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Old 08-14-2020, 10:29 AM
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Default NGD: Blazer and Henkes 12 Fret D-18

I'm sure some of you saw this guitar in the Classifieds. After a rocky start adjusting to my B&H Euphonon last year, I fell in love with the sound. Then I played a B&H OM-28 at Schoenberg and was blown away. These guys know what they're doing!

I haven't had a dreadnought-sized guitar since my Goodall Standard in 2008, but I've always admired the sound of 12 fret dreadnoughts. When this B&H came up in like-new condition, I felt like it would add something to my collection that I don't really have - a true canon with a big, rumbly bass.

And that it most certainly is. With all that volume (both surface area and depth), the bass has the big boom you'd expect from a dread. The mids and trebles have a similar depth to them. They aren't as out present and projecting as you would hear in an OM, not surprisingly, but they are powerful and loud with wonderful dynamics. There is quite a bit of overtone content for a mahogany guitar. The sound does reverberate quite a bit in that big cavity. As a result, note separation isn't quite as clear as you'd get from a smaller-bodied guitar, but I think the mahogany keeps the guitar from crossing over to a point where the notes are muddled. The guitar still works exceedingly well for my fingerpicking style.

With all the OMs and 000s in my collection, it's fun to finally have a big, powerful guitar with a completely different voice. One thing I will likely change, however, is the stock frets. The guitar doesn't have quite enough relief at 0.003", which means I'm in for a Plek job. Since I'm not in love with the low frets, I'll probably have EVO 55090 installed at the same time, with the relief targeted for about 0.006".

Here's what I know about this guitar:

Body: 12 fret dreadnought
Top: Alpine spruce
Back and sides: Mahogany
Nut: 1 3/4"
Saddle: 2 5/16"
Neck: 1 piece mahogany, beefy profile with non-adjustable carbon rods
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Old 08-14-2020, 11:33 AM
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NICE!!!

Congrats Juston....sounds great and nice playing.

Enjoy it in good health!
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:15 PM
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Ah, so you're the one who got it! You beat me to the punch -- congrats on the new guitar and I hope you really enjoy it!
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Oh, the joys of a big bodied 12 fret!!! Nice picking too...

Open D? Time to bust out a slide.

Great score, Justin!

Have FUN

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Old 08-14-2020, 09:37 PM
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Oh, the joys of a big bodied 12 fret!!! Nice picking too...

Open D? Time to bust out a slide.

Great score, Justin!

Have FUN

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You know it! Love me some open D. Lots of good Fahey in that tuning. And Lang.
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With all your NGDs, I'm wondering when the post will be for a BHD (Bigger House Day)

Congrats man!
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Nice!!!! Sounds fantastic. Oh, and you forgot Dog.
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Lovely guitar and very nice playing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Nice wristwatch, too.
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Lovely guitar and very nice playing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Nice wristwatch, too.
Wow, that sounds very much like a sincere compliment? Hope all is well?
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With all your NGDs, I'm wondering when the post will be for a BHD (Bigger House Day)

Congrats man!
Soon, we hope. The Bay Area housing market is overheated. Covid is driving all those millennials in San Francisco to the East Bay, where we live, so demand is at an all time high. Supply low. Demand high. Trying to remember what that does to prices??

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Nice!!!! Sounds fantastic. Oh, and you forgot Dog.
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Lovely guitar and very nice playing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Nice wristwatch, too.
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Wow, that sounds very much like a sincere compliment? Hope all is well?
It’s very subtle sarcasm. Here’s a rough translation:

Lovely guitar and very nice “playing.” [Why did you share this] with us? [Cheap] wristwatch, too.
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Ohhhh, thanks for the translation on JT1 lingo, that makes much more sense to me now. Still hoping for a box today!
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These guys know what they're doing!
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Rudy and Willi are among the best luthiers for those seeking the vintage tone in a modern day guitar.

Congrats on the score! I remember reading the term 'pillowey bass' in a description of a guitar once. The tone of the guitar in your video reminded me of that. Nice playing, and that's a hell of a guitar that you nabbed!!!! Thank you for sharing!
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There is a sweetness of tone inherent in the mahogany D 12 fret design, and oh man this guitar his it in spades. Wonderful, congrats.
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