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what's the specs on your acoustic anyway?

 

It's this one:

http://www.simonandpatrick.com/woodlandprofolk.htm

 

I don't really care about specs too much. I just wanted a really nice playing guitar with a specific sound (nice and bright trebles for fingerpicking, not too bass heavy) and spent a great afternoon in Celtic Chords trying all their ones out until I found one I liked.

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It's this one:

http://www.simonandpatrick.com/woodlandprofolk.htm

I don't really care about specs too much. I just wanted a really nice playing guitar with a specific sound (nice and bright trebles for fingerpicking, not too bass heavy) and spent a great afternoon in Celtic Chords trying all their ones out until I found one I liked.

sounds nice, I'm a fan of folk/ parlour bodies more than any other type

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Alan Smart in Inverurie will build you an acoustic, don't know his prices, but have seen some of his work and it is damned impressive. He also sets up guitars too, my mate Nobby got his done from him and said it was amazing the difference he made, he was really delighted.

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so the guitar is based on a martin 0028vs. that's a parlour body with a slotted headstock. The builder is being a gent and doing all AAA tone woods. its a 41mm neck width and a c profile neck. i still need to buy a pick-up for it, im looking at the fishman matrix.

 

 

 

so the specs are;

  • AAA sitka spruce top
  • solid indian rosewood back and sides
  • solid flamed maple wedge in the back
  • solid maple binding
  • 1 piece ebony fretboard
  • ebony bridge
  • hand picked UK mahogany for the neck and headstock 

 

And he's also french polishing it!!!

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That all sounds really great, except the French polish - a shellac finish will be too thin. Looks good on a cabinet, but will start to look like shit pretty quickly on an instrument. Only advantage is that it's a cheap process, but it won't give your guitar much protection. Get the guy to varnish it, or keep him on retainer to touch up all the scratches.

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That all sounds really great, except the French polish - a shellac finish will be too thin. Looks good on a cabinet, but will start to look like shit pretty quickly on an instrument. Only advantage is that it's a cheap process, but it won't give your guitar much protection. Get the guy to varnish it, or keep him on retainer to touch up all the scratches.

i thought a thin finish would let the wood breath more? I don't mind about damage, I know a local guy who can touch it up for me if need be.

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Im not sure about letting the wood breath. Sounds like pish though. The only reason for someone French polishing a guitar as opposed to using a specialised varnish is that its cheap to do and someone such as yourself might go for it because it sounds like an artisan technique.

I didn't really expect you to take it on board anyway. Enjoy your guitars fragile, misleadingly fancy sounding finish.

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What happens if this guitar ends up like the other ones moon moon buys?... Just out of curiosity?

 

You love hammering a point home five or six times don't you?

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