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Hello Experts-

I tried a couple of epi EL-00s last weekend and really liked them...I'm looking for a parlour/folk type guitar for blues and celtic flat picking/ beater. I tried several small body guitars (Simon patrick folk and parlours, taylor babies, a seagull, and a smaller martin). For the price and ammenities though, this thing seems to be the ticket. Might pick it up at lunch break today, unless someone here talks me out of it.

 

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Cal

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I haven't got one Cal but have played a few and seem like a lovely guitar and a good price as well. Nice tone and projection for such a small body. A few on here have recommended the Loar as well which looks very similar

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I haven't played the other guitars you mentioned, but I have an EL-00. It's a good player, and certainly looks good, too. If the one you played in the store pleases you now, it will probably sound even better to you as it breaks in.

 

Red 333

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Hi all...thanks for feedback. I went to the store today...they had two the other day, but one had sold. The one that remained had a few finish flaws around the heal and neck. It was also in dire need of a decent setup with super high action. I was a bit disappointed, and then fell for another brand and made the purchase; a simon patrick folk. Hand made in canada, folk size acoustic, solid spruce top, wild cherry sides and back, and a silver maple neck. Quality tuners, a tusq nut and a graphtech bridge. all for the princely price of $315. It has a nice hand rubbed semi gloss varnish finish (french polish). It has the punchy bright sound I was going for. I'll post a ngd in the lounge.

 

thanks again for your comments

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  • 4 months later...

I was looking fo a parlor sized guitar I could afford for a long time. when I got a art and lutheri in 2004 and it had a laminate top and was the basic almond color it sounded real good to me . At the time the EL00 was not around and I wanted a 14th fret model so there was the BB King model but far out of my price range so I got a seagull grand in 2004. So far it has held up really well , it has a solid cedar top and good tuners . I had to change the bridge saddle because it was loose from the start and when I got a new saddle I got the tusq saddle and pins . Trouble was the original saddle and however they fit it was chipped all along one bottom edge and looking closer the route in the bridge for the saddle had a bit of wood not quite trimmed on the treble side so I trimmed that out and fit the new saddle which still had play and the turq saddle is only one thickness and they are compensated . I called seagull and they said perhaps the saddle had dried out yet no amount of dampness ever changed that and the pin holes were not to large so they must have cut it a bit too wide by .010" so I traced a thin strip of rosewood to the bridge slot and glued it to the back of the new saddle and then sanding it until if was a snug but not tight fit . The only other option was a bone saddle made from scratch or have one made , so far what I did works just fine . I could have added the rosewood to the bridge slot but a piece .010" thick is difficult to work with. I was told I could have just made a shim out of aluminum and slipped it in at the back of the saddle but then I felt wood then turq and aluminum just might expand at different rates and crack something . One day I will get a new bone saddle made or buy the thick turq blank graph tech offers I prefer bone. Trouble with turq is the saddles they sell from graph tech have a slight bow to them and that made fitting a shim more difficult so I set the saddle in and used a feeler gauge to check what I needed then added the rosewood shim glued to the back of the new saddle and used a caliper to check the thickness then it was a snug fit all the way across , good thing the bridge slot was true. With bone you can get it dead flat and a good fit. What graph tech should done is made their saddles a bit thicker than needed so One could sand the bow out and have enough left for a snug fit.

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