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Old 11-13-2016, 07:05 PM
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Hi Brian--Do you know what type of maple John used for your guitar? It looks a lot like Euro maple, which often has that kind of beautifully even flame and is a bit lighter in weight--and can have a slightly airier tone--than some of the heavier North American species, like sugar maple. Beautiful instrument! --R.
That is Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) for sure...
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Hi Brian--Do you know what type of maple John used for your guitar? It looks a lot like Euro maple, which often has that kind of beautifully even flame and is a bit lighter in weight--and can have a slightly airier tone--than some of the heavier North American species, like sugar maple. Beautiful instrument! --R.
John uses only European maple. He handpicked it himself and it's phenomenal. Very high standards for that man!
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:17 PM
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Neck too? I know some builders mix maples, using hard rock maple for the neck.
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Old 11-14-2016, 03:16 PM
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Thanks, Mike! It's an all-around beautiful sounding guitar. Congrats on yours! Did you go with the tall "X"?
Not sure what John did. I seem to remember him discussing braces being a little taller than normal but not as tall as he had done on some other guitars, but in the end he's the builder and I'm simply the customer/player. It's his choice how he wants to build and voice a particular instrument of his based on a tone he's after for a particular owner or instrument, not mine. I'd be fooling myself if I pretended to know 1% of what he does in any of those regards, so my input there is pretty much moot. I have learned over the years to let a builder BUILD THEIR INSTRUMENTS, otherwise you're likely to end up with something you will not be happy with. I have owned a few of John's instruments before and have played many others, so I was very familiar with his signature tone. So, my input was centered around aesthetics and wood types that would give me a certain edge/color to his tone... and having played 3 other maple/Euro guitars from John, I knew that was the combination I wanted on my instrument.
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Neck too? I know some builders mix maples, using hard rock maple for the neck.
I can't speak to the neck. I'm on John's list right now and in our discussions leading up to specs we discussed the maple which is why I can comment on the back and sides. Our convo did not extend to neck woods. I do know that he finds the European maple superior to north american species for back and sides. I can't comment beyond that. John's a baaaaaaaad dude!
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Old 11-14-2016, 03:35 PM
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John makes such lovely guitars. Congratulations!

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Old 11-14-2016, 05:26 PM
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A gorgeous guitar. Plus, I know it sounds special too.
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:27 AM
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Just for y'all! These were shot on my crappy iphone, so sorry about the "headless guitarist" syndrome. Hard drive space is tight, so I had to keep the clips short. Audio isn't the best - decent headphones highly recommended. Enough apologies, though! Hope some of the personality comes across!



















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Old 11-25-2016, 08:13 AM
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Nice playing, very nice sounding guitar!
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Oh man, such a cool demo, many thanks...! John and I have a 2017 project together, CAN'T WAIT... Thanks for sharing
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:49 AM
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Thanks, guys! Hope it was interesting. I know our build threads here tends to be heavy on words and photos, but relatively light on audio/video, so I tried my best to sidestep the usual template.
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:40 AM
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Thanks, guys! Hope it was interesting. I know our build threads here tends to be heavy on words and photos, but relatively light on audio/video, so I tried my best to sidestep the usual template.
Brian, You Rock!

Couldn't agree more with you. Usual template is loads of build pics, a lot of anticipation, perhaps a pic or two once it's arrived, then...tumbleweed. For a lot of folk it seems the journey is maybe more important than where you get to?

Accepting that it's YouTube or whatever, hearing the guitar is a major plus to these threads and perhaps the most important single item. I guess some folks get put off because they're not great players, but thankfully your chops are way up there so you can't use that excuse!

Really appreciated your vids and hope you two have a long and productibe future together.

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Old 11-26-2016, 09:13 AM
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Congratulations, that is an ultra-classy guitar in seriously capable hands!
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:15 AM
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Man, gourgeous guitar and great playing. Albeit iphone clips I did feel that it helped describe the guitar and gave me a feel for the magic he is putting into his OO maple guitars. Congrats on the new acquisition. If your ever down in the Springs, PM me and would love to get together.
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:32 AM
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Really great videos, Brian. Thanks for sharing. My main hang up with recording clips is the time investment setting things up and doing multiple takes until I get it right. But maybe iPhone clips are good enough for the most part. They definitely sound fine to me!
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