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Old 12-21-2014, 04:31 PM
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Default My neck dilema - Brook Torridge

Hi guys, first post here.

I've had a Brook Torridge for around two years, which I adore. However i just got a road worn telecaster for my birthday and have been playing it non-stop as i'm getting into artists like Blake Mills.

After a couple of weeks of playing the tele exclusively my once easy to play Brook Torridge feels slightly alien and the neck a little cramped...

I'm now wondering if i should trade my Brook in for a cheaper Martin (00 15m perhaps?). I guess the Martin neck will be closer to that of the tele.

What do you guys think?
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:58 PM
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I think if the Brook Torridge was just fine for you before you played the Tele exclusively for a couple of weeks, then you should try switching between the two more regularly. Play each some every day. Chances are you can adjust just fine to both. You probably don't play the same things on them.

I have never zeroed in on any particular nut width or neck profile and I find that I can play pretty much any guitar without a lot of trouble. Perhaps if I only played 1 3/4" nuts with a specific neck profile I might be a little more precise with some things, but then again, I think there's something to be said for flexibility.

By the way, I assume the Brook Torridge, as an acoustic has a wider nut than the Tele. If so, how is it that it now feels cramped compared to the Tele?

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:44 PM
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I agree with David: the simplest, easiest, best and cheapest solution is to just start reacquainting yourself with the Brook.

When I was in the UK I fell in love with Brook guitars, and know for a fact that if I lived in the Mother Country I'd own three or four of them by now. They're superb instruments or - let me qualify that - each of the twenty or so Brook guitars I've had my hands are have been superb guitars.

I have no reason to suspect that the one you own is any less impressive.

So as the novelty fades a bit with the Telecaster, I suspect the allure of the Brook will return.

Quite honestly, I think jettisoning it in favor of a Martin that MIGHT be closer in neck profile to the Telecaster would be a serious mistake: even if the neck profiles of the Tele and this proposed Martin were identical, there would be so many other practical differences between playing the acoustic and playing the electric that any similarities in neck profile would be largely irrelevant.

So abide a while with the Brook, and start returning to it as the mood strikes. Pretty soon the differences between it and the Tele will seem like no big deal. You have to shift your right hand attack when going between an electric and an acoustic, anyway, so shifting your left hand positioning should become just as automatic with practice.

One more thought: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Don't abandon an acoustic guitar you already know is great for the ephemeral promise of one that might be easier. Getting used to two different neck profiles is simply a matter of practice and repetition.

Hope that makes sense.

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Old 12-21-2014, 11:03 PM
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I had a similar thing happen tonight. I have been playing my folk just about exclusively for the last month or so (1.8" nut) and now my Martin feels cramped and almost unplayable. So I just have to play it everyday for a while to get used to it. Your brain adapts quickly.

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Old 12-21-2014, 11:13 PM
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I've owned quite a few Teles and three Martins. As comfortable as the Martin necks are, they're not Fenders.

Keep what you've got and get re-acclimated.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:31 AM
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FWIW I agree with the above posts - not to abandon the Brook - normally, the more you go back and forth between the guitars, the less evident will be any issues of adjustment.

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Old 12-22-2014, 04:05 AM
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Default My neck dilema - Brook Torridge

I will also urge the OP to switch between the two regularly and get used to the differences. For goodness' sake, it's a Brooks Torridge, I'd never want to get rid of one of them if I owned one!

I recently bought a used Classic 60s Telecaster and apart from switching the original bridge for a vintage 6-saddle (MUCH better sound and intonation by the way) have left it stock. It is probably the cheapest guitar we have in the house but it feels so right it tends to be my go-to guitar at the moment - I used it at its first gig on Saturday. But when I do play my Taylor (which I did on one song on Saturday) I am so used to that guitar that, although it is different to the Tele, it still feels familiar and comfortable. When I switch to my Strat that is close enough to the Tele to also feel good (and I've had it for 22 years so it would be surprising otherwise..). The only guitar that can feel "odd" by comparison is my old Guild. But that guitar was my dad's and I've had it for ca 30 years so it's never leaving the family...

My experience is that being familiar and practised on all my guitars means that although they can feel different none of them feel wrong or difficult. Horses for courses too - the Taylor works for everything but especially fingerstyle, the Guild is not so good (for me) for fingerstyle but brilliant for strumming and flat picking.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:27 AM
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Absolutely keep the Brook, they are wonderful guitars, I have a bari by Andy and Simon and its superb. What your experiencing is what happens to most people who play one guitar for months then get bored and switch to something totally different, you will soon love the Brook again, and in my experience selling great guitars leads to regret.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:39 AM
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Seems like a bit of a non-issue to me, frankly. I have owned guitars with loads of different neck profiles and it really doesn't take long to accustom yourself to them. At one time in my electric arsenal I had both a '51 Relic Nocaster with the biggest neck you can imagine, and a Les Paul Custom with a slim, 60s profile. Swapping between them was no problem whatsoever-even on the same gig.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:33 AM
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Keep the Brook they are fantastic guitars! The Martin 15 series are also great instruments at their price point and sound lovely but the Torridge is in a different league here IMHO. Like others have said just switch between them more often and you will adore both.

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Thanks for all the responses guys, definitely not going to rush into anything.

There is just something at the moment about vintage Martin 00 17m'...

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Old 12-24-2014, 09:04 AM
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Default Give me the Brook!

Give me the Brook!

You will be able able to go and find a new "holy grail" guitar. And I will have a lovely guitar.

You will be glad that you did!

But seriously, if you really like the Brook (and who wouldn't?) don't let it go. Practice with both guitars and your hands will learn to adapt.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:41 AM
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I'll swap my Martin OMC-15e for your Brook!
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by rssfrncs View Post
I'm now wondering if i should trade my Brook in for a cheaper Martin (00 15m perhaps?). I guess the Martin neck will be closer to that of the tele.
On average, Brooks have very slinky necks indeed compared to your average acoustic guitar (one of the reasons why I don't personally get on with them). Unless your Brook is a particularly "beefier" model, I'd be very surprised if the Martin were significantly less substantial.

Bottom line is that you're not really going to find an off-the-shelf acoustic that feels like a Tele.

I play electric, steel-string, and classical. Very different neck feels. Best thing to do is practice. You'll soon get to work around it.

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