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  • I recall reading (in The Guardian, I think) a transcript of a conversation at a social function between Cecilia Bertolli the Prima Donna operatic soprano and some members of top-line rock group (Black Sabbath, or some such) - they were explaining th…
  • No - I really hadn't heard of Travis picking, although I daresay I've seen and heard it whilst being unaware it had a specific name. One of the things that impressed me about the show was the atmosphere of espirit de corps that seemed to prevail - e…
  • Playing - or miming? 
  • I still think that there are sufficient resources in the world to ensure that death by starvation could be eradicated.  I don't say that there is a 'magic bullet' type solution, there isn't but 'where there's a will there's a way'. All it takes for …
  • "I've Finally Realised My Shortcomings". If I ever set out my shortcomings on here the entire bl**dy forum would crash!
  • The maple will be gorgeous when it's finished, I'm sure.  Is it U.S. or Mex, and the p/us they're not standard, are they?  Di Marzios?
  • It's actually more attractive than the photo suggests, the centre is a lovely amber colour and the brown is much lighter than shown.  I don't know why I bothered, really! https://www.flickr.com/photos/...0737@N04/8609412915/  
  • Originally Posted by Smarty:...- then again, he could make a broom handle with spaghetti strings sound great. ....I don't wish be offensive (really), but I don't accept a word of that, at all.  There are guitarists who know how to interpret the musi…
  • What I'd like to know is - do lady guitarists suffer from 'guitar acquisition syndrome'?  And do their husbands inflict silent meals in retaliation as wives do? Do you suppose Bonnie Raitt's hubby throws a tantrum whenever she comes home with yet an…
  • Look - all you have to do is remind your wife of the guitarists' Golden Rule, "The correct number of guitars to own is the number you presently have + one!". And no it didn't work for me either and I have the photos of myself with body, neck, string…
  • I don't think I could bear to part with a beauty like that! In the very early sixties my mate bought one of the very first Watkins Rapiers mk1 models - the one resembling a Westbury not the Strat shape, it was £24!  I was green with envy.  Then a bi…
  • I'm well impressed with my Prudencio Saez, it's a model 16 (but there are cheaper models) it punches well above its weight. They're available on-line. Alhambras are pretty good value too, pretty well all their range are solid top (tapa maciza) exc…
  • You should never put steel strings on a classical guitar - steel strings exert five times the tension of nylon. Can you imagine the damage that would do?
  • I daresay a US Tele wouldn't sound very different - in spite of being nearly ten times the price!
  • Bought mine Thursday, got it home - only functioned in metric.  I returned it they replaced it totally without quibble, the fresh one was fine!
  • Handy for conveying your wages home.
  • http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/Qui...quiles_ballester.htm I've got one these - £10 from a flea market, the action was unbelievably high but as my mate's a very skilful joiner he shaved a bit off the bridge in front of the string tie block.  But the slot…
  • Rule Britannia!  Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century, BBC 4 last Friday - just dug the TV listings mag out of the re-cycling bin. Just to go back to the Portuguese guitar then - how are they tuned, trebles in pairs, bass ones in octaves -…
  • Thanks,  I must say I really like the sound of that one in your link! What I find surprising is that there isn't more interest outside its home country for the (authentic) Portuguese guitar.  By which I mean the proper Portuguese instrument not just…
  • Yep - that's it, just pinch together the two prongs of the retaining circlip with needle nosed pliers (all guitarists should have those for re-stringing) and the whole bulb and socket assembly drops down enough to hold the socket while you twist the…
  • Many years ago when I was learning classical guitar I saw an ad in the local rag for an electric guitar - £20!  When I went to see it I was met by a batty old lady who was an eccentric fanatic for the electric organ on which she proceeded to give me…
  • Thanks for that - shan't bother then, uneccesary expense and effort where I'm concerned!
  • When you say 'shielding' I take it you mean that adhesive copper tape I've seen mentioned from time to time.  That's another thing I'm not sure of the pros and cons about, is it necessary on all guitars or is it only required when buzzing is a probl…
  • At a second-hand auction viewing a few years ago there was an Ibanez ergonomic resin bodied guitar.  A couple of the p/u screws had been over-tightened and lost grip (easily remedied) and it was massively heavy so I didn't bother.  A bit after I met…
  • I should say the auction one was l/h whereas mine's r/h and the advertiser made a great deal of the fact that his was sunburst (rare for YN ones apparently) and mine is black, but I'd be surprised if either were worth that much.  If they were Japane…
  • Re the above - I find most classical aficionados still love good rock music, whereas those exclusively devoted to rock tend to be pretty contemptuous of classical. Last night for instance I was listening to a tape I'd done of a Radio 3 recital of Se…
  • In that case I'd better keep an eye out for "Segovia - Song of the Guitar" in case anybody's missed that.  That really is a fine recital, I've got it on Sky +, DVD and Video cassette, just in case! In a similar vein they're also showing "Slash - Mad…
  • At the moment it's ok - I risked a squirt of WD 40 which seems to have done the trick but I think they have Servisol in our local Maplins.  I'm told WD 40's not good. My local music shop have quoted £20 for fitting a new switch.  I'll see how I get …
  • Thanks for that - when the guitar is ready for new strings I'll take the pick-guard off and see what's what - you never know sometimes a bit  of a clean does the trick!
  • In the mid-seventies one of my favourite bands who performed locally was "Jigsaw", their party trick was setting pretty well everything on-stage on fire (honestly!). Drum-kit, amps, guitar headstocks, metal troughs around the stage, everything! On…