First Luthier-built Guitar for me

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:23 pm

bacsidoan wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:19 pm
Very nice guitar. The fact that Robert England used an excellent set of tuning machines on a moderately priced guitar speaks volume about his dedication to build good instruments, not skimping on material to make good profit.
Hi, bacsidoan.

Thank you. Robert told me about his passion about guitar over business profit. He just want to keep building guitars for people who want to commission from him. When he mentioned this is his legacy after he is gone, I was speechless. I hope people finds him as a great luthier.
Ken

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Robert England » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:58 pm

While it is true that I hope people will be playing and enjoying my guitars after I die, there is no need to worry about me yet. I'm not quite 73 and in good health, so I don't expect to kick the bucket anytime soon! Lots of time still for making guitars.
Thanks, Ken, for your favorable comments.
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by spronev » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:37 pm

Ken Kim wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:37 pm
spronev wrote: ↑
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Robert is making a new one for me coming up next in his queue, so looking forward to playing it when it's done.

Svilen
What is he making for you? I watched Robert's Torres FE-17 guitar from one of his customer's YouTube.
It was gorgeous although owner was a beginner just like me.

Ken
He is making a 660 mm scale Rodriguez (cedar & cocobolo) for me. Generally speaking, I like the sound of guitars with a diagonal cross-brace the most (e.g. Rodriguez and Ramirez design from the 1970s). I have had so many and this pattern is clearly present.

Svilen

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by William Byrd » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:41 am

Beautiful guitar Ken. It's one I'm sure your daughter will enjoy someday as well.

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:45 am

William Byrd wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:41 am
Beautiful guitar Ken. It's one I'm sure your daughter will enjoy someday as well.

Bill
Thank you, Bill. I really wish she will. :merci:
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Charles Cook » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:33 pm

Ken- Congrats on acquiring a very nice sounding guitar. I love the Spruce quality, which will continue to improve over time. Can't wait to hear it in D06!

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:06 pm

Charles Cook wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:33 pm
Ken- Congrats on acquiring a very nice sounding guitar. I love the Spruce quality, which will continue to improve over time. Can't wait to hear it in D06!

Charles (Mike)
Thank you, Charles. I also prefer spruce over cedar. It will be 2022 for D06 if I'm still here, lol. D05 students sound great already. Lo~~~~~~~~ng way to go. Is it Charles or Mike??
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Charles Cook » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:50 pm

Good to hear! But how nice to know that your guitars will be enjoyed for years to come!
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Charles Cook » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:58 pm

I wonder how the voice and projection would change with a set of high tension strings?
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Charles Cook » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:00 pm

Charles Michael. I go by Mike, but registered by my first name. Causes problems all the time!
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:40 pm

Charles Cook wrote: ↑
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I wonder how the voice and projection would change with a set of high tension strings?
Ok, Mike from now on.😊
I used to prefer high tension in early beginner stage because my listening wasn't developed to hear detail sound of guitar and my stroke was really weak to sound loud. As my stroke and tone got better, my favorite string set has been Daddario ej46. It says High Tension but it is medium tension compared to other string company.

I had to stay with ej45 to protect my muscle because I've played a lot everyday at least for 2~3 hours. It is MT but I can fairly say ej45 is light tension.

It is more like tonal and dynamical choice than projection as many experienced players mentioned although HT is louder and punchier than MT to me. My left hand get quite tired with ej46 after 3 hours of playing. EJ45 makes me play as long as I want.

Is your Cordoba 20th anniversary guitar french polished or nitrocellulose finished? If it is nitro, you might need to put ej46 or higher tension for fuller sound.
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:46 am

Nice pictures of this beautiful guitar! The top is really nice and the maple looks brilliant! Thank you for sharing these pictures.

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:56 pm

spanishguitarmusic wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:46 am
Nice pictures of this beautiful guitar! The top is really nice and the maple looks brilliant! Thank you for sharing these pictures.
Thank you, spanishguitarmusic.
It is my first maple experience and extremely lightweight guitar. Makes me feell like playing cello.
Ken

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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Charles Cook » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:21 pm

My Cordoba has a nitro finish. I'm using Savarez's New Cristal Corum 500 CJ, a high tension set, and have been pleased with the resonance and projection. The bass string really sing. The guitar arrived with a set of these on it. I liked them so much, I bought 12 sets from Strings by Mail when they were on sale. I just put on my fourth set yesterday, since I really can't get any good practicing with my broken M. It's starting to grow out, but not fast enough!

Are you diving into the rest of the D02 music, other than the monthly assignments? I'd love to learn and play it all, but I barely have time for the assignments.
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Re: First Luthier-built Guitar for me

Post by Ken Kim » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:42 pm

Charles Cook wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:21 pm
My Cordoba has a nitro finish. I'm using Savarez's New Cristal Corum 500 CJ, a high tension set, and have been pleased with the resonance and projection. The bass string really sing. The guitar arrived with a set of these on it. I liked them so much, I bought 12 sets from Strings by Mail when they were on sale. I just put on my fourth set yesterday, since I really can't get any good practicing with my broken M. It's starting to grow out, but not fast enough!

Are you diving into the rest of the D02 music, other than the monthly assignments? I'd love to learn and play it all, but I barely have time for the assignments.
I am quite shocked Cordoba put nitro on their top of the line guitar rather than french polish. Nevertheless, I don't think you will have any sound disadvantage since you've used Savarez Corum HT set. I know it sounds great but too harsh for my both hands.

I've played most of D02 already and I find it isn't only hard, but also easy. I do wanna master each level because I don't wanna come back and learn the technique I skipped or I ignored again. Not sure about my sight reading is good enough to advance to next level. I mastered well D01 IMO with certificate. Surprisingly, D02 wasn't hard when I started.

I understand and admire you are doing all 3 levels because everybody have a different way of learning, and your sight reading is good and you are confident you can follow those lessons. I wish I can do that for myself. You will find more time to enjoy CG as big as your heart grows for it.

Cheers,

P.S. Multivitamin & vitamin E will help your nail grow bit faster.
Ken

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Robert England Hauser SP/F.Maple
Cordoba C12 SP* Rodriguez CD*Torres SP
Hill New World Player CD 615mm
Ryoji Matsuoka M60 SP '84
La Patrie Presentation CD
Yamaha Silent SLG200NW

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