Using recovered wood puts constraints on a design that can be very aggravating. In my case the width of slats used for the cradle were the perfect width, but making a secure structure shrunk the usable width. (See Part 1 : DIY Guitar Case Storage )
The problem areas.…Continue
Added by Robert Williamson on March 30, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
While it is still a bit too early to put away your Cool Air Humidifiers, you should make sure you have clean evaporator and air filters ready on hand to put in them before you pack them away. Never pack away a humidifier with calcified filters!
The next few weeks will see days when the humidifiers are not running. Don't be lulled into complacency. You may need the De-Humidifier sooner than you expect. Make sure the air filters of the De-humidifier are clean…Continue
Added by Robert Williamson on March 28, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments
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Some may recall my pictures of 5 cases stored in the floor space of two in the Blog entry Guitar Case Storage
Well now I have 7 guitars, 2 mandolin and a banjo case, with a Jumbo and Parlour case on order. Time to expand the storage. I tried to design for the floor space of 5 dread guitar cases. The actual finished product won't hold 5 dread cases per shelf due to running out of a…Continue
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 17, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments
Here in Canada we have Milk BagsContinue
I've been trying some of my old Double-Dropped D on D-standard compositions on the Baritone. Dropping 1st and 6th results in baritone tuning of AEADF#A. Some of tunes were very effective, some missed the highs they needed so didn't sound as good as i would like. A baritone/guitar duet would work, I think,.
Overall, it works well as a replacement for the S6!
Vocally, tunes like More Than Words, Girl, Last Thing on my mind, which all required very high capoing on a…Continue
Added by Robert Williamson on March 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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SO that was the last new guitar i will ever buy.
(The Alvarez ABT60 Baritone)
Perceptive people will notice the use of the words 'new' and 'buy' and see them as loopholes ;)
Even more perceptive people will notice the word 'guitar' and recall I've bought a banjo and 2 Mandolins and see yet another loophole..
I should have been a lawyer. I think I'm…
Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
So,,, why, since I have been using Light and Custom Light on my other guitars, am I NOT having more a problem playing the heavier strings of the Baritone. Sure there are a few issues, some buzzes etc. But I was expecting loads of problems.. even just holding down a string. I think I was expecting it to be more like chording a bass guitar. Pleasant to play, whoda guess'd!
Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 3:11pm — No Comments
There a few tunes I arranged in particular chords shape families (eg:G) for fingerstyle but the vocals end up too high for my voice. (and I have a high voice! On a standard guitar that means capoing at 9th Fret to sing :) That doesn't leave much room for dynamic range on guitar.
But on the B-Standard Baritone, capoing at 2ed is a perfect 2 step drop to C. A C that would be kind-floppy on a regular guitar.
Not longer am I stuck the vocal ranges D- and E-standard guitars allow…Continue
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Edit: After further use, I have found some problems which has caused me to make changes to this review.
Edits are in Italics
Since I collect capos (24 atm, 3 more on order) I have been doing mini-reviews of capos in the Capo Users Group.
I had designated Kyser as the best all-round Quick-Change type capo and Schubb as the best capo…Continue
Added by Robert Williamson on February 26, 2016 at 5:02am — No Comments
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'98 S6 - CFCFAD this would be called G6 when tuned from E Standard, so D6 tuning from D Standard base?
NE Amber Trails - D# Standard This is to compensate for vocal range drift as I age.
Coastline 12 E Standard (was in D Standard)
Martin GPCPA5K E Standard, often Dropped D & Double Dropped-D
Gretsch Boxcar Resonator D Standard
Added by Robert Williamson on February 22, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Come back with me to the 1950's..before the Beatles and Elvis. This was when the folk revival was just starting.
On the corner of the street my grade school was on, there were number of hole-in-the-wall stores. I remember a glass store, a violin store and a fishing store. These were no more than 10 feet wide..and I don't know how far back they went. The music store had violins, recorders, trumpets and other brass (perhaps he supported school music programs and bands?) ,…Continue
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Two guitars with same 'nominal' nut width may differ greatly in string-to-sting distances and/or 1st-to-6th distances.
'Nominal' nut width specified may be misleading if fretboard has a binding. The 1st to 6th distance may be reduced to accommodate that binding, effectively reducing 'nominal' nut width.
An example of this: