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This group is for those that like small body guitars and other sizes such as "00", "000" OM, Baby Taylors, grand concert, grand auditorium and other non dreadnought style bodies. Join up, post pictures and discuss them here.

Location: USA
Members: 124
Latest Activity: Apr 24

Discussion Forum

In the Market (UK) for a new small body Axe - some thoughts Pls 3 Replies

Hi Guys would really like some thoughts / Reviews/ ideas Please - I am UK based ( I mention that as a lot of the smaller body stuff is quite limited over here and some makes hardly appear at all) and…Continue

Started by Strummer07. Last reply by sdelsolray Apr 24.

I have a case of GAS...I blame Cort Guitars... 15 Replies

I am angry at Cort Guitars - for giving me GAS that I can ill afford at this time... It happened this way...    I received an e-mail from Cort Guitars - their "newsletter" (first one I ever received)…Continue

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 13.

Alvarez "Masterworks" MF60C? 3 Replies

I've had a soft spot for Alvarez for many years. I found my first one in 1994 in a pawn shop. I don't know what model it was, mostly because after playing it for about two minutes I didn't care. It…Continue

Started by James Moffat. Last reply by James Moffat Jan 22.

Are We Allowed In??? 23 Replies

Guess that depends on how we define 'small'...Here's the latest arrival...…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Ron Khoo Sep 25, 2015.

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Comment by FloridaGull on January 20, 2012 at 2:09pm

Ordered a Walden T550 for my daughter today - will get it sometime next week...

Her birthday isn't until February 21st, so I get to fool around with it for a bit first :-)

Pics when it arrives...but here's the pic from the Walden site:

T550
 
Comment by FloridaGull on January 17, 2012 at 11:11am

See?  I knew SOMEONE would look it up for me... ;-)

Comment by Jud Hair on January 17, 2012 at 10:50am

Regarding the reference to "Nashville Tuning" in the post below ... honestly, I didn't even know what it meant.  I do now!  Kinda cool idea.  Check out Justin Sandercoe's video explanation ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JLdPU_RKxc

Comment by FloridaGull on January 17, 2012 at 10:34am

Here's a nice one - a 2011 Wechter Nashville tuned parlor:

And the link:

http://www.gbase.com/gear/wechter-nashville-tuned-parlor-2011-natur...

$489 - solid cedar top - very nice!  Perhaps someone can tell me what Nashville tuning is?  Yes, I could look it up...

Comment by Michael T. Swisher on January 16, 2012 at 12:22pm

Mike,

Regarding your question. Yes that's it. The older I get the fuzzier my memory.

Peace,

Michael

Comment by Phil Manuel on January 16, 2012 at 9:29am
Oh, I've not seen that type. Looks like they might work for me too. Thanks for the link, going to get some to try, as I like the idea of "feeling" the string. I don't play much classical anymore, but getting the touch of the string is a good thing.
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 16, 2012 at 8:32am

I've had good success with the Guptill ProPiks, the Fingertones with the open area over your finger's pad.

http://www.guptillmusic.com/propik/fingertone.html

I play both classical and fingerstyle (as well as flatpick when the song's energy calls for it). The ProPiks with my steelstring guitars permit me the feel of the string that I'm used to from nylon-playing, but they protect my nails from the steel strings chewing them up. That way,when it's time for classical guitar rehearsal, I stand a better chance of still having nails for the nylon strings.

Comment by Phil Manuel on January 16, 2012 at 8:23am
I tried fingerpicks of all types about 20years ago, and never really was comfortable with them. So, I used my nails,mtaking care of them daily was a chore, but a necessity. As I got older, my nails got more brittle, and no matter the attention to them, I just couldn't keep them in shape for fingerstylemor classical.

I went back to a hybrid picking style I used when I played electric guitars. Then, I started listening to my old Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna albums again. I was determined to learn how to use fingerpicks to get that sound. It was a struggle, but finally after about six months, I found my way with them. I use some Dunlap brass fingerpicks on my index and middle finger, and either a Fred Kelley Bumblebee thumbpick or a Golden Gate pearloid thumbpick. I have some brass ProPiks, as a backup, too. I do find they do add some "noise" when I get lazy about picking, but generally they work fine.

For me, I just didn't feel the Alaska picks worked, hurt my nails, and I just don't like the idead of fussing with gluing and shaping nails anymore. So, I guess it just comes down to what works for you may not work for someone else. I think it's always worthwhile to exlpore your options, thennyou can narrow your choices.
Comment by Mike Nepper on January 16, 2012 at 7:41am

Michael, Online, I couldn't find any cream made by Hoofmaster's specifically, but there is some called "Mane and Tail HoofMAKER" cream. Is that it?

Comment by Michael T. Swisher on January 15, 2012 at 10:05pm

Mike,

When I started back to fingerstyle playing, I had some issues. My nails are pretty darn hard, however, my thumbnail kept spiting so I had to use a thumbpick. Then my first finger's nail started to shred (It grew slowly and unevenly since an ugly oops when I was a kid). Man was it frustrating. I read about this hand cream called 'Hoofmaster's' on some classical sites. I found it at a grocery store (not expensive) and used it for six months. My cuticles cleaned up and the splitting went away and even my weak nail got strong enough to not notice anymore. I keep my nails between about 1/8 to 1/4 inch and only use the cream about once a week now.

It felt great to toss the thumbpicks away and stop feeling inept for not being able to use fingerpicks well.

Fussing over your nails – even a little – is not for everybody. But it might be worth a shot. The guitar sounds better and no worries about super glue.

Peace,

Michael

 

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