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Viera
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Feb 8th, 2018 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Viera, are you anywhere near the Santa Cruz factory?"

The Santa Cruz factory is in the San Francisco Bay area. I'm down here in the San Diego area, so not very close. I hear that they do give tours, but I believe that it requires a reservation. I'd like to do it.

stratcowboy: sorry dude. :)



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Feb 8th, 2018 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Copper's a great mountain. But it will certainly wear you out faster than Monarch. Once you're blasting around at Monarch, you'll feel like a hero!

"We now return you to our regular scheduled programming..."

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Feb 8th, 2018 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like Monarch, it's about half locals and half Texans (or so it seems). 50 minutes from my house, so I can run up there, do six or seven runs, and head back home. I've found 2 runs, Ramble On and Little Mo, that I like so I just stay over there. The best part is that I can park, put on my gear, and walk to the lift in 10 minutes.

My Monarch season pass gives me access to Copper 3 times a year, I think. Copper is a real treat, first class skiing.

And, yes, it will wear you out! I'm feeling it today.

reverend mikey
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Feb 8th, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

Exactly...isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

That's what happened to me with my son who plays guitar (I'm 60; he's 27) - he's definitely a better player than me now (although I know all the theory and chords that he's still learning...).

Tom B.

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Feb 8th, 2018 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" The Santa Cruz factory is in the San Francisco Bay area. I'm down here in the San Diego area, so not very close. I hear that they do give tours, but I believe that it requires a reservation. I'd like to do it."

Highly recommended. Several years back we were in Santa Cruz at a guitar shop and I asked if SCG gave tours. The shop gave us the phone number and recommended we call ahead to see if we could stop by. SCG said sure. Got there and Richard Hoover stopped what he was doing and took my family around for at least an hour, even though he was getting ready for NAMM the following week. He was a very gracious host and a genuinely nice guy. I'm an engineer and we had a great discussion about the mixture of art and science in using various tonewoods to produce an instrument with certain desired aspects. Learned there is a lot that goes into making a custom instrument what it is.

(This message was last edited by Tom B. at 10:44 PM, Feb 8th, 2018)

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Feb 8th, 2018 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know if I'll ever get to take the tour, but the SC website is just outstanding. It has several videos within it with Mr. Hoover talking about what he does. and lots of shots of the SC building process.

SC Guitars

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 11:37 PM, Feb 8th, 2018)

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Feb 16th, 2018 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A couple of observations after a good polish and string change:

1) SC cut the channels for the strings in the bridge where the strings come up and out and over the bridge. Have never seen that before; usually the strings have to do it themselves over time.

2) I don't plan to install a K&K like I almost always do. Good thing, too, because there isn't much bridge plate to work with under there. It could be done, but it would be tricky.

3) The Gotoh tuners are great. The hole is much smaller than usual, which seemed to make restringing just a bit easier. And the hole is higher up than most too. lots of room for the wound string.

4) The seam down the back is practically invisible. I searched in bright light for quite a while before I was able to spot about a 3" run it towards the bottom. The rest of it can't be seen.

5) If you remove the saddle while polishing, you should always put it back before putting all six strings back on. Saves you doing the restring twice. Don't ask me how I know this.


I put LaBella Silk & Steel Lights on it. They are a bit twangy now, being new. They sure look classy though, kind of a platinum color.

reverend mikey
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Feb 16th, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just put a set of Gotoh SE700 tuners on my D-35. I agree, they're very well made, and they look very vintage (even though these aren't "aged" or anything). Made in Japan, good stuff.

Also put a set of Gotoh "relic aged" Kluson style on my J-45 - again, Made in Japan, and they look and function great (and are so much lighter than the old Grovers that were on both the J-45 and the D-35).

BTW - keep going back and looking at that photo of your guitar - major drool!!!

Ragtop
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Feb 16th, 2018 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, mikey!

Another thing about those Gotohs- each one turned with what felt like the same amount of resistance.

Usually, out of the six, some turn easier than others. But these were all the same.

I think that tells you something.

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Feb 16th, 2018 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL at #5 above! I only laugh because I have been there.

SC may use non-slotted bridge pins? This may account for the slots in the body of the bridge?

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Feb 16th, 2018 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H101, they are nice ebony pins, and they ARE slotted.

I say nice because I usually have to buy them myself to replace plastic pins. These even have the MOP dot that I like.

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