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hushnel
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Nov 28th, 2018 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Traded in the LXK2 Little Martin for a new Yamaha parlor guitar CSF1M, with the Tobacco brown sunburst, solid Sika Spruce top Laminated Mahogany back and sides. Not real fancy but it sounds good, lighter and better sounding than the LXK2, it has a passive transducer so no plastic battery box cut into the side. plays nice, excellent intonation, I'll adjust the action a bit, after a week or so of playing, and change out the plastic bridge with bone. The LXK2 was for camping and canoeing, I added the Klos Carbon fiber travel guitar months ago, the little Martin was put up for sale with no bites.

I'm partial to smaller bodied instruments, I haven't owned a dread since the early 80s, the size of the dreads are bit awkward for me. Plus they sound twangy and boomy to me. I like a more level balance. My favorite is my 00-15 Martin, it's special and I'm a little more protective of it. This will be my kick around dry camping and camp fire guitar.

Yamaha parlor guitar CSF1M

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 12:54 PM, Nov 28th, 2018)

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Nov 28th, 2018 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! Sounds like it will fit your intended purpose nicely.

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Nov 28th, 2018 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I didn't know about the CSF1M, that is a very interesting guitar. Except for the short (23.6") scale length, it is *very* reminiscent of the old Gibson LG-2/LG-3/B-25, my absolute favorite acoustic "couch guitar."

I'm going to have to seek out a CSF1M and try it.

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Nov 28th, 2018 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice!

I like sunburst on a small guitar.

hushnel
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Nov 28th, 2018 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I didn't know about the CSF1M"

Nether had I, I was planing on trading the LXK2 for a used parlor guitar made by Seagull. I didn't like the Seagull, it was heavy for a parlor guitar, plus it had a battery box/pre-amp inset into the upper side of the guitar. I don't like that, plus it didn't impress me at all, while in the guitar room I tried a couple other parlors, the Fender wasn't terrible the Yamaha was better, more expensive too. So we made the deal. I didn't know until I got the Yamaha home and looked it up at the Yamaha site that it had a passive pickup. I'll probably never use it but it doesn't add any weight worth mentioning.

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Nov 28th, 2018 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Your thread title made me go "Wha...?!"

Of course, what you traded off wasn't what most of us would call a Martin...

Your 00-15 sounds wonderful - I have a 000-15sm, and the 15 series are consistently nice, toneful guitars.

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Nov 28th, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I was ambushed by the 00-15, not looking for a guitar at the time. It’s a longish story but it boiled down to it being the best guitar I’d ever heard. It’s jusbjective of course, but it had the sound I prefer over all others. My 000-15S is close, I love the wider nut and use it often.

I prefer the tone of Mahogany over all else as well as the smaller body sizes. The Rosewoods have a wonderful tone but it’s different, it’s like a piano or choir you can hear the chord and it’s cohesive, with the mahogany you can hear the notes that build the chord

It’s my opinion that the larger size guitars were primarily designed for volume and projection, I believe that the early luthiers designing this instrument at the beginning had a better understanding of the size and shape of the sound box that would produce the best tones at the strings frequencies. All the designs after that involved projection over balanced tone. In my opinion, not that anybody asked “o) and keeping in mind I’m a bass player first.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 06:15 PM, Nov 28th, 2018)

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Nov 29th, 2018 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I see a spot on my living room wall that would look good with that Yamaha hanging. I've had a hankering for a Taylor Mini GS, either hog or koa. I had one before and really liked it's full sound. But this one could fill the spot for a few bucks less.

So is the jack for the pickup in the end pin?

hushnel
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Nov 29th, 2018 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

"So is the jack for the pickup in the end pin?"

Yeah, doesn't bother me nearly as much as the rectangular hole cut into the side of a guitar. I've done a few K&K transducer installations and it's fairly noninvasive.

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Dec 11th, 2018 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well after having it a couple of weeks this yamaha is working it’s wat to the top. I put on a set of round core 11s, made a few passes with the nut files, low E and A the rest maybe one two light passes. After taking the strings off to install the 11s I pulled the bridge, it came out too easily, I pulled it out with my fingers. Cut, shaped and thinned a new one out of bone. I double sided taped the bone blank to a flat piece of plywood and ran it through the surface sander, I’ll do that again 3 or 4 light passes and it was perfect. Strung up the 11s, replaced the A string, it was dead out of the package.

Went over to my neighbors on Sunday, it was his grandson’s 3rd birthday. I don’t drink or partake in any social party intoxicant but I still enjoy socializing. Sat on a barstool and quietly played through two sets. I love this freaking thing, easy on the hands, eyes, beautiful equal tone, conversational volume level. I’ve probably got more hours on it than the Little Martin ever did.

It’s a keeper.

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Dec 13th, 2018 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool. I have a Baby Taylor but have never really been able to love it. I'd still like to find something along the parlor size but I've got too many damn guitars already.

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Dec 14th, 2018 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had to fly out to Carlsbad for a week of training for the Infrasonics Hi Frequency Ventilator and borrowed the Baby Taylor from my guitar player.The only thing I liked about it was it fit in the over head. I started carrying ukuleles after that.

The Little Martin I traded in for this Yamaha was much nicer and sounded better but still a guitar of last resort.

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Feb 8th, 2019 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s a nice guitar for sure. I’ve been wanting a gs Mimi also, now I’ll look for one of these to check out too.

Is this Yamaha about the same size as the gs mini?

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 06:06 PM, Feb 9th, 2019)

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Feb 8th, 2019 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just made some measuments, it’s real close. I’ve never played the GS, the build looks very similar.

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Feb 8th, 2019 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks hushnel. I’ll have to see how the money goes after I sell my Breedlove.

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