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Jinder - Maple AJ Review?


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I like the Maple AJ very much...I tend to prioritise my Dove for maple dread use, but the AJ is an excellent instrument which I've used a great deal on the new record I have on the way next month. It records well, plays well, sounds great live through the Sunrise I have in it, and in a room it's a big, loud, chunky monkey!

My only gripe with it (as often happens with lightly braced guitars) is a resonant node exists at F#, so when playing a D chord as a C shape moved up two frets (I do this a lot in my voicings), the F# note on the D string is a little thuddy with less sustain than the other notes in the chord. It's not the end of the world by any means, and I am soon going to fit some brass pins to see if I can move the node down to either the midway point between F and F# or up to the midpoint between F# and G, by changing the resonant top mass. This has worked for me in the past, so fingers crossed!

I should stress that that isn't a deal-breaker...it's a gorgeous instrument and a privilege to own.

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1 hour ago, Jinder said:

I like the Maple AJ very much...I tend to prioritise my Dove for maple dread use, but the AJ is an excellent instrument which I've used a great deal on the new record I have on the way next month. It records well, plays well, sounds great live through the Sunrise I have in it, and in a room it's a big, loud, chunky monkey!

My only gripe with it (as often happens with lightly braced guitars) is a resonant node exists at F#, so when playing a D chord as a C shape moved up two frets (I do this a lot in my voicings), the F# note on the D string is a little thuddy with less sustain than the other notes in the chord. It's not the end of the world by any means, and I am soon going to fit some brass pins to see if I can move the node down to either the midway point between F and F# or up to the midpoint between F# and G, by changing the resonant top mass. This has worked for me in the past, so fingers crossed!

Highly interesting - tell us what happened when done. 

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