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Comment by Alan Edmunds on December 24, 2014 at 12:50pm

Nice Michael....enjoy lots of sunshine!

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015.


Comment by michael schwartz on December 24, 2014 at 12:43pm

Just posted a few fotos from the brief Sunshine yesterday on my page.

Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Comment by Robert on December 21, 2014 at 12:08pm

A bit beat up - when I bought it from a little hole-in-the-wall music store in Lenox, MA there was a gouge in the lower part of the sound hole, probably from having a pickup installed, and a set of gouges in the back (big Texas belt buckle?), one of the tuning knob poles was bent (it's an S-head model), and the upper side smelled of stale cigarettes. Keeping it in tune has always been a problem, but Curt Magnan PB strings seem to hold pitch pretty well.  

Had a fishman pickup installed about 5 years ago (C-mas present from my wife with whom I play and sing).  I had to replace the bridge a year or so ago (after trying a set of medium gauge strings - they cut thru the old and already well worn ebony like butter) and did the saddle and nut at the same time.  Also repaired a crack in the heel (glued and secured with a strap button).

Still, it plays so easily (I have a Taylor 6-string with a much stiffer action) and the tone is incredible.  I've tried a number of other 12's and found nothing to match it (yet).

Comment by michael schwartz on December 21, 2014 at 4:15am

@Robert..yours must be AMAZING!!

Comment by Robert on December 20, 2014 at 8:34pm

Michael - good on you.  Been playing the same instrument since '71 when I picked it up 2nd hand for $300 (and what do they cost now?).  Still my favorite.

Comment by michael schwartz on December 20, 2014 at 12:40pm

I've had a wonderful, musical week as you can tell from my earlier posts, but....I left out the fact that I now have a 1968 D12-35 Brazilian to play!!! Its been around the block a time or two, but after my luthier buddy looked it over, cleaned  er up a bit, and restrung it, SHE'S A KEEPER!! the Sun hasn't come out in the Chgo. area in a week, but it's sure shining in here. Once the Sun does show itself again, I'll post fotos.

Comment by michael schwartz on December 18, 2014 at 4:57am

Look what a friend brought over for me to play yesterday. 1971 D12-41

Comment by FloridaGull on December 16, 2014 at 11:38am

A Martin DM-12 on Goodwill:

Currently $451 - 6 days left - $30 shipping...


Comment by FloridaGull on December 16, 2014 at 11:25am

A Roderich Paesold 12-string guitar - Model P230 - on Goodwill - made in Holland!

Currently $25 - 6 days left - $58 shipping (!)...

"former owner has modified this into a 6 string, remaining 6 tuner pegs are missing, light scratches and soiling, case is tattered and worn, handle and hinges need repair"

Boy - that's a very modern tuner... ;-)

Comment by Mike Raeburn on December 16, 2014 at 10:13am

Hi Michael, Yes, it is interesting to have an instrument with a bit of history behind it. Jeff Golub is a superb player, mostly jazz, I have a few of his CDs. Sadly he was struck blind a few years ago and then had a nasty accident with a train. So his life has not been easy. I am sure many guitars would have a tale to tell. Even if only from being propped in the corner of a bedroom!


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