"Guys... it's about 30 years that I use the Shubb capoes reversed, by shortening a little piece, to let the E string free. But a couple of years ago I bought the model C8b that is disigned for that purpose... and works better, because you…"
"Ok, I'll post this here... I would say something about the strings I'm using now and have some opinions, just if any of you guys and galls have ever tryed them. I've always used D'Addario Ph.Br. 13/56 (anyway... in the past 15…"
"I've always played my 12 that way. Well, I'm not a fingerstylist and I play almost always in the upper half of the fretboard. That's the reason I use medium top/heavy bottom (12/54) EJ37 D'Addario strings. Give them a try..."
"I feel almost save using my Shubb 12 str. capo... I bent it a little more, just to adapt the radius on the bass side, and find the the right amount of pressure with the screw, not too much to detune but not too less to have buzz. The hard thing is…"
"I think it's a problem without a solution. If you change your nut, to rise those strings, you'll have the opposite problem... to press the octave more to keep them touching the frets. Geometry, on a 12 string guitar, is always problematic,…"
"Michael... I agree about the necks... also 5 layers, and it means they're probably stiffer. But I can't imagine a fretboard, that is 5mm thick, made in 3 layers of about 1.6mm ebony slices. If it will need one or more refretting jobs in…"
"I remember a similar discussion on Stefan Grossman's guitar workshop, a few years ago. Some say that brass pins add mass to the bridge, increasing sustain and brightness. Bone pins increase tone on a dull instrument. Some say that ebony pins…"
"Well... they're stiffer than plastic ones, less prone to absorb string sustain. Also more brightness and balance... but we're talking of very small percentage. A lot of other things affect the tone more... as humidity. Given that in…"
"I had the same problem with the mag. I haven't had it starting with Nov 2013. After a few e-mails I've been helped by a very friendly guy, Peter Penhallow, that explained to me there's been a big problem with their computer archives…"
"How good are the Guilds built in the Tacoma Washington factory? Did anybody notice some difference in quality respect the old RI or new Connecticut production? I find a used D-50 in a shop here in Italy. Very good conditions. They ask a little less…"
"Oh my god... Ted! You know... I live not far from Recanati in Italy... and the original EKO factory was there. I think in the 60es almost half of the cheap guitars around the world were EKO. I remember a picture in the booklet of the Jethro…"
If you google "headway electronics", you'll get a link for headway's web page. By the time I purchased their pick ups, they were a very small company; now, they seem to have improved their business. I bought a "snake" model pick up to install in my solid - body Portuguese guitar in 1999, and it still works as well as in the 1st day. Then I bought a second one in 2001, for a steel string guitar, and it's equally good. "Snakes" are under saddle pick ups, but I believe Headway also makes contact pick ups (for violin family instruments). Now that you mention K&K having a system of 3 microphones, I think I heard of those, but I've never tried them. Those 3 mikes have flexible arms so that you may choose their exact location inside the soundbox, isn't it? Are they expensive?, and how do they behave about feedback problems? Best regards, Luis.
I left you a note about you Yamaha in the 12 string group with a question in it...
I also am really interested in your mandolin...I like the shape and design of the back...I am going to build an octave mandolin and I am looking for ideas. Of course it will be larger (somewhere between a mandolin and small guitar) but I like the shape of the back of yours. Oh yeah, I like the front too! Edward