter of the price. Let's see... arm rest, as my sweat was eating into the finish, neck reset/fefret in '97. I found the receipt, 473.00, and that was with a new saddle, nut, and a crack fix!

Beautiful! Do you have any audio or video clips of it?

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Post by WileE on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:17 am

MandoSquirrel wrote:
WileE wrote:
MandoSquirrel wrote:The Gibson, the Kay & Victoria are good for blues or Old Time("hillbilly"), bowlback, Gibson & Victoria for "classical" , Kay, Breedlove or Gibson for jazz or bluegrass. Breedlove really works pretty well for pretty much everything. I may just go ahead & change the strings & keep it!

When did you get the Kay?

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Tried out the Kay Feb 4, and picked it up on Sat, Feb 5, when I made a down payment on the Gibson, which I picked up March 19. This model Kay apparently has surprisingly great sound ; I know mine has, & I've seen a couple of other references at Mandolin Cafe & MandoHangout to near identical mandos.



That is a beaut! You are mando-rich now. Especially if you get that Flatiron out of the hospital. I'd have to say, that behind the A-2, those (the flat Flatirons) are my favorites.

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Post by WileE on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:21 am

Omegaman wrote:




Yep. Nice pictures. With my temperatures and general lack of humidity here, I really should look into those. I got to play a Rainsong recently and was very pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for the pictures.

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Post by ragtime man on Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:43 pm

[quote="Tele The one I play the most is the same one you see in most of my YouTube videos; a C25 Masterclass. My C25 12'r gets a bit of play, but I'm still getting back into the whole twelve string vibe. I have my Pro C25 C/RH in "C G D G A C" tuning, because I'm transcribing Hedges tune "Bensusan" right now. My other acoustics dont see much daylight at the moment.

Are you not playing that sweet custom build from Eastern Washington? What's with that? It had such a sweet balanced tone.
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Post by ragtime man on Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:54 pm

I play three guitars the most and it depends on what type of music I am playing. For slide I pick up my National Resophonic Replicon, for ragtime and blues it mainly goes to my 46-47 Gibson LG-2 and then I just have to pick up my Chris Proctor lucky number 13 of a run of 100 Taylor. That thing has just gotten so sweet and it can rip through the blues quite well after taking lessons and listening to the grandpa Gibson LG-2

My Masterclass striped ebony with the German Spruce top is back at Elderly Instruments on consignment. I really loved that guitar and sound but I found I just wasn't playing it enough anymore and decided to let it go to someone who would play it more often than I was. Once that sells I have a few that I am considering which way I will pull the trigger.

My Baby Taylor doesn't get played much at all anymore and sits in its case. Since I have the LG-2 which is a small size guitar I take it with me whenever I go anywhere.

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Post by Tele on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:58 pm

ragtime man wrote:[quote="Tele The one I play the most is the same one you see in most of my YouTube videos; a C25 Masterclass. My C25 12'r gets a bit of play, but I'm still getting back into the whole twelve string vibe. I have my Pro C25 C/RH in "C G D G A C" tuning, because I'm transcribing Hedges tune "Bensusan" right now. My other acoustics dont see much daylight at the moment.

Are you not playing that sweet custom build from Eastern Washington? What's with that? It had such a sweet balanced tone.
ragtime man

No Rags, I'm sorry to say that I recently sold that guitar along with a couple others.

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Post by MandoSquirrel on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:40 pm

That is a
beaut! You are mando-rich now. Especially if you get that Flatiron out
of the hospital. I'd have to say, that behind the A-2, those (the flat
Flatirons) are my favorites.

WileE

When the Flatty was (almost) playable(before I tried to get the neck joint fixed), it had a big, loud sound, despite(?) a thin body, but it was always too hard to do anything with, so I never really got a good idea of what it should do. I should have known better than to buy it the way the joint was, but I didn't realize how bad it was, & how much worse it would get. Plus, I was down to just a guitar, a mandola(since sold) and Victoria, and her tailpiece screws had dug into the binding & pulled up, so I was looking for a playable mandolin to get my interest going again. Eventually I bought a replacement tailpiece that didn't screw into the binding, so Victoria became attractive again(& since I had her bridge reslotted, she has become a darling). I always loved her headstock, and her rear view of it used to be my avatar:


And yes, it seems I find myself abundantly mando'd, with 5 in the house, & wondering if I'll ever get the Flatty back. I think I'm going to end up keeping the Breedlove, which doesn't bother me anywhere near as much as it annoys my bank account! cherry

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Post by MandoSquirrel on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:53 pm

ragtime man wrote:...

My Masterclass striped ebony with the German Spruce top is back at Elderly Instruments on consignment. I really loved that guitar and sound but I found I just wasn't playing it enough anymore and decided to let it go to someone who would play it more often than I was. Once that sells I have a few that I am considering which way I will pull the trigger.

....

ragtime man
I need to take another look at Elderly's guitar list, I guess!
Is THIS it? That sure is a beauty; good thing it's too much $ to tempt me! (though, judging from other guitars I've tried, I'm sure it's worth it!

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Post by ragtime man on Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:06 am

Yes that is my guitar Mando. It has a sound much like B. Rosewood with bell like highs. Extremely clear sound and well balanced but with a very solid low end yet not muddy.

It was a hard decision to let it go. I made a promise to my wife that I would not buy another guitar without selling one that I had. When I looked at my herd I decided I couldn't let the Chris Procto Taylor go as it would not be replaceable since there were only 100 of them made. I decided the Gibson had to stay because I am the second owner of that guitar and to find another in as good of shape and a sunburst to boot would be really difficult. Besides with the blues and ragtime stuff that I play it was build for and lived it back then. The National Style O Replicon could be replaced but when it was A-B ed against a 1934 Style O the store manager and an blues artist that played them both said mine sounded far better than the actually 34. So while there are Replicons to be had when I bought it the thing sounded better than any of the old Style Os that the shop had. Adding what the other store manager said and the artist that played it meant while I could get another Replicon getting one that sounded as good as this one was going to be more difficult.

So that left the striped ebony and I wasn't playing it as often as the others. I would pick it up and play it especially when I wasn't playing blues or ragtime stuff. However, my first go to guitar for the ragtime and blues is the old Gibson. The Delta stuff goes to the National and the slide stuff goes to the National. The Taylor has learned to play Piedmont blues quite well and can play just about anything but slide as the action is way to low for a good slide guitar. So the Taylor takes care of the more modern songs, Piedmont blues and ragtime along with being just a good go to guitar. The Gibson does not sound good playing more modern music but it just rocks out on the blues and ragtime music and the sound of the Replicon is great to my ear when I want slide or Delta sounds but of course it doesn't do very well for the more modern stuff.

So after much thought, many hours of termoil, and discussions with some who were on the old forum and folks that have played all my guitars and listened to me play them all the final decision was it was time to let the striped ebony Breedlove go.

I can only hope it goes to a good caring home as I have sat many nights, late nights, with all the lights off just playing that guitar and listening to how well it played and sounded. Whoever gets that guitar will be a very happy camper.

I looked at the pictures after your comment and I again had pain just seeing it up for sale but a promise is a promise and I will follow through. I do had a couple of guitars in mind to replace it with. One would be a custom built guitar and the other is a very special Martin that I believe there were only 400 something of them made although there was a less expensive model made that I may go for. Everytime I pick one up, the less expensive model, I have found them to be wonderful with the exception of one that just sounded dead.'

If I have one build I have been working on the radius' I want on the fretboard, back and front. I may even have a Gibson L=00 build by someone in the Portland area but I haven't decided on that yet. Part of that problem is I believe there is something like a year or more wait to get it built.
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Post by MandoSquirrel on Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:39 pm

It has a sound much like B. Rosewood with bell like highs. Extremely
clear sound and well balanced but with a very solid low end yet not
muddy.
That sounds about right as I recall the several thousand dollar Taylor small body striped ebony I tried a few years ago sounding.
Sounds like you've made a difficult but necessary decision.

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