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  • Marysville, WA
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Jack Blackwell replied to Robert Williamson's discussion Increasing course spacing in the group 12-String Guitar
"Yeah, there's a lot of wasted real estate on that fingerboard. With as much string tension as you have you should be able to space it as close as 1mm. If you play up the neck you'll want to adjust the spacing at the saddle as well. Not a…"
Mar 10, 2015
Jack Blackwell replied to FloridaGull's discussion I have a confession to make - I prefer to play my 12-strings tuned down one step, while using a capo on the second fret... in the group 12-String Guitar
"The thing about 12 strings is that too many techs don't understand the nuance of them. A poorly set up nut will make your life hell with being capoed. My 12's are setup by a tech who "gets it" and I've yet to hear anyone not…"
Apr 15, 2014
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Aug 21, 2013
Jack Blackwell replied to David Kellems's discussion Why are luthier built guitars lighter?
"This isn't *always* true; Augie LoPrinzi builds his backs and sides on the heavier side to give the top a more rigid platform. The trend toward heavier factory guitars started post WWII when a lot of GI's were buying guitars. The ensuing…"
Aug 21, 2013
Jack Blackwell replied to Jud Hair's discussion If you could only own ONE acoustic for the rest of your life ...
"I have 3 that each fulfill different roles. The BTO Taylor LKSM would be the first to go because it's such a niche instrument. Deciding between my McAlisters would be utter torture. The D-18 clone is easily the finest dred ever and the 1…"
Jan 3, 2013
Jack Blackwell replied to blake wright's discussion Taylor vs. Martin
"When Martins are they're very good but I find them hit and miss. Taylors, OTOH, are rather consistent. I'm not a dred fan but the D-18GE made sense to me. I had to have Roy McAlister build me his version to get it right. Most of my Taylors…"
Jan 3, 2013
Jack Blackwell replied to Mark Eldridge's discussion Looking For A Budget 12-String in the group 12-String Guitar
"The Seagull 12 looks to be the best bang for the buck in that range. Maybe a used Framus. With some careful setup and ditching the adjustable saddle they can actually sound pretty good, not unlike a Bozo.  Yamahas and Takamine are worth a look.…"
Jan 3, 2013
Jack Blackwell replied to michael schwartz's discussion thoughts on a new capo in the group 12-String Guitar
"For a 12 string *anything* is better than a Kyser. The Paige is pretty good but I find them a little awkward to set. I really like how it stores behind the nut. For the way my guitar sounds for some reason my Planet Waves NS sounds noticeably better…"
Apr 30, 2012
Jack Blackwell replied to Jud Hair's discussion Good open-mic songs for 12-string players ??? in the group 12-String Guitar
"Do you fingerpick? I do "Ring, Ring" by Leo Kottke, "Mr Bojangles", "Can't Find My Way Home" and Howard Emerson's version of "Maybelline".  Flatpicked, I found that "Burnin' Down The…"
Apr 30, 2012
Jack Blackwell replied to michael schwartz's discussion thoughts on a Martin J12-15? in the group 12-String Guitar
"In the 46 years I've been playing 12 strings Martin has failed to impress me, in fact I used to pick up 12 fret slothead Martin 12's for a song, re-neck them as 6 strings and sell them at a handsome profit. For that reason I haven't…"
Apr 30, 2012
Jack Blackwell replied to David Shade's discussion Why do you still play? in the group Oldies, But Goodies
"Not counting the toy plastic guitars that I used to rake across the bars of my crib, I've been playing for 50 years. Like many have said, it's therapeutic, a form of meditation. Never mind that even pushing 60, the chicks still dig guitar…"
Apr 11, 2012
Jack Blackwell joined David Shade's group

Oldies, But Goodies

This is a place for those of us who have been playing for 30 plus years to discuss our unique perspectives, experiences and concerns.
Apr 11, 2012
Jack Blackwell joined Michael Robertson's group


Exploring DADGAD tuning and building a collection DADGAD online resources.Got a question or comment? Post to the Comment Wall.Know of a DADGAD online resource? Add it to the Discussion ForumThanks, Enjoy your playing!See More
Apr 11, 2012
Jack Blackwell joined GNuck's group

Small Body Guitars

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.See More
Apr 11, 2012
Jack Blackwell replied to Adriaan N Roggeveen's discussion "To Case or Not to Case, is that a Question?"
"I have 2 McAlisters and a BTO LKSM in koa. They never see the inside of a case unless they're leaving the house. This how it's been with me for almost 50 years. You can either be obsessively protective or you can enjoy your guitars…"
Apr 11, 2012
Jack Blackwell replied to Jud Hair's discussion Good open-mic songs for 12-string players ??? in the group 12-String Guitar
"I assume you fingerpick?  I do Mr Bojangles, Can't find my way Home, If I were a Carpenter, Burnin' Down The House  to name a few."
Apr 11, 2012

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
McAlister D-18
McAlister Nick Lucas 12 fret cutaway
Taylor custom LKSM in koa
"Partscaster" Tele w 1 3/4" neck & Joe Barden p/u's
Peavey Grind 5 string bass
Lace Helix 5 string fretless
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 6:55pm on October 2, 2009, walter jemeni said…
Hello Dreamsinger, can I get some info on your custom LKSM-12.. how did you manage to persuade them to do a custom lksm? can you share the price/specs?

any pictures/sound clips?


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