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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I leave my nice guitars at home. I went to the local music store and found a nice acustic, nylon string with a built in pick-up. Less than $100. Been playing it on the boat for a few years now. If it dies, I'll just get another.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Seems like if you are only strumming open chords, then an inexpensively made guitar will work fine. But when you are dependent on staying in tune all the way up the neck playing open strings at the same time playing string fingered on the 12th, 14th, etc frets, then a well made guitar is most important (BTW: well made does not necessarily equate to "really expensiive"). Also, when play up around the 7th to 15th frets, you don't want the action really high plus not buzzing on adjacent frets. Hence, a well made guitar is necessary when using the whole neck.

I usually pick up really cheap guitars when in the shop just to see if I can make them sound good. Most of the time, they don't work acceptably well. They go out of tune up the neck and the action is usually really high starting at the 7th fret and up.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Sorry to belabor this but...alternate tunings also cause a forcing function to only use well made guitars. Only about a third of the songs I play are in standard tuning. Alternate tunings will cause a weak neck to show itself. Also, staying in tune up the neck becomes even more difficult unless the guitar is well made.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

The $245 Takamine I played and I consider that a "cheap" guitar, played extremely well. The neck was spot on. CNC build has solved a lot of the cheap guitar neck issues. That intro level Takamine is not your Grandpa's $28 Stella or my $47 Harmony archtop, my very first axe.

As for alternate tunings, I've been struggling with standard tuning for 53 years. When I get it mastered I'll try some alternative tunings. Randy Bachman did a great radio show (CBC2) on alternative tunings used by Keith Richards. So if you can't quite get that intro to HONKY TONK WOMEN you might try an open C tuning.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Ah yes, "Honky Tonk Women" (country version), "Angie", "Love in Vain"....good KR acoustic songs. I still bring up "Angie" every now and then. I hate to admit it but I still, accidently, play "Stairway to Heaven" when I get board.
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Have you seen HEART's rendition of STAIRWAY at the Kennedy Center? Amazing.
You can find it on Youtube.

If you want to laugh your ass off you might also look for "B.B.King spoof shreds"
There are a bunch of shred spoofs there for different players. It's really low level musical humnor but I'm a low level kind of guy.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Country Honk is fun to play, pretty easy too. I learned it from YouTube lessons.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

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I admit to poking the little guitars dogs with a stick last night just to rile them up. Fact is when I'm not playing nthe JS200 Gibson my axe of choice is a small Martin (not a mini-Martin) the OM-28 Eric Clapton model. It's quite a bit smaller than a Dreadnaught. It's a wonderful guitar.
OM-28 Eric Clapton is a beautiful, high quality guitar. I almost purchased one myself.

I have fat fingers, and like wide necks, which may be why I didn't go for it. Wider necks are harder to play, but fat fingers make it too easy to get a buzz or mute when playing.

I also like 12 fret necks. I like to imagine that letting the body touch the neck at the point of harmonics disrupts the sound waves less. Wave reflections should stack in phase.

Doubtful it means anything, but it's all in fun!
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I'd like to distinguish between accurately made guitars with great necks, and rich sounding tone from solid woods, that improve as they age. I'll take an imperfect neck with great tone over the great neck with poor tone. I love rich sound!

Plus, it's hard to believe that a wooden box with wires strung on it can cause feeling and pleasure.

They are all magic.

Different guitars are like different sailboats, "It's ALL Good!"
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Different guitars are like different sailboats, "It's ALL Good!"
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I would agree with you on that.
I have my eye on a vintage Jazzmaster. I think I need it.
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