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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    For the Musicians : My 60 year old guitar, so Let's see your instruments....

    My favorite guitar: It's a 1948 España Classical Guitar. It's 60 years old and there are a few of it's little things that make it pretty cool:

    The trim is actual Ivory and the inlaid crowns are real Mother of Pearl. The pattern around the sound hole is actual inlaid wood parquet, not a decal. The finish is Nitroacetate, and the wood is actually solid pieces of wood, rather than instrument quality laminate.....much better tone, and the wood has been seasoned and played for 60 years. It only makes this type of guitar sound better as it ages.
    Top is Spruce, neck is Rosewood, sides and back are Mahogany, and look at that grain, you don't see wood like that anymore. Rosewood fingerboard as well, and one unusual feature is the neck has a relief rod in it. This is very unusual for a classical guitar.

    Model is SL-100, which means is;'s actually a students guitar, but it's hand made by a Luthier, in of all places, Finland. Hagstrom is the parent company.


    The only real flaw is someone in the past has used a pick on it and scarred the top



    Parquet inlay around the soundhole rather than a decal, just one of the details you don't get anymore

    Note the beautiful grain on the back, here. Absolutely beautiful!




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    Oh my, too many! Umm...

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    Wow Tom...that is awesome. Nothing like old aged tonewoods. That's honestly some of the best 'hog planks I've seen. Very unique.


    I would say you got a guitar made for a very lucky student. In my research, the only difference in constuction and sound between that and the higer priced models is that's it's more simple with less fancy inlays, which I prefer.


    I need to take pics of my studio, which I was planning to do anyway for marketing purposes. Stay tuned (no pun intendo).
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    I don't have a pic... but I have a Martin D-2R that I bought for myself when I graduated college.. it was not an expensive guitar (only about $900), and now that it is almost 10 years old, it is FINALLY starting to break itself in and sound good.

    I later bought a D-35, but ended up selling it and keeping the D2 because I just didn't feel right playing the 35. heh.. .

    Oh, and I love the sound of a classical guitar..
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    I don't know much about the specifics of musical instruments, but I like old things and I like beautiful things, and this is both.

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    Could be the lighting, but that's a pretty dark looking spruce -- and I mean that in a good way, since I generally prefer the look of cedar. Beautiful! How is it to play?

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    I think the spruce will just darken with age, but there could be a stain of some kind on there as wel, to approximate the hue you usually see with cedar?

    The orientation of the grain on the back is very unusual....gorgeous mahogany.

    I need to scan in some pics of my gtrs of the past...nothing quite so nice or interesting as Tom's but funky in their own way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom stormcrowe View Post
    my favorite guitar: It's a 1948 españa classical guitar. It's 60 years old and there are a few of it's little things that make it pretty cool:

    The trim is actual ivory and the inlaid crowns are real mother of pearl. The pattern around the sound hole is actual inlaid wood parquet, not a decal. The finish is nitroacetate, and the wood is actually solid pieces of wood, rather than instrument quality laminate.....much better tone, and the wood has been seasoned and played for 60 years. It only makes this type of guitar sound better as it ages.
    Top is spruce, neck is rosewood, sides and back are mahogany, and look at that grain, you don't see wood like that anymore. :d rosewood fingerboard as well, and one unusual feature is the neck has a relief rod in it. This is very unusual for a classical guitar.

    Model is sl-100, which means is;'s actually a students guitar, but it's hand made by a luthier, in of all places, finland. Hagstrom is the parent company.

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    i want! I bet that thing sounds awesome. Guitars get better with age as long as they are taken care of.
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    Here are a few of mine.

    G&L Comanche:



    1987 Fender Jazz Bass Special (fretless):



    Performing at a corporate function with my 1967 Gibson ES-330 TDC. This picture is from 2 or 3 years ago, and it's probably the last time I took this guitar to a gig. This guitar was a wedding gift from my wife, and, out of all of my instruments, this is the only one I consider to be irreplaceable, so I don't take this one out to gigs much. (Not a great picture of the actual guitar, but these were the only pictures I happen to have available at work.)




    1980s Guild X-500 Archtop. You can see the ES-330 in the background:



    Aria Pro IGB-68 Bass. This bass has a unique, punchy tone that works great in certain limited circumstances but is not very versatile, so I almost always choose my Fender Jazz Bass (not the one pictured above) when I need a fretted four-string bass, and this bass doesn't get a lot of play. One of these days I'm going to get around to experimenting with flatwounds. Or sell it. I haven't decided.



    Not pictured: 3 other guitars, 3 other electric basses, an upright bass, a mandolin, and a banjo.

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    This one is not mine. Mine is a nice translucent shade of blue, and the beads are pink on white strings.
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    Nice Guild, Febs! G&Ls are so underrated btw...I much preferred them to Fenders.

    Hobart - we share a love of red finishes!


    Can u tell us about this one? Gorgeous gtr...
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    I've had this bad boy the longest of all my gtrs....needs fretjob really badly





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    I have a 1963 Guild F47B (no case) which I'd part with for $800..........
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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Could be the lighting, but that's a pretty dark looking spruce -- and I mean that in a good way, since I generally prefer the look of cedar. Beautiful! How is it to play?
    Goobs, it's the best playing guitar I've ever owned or played, and that includes a hand made Ortega as well as a Hiroti. Action like butter and sustain that rings forever.
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    What's with all the geetars? No other stuff? Pianos? Violins? Dirigidoos? Mouth harp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    Nice Guild, Febs! G&Ls are so underrated btw...I much preferred them to Fenders.

    Can u tell us about this one? Gorgeous gtr...


    This is hand made by a luthier in Dallas named Christopher Carrington. A signature design
    of his guitars is the open, gothic arch head design. I bought this for use in music school
    at the recommendation of the Guitar prof. It sounds awesome and plays like a dream.

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    very cool....I like the understated rosette
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Goobs, it's the best playing guitar I've ever owned or played, and that includes a hand made Ortega as well as a Hiroti. Action like butter and sustain that rings forever.
    You're making me jealous! I quite like my Almansa student guitar, but as fun as it is to play, my experience with better guitars has made me long for something more. We'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    What's with all the geetars? No other stuff? Pianos? Violins? Dirigidoos? Mouth harp?
    see post 11 please
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    My favorite guitar: It's a 1948 España Classical Guitar. It's 60 years old and there are a few of it's little things that make it pretty cool:

    The trim is actual Ivory and the inlaid crowns are real Mother of Pearl. The pattern around the sound hole is actual inlaid wood parquet, not a decal. The finish is Nitroacetate, and the wood is actually solid pieces of wood, rather than instrument quality laminate.....much better tone, and the wood has been seasoned and played for 60 years. It only makes this type of guitar sound better as it ages.
    Top is Spruce, neck is Rosewood, sides and back are Mahogany, and look at that grain, you don't see wood like that anymore. Rosewood fingerboard as well, and one unusual feature is the neck has a relief rod in it. This is very unusual for a classical guitar.

    Model is SL-100, which means is;'s actually a students guitar, but it's hand made by a Luthier, in of all places, Finland. Hagstrom is the parent company.


    Tom, by the looks of that neck it's Mahogany not rosewood. Looks like a great guitar. You know back in those days even the cheap student model guitars were made with nice wood because it was so available.

    Spruce will turn yellowy with age especially under a Nitro finish. I'm surprised that one was not French polished though. The back grain as someone mentioned is indeed very unusual and are you sure that is mahogany too?

    Here is one of my Spanish guitars with a redwood top, lacewood back and sides and cocobolo bindings




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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    What's with all the geetars? No other stuff? Pianos? Violins? Dirigidoos? Mouth harp?


    I have no pics, but here's my current arsenal:

    ancient Hardanger fiddle, age unknown, walnut and rosewood, (Norway)

    1968 Baldwin upright piano (USA)

    2008 OM spruce/mahogany acoustic guitar (China)

    196? rosewood/spruce Viola, tiger flamed nitro finish (Markneukirchin)

    200? Epiphone label Les Paul/EMG factory custom, 1 of 1, tiger flamed purple sunburst, Gibson neck (USA)

    2007 Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig Bop drums, black suede heads/ 196? Zildjian New Beat cymbals (Nippon, Turkey)

    196? mahogany bongos, original LP label, vintage w/ skin heads, Meinl stand (USA)

    2006 Dean M electric bass (Korea)

    2006 Eastman 3/4 upright gamba bass, antique finish (China)

    1986 Washburn Heavy Metal Tour, bloodsplatter finish (USA)

    199? Handmade Native American flute, bamboo, horsehair, crystal, ceramic, leather, beads (Bolivia)

    199? Rainstick (Bahamas)

    195? Silver bells (Italy)

    200? Oud, spruce, walnut, inlay (Syria)

    I know I forgot something. I'll edit later and take pics asap. I use them all, and play them all. Music is my business.
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