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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / I bought a Burswood signed by Estaban

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A Friend of Bill W.
Jun 30th, 2019 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  


I picked it up from a neighbor, along with a violin, yesterday. Her dad passed last week and she wanted to know if I wanted them. I gave her $25 for them. The violin case is very nice and worth what I gave her, I have ukuleles that will fit in it.

I often come across these great deals “o) it has all the aspects of a real guitar, the top is solid wood. I can barely type a sentence without cracking up. I didn’t know what a treasure this is until I put it on the bench this morning.

I can honestly say that the decals on the crappy case are worth more than the guitar/case combined. The “B” and “E” intonation are off, all the other strings are pretty close to right on. I’ll make the adjustments at the bridge, which isn’t compensated. I’ll lower the action a little, not too much, as I’m fairly confident the volume will fall off as I do.

I’ll do what I can to make this a level or two above a “POS” this will be an instrument that I will give away to a younger person that can’t afford an instrument but shows a strong desire to play, the violin will also be for this purpose. It will never sound great but it will be playable and in tune once I’m done with it. It’s got kind of a narrow neck, when I play chords at the nut my fingers get in the way of the open strings, It’s easy to play bar chords, it sounds a bit like a knock of strat un plugged “o)

It’s better than my first guitar, sort of, at least it’ll be in tune and easier to play. Over the years I’ve probably given away a couple dozen instruments like this. Since the early 80s I started picking up and adjusting crappy guitars. I used to pass them out at Christmas at the local Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, down in Miami. The most recent one I gave to a kid last December 3 or 4 days before Christmas.

His mother and him came in the Craft Village Shop at the State Park I’m set up in. He was fascinated by the few instruments I made and had displayed. His mom told me for the last year or so it’s all he could talk about. She had him take a few lessons but it was too expensive and she couldn’t afford them or an instrument. I had one of these crappy but adjusted and playable instruments behind my bench. I picked it up and started playing it. I continued to speak with the young boy who I guessed was about 7 or 8. It was fairly obvious that the kid had the desire, so I handed him the guitar and showed him the G chord. Then told him he could keep it, before mom could comment I told her it was this guitars purpose. I told the boy he needed to practice and find someone who could play, and to put it in the car before continuing to enjoy the Festival of Lights at the park. Mom was as excited as he was.

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Jun 30th, 2019 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Steve "Esteban" Paul is the Steven Seagal of the music world: he has made false claims of studying under Segovia, etc. It's too bad because he does have chops, but because he chose to boost his reputation by lying about his musical development he gets little respect in the music world. Hence he sells cheap crap on QVC and HSN in order to make ends meet. And I'll bet he--like Seagal--also runs like a little girl.

You're doing saintly work, brother! You can turn most Esteban guitars into playable things, and a kid somewhere would love to have it to learn on.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jun 30th, 2019 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I know his poser story, unusual for a Steel City boy. The reviews of Zorro’s black guitars are a hoot.

I considered leaving it in the workshop for the Wrens to nest in “o) I’ve already got it working pretty good, I got the intonation dialed in. I’m going to make it a little easier to play then in the case and out to the park.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park is a music park, a great opportunity to find the kid in need of a playable instrument.

The violin is good but the bow needs re-haired. Sound post is intact all the tuning pegs are good. I know a guy who may be good for the bow, I know he does stuff for kids too.

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