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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Whoa Batman, very nice looking guitar, beautiful wood. Are the f-holes painted on or do they have some electronic function?

I love gorgeous wood, but it's not on mine. I sometimes call the vintage series Martin I have "Jane" as in "Plain Jane". Not a bit of decoration, beautiful sound only. The spruce top has vertical grain lines about 100/th of an inch apart near the bridge, opening rapidly as it approaches the sides to a wide spacing of around 1/8th inch. I've wondered if this contributes to the nice sound, being stiffer where far from the side support, and looser where reinforced by the sides of the box, so it can still move/resonate across the whole top.

No label in there, I just looked. Stamped into the neck block is the model, "Vintage Series OOO-28VS".

Not that my guitars have a hard life , but I notice the brass plated snaps on the case are slightly corroded, and the chrome? tuning knobs are very dull. The guitar itself is still in beautiful shape, the humidity affecting the metal poorly but the wood likes it.

It's more important to me to use my good things while I'm alive. For awhile I shot competitive smallbore riflery. I'd always been the best shot I knew till I joined a club where I was the worst, and the best (from NH) seemed to be from another planet. They kindly coached me. I purchased an Anschutz Olympic style rifle, very heavy and adjustable, for several thousand dollars. I have a Unertl 2 inch scope with actual black widow spider silk crosshairs in it. At first I was afraid to mar the beautiful surface on the extra fine wood. Then one day during a match I noticed my trigger finger touched the fine wood stock as I released the position adjustable trigger.

At that point I made a life decision to do what's best. I pulled out my sheath knife and carved off the offending piece of the stock, thereby destroying the resale value. I also went on the become (in time) state champion about 6 times over. One year after quitting I went back to my last state championship to allow the new champ to beat the old. I won again and never went back.

My point???????????

Do what's best for your short life, never mind resale value. Take your good guitars with you. Don't worry about wearing things out, use them. If you use up/wear out your rifle/sailboat/guitar that's good, you used it enough and it's time to get a new one.

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Those are real F holes. This is a hollow body guitar. PRS calls it the "semi-hollow" as they make a thicker body hollow body guitar too. I didn't care for the look of the thicjker body so I went with this model. Paul took me on a tour through the factory then asked "What do you want?". It has peizzos in it also. I do notice that while PRS's are very common with the touring pros I seldom if ever see anyone playing this model.

I don't baby my guitars. I just play them and dust them from time to time. I like to keep them out because they are fun to look at. To me they are little works of art and kind of markers down the road of my life. I still have the Guild D-50 I bought in 1966. If that guitar could talk I'd have to go into hiding. I'll never sell my guitars. I'll give them to my son Max. He plays and I'm sure he'd love to inherit my collection.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

One can have too many cars, boats...or wives but never too many guitars:-) As Hendrix once said, "That's alright I still got my guitar."
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I don't baby my guitars. I just play them and dust them from time to time. I like to keep them out because they are fun to look at. To me they are little works of art and kind of markers down the road of my life. I still have the Guild D-50 I bought in 1966. If that guitar could talk I'd have to go into hiding. I'll never sell my guitars. I'll give them to my son Max. He plays and I'm sure he'd love to inherit my collection.
Bat, I hoped the f-holes were real, but didn't phrase it that way just in case.

Totally agree on the works of art beauty thing. I love the way guitars are based on the curves of the female torso. Nothing more attractive.

You have some great guitar connections, I always pay full boat price. I'm just lucky I guess, that way I don't have to own too many.

Not babying your guitar reminds me of something. Two years ago I saw Tommy Emmanuel locally - close up, rural area. To me he is one of the top acoustic players in the world. He makes no attempt to have a flashy image, looks like a very regular and humble person, just he way God made him.

But you should see his guitar, it was the most beat up guitar I've ever seen, almost no finish left on the entire face. There is someone who chooses to truly use his guitar, and all the beauty comes out on his playing. He has lot's of humor as well.
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One can have too many cars, boats...or wives but never too many guitars:-) As Hendrix once said, "That's alright I still got my guitar."
Smurph,

I finally have to differ with you. You can't easily have too many boats if you have lots of land. Just can't keep them all in the water.
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I've seen Tommy on TV. He seems to use the entire guitar and that may account for it looking beat up. Have you ever heard the story about when he met Chet Atkins?
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I've seen Tommy on TV. He seems to use the entire guitar and that may account for it looking beat up. Have you ever heard the story about when he met Chet Atkins?
No, do tell! Must have been quite the meeting.

Yes, he did play seemingly every bit of his guitar. Very imaginative and joyful player. I have no idea why he was in my area, but hope he returns.
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It's amost 8pm. I get up at 4:30 am so I can go fishing. I'm knackered.

I'll tell you the Tommy and Chet story tomorrow.
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It's amost 8pm. I get up at 4:30 am so I can go fishing. I'm knackered.

I'll tell you the Tommy and Chet story tomorrow.
Bat: Hey, I got up at 4:30 AM yesterday also to cut firewood. I have a lot of green wood but no seasoned, so I'm getting dead trees enough to burn while waiting for the green to dry. Lots tougher to find and get out.

I was dragging skinny (10 inch) dead white birch 40 ft. long with chain up a narrow one foot slot through the thick woods, trees about 130 ft. in. It reminded me of playing a fish on a line, with the tractor bucket as the pole. The tractor was on the edge of the field. The logs were turning and flopping around the trees as I "reeled" them in by backing up. I enjoyed it. The felling part was harder, the woods being very thick.

As I cut up the birch I thought of smurph, making a guitar from trees he cut, and tried to visualize guitar parts in that rosy tan beautiful heartwood. Guess I'm not like Michelangelo, I couldn't see anything in there but firewood, which I'm burning right now. We have a lot of cold coming right away.

No pressure on the story, only if you feel like it. Tommy is teaching some younger men to play guitar his way, they came around this summer and played.

Beautiful purple pink sky right now, sailors take warning!

edit: I cut in the afternoon, to get ready I had to hand split and stack a lot of green wood here to get ready to receive the dead wood in the front of the pile, to burn first.

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No doubt I'll tell the story wrong. But I will stay true to the spirit of the story.

Tommy had been writing to Chet from Australia for some time. Chet had not been paying much attention. One day Chet was doing some work in his Nashville office. Jerry Reed, a good friend of Chet's and a great guitar player, was in the office pickin away while Chet worked. The secretary called Chet and said there was young man downstairs who wanted to speak to him. Chet reluctantly got up and went down to the lobby and met Tommy. They spoke briefly, Chet couldnt help notice the guitar case Tommy had. "Well son, show me what you can do." Tommy played for Chet. " Ok son, come upstairs with me. I have someone you should meet." Tommy accompanied Chet to his office, met Jerry and the two sat and played for two hours while Chet quietly went back to his work.

Imagine being a fly on that wall.
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