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Ayns
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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jun 3rd, 2016 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New strings ;-)

Having just acquired a Taylor 214ce, I'd decided to flip a couple of old acoustics that I hardly play anymore. So, in preparation to selling it I restrung a late '70's Cimar D45 copy with a set of Martin lights that I had lying about (after emptying out the crayons and other stuff that our two year old Grandaughter had "posted" through the soundhole ;-) )

Anyway the transformation was amazing, it now sounds and plays fantastic, no way am I selling it now ;-)

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Jun 3rd, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Anytime you're selling or trading guitar away, NEVER open the case. If you do, you will be reminded why you wanted it in the first place.

Out of sight--out of mind :o)

Ayns
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Jun 3rd, 2016 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did I say that I think the back and sides *may* be solid Indian rosewood? Is that a good thing?

littleuch
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Jun 3rd, 2016 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Anytime you're selling or trading guitar away, NEVER open the case."

A graver mistake is opening the case, handing the guitar to a player with great skills and listening to them play it.



Hammond101
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Jun 6th, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I re-strung my 814ce last night. The old wire must have been on there for over a year. I love that fresh string chime with an acoustic. I'll be spending some quality time with it tonight.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jun 28th, 2016 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Did I say that I think the back and sides *may* be solid Indian rosewood? Is that a good thing?"

The second question is rhetorical or a joke,

right?

Ayns
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Jun 29th, 2016 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No joke Tony. I'm not that knowledgeable about acoustic guitars, but I presume it's a good thing.

All I know is that, after a change of strings, a guitar that's sat virtually unused in the corner of the living room for a couple of years, and that I was about to flip for almost nothing sounds absolutely amazing. I was only playing it a couple of minutes ago, and there's no way I'm letting it go now. :-)

Ayns
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Jun 29th, 2016 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had it tuned to dadgad (cgcfgc actually) for the last couple of years for the Stephen Stills/ CSN stuff.

It's tuned to open g ( open f ) now.

(This message was last edited by Ayns at 05:35 PM, Jun 29th, 2016)

reverend mikey
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Jun 29th, 2016 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New strings don't always improve an instrument.

I've recently come to the conclusion that my first "real" lefty acoustic guitar, an all-laminate Ibanez I bought new in the late '70's, just doesn't have decent tone. I played it for years and loved it, and it has lots of emotional value to me, but it just doesn't sound as good as my all solid-wood guitars.

I've finally decided I can part with it, but I know it really has no $ value to anyone, so I'm not sure how to dispose of it (I've already donated two guitars to GuitarsForVets, a great organization).

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 09:12 PM, Jun 29th, 2016)

twangdoodles

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Jun 29th, 2016 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Go ahead and disagree if you like, but the back and sides of an acoustic have the least impact on tone, sides especially. That said, count me among many who like solid woods anyway.

As to the original topic, I'm glad you found a way to reunite with a neglected step-child. I, however, hate the sound of new strings. Too brash to the point of annoyance. Can't wait 'til they're broken in and warm. I seem to be in the minority here though.

I've always found it interesting that, among my peers, most agree that a guitar sounds best after it "opens up" yet insist on fresh strings for the best tone. Yep, probably a lame comparison, definitely the fruit of a g&t, two guinness, and two jamesons.

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Jul 26th, 2016 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"A graver mistake is opening the case, handing the guitar to a player with great skills and listening to them play it. "

naw, its like giving your daughter away to
marry a guy who's gonna treat her right.

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Aug 12th, 2016 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have a friend who gets his strings from players who change strings often because he doesn't like the sound of NEW strings

as far as what we like it tone and feelings of guitars and amps and speakers my likes change daily it seems I guess its the reason for GAS

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Aug 19th, 2016 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fingerpicks.

Many people have complimented my acoustic guitar tone over the years and credited it to some nice instruments I'm lucky to own. Truth is, my tone is 90% fingerpicks and 10% guitar.

It takes some practice to get used to them, but once you do there's no going back! I credit my college roommate for turning me on to them back in the 60's.

I use a plastic thumbpick and two National 0.013 metal fingerpicks.

My Fingerpicks

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 05:49 PM, Aug 19th, 2016)

stratcowboy
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Aug 19th, 2016 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Many people have complemented..."

"Complimented." Sorry...couldn't help myself. English is a pretty screwy language.

6L6
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Aug 19th, 2016 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HA! Corrected stratcowboy!

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tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Sep 27th, 2016 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

when I worked in a music store people asked "Do you have any good sounding guitars?"
replay was "It depends on who is holding them"
which has more bearing on sound then name tags or price in my many years of experience.

Bigfoot
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Indy

The floor is getting farther away...
Nov 4th, 2016 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I once bought a cheapo acoustic (solid wood though) for $50 at an antique store because it sounded so soulful. Strings were likely original and could have been more than a dozen years old. Made me sound like Robert Johnson. Worse thing I did to it was change the strings.

But my Guild F50 loves new strings. Go figure.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Dec 24th, 2016 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was reminded of this today when I pulled out my now two year old Martin HD28V. I hadn't changed the strings in awhile (I hate the process) but it was not sounding like a two year old HD28V should so I pulled out a set of Martin Lifespan SP medium phosphor bronze strings and did the deed. I have GOT to do it more often. What an incredible difference.

stratcowboy
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Dec 24th, 2016 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Amazing what a $7 upgrade can do to a $2800 guitar.

6L6
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Apr 2nd, 2017 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor 214's made prior to 2007 have solid back and sides as well as the top. It's a good reason to buy your 214 used!

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