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Martin Guitar top curvature
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Evans Jun 24, 2009.

 

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Ginson L1 1929 Replica

"Just finished this beauty. It sounds amazing. I am convinced it is the way these models were built which made them sounds so good. Gibson now make them much heavier. The thicker wood are not nearly so responsive. I guess they want to reduce the…"
Aug 30
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Aug 30
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion fretboard Trouble? in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"I re read this. You should definitely have the nut slots filed down slightly by a luthier. The string height at the first fret should be less on the treble side than the bass side. You have a factory made guitar and they simply down do this. Take it…"
Apr 29, 2010
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Sources for new saddle material in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Yes TUSQ is a synthetic material but it is not a plastic as such it is an advanced polmer material but I would advise you to upgrade to bone. The bone is usually comes from cows. You can get bleached bone which looks cleaner, more white, or vintage…"
Apr 29, 2010
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion fretboard Trouble? in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Are you sure that it is the fingerboard istself which is dropping off or the nut? The higher strings require slightly less clearance at the first fret than the lower strings. A good set up normally results in the first fret having a clearance of…"
Apr 26, 2010
John Evans replied to Ian Goodsman's discussion L R Baggs - repair suggestions in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Hi Ian I am not sure how the L R Baggs was attached before the fall? If it was a piece of double sided sticky tape then yes, clean off the old tape and replace with some shiny new tape. Be carefull to check out the surface which it should be stuck…"
Apr 26, 2010
John Evans replied to Bob Newby's discussion Luthier Built -- Connecting artists and artisans in the group Guitar Makers
"Hi Bob, I am very interested in this project. I hand build steel string guitars which are basically replicas of some of the finest vintage guitars from American makers particularly Gibson and Martin which are for rare or expensive as to be out of…"
Apr 20, 2010
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Problems with intonation and bridge pins. in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"The brideg pin holes may need to be ¨reamed out¨ Stewmac sell a Bridge Pin Reamer. You either have to start buying bucket loads of specialist tools and becoming a Luthier or pay for a setup and get use of his/her tools and more importantly…"
Apr 14, 2010
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Problems with intonation and bridge pins. in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"It is called a saddle simply because the strings ¨ride¨on top of it."
Apr 14, 2010
John Evans replied to Janice Hamilton's discussion Problems with intonation and bridge pins. in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Jan. It sounds like your guitar is in need of a good set up. It really is worth it. There could be a few issues and the quickest and best way of ensure that it sounds as good as it can sound is take it to a good Luthier and get it set up. Plastic is…"
Apr 14, 2010
John Evans joined Brent McElroy's group
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Guitar Makers

A place where luthiers can 'talk among themselves'.
Apr 12, 2010
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Apr 2, 2010
John Evans replied to John Evans's discussion Best pickup to use to amplify a great sounding acoustic guitar in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Everyone, many thanks for your responses.They are greatly appreciated but now I will close this disussion. John"
Mar 25, 2010
John Evans replied to John Evans's discussion Best pickup to use to amplify a great sounding acoustic guitar in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Many thanks. I will check out the recordings. It is good to have these to compare for ourselves. I have a New Zoom H2 - great tool! John"
Mar 25, 2010
Marshall replied to John Evans's discussion Best pickup to use to amplify a great sounding acoustic guitar in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"I installed a Miniflex 2Mic in both my 1959 Country Western and my 1934 Kalamazoo. I made some quick sample recordings of both guitars with a Zoom H2 in mp3 mode. There are acoustic recordings of the guitars directly into the recorder. And…"
Mar 24, 2010
Edward Sparks replied to John Evans's discussion Best pickup to use to amplify a great sounding acoustic guitar in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Here's a picture of Leon Redbone playing the Gibson i mentioned... "
Mar 24, 2010

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
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
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I like Gibsons a lot especially the early ones. I have a 1929 L1 flat top, the exact model used by Robert Johnson on those seminal recordings. Fantastic sound, I have started to make replicas of this model and other early Martins and Gibsons. I far prefer the sound you get from these early designs.
What is your website address?
http://www.handmadeguitarsinspain.com
What type of music do you like to play?
Mainly acoustic blues, Robert Johnson, Bill Broonzy, Skip James, Blind Blind, Mississippi John Hurt etc.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
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