BRIGGS. Aging Nicely.

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  1. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    Reflection is from some hanging blinds. Gotta love how the thin finish is sinking.

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  2. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Makes a hell of a guitar, don't he? I'm itching to play one through an amp. Everybody I talk to says, " Wait 'til you play one - WOW!"

    I hope that happens soon - beautiful guitar.

    Dana O.
     
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    Very nice Don! I dig Mr. Briggs design, and that sound clip you posted with the Fuchs sounded AWESOME! :AOK I bet they are killer to play too! :dude
     
  4. DWB1960

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    Yup.

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  5. Lerxst2112

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    There are so many guitars that I want right now. Briggs Classic and a Vinetto Artifact are at the top of my list.
     
  6. LTE

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    Great to hear that.

    I should get mine sometime near the end of this year. It'll be well worth the wait.

    To all that have been thinking about buying a Briggs,
    Do yourself a favor and order one. You won't regret it.
     
  7. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    That's a gorgeous top! And the mini-hums look better to me on that guitar than they do on just about anything else...except maybe a Firebird :)

    Awesome instrument!
     
  8. Lerxst2112

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    Is that a Saturn Deluxe?

    I want to put my name on the list for a Classic.
     
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    Wow sinking fast - that is almost brand new, no?
     
  10. FredW

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    My Classic is almost done, maybe 2 weeks out
     
  11. DWB1960

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    It is an Avatar Special. She's a little over 4 months old. The lighting in the pic exagerates the sinking a bit.
     
  12. walrus

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    What's the specs?
     
  13. Lerxst2112

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    Dude, I'm comin' over. :)

    Seriously, post a very, very thorough review when it gets there. Soundclips of the Slim-Fat, too.
     
  14. DWB1960

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    - black limba body & neck
    - bookmatched flame maple top
    - cocobola fretboard
    - ivoriod binding
    - 25" scale
    - 12" radius
    - silver nickel fretwire
    - 18:1 mini-locking grover tuners
    - slipstone nut
    - abalone dots and sidemarkers
    - lollar minibuckers x 2
    - 5 way blade switch
    - single volume and tone
    - gotoh 1055 bridge
    - chrome hardware
    - "T" strap buttons
     
  15. jfalcs

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    So wait, the finish sinking is desireable?
     
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    I think so. Something very organic and satisfying about it IMO. All of my older (3 years or more) Historic flame top LPs have it as well to some degree. Ahhhhh...nitro! The thinner the better! And, BTW, LOVE those Briggs guitars! I will own one some day. AC
     
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    Donnie B - take a picture of the guitar outside, and do all of us a favour. A beauty like that deserves a touch of afternoon sun :)
     
  18. DWB1960

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    If the finish is thin enough it will sink into the softer sections of maple (which I believe are the lighter sections) It sinks into the harder sections too but just not as much. The sinking is just proof that the finish is very thin - which lets the guitar breath and resonate better.

    Plus I agree with AC, there is something organic about it that I also find satisfying (and just plain COOL)

    Hopefully Jack will chime in here.

    I'll shoot some more pics outside this weekend.
     
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    I'm not disagreeing with your statement, but I just think it's rather funny to use the word "organic" with regards to a finish called "nitro-cellulose"...

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  20. Jack Briggs

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    I think Donnie's term was more to describe the finished surface from an aesthetic viewpoint, however nitro lacquer is the epitome of organic as a finish material in the true sense:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=organic

    All of its solvents are organic, as is the cellulose - derived from cotton fibers. And the main reason for California's ban or certainly tight regulation of its use is because of the high level VOC's - volatile organic compounds.

    I agree that the term when used to refer to something much less processed, such as spirit varnish or shellac, might seem to fit better, but there is no stretch in describing nitro as organic.:AOK
     

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