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    Unashamed Guitar Porn

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    Show me your fretboard inlay-less custom guitars! :-) Anyone not use inlays at all on their custom’s fretboard?

    I have a few without inlays. Here’s one in koa. The fingerboard was cut out of the same piece of wood as the top. A Taylor build to order
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    How important is it to focus on learning to play songs ?

    I wouldn’t say my focus is learning to play songs. I play songs because working on just technique or theory is boring. Playing a song puts the technical stuff in context and gives you a real feel for transitions and flow. I play other people’s songs to stimulate new ideas for my own, which is...
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    How do you play your Les Paul sitting down?

    I’m in the left leg camp. I rest my left foot on a small box I keep cables and spare strings in. Probably 7-8” high.
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    NGD: PRS DGT, 2018 Wood Library, Brazilian FB

    Killer top. Enjoy.
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    Humidity Issue

    Prior to replacing my windows with ones that have a much better seal, I had to adjust my target humidity based on how cold the night was going to get. otherwise the windows would get not only wet, but iced. 40% if it was above freezing. At freezing I dropped it to 30%. Down to 20% at 0F worked...
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    How much neck dive do you tolerate?

    My first Got one a bit prettier 20 years later
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    2021 purchase plans

    Thorn time. 63ish Strat with custom paint.
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    Getting a new Acoustic during Covid?

    You seem to have a pretty good handle on what you want. I would just talk to a dealer with a bit of inventory and ensure a return/swap won’t cost you.
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    I can only really play the pentatonic scale - anything wrong with that?

    You can do a lot playing nothing but pentatonic, but after a while it is likely to get boring, or feel like you are in a rut. Just add a note from time to time. Some of them you will like and want to do more with them. Others you might not like and prefer to abandon. Every once in a while I...
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    Frank Brothers build!!

    This should be fun to watch.
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    PRS private stock experiences

    The top was placed to protect that image, and stoptail on a Santana gave it more room.
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    PRS private stock experiences

    I’ve been happy with the value from Private Stock. Excellent attention to detail. No dead spots or wolftones. My simplest PS Huge number of fingerboard options Check the neck joint
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    Acoustic to electric ratio

    I’m about 2:1 electric to acoustic, but i’ve Been more interested in acoustics for the last 5 years or so.
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    How Much Weight would You Give To Gear Vs Technique?

    I think there is a cross over threshold. When starting, there is a level of gear that will just be an exercise in frustration. I remember having that kind of guitar in grade school, and there was little chance of anything developing from spending time on it. Once you get to a guitar that will...
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    Where do you guys sit on the "Master it before you move on" versus "get it good enough" spectrum?

    I like to be working on improving several things at the same time, so definitely not in the master it camp. That said, there are things I’ve worked on for years and have gotten quite good at. The thing about mastery, is everything might not be in your grasp. I have always felt that by working...
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    NKD New Koll Day X2! Update!

    It looks great.
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    Poll: Which gauge strings do you use?

    It depends on the guitar. I have a couple with 9s One with 9.5 A few with 10s - my default A couple with 11s (hollow body and DGT) One with 12s (arch top) And then there are acoustics. Mostly 12s, some bluegrass, nylon.
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    Do expensive Fenders feel as good as Gibsons?

    Fender makes some really good guitars. I tend to favour the tone of a good Les Paul, but my Fenders feel better in my hands - probably why I have a Thorn tele with P90s in it.
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    Fellow Boutiquers, why have you taken the "road less travelled"?

    I like to be able to have a conversation with the builder on the way to settling what I actually want. I’m much more confident that I can get what I am looking for talking directly than talking to a dealer, who talks to a rep, who writes some stuff down, that finds its way to the work floor some...
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    Electric Guitars in Classical Music?

    I play classical pieces on electric guitar from time to time. I find some composers (Carulli and Paganini off the top of my head) translate to electric really well. Some composers require left hand fingering that just feels too cramped on my electrics. If I’m trying to move something written...
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    PRS Swamp Ash Special … Thoughts?

    I find my SAS very versatile. I used my 99 as my travel guitar for about 10 years because of that. It isn’t my favourite guitar, but it has much wider range than most. Definitely worth a close look.
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    Fender Custom Shop Builders

    I love the 4 Thorns I have. I just put in a request for a new one - the vacation money I couldn’t spend this year was burning a hole in my pocket.
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    Fender Custom Shop Builders

    Thorn is the man. I also have a Krause which is top notch and have played some Shishkov and really like what he does.