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Old 12-11-2019, 04:40 AM
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Default TNAG open day at new HQ ends up as expensive NGD

This past Saturday I drove down to the official launch of the new headquarters of The North American Guitar. Apart from a severe dent in my wallet (more later) it was a very enjoyable day with Stuart Ryan demonstrating guitars and playing a sublime afternoon set on his own Ryan Gerber guitar and another from Turnstone. Both guitars were outstanding and tempting. (so were a lot more!!!)

http://www.gerberguitars.com https://www.turnstoneguitar.co.uk

I've bought and sold a few guitars through TNAG in the past but getting to their previous location in central London was a nightmare, driving being almost impossible and travelling by train allowing only one or, at the most, two guitars to be carried at a time. Now they are just a few miles off the M1 so it's motorway almost all the 200 miles from home.

It's good to see a music store doing well because a lot of my favourite stores have closed down in the past few years on both sides of the pond. These include Mandolin Brothers, Hill Country Guitars and literally right now, unbelievably and very sadly, Ivor Mairants are shutting up shop after 61 years. Bought my first Shubb capo from them in the early 80s and numerous instruments, amps and equipment over the years. History lost solely because a lease expired, its awful!

Several months ago I watched a TNAG video of Stuart Ryan playing a great version of Bill Withers' Lean on Me on a Brazilian Froggy Bottom H-12 and GAS hit me more severely than usual. Asking Stuart to play the song in person was part of the reason for heading down. Fortunately the guitar itself had sold before I got a chance to play it. However, very unfortunately, it reappeared last week. Oh dear, my day out ended up somewhat expensive but the guitar
is jaw droppingly wonderful. Judge for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFVcpYXWMWM
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:19 AM
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Oh my, that is stunning in every way. Congratulations!
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:38 AM
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Chris,

Congratulations on the H-12! Stuart is one of my favorite players to boot! Double edged sword having TNAG more accessible
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:52 AM
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Wow. I listened to that guitar on their youtube channel earlier this week and was stunned. Congrats!
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Yes, I ran into a used Froggy in the wild and it was an exhilarating experience to say the least. But at $14k (H14, Brazilian) I was able to hold off temptation. Congrats on a lifetime guitar!
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:24 AM
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Congratulations, Chris!

That looks and sounds amazing - I can see why you were so tempted so. And Stuarts playing is superb as usual. I look forward to making its acquaintance sometime soon. Unfortunately I couldn't make the opening on Saturday - it would have been great to catch up.

TNAG HQ is a very dangerous place to be. Last time I was there I had absolutely no intention of buying anything - I was actually there for one of their excellent weekend workshops, not to look at guitars at all... but I played something utterly stunning and succumbed... only to be pipped to the post by one of the other workshop participants! (note to self re: sleeping on it; you snooze you lose).

Like the timely return of your prodigal Froggy H-12 though, my story doesn't quite end there... build thread coming soon!

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What a beautiful guitar and I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.
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…it reappeared last week. Oh dear, my day out ended up somewhat expensive but the guitar
is jaw droppingly wonderful. Judge for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFVcpYXWMWM

Wow Chris!

What a beauty!! (And it looks good too).


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That is stunning! Congrats on a very special instrument!

I had never heard of Stuart Ryan. Love his playing.
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Froggy guitars are amazing and that H-12 is special. Enjoy a great one.
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"I could only buy two guitars at a time from their old store." Class!

Congrats on the Froggy.
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Wow! That is a beauty for sure and wonderfully played by Mr. Ryan. I have a fondness for H models and this one does not disappoint! Congratulations!

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That Froggy looks perfect in every way!!!!!!!
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Nice guitar. Really pretty. Congratulations.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:01 AM
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That is stunning! Congrats on a very special instrument!

I had never heard of Stuart Ryan. Love his playing.
He’s so good I could hate him!

Actually he’s self taught and about as self effacing as anyone could ever be.

https://www.stuartryanmusic.com/
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Bown Wingert Kinscherff Sobell Circa Olson Ryan Fay Froggy Bottom Santa Cruz Beneteau Fairbanks Franklin Collings Tippin Martin Northworthy Pre-War GC Taylor PRS Höfner

44 in total (no wife)

20 other instruments

Anyone know a good psychiatrist?

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