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hey 62burst.... I saw this online and I thought of your bird quest... with a dark burst.

Interesting!

https://www.acousticmusicworks.com/listing/kevin-kopp-the-bird-short-scale-dreadnought-sitka-mahogany-tobacco-sunburst-video/12994847

 

Beautiful guitar, although I was shocked by the quick decay it exhibited in the video demo...very, very short ring to the chords. Useful for some applications of course!

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At first I, too, was shocked, but after listening for a moment, there was also this strange puzzle to the sound in that demo- yes, quick decay, [edit] but in there is still some nice sustain, sustain hiding behind mids that were off the chart (although the description says somewhat scooped(?))- someone looking for a dry J-45 would love to find a guitar emitting such a sound. Kind of makes one think about what the ideal Hummingbird would sound like. Definitely would like a sound that has a hint of that J-45 DNA, but a fuller, rounder sound when chorded.

 

Kevin K might not have stolen Gibson's secret recipe for the quintessential Gibson sunburst(is this a hand-rubbed varnish, a la Collings?), but for someone looking for that unique flavor, his creation could certainly satisfy. Still keeping an eye out for a maple Bird, but good of you to point this one out.

 

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Edit- photo side-by-side added only to view slight difference in shape; Mr K's guitar has softer shoulders, tighter waist(?), flipped bridge. Slightly longer (1/8") scale length. The Gibson shown might not have the ideal burst, or top wood selection, though.

Edited by 62burst

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Though the scale is longer there's one fret less.

 

A tempting guitar I would like to at least try.

Don't think the test-pilot does it justice. He's plays like a beginner - too soft and 'normal' - and we need to hear someone with tone in the fingers

Would be good to know about the strings as well.

 

A few people/brands/luthiers out there in the big world imitates or are highly inspired by the Bird (not to mention other models).

Admit having a double feeling about it - to easy and somewhat thin. Could be nice to meet this Kopp though. Tune it down and explore it - open it up.

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Personally, I like guitars with a quicker decay which is one of the reasons I have played old Gibsons for so many years. I just like guitars that give you one big note and then get out of the way.

Edited by zombywoof

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Not a Bird guy, but the Kopp Bird does sound fantastic. I like the quick attack and immediate response of the guitar—in that sense she's very vintage-like. Nice string separation. Not a fan of the tuners.

Edited by Leonard McCoy

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A tempting guitar I would like to at least try.

Don't think the test-pilot does it justice. He's plays like a beginner - too soft and 'normal' - and we need to hear someone with tone in the fingers

Would be good to know about the strings as well.

 

A few people/brands/luthiers out there in the big world imitates or are highly inspired by the Bird (not to mention other models).

Admit having a double feeling about it - to easy and somewhat thin. Could be nice to meet this Kopp though. Tune it down and explore it - open it up.

Wondering if Mr Kopp ever crafted Hummingbirds alongside Ren when they were both at Bozeman in the early days at G Acoustic.

 

 

Not keen, prefer a real one. Sorry, it's be honest Friday here in the UK.

That’s the way I felt when a forumite was talking about his Kopp K-35 a few years back. . . after hearing this Bird, the curiosity about that K-35 sparks.

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