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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Played a Froggy today

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 28th, 2019 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stopped by Lidgett Music in Council Bluffs, IA today. GREAT guitar shop, new and used, great stock, many makers.

Played a couple nice used guitars, and then I spotted a Froggy Bottom parlor hanging way up high. Got it down and fingerpicked it a bit and was instantly blown away. First by the volume, then by the balanced tone; that little thing rang like the proverbial bell! First time I had ever played a Froggy, and I was beyond impressed.

It was an '05, so it was nicely broken in, but had obviously been very well maintained. Mahogany and adi, flamey maple binding. Not a slothead, which surprised me. Such a nice guitar!

My birthday is coming up, so if you guys want to pool your money to the tune of $4999.00 and get me something nice....

Such a nice guitar. That tone is going to haunt my dreams for a long time.

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 29th, 2019 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Froggy Bottoms are legendary. There aren't many of them around, and you rarely see these come up for sale because their owners jealously hang onto them.

You've just seen a leprechaun, brother.

Go buy a Powerball ticket.

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jun 29th, 2019 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

They are a unicorn guitar. I fell in love with one years ago as it happens the price was 5 grand. I just couldn’t do it. It was so sweet. I dreamed about it.
Flashed forward to later in life when I decided to chase it down and have it for my own. I chased it by checking out every Froggy Bottom guitar I could. I would dedicate weekends to driving hundreds of miles just to try one. All I had was the model number. I tried new,used everything I could lay my hands on.
The only thing I found was that if you do wind up touching that unicorn guitar,buy it. Right then. Not later. Never got a Froggy Bottom! Never found that sound in my mind again.

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Jun 29th, 2019 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never played one but knowing me if I had I would have bought it - then stupidly sold it for a significant loss a couple of years later - then regretted it the rest of my life.

So I got that going for me.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 30th, 2019 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Haha, Viera, I thought I was the only one who did that!

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Jul 1st, 2019 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

There should be a separate area here for those of us who have done that! I'm a multiple self-abuser in this way!

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jul 2nd, 2019 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Live and learn, right? Live and learn.



Or maybe not so much.

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The Escalator
Jul 2nd, 2019 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Stand in the mirror and tell yourself the stories of the ones that got away.


Preferably when no one else is home.

Timmer
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There I was one night...
Aug 20th, 2019 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of my neighbors, who works in a different part of our company, came over with the Froggy he borrowed from someone we work with. Seemed like a nice guitar. I didn't play it. Had no idea what it was at the time. Froggy blah d blah. After running into the owner and talking about it, then doing some research, I could kick myself for not giving it a whirl. Maybe it is a good thing I didn't. 5K seems like a great price after looking at their website.

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Aug 21st, 2019 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Five grand at the time was a lot more than now. I could have maxed out the cards and gotten it but.....reality set in too soon.

Guess my point is I let it build in my mind as to what it sounded like and It was gone never to be heard again so I feel I missed out.

Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 22nd, 2019 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Froggy Bottoms are a bit like Santa Cruzes or David Russell Youngs: if you see one, give it a spin because you may never again encounter one unless you're pals with the owner.

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