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bbelle guitars: OO Martin Sing Out! (55* d) RE: guitars: OO Martin Sing Out! 16 Nov 00

Yes, Rick, I understand totally.

I'm seriously looking at a Larrivee Parlor Guitar. They are different than other "baby" guitars, i.e., Baby Taylor, Tacoma Bambino; in that Larrivee has made it a small-bodied guitar, rather than a "baby" guitar. It is solid Honduras Mahogany sides and back and Sitka Spruce top. It is deep-bodied with a 1 3/4" neck, which now I know I can play. I've played a couple and they sound really good.

Forgot to mention in my last post that I'm going to go back to medium strings. My right hand is finally conditioned for them and they are just a better dread sound. In my opinion. The secret is to play everyday and not let those calluses become raggedy. Discovered the hard way that corroded, dead strings will fray your calluses, which is as bad as softening them. Yes, I've become a 2-3 week changer of strings. Whodda thunk it?

Speaking of strings, the Earthwood lights lasted two weeks without corrosion and the Elixir lights are starting to sound dull after only a month. Gonna change to the Master Class lights tonight and see how long they last. BTW, my guitars are kept in a climate controlled environment and I keep them in their cases when not in use.

This has been, and continues to be, such a wonderful learning experience. I enjoy playing guitar more than I ever thought was possible and I'm sure it has much to do with knowing the mechanics and developing an ear for my "other" instrument. (First instrument being my voice.)


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