I learned a ton of stuff about vintage guitars from reading up on Frank Ford's website, but it somehow didn't occur to me until just now that my Dad lives less than twenty minutes from the shop he worked out of so I couldn't resist putting my head round the door. What a lovely place! Very friendly people, and I tried a bunch of stuff but the highlights were a '36 Gibson Nick Lucas and a '27 Martin 000-18. The Nick Lucas was in interesting guitar, tighter and with better individual string definition than my own similar age L00 with a really strong rhythm voice - strumming a few Bob Dylan style rhythms on it made perfect sense. I actually think my L00 is subjectively a little nicer fingerstyle but I could see where the NL's strengths were. The 000-18 was lovely - I've played quite a few early 14 fret versions but I don't think I've ever tried a 12 fretter and it was beautiful. I loved how easy it was to get through the full dynamics of the guitar's range, making the NL feel comparatively hard work. A bit lacking on bass compared to the NL when digging in but as a refined fingerpicker it was brilliant. I also played a Gurian for the first time, which was a nice surprise, felt very like an American take on a Fylde guitar. Anyway, just wanted to share, it's nice when you visit somewhere like that and get such a warm welcome.