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Lutherie Schools, Institutes or Builders who teach.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Freeborn Feb 19, 2009.


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James P. Royle replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Strings in the group Taylor Owners
"Mark, Mike and I are good friends, we're just kidding. Sorry if we got carried away and you were offended. I would definitely recommend Light HDs, Medium Lights or Lights on a GA model Taylor. I use Custom Lights because of my battered hands…"
Jan 2, 2015
James P. Royle replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Strings in the group Taylor Owners
"Considering I'm the one who has been labeled as presenting a complete lack of intelligence, i.e. vacuum, the answer to that last question should be obvious to a near genius, would be moronic luthier such as yourself. Furthermore, there exists a…"
Jan 1, 2015
James P. Royle replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Strings in the group Taylor Owners
"Belt sanders are for whimps, use your teeth, if you have any. Real men gnaw when their women allow them too. And why do you even need a headstock, when you apparently don't have one yourself? Use the belt sander on your fingernails since you…"
Dec 31, 2014
James P. Royle replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Strings in the group Taylor Owners
"Trusted friend, my ass! I've always used Elixer Lights Phosphor Bronze Nano's or Custom Lights, the same, on my 814ce. I tried a set of medium lights for a string change time period and they sounded good but my old hands prefer the…"
Dec 29, 2014
James P. Royle commented on Gary Thomas's group Breedlove Guitar Lovers
"Hi, I missed the start up of this group, but glad to have found it. I have two Breedloves, a 2006 Atlas AC 25 SR Plus, which after being away for 35 years, I thought would be a decent start up guitar, and a 2008 Focus SE Dread, Rosewood with…"
Oct 25, 2013
James P. Royle joined Gary Thomas's group

Breedlove Guitar Lovers

For those who own, play and love their Breedlove guitar. If you own, are thinking about buying or just curious about this fantastic instrument, join in and have some fun.See More
Oct 25, 2013
James P. Royle commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Besides winning our golf tourney!"
Apr 15, 2013
James P. Royle commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Thank goodness we heard from an Aussie! We thought that Australia either burned up or was buried in floods ;)"
Apr 15, 2013

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
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, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Breedlove Atlas AC25SRplus
Breedlove Focus SE
Taylor 814 Ltd.
Gibson 58 VOS
Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass Heritage Sweet 16 DeCava Stratford Special
What type of music do you like to play?
Classic Rock and Folk
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At 9:03am on December 5, 2011, Joe Rollin Porter said…

That would be very cool, Jim!  I'll be looking for you.  If you'd like to provide me with an email address I'd be happy to add you to my monthly mailing list that I send out to update interested folks about my Northeast Ohio appearances.  I'm planning to send the December installment out today and it will include a recently added Akron performance on New Year's Eve.  -Joe (

At 11:09am on October 20, 2011, Alan Land said…
I only meant that the word "musical" is a subjective term, and means different things to different people. I knew what he meant, and sonorous might have been a better word.
At 9:10am on October 4, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

`sounds like you & the puppy have good, healthy, proper perspective.

I guess I wouldn't worry too much about going 'too deep' on things that brought a smile.  As I'm recovering from throat cancer 'treatment' (due to excessive oral hygiene via Listerine oncologists tell me), I've come to appreciate that 'the future' is NOW ... especially at our age.  If we have another 10 - 15 years mobility, we'll be lucky.

If cash is scarce, remember you can always swap the cabin for the guitar!  <G>

All the best, Jim ... and KEEP smilin'

/Mike Coughlin

At 10:48am on October 3, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

I, too, thought that Anthony Hopkins' "Remains of the Day" was preciously priceless.

It's not that I don't love it; it's that I've loved TOO many.  An explorer by nature (part of the Colorado thing in me), I've fallen victim to too many G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) attacks <G>.

It's without a doubt the most beautiful and majestic-looking concert-level guitar in 'the stable' and its tone is SO harmonically pure.  I learn by trying things ... in this case about tone, harmonics, sustain, projection etc.  Same with computers; when I'd build one - to observe the effect(s) of some new parts, I'd let neighbors and friends have them for the cost of parts, which enabled me to explore yet again.  So, when someone stuck their hand up with a need or interest, off it went and I'd be moving on ... Does that make me a 'rolling stone' ?  <G>  By way of 'reference', you might check out my (mpcoughlin) eBay rating, 100%.

How's $1200 sound? ... or we could do the cabin for the guitar?  <G> ... at least in my dreams!  <G>

... neat puppy, btw - very alert looking.  <G>

At 9:22am on October 3, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

I envy your Colorado cabin time, Jim.  I've lived in Colorado twice (mid-70's and mid-90's).  `did my MBA there, too (D.U.).  I left my heart there ... I think it will always be there.  In time, I hope to spend 'the remains of my day' there.

If you'd like a GC41, I have one, you may have.  It's 'used' only because I have it, but completely unblemished from new.  I installed a Craft Tech Tusq saddle, which opened up the tone purity and natural reverberation from that nice Honduran rosewood, but retained the original saddle as well.

At 7:00pm on July 13, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…


I saw your mention of a Yamaha GC41.  Did you ever acquire one, since then?  If so, how do you like it?

At 11:21am on April 28, 2011, Joe Rollin Porter said…

Jim, you are certainly excused.  Death, dying, etc. trumps this site in my opinion.  Besides, I suspect I may have taken even longer to reply to you this time.



At 4:22am on March 29, 2011, charles e stinnett said…
Sounds great. Hang on in there. Not much we can't do if we really want to do it. See ya.
At 12:21pm on March 28, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

Busy, busy, busy. Not a good thing. And I'm supposed to be retired! Just got back from some appointments, did my run, and I'm going to my French studies now but first had to read your (everyone's) posts. Yep, I love dogs. Don't have much use for folks who hate them. I know what you mean about your dog hamming it all up. They do like attention, don't they?

Still envious of your cabin.

Hopefully I can make a post today. Take care - m.

At 9:25am on March 27, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

Thanks - my classes went very well. These take a lot out of me; ten hours in one day and today I am trying to get going this morning. Doesn't help that it has been snowing all night (again). I've said before that refuse to shovel snow in the Spring!

Dogs - Well, I've come to think more of dogs than I do people, for a lot of reasons. In my photo, the two on the left I named after Mozart's wife and sister. Constanze Mozart VonJaxun is the smooth mini-doxie on the left. She's 16 years old. She's the mother of the middle one, Nanerl Mozart VonJaxun (I call them Stanzie and Annie) who is 14. The new guy on the block is Jesse (Jesse Stonewall Mozart VonJaxun - kind of a blend of the Jesse Stone movies and Mozart!). He's the smartest dog I've ever seen, and I've raised and trained a lot of them. He's 18 months old. He's also the sweetest thing I've ever seen. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Naw, Patrick doesn't bother me at all. Quite the contrary, I respect people who don't accept what they are told without questioning, researching, and proving. If I'm ever going to raise my opinion of man vs dog, it will be because of folks like Patrick and you.

Take care!


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