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My "twins" 4 Replies

Here is a side-by-side photo of my "twins," a 1970 D-35S and a 1974 D-28.Continue

Started by Alan Land. Last reply by Marty Apr 8.

2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival 2 Replies

Not sure where to post this so I chose this group because of some of the interesting guitars at this year's festival. Yes, most of it is electric but there is also a lot of acoustic music on this…Continue

Tags: festival, Clapton, Crossroads

Started by Michael S. Jackson. Last reply by Michael S. Jackson Dec 4, 2013.

Martin J12-65M 1 Reply

anyone have one? I could be lookin'...don't tell my Wife (yet)

Started by michael schwartz. Last reply by michael schwartz Nov 10, 2013.

Seattle Luthier

any suggestions for a well respected luthier in that area?Continue

Started by michael schwartz Sep 1, 2013.

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Comment by Michael Berish on January 21, 2012 at 12:17am

I have 2 Taylor guitars that I love.  I have a chance to buy a Boulder Creek ECRM6-N All Koa Acoutic/Electric guitar.  I like the sound of a Koa, but don't want to spend 3 or 4 grand on one.  Also, I have never played an OM size guitar.  Does anyone know what this guitar sounds like?  it's only $769.00, so I know it's not Koa anything like a Taylor, but does it sound anything like Koa.  Is it worth the price?  Also, I have big fingers (16 1/2 ring finger and 11 1/2 pinkie).  They're big , but not long.  Will I be able to play an OM type guitar without getting my fingers all in a knot?

Comment by FloridaGull on January 18, 2012 at 5:50am
Perhaps they are a secret stash from Stradivari! ;-)
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 17, 2012 at 5:17pm

Okay, checked out Mermer...

Where is he getting these WOODS!!!  Beautiful!

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 17, 2012 at 5:11pm

FG, that is one beautiful guitar!  I too have never heard of Mermer...maybe I will look them up!  Edward

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 17, 2012 at 5:10pm

That would be "TED" that is buying, not "ED"...  I have 30 instruments right now and one being built...so I am out of the market, BUT, I love to hear about the trading and selling of them!  Edward

Comment by Dave G on January 17, 2012 at 4:07pm

Hey...you guys all seem to be buying a new guitar every third post.  Is there a secret ponzi scheme code I have to qualify for on this forum to attain the same buying status?  Let me in on it...the GAS is killin' me. 

Comment by Ted Hechtman on January 17, 2012 at 10:25am

I just found another Peavey-Landola dread. Will post pics when it arrives!

Comment by Ted Hechtman on January 17, 2012 at 10:24am

Beautiful!

Comment by FloridaGull on January 17, 2012 at 10:23am

Here's yet another guitar maker I have never heard of - Mermer - and a 2007 Mermer Autumn Star:

Really pretty!  Here's the back:

And a close-up:

Only $5500!  Alas...

Here's the link:

http://www.gbase.com/gear/mermer-autumn-star-2007

Enjoy!

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 15, 2012 at 2:34pm

Edward's post pretty much details the history of Lloyd Loar and his instruments. I have one of his banjos - a 1928 Gibson Granada Mastertone. Tap tuning is a very well known concept to banjo players (F for an archtop chamber and D# for a flattop) and so is Roger Siminoff (founder of Frets magazine and author on technical books on mandolins and banjos). I learned almost all of my banjo set-up procedures from him. It's also fascinating to read what he writes about string vibration, sound waves, instrument vibration, and wood tone (type, shape, finish, bridge, top, back, rims, etc.).

One thing the artice does not mention is that the reason Lloyd Loar left Gibson  in 1924 (after only two years) is still a mystery but probably in part over pride because Gibson fired his friend and college mate, Harry L. Ferris. Loar recommended Ferris to Gibson. Ferris was a very likable former Gibson general manager who was hired in 1923 to successfully bring Gibson back from the edge of bankruptcy. In 11 months, Ferris reversed the losses into profits and increased sales by 25% and introduced many modern manufacturing and sales techniques. What Loar did for designing and building musical instruments, Ferris did for the business end of the company. He is considerd the best GM Gibson ever had and brought modern marketing and management to the company. Unfortunately, he was a bit too honest with Gibson's board of directors when, in a board meeting, he told them exactly where and how they had screwed up before he was hired. He also supposedly leaked some of the company's previous financial problems, which brought them embarrassment.

But Lloyd had other issues. At the time he worked for Gibson, he was earning his master's degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. This, and other reasons, kept him away from the plant for much of his employment (probably didn't sit well with the other department managers). Also, the popularity of mandolin music drastically declined and his Master model instruments required a lot of time and handwork (tap-tuning is extremely time-consuming handwork), which resulted in very expensive instruments. Many don't know, but there were two depressions in the country during the first half of the century; we were recoverng from the first around this time but it was shorter because it was managed a lot better than the one that began in the late 1920s (which should have been short also, but... well, 'nuff said).

Though these instruments today are considered the height of luthery accomplishment, and sell for tens of thousands of dollars - IF you can find one, they simply were not selling during the two years Loar worked at Gibson. Therefore, he most likely resigned at Gibson for reasons of pride, attributed to a combination of all of these factors.

If you haven't heard one in real life, do so if at all possible; you can hear them on many recordings, but hearing them live reveals their true tone and timbre. They are incredible. Can you get one today? Maybe not a scarce original, but some individual luthiers do make them the way Loar did. The man was way ahead of his time.

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