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What is a 7th or 4th or whatever?
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I am a beginning guitarist who is struggling to understand what the numbers mean.  Like what constatutes a 7th?  Is it the 7th note from the base note of the chord?  Same for a 4th or 2nd etc.  Then…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray May 23, 2011.

Indigo Girls-Staring down the brillant dream album

Due out 6/29 and I can't wait.  I am going to go see them in concert in mid July-which will be my first ever concert of theirs (up in KY).  FOR THOSE WHO DON't KNOW OF THEIR WORK-they are pretty…Continue

Started Jun 23, 2010

Indigo Girls-Staring down the brillant dream album

Due out 6/29 and I can't wait.  I am going to go see them in concert in mid July-which will be my first ever concert of theirs (up in KY).  FOR THOSE WHO DON't KNOW OF THEIR WORK-they are pretty…Continue

Started Jun 23, 2010

Basket case electric guitar
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I am getting an electric guitar for next to nothing.  The neck is seperate from the body, the electronics work, BUT it is missing the bridge.  Brand is unknown but might be a Fender but more than…Continue

Tags: guitars, project, luthier, Fender

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janice Hamilton Jul 17, 2010.

 

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Luis Motta da Silva replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Hi, fellow guitar makers! Kevin la Due: The Portuguese version of "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" is " my neighbor's chicken is always fatter than mine", but the moral is the same. And…"
Mar 16, 2012
sonia kelley replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"lol  I have been thinking the same thing about a piece of yellow locust in the woods.   the trunk is about 5  ft wide and really seasoned ..   the density of the locust might be a problem for me ....  still…"
Feb 21, 2012
sonia kelley replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"I remember this .. it impressed on me the importance of workmanship .. "
Feb 21, 2012
Kevin La Due replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Yikes!  Whatever you do, don't saw those logs into 1/2 inch thick boards.  It will hasten the drying process nominally and  will reduce your yield to just about nothing because you will only get one book matched set per…"
Jan 12, 2012
Edward Sparks replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Don't know about a guitar with a pine top, built how about a guitar that was made by Taylor Guitars as a publicity stunt from an old oak shipping pallet!  There was such a request for them that they did a short run of 25 of them and sold…"
Jan 11, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Thank you.  Mt. Ash is plentiful and large trees that were taken down is not a problem.  I am aware that it takes years to dry wood out properly.  Currently I have some very heavy 18" -24" wide logs that need to be cut down…"
Jan 10, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Very nice tops.  I wonder how different Oregon pine is as compared to White pine (Eastern)?"
Jan 10, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Very beautiful.  Thank you for sharing with me.  "
Jan 10, 2012
FloridaGull replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Godin guitars use a lot of laminated wild cherry for backs and sides - yet another tone wood..."
Jan 10, 2012
Kevin La Due replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Swiss Pine was the trasditional wood used for lute tops also.  Why it fell out of favor, I haven't a clue, unless it was generally concluded that the resonant charactaristics of Spruce were more desireable. I have made two guitars with…"
Jan 10, 2012
Rob van Leuven replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Hi Janice, I have used quarter sawn Oregin Pine for Irish bouzouki tops with fine results! Main reason for using spruce rather than pine is weight/stiffness ratio I think. See attached picture for two of my pinetop zouks. Rob"
Jan 8, 2012
Olav Loef replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Guitar tops from PINE? in the group Guitar Makers
"Janice! I´ve made a lot of guitars in Sorbus Aucuparia! (back and side) ! This is outstanding in Parlor guitars! The biggest problem with the Mountain Ash is to dry the wood. And also to find the best pieces! This is one of them:…"
Jan 8, 2012
Janice Hamilton added a discussion to the group Guitar Makers
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Guitar tops from PINE?

When and WHY did pine fall out of favor making tops?  I ask, because I recently took out a book from the library and every one of the guitars from the 15 and 1600's were made with pine as the soundboard.  Apparently some of the ones from the 1700's as well.  But the book never detailed WHY it fell out of favor.  Can't be because it did not last, as the guitars pictured were still around and being played. Also why is  MT.ASH never used in acoustic instrument manufactor (backs and sides)?  It is…See More
Jan 8, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to Jud Hair's discussion Bridge pin question/discussion ... in the group Martin Owners
"I do believe that the pins make a difference-albeit a small one to tonal quality.  The plastic bridge pins in my guitar kept breaking off, so I changed them out to bone and got a small difference in sound, more of a deeper bass, and higher…"
Jan 8, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to newton's discussion Guitars of the singer/song writers
"Almost everyone of my heros played Martins.  And being from S.E. PA originally it is my dream to eventually own one.  But when I buy one it will be from the custom shop and done the way I want it done.   My current heros: Indigo…"
Jan 8, 2012
Janice Hamilton replied to Leanne Regalla's discussion Ladies in Guitar
"Melissa Etheridge-Rock Bonnie Raitt-Blues and slide Indigo Girls-folk, rock and other And plenty of local talent down here in these yar hills    "
Jan 8, 2012

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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?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Gibson Maestro 6 string,early 1900's S S Stewart bowlback mandolin, Morgan Monroe MDX4 Appalacian banjo, Gold Tone White Layde banjo, 1895 S S Stewart 5 string banjo, 1920'sS S Stewart Tenor banjo,1890'sS S Stewart Mandolin banjo, OS appalachian Autoharp, Mountain dulcimers, and autoharp type antique instruments, as well as Jews Harp.
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk, folk rock, Rock, gospel, bluegrass
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Janice Hamilton's Blog

Electric guitar-Fender Strat basketcase

Well I should have my newest guitar acquisition in a little more than a week from now. It is a blue with white Fender Stratocaster circa 1978-1981. Basically it is complete EXCEPT it needs tuners, strings and a bridge and tremelo unit. It is a little beat up, but I don't expect perfection for the $20 it is costing me.

I wonder how it will play, what it will sound like when I get her fixed up and in playable condition. I know it will cost me upwards of $200 to put tuners, and a…

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Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:00am

Entry level does not have to mean difficult beastie

I started messing around a few months ago on an entry level Gibson Maestro guitar, that was given to me. When I got it, it needed a new 1st string, some new bridge pins just to get it into playable shape. Well I did that, then discovered that Hammerons and Pull offs were just weak to non existant on this instrument as well as slides. So I started closely examining the guitar for ways to improve it.

The Maestro I have has a solid spruce top and mahogony sides and back. Okay…

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Posted on May 22, 2010 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:30am on April 28, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Sounds great...look forward to seeing them whenever you can post! Edward
At 2:15pm on April 27, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Janice,
Sounds like you have some great instruments...how about posting some pics in the mandolin group? We just love this kinda stuff! Edward
At 11:40am on April 11, 2010, Michele said…
Thanks for the add Janice!
At 6:41am on April 9, 2010, Walt Pilcher said…
Welcome to the Acoustic Newb group, Janice. We have people with a wide range of experience in the group, from beginners to experts, including some teachers, and we all learn from each other. With all those instruments you own I take it you are already a musician and are new only to the guitar. If so, you will love it!
Walt
 
 
 

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