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  1. The 12 and the 14

    06 November 2017 - 08:16 AM

    After spending a few months now with the long-neck, short-neck versions of the J-45, a few things have emerged......

    The 14-fret is lightweight.........noticeably lighter than the 12.......which I find curious. The 12 is obviously heavy relative to the other. Difference in sitka v. adirondack? Braces? The 14 has a fat, chunky C neck with a slight V and is much larger than the 12.......I find the 14 neck more comfortable in the hand but the smaller profile on the 12 is no problem to play. The 12 is degrees louder and warmer than the 14, while the 14 is crisper, more articulate. I've had both strung with DR Sunbeam 12 for two or three weeks now so none of the differences are string related. The highest I capo is at the 6th and on the 12-fret it took a little while to adapt my hand position to get to just one chord I use when capo-ed there.........with the 14 it's not an issue at all. I really do like the feeling of compactness with the 12 as everything feel so close and accessible, and switching to the 14 makes it all feel open and free. Both have excellent intonation anywhere on the board and both hold tuning for days on end. The 12 has gotten the lion's share of play time over the last months but every time I pull the 14 out of the case it's like wow! what a guitar! Do I have to choose?!?!

    Just a few observations of a 12 and a 14 fret version of the same guitar................

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  2. Bucket List.......

    27 October 2017 - 10:11 AM

    Well I didn't think the opportunity would come my way, but............ [thumbup]

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    GO ASTROS!
  3. End Block and Top?

    11 October 2017 - 08:25 AM

    I seem to recall hearing that the top is not glued to the end block, merely hovering just above it to keep the top freer to vibrate. True? Oui ou non?
  4. Ha ha ha........

    02 October 2017 - 07:12 AM

    Trundled to the the Sunday open mic gig last night for the first time in several weeks. Was greeted warmly by the host and the owner of the place......they remember me! (nice to be remembered) I was the first of the wannabes to get up......did six or seven tunes, maybe eight or nine. Marty Robbin's El Paso drew shrieks of joy from the bar at the first line.......the host played mandolin and hit a harmony in places.....big fun! When I turned to Don (the host) and told him the next one was All Along the Watchtower he reached for his Taylor, plugged it in and.......nothing......dead battery.......so I chatted up the audience as he made a quick change. A Whiter Shade of Pale went down a storm.....one of those unexpected tunes that folks like. Good set, had fun, crowd enjoyed the tunes.........I'm done. Next up: three guys (!)........a D18, a sunburst Taylor of some kind and a D28. Don gets them all situated and plugged in..........sound checks the Taylor (works, sounds wimpy), the D28 (sound hole pickup, very loud!) and the D18.......oops! Nothing......dead battery.......Don hands him his Taylor that just got a new battery. That's two. Next up is a duo.......a Takamine and a small body Martin of some description. The Tak is up and running right away but.....you guessed it......the Martin has a dead battery and the player is again handed Don's Taylor to do the set.

    Geez.......when will they ever learn......... :rolleyes:

    Passive pickups forever!!!
  5. Whiter Shade of Pale

    26 September 2017 - 09:03 AM

    Absolutely one of the iconic songs the 60s. Of course the soaring Hammond organ is very much part of the original Procol Harem recording........but I don't have one and couldn't play it if I did. Still I think it's a great melody (which is why I wanted to give it a go) and though this one is still rough, it might end up working out okay. Have to use the 14-fret 45.........capo-ing at the 6th get things a little crowded on the 12-fret. The starting C shape works best to get to all the descending chords and the 6th fret is where it seems to be best vocally. Got to work on the breathing.........a Hammond organ doesn't have to take a breath, but I do! Still a work in progress, just a day into it.............but here we go!

    EDIT: New take without being plugged in, shot with the iPad, and on the 12-fret 45. It does get a little tight up there at the 6th fret but I'm learning to work around it. Punted a note or two........ For the time being I'm digging the short-necked model more than the 14-fret J-45 Vintage........it just feels very compact and comfortable to hold and play.