I am really considering getting one of the 12 strings - no electronics. Amazon price on the link I posted is now $369!! Amazing - it was over $500 when I first posted it.
Assuming your experience with your 6 string would apply to the 12, do you find that the Craviola has a sound that is roughly equivalent to a "normal" guitar? Also, what is the nut width on your 6 string?
I'd have to go pretty far to find one to play - but there have been no negative comments from those that are familiar with them, which is encouraging.
Are you left-handed, or is your profile picture reversed? If you are lefty, check out Wolfe Guitars inventory - www.wolfeguitars.com - they have a variety of left-handed guitars in their shop right now, including a mint Martin DM (2006) acoustic that I just traded to them.
I actually owned 2 Giannini classical guitars. One was a standard classical which is now my son's and the other is a Craviola which I kept. I purchased the standard in 1971. The Craviola was purchased in 1988. I enjoyed both but later picked up a Ramirez 4E which sounds best of the three as a pure classical. The Craviola is a much larger body and thus has deeper tone. This different tone is why I have kept the Craviola. It has a unique sound which is very pleasing to me.
I had both Giannini's looked at in order to determine what kind of wood they were made of after learning that the 70's vintage Giannini's sometimes used Brazilian Rosewood. They thought the Craviola was definately Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. They were not sure if it was solid or laminated. The standard was also a Brazilian wood called Jicarama (sp?) which looks the color of maple but with a very differnt grain than maple.
I was not aware Giannini made steel string guitars in the 70's. Interesting! I have never seen a steel string Giannini, however, I heard they did produce some in either the latter 70's or the 80's.
Perhaps one of us should start a Giannini group?!? I'll have to Google Giannini and see what happened to this Brazilian company.
As with just about all tunes that I have come up with they just seem to "happen". I realised quickly that this sounded a bit like "classical gas" hence the title. That's about all there is to it.
I was at the songwriter's group reading the comments, and I saw yours. Then I noticed the "strange" instrument in your photo, but I didn't realize at once it was a Brazilian Craviola. I just thought, "hey, this looks a lot like a Portuguese guitar!". No wonder, after 500 years of relationship... Anyway, I came to your page, heard the songs, had a good time listening to them, congratulations! Luis
My wife has been reasonably accommodating but I've got four dogs too. When we go to our vacation place which is often, there's not always room. I was also thinking of getting a travel guitar for lessons. I've ordered my first Taylor and I don't want to subject it to the temperature extremes of the summer and winter.
I see you have a Martin backpacker. I'm thinking of getting on to take to lessons and to take on the road for practice. I'm a lefty and have just ordered a Taylor 110, my first decent guitar. Any advice you have is appreciated.
Some things in life are meant to be serious..then there's the other stuff. A little humour can help lighten the load of what is sometimes a not so good day. Having fun with folks sharing a common/related bond aka luving music...whether we're good at it or not, seems to me to be letting folks know you're not a stick in the mud...and can laugh and cry with the best of them. I'm just an old country boy...raised in a coal mining "camp"...what ya see is what ya get!! As my granddaddy used to say, just because some folks kinda look down on us hillbillies, tell 'em you may have been born at night.... but wasn't last night!
Ken, you have a good night and a better day tomorrow..the Lord wiiling and the "crick" don't rise.
p.s. Normally, twice a year..spring and fall, I'm sitting or walking the banks of the Savannah River, S.Carolina side...turkey, pig, and/or deer hunting with some friends from S.C. and cousins from Georgia...I really like this country side.....exception to the skitters!!
I left a separate comment about "I Know Why" on its page, but I was wondering if you happen to know my friends Dick & Carrie Robinson who also live in Roswell. Dick is a retired pastor. Roswell is no small place, I know, but anything's possible.
Ken, thanks for the suggestions. My later songs are more "complex" in that most of them have a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd verses. Alhtough not all of them do as I tend to let a song just come out the way it does. I tend to write in metaphors a lot too. I do appreciate all of your comments and your suggestions.