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Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Feb 6th, 2018 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, it's "Out for Delivery", so I've got my nose pressed up against the front window, waiting for the Big Brown Truck.

It's a 1929 00. I hear good things.

Will report back....

SC 1929 00

reverend mikey
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Feb 6th, 2018 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love the look of that - I'm sure it's also going to sound incredible!

Looks a lot like the "new" 2018 Martin 00-17 1931 Authentic...

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Feb 6th, 2018 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, thats one sharp looking guitar. I just set my 00 mahogany down after about an hour of picking. One of my favorite sized guitar with an amazing voice.

Mine’s an all mahogany 14 fret Martin, it ambushed me. I wasn’t looking for one but couldn ‘t walk away from it’s sound. Made the counter guy pull out all his other mahogany guitars and 00s, we played them back and forth at each other, this one had the all the tone. And I’m a bass player.

Ragtop
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Feb 6th, 2018 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

More than I wanted to spend, but it checked every single one of the boxes:

Parlor or 00
12-fret (or short-scale 14)
Gloss body, satin neck
All mahogany with wood binding
No binding on neck, no bling
Ebony bridge and finger board
Big nut, chunky neck
Pick guard- a high end, beveled pickguard

I have never played a Santa Cruz, but I hear nothing but raves.


Now where's that damn truck?

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 07:38 AM, Feb 7th, 2018)

Viera
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Feb 6th, 2018 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

So you finally pulled the trigger on a 1929 00. Good for you, you deserve it! :)

It doesn't sound like you got to play it first, so best of luck in getting a good one. That shouldn't be a problem. Santa Cruz makes some fine guitars.

Ragtop
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Feb 6th, 2018 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, gentlemen. It arrived this evening. I took it out of the box (helluva pack job, CME!), but will let it sit in the case overnight.

I'm going skiing in the morning, but plan to get up early to play for an hour or so.

Ragtop
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Feb 7th, 2018 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

First impressions: okay, sounds pretty good, plays nicely, don't care for whatever strings are on it.

Played a few tunes just to get a feel for it. And then I started playing John Denver's "Lady", which takes me up to the 11th fret. Went into kind of a trance and played a loop of that song for about 20 minutes, and the more I played the better that guitar sounded! I think it had, between hanging on the wall at CME and sitting in a box while in transit, gone dormant; but in those 20 minutes it woke up and WOW! Big fat round notes, clear as a bell, very woody and lush. Loud, too, and not a bit of the boxiness you sometimes get in a little guitar.

Nice, very nice!

hushnel
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Feb 7th, 2018 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds good, I believe the parlor guitars have the most balanced tone of all the forms.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 10:10 AM, Feb 7th, 2018)

Hammond101
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Feb 7th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Dang, that is beautiful! Congrats!

reverend mikey
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Feb 7th, 2018 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop,

I believe Santa Cruz has their own brand of strings now - some kind of "balanced tension" mojo or claim. Check with them, but that's probably what's on the guitar from them (unless someone has changed them).



Ragtop
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Feb 7th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, mikey, good advice. I like these LaBella Silk & Steel Lights on a small guitar too.

hushnel, you should try them on that little Martin of yours. Pretty amazing strings, you might like them.


And the reason I bought this one as opposed to the others out there is the mahogany. It was beautiful in the photos from CME and it is even more beautiful in person. Grainy and lots of contrast between the two primary browns in the wood, and lots of shimmer in the lighter brown. I'm told that these early ones were made from 100 yr. old Honduran mahogany that Richard Hoover had stashed away for years. Very beautiful.

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 05:41 PM, Feb 7th, 2018)

hushnel
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Feb 7th, 2018 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Coincidentally I recieved a set of LaBella Silk & Steel in the mail yesterday. I haven’t strung them up yet.

Ragtop
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Feb 7th, 2018 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Let me know what you think.

I have to get some ordered. And it's about time to buy an electric string winder while I'm at it.

hushnel
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Feb 7th, 2018 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a hex adapter for tuners that fits into my Lion skil screwdriver.

I’ll install the strings tomorrow, the John Pearse I have on now are just breaking in and sound great, I haven’t been in a rush to change them.

After all the years I’ve had the 0015 I am still amazed by it’s tone everytime I pick it up. I’m glad I got it, the solid mahogany is a substantial up charge now. I paid a little over $700.00 for it back in 2006,

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 08:51 PM, Feb 7th, 2018)

Viera
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Feb 7th, 2018 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Glad that you liked the sound. Perhaps it did need to be played a little to wake up. Of course it could have just been your ears, mine have tricked me many a times.

I really like the specs, especially it being a peg head. I have a classical and that's all the slot head headaches that I need.

What I really want to know is how was the skiing today? :)

Ragtop
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Feb 7th, 2018 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The skiing, Viera, was great, one of the best days I can recall. My daughter and I drove up to Copper Mountain, my first time there. I've never seen runs so long! I had to stop a couple times and catch my breath on the way down. In fact, they were so long my ears were popping on the way!

It was sunny, about 30*, and just a bit of breeze. About perfect. Good base, and some fresh powder.

I feel like Gumby now, though, very tired. Feeling every bit of my 62 years. Dozed off in my chair while playing the new guitar.

Viera
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Feb 7th, 2018 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome! That does sound like a perfect day. Just cold enough to keep the snow from getting slushy, but warm enough to not feel cold. It's good to hear that you can still do it at your age, not that you're old, of course.

[checks birthdate, almost as old as Ragtop and luckily still able to do stuff like skiing and mountain biking]

Back on topic, enjoy that guitar.



Ragtop
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Feb 7th, 2018 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Viera, are you anywhere near the Santa Cruz factory?

Wonder if they do tours.

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Feb 7th, 2018 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It's good to hear that you can still do it at your age..."


Ahhhheemmmmmm....I'm 67 and ski every day (elevation 9200 ft. to 12,400+).

You kids... ;-)

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 08:49 AM, Feb 8th, 2018)

Ragtop
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Feb 8th, 2018 05:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

If I can hang in there, I can ski for free at Monarch Mountain once I turn 69!

I still ski hard, but not from 9 to 4 like I used to. Six or seven runs and I'm ready to head for home.

I taught my kids to ski when they were kids, and both now out-ski me. That makes me proud, though.

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