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Old 05-07-2021, 11:40 PM
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Where’s the other one?

I’ve played my size 2 and recently acquired all Koa 00-14 today.
Still got the other one (Bown 12-fret 0) and play it a lot.

I'm looking forward to playing your new ones. Hopefully at the bash

I'll have to dig out the photos of the Bown 12-fret 000 42 style in koa I used to own. Another great guitar by Ralph.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:55 AM
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I'm looking forward to playing your new ones. Hopefully at the bash.
Mine will be completed by then; I'll take more photos before it goes off to be lacquered in a couple of weeks' time. Be great if Clive went with his new one too.

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Old 05-08-2021, 11:30 AM
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I am loving this thread. Bown guitars almost never appear for sale in the US. While I should not think of acquiring more guitars, I have thought about a Bown for years. I imagine Ralph won’t be building for too much longer.
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:23 PM
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I am loving this thread. Bown guitars almost never appear for sale in the US. While I should not think of acquiring more guitars, I have thought about a Bown for years. I imagine Ralph won’t be building for too much longer.
There is a used Baritone for sale at TNAG Nashville.

Well, he hasn't mentioned retiring just yet.

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There is a used Baritone for sale at TNAG Nashville.

Well, he hasn't mentioned retiring just yet.

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Jonny, thanks for bringing that baritone to my attention. It is tempting, though a 16 inch lower bout doesn’t work for my shoulder. What makes it particularly tempting is the ridiculously rare Jaguar’s Ear (Zollernia falcata) back and sides - quartersawn too, which is amazing for that small a tree. I happen to own a guitar with Pau Santo (Zollernia paraensis) back and sides which for all I know is the only one in the US. Someone should snap that baritone up.
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Old 05-08-2021, 04:14 PM
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By the way, does Ralph have a website?
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Old 05-08-2021, 08:39 PM
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By the way, does Ralph have a website?
Hi Jamie, no he doesn’t. There is a Facebook groupRalph Bown Guitars Appreciation.
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Old 05-09-2021, 03:20 AM
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I've never heard of Ralph Brown...
For those not that familiar with Bown guitars, here's Clive Carroll remembering John Renbourn in a video made for Guitarist Magazine (the guitars are by Ralph and Clive talks specifically about John Renbourn's Bown at 2'16"):

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Interesting that Ralph goes with reverse kerfing. Others such as Dale Fairbanks seem to swear by it. Have you ever asked him what he feels the benfits are?
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Hi Jamie, no he doesn’t. There is a Facebook groupRalph Bown Guitars Appreciation.
Not that I'm in the market any more, but how does one get in touch with Mr. Brown?
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Not that I'm in the market any more, but how does one get in touch with Mr. Brown?
[email protected]

(It’s not Brown.)
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:41 PM
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Interesting that Ralph goes with reverse kerfing. Others such as Dale Fairbanks seem to swear by it. Have you ever asked him what he feels the benfits are?
I shall check with him. Apparently it adds stiffness to the sides.

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I have a pair of beautiful steel-string guitars--sort of like classical guitars but with 14-fret joins--made by the German luthier Alexander Voss, another up-and-coming European maker. These guitars were also built with the Spanish-neck construction method. I find in general that these two guitars seem a bit more "transparent" than my other American-made guitars. They are lovely, rich, effortless instruments, for sure. As for Collings Guitars, I don't share the general impression here that they are "lesser" instruments. I have or have had guitars from individual luthiers, as well as from Collings, Martin, and Bourgeois. My Collings guitars are as good as or better than just about any instruments I have ever played. Perhaps the sound profile just fits my ears--a bit of the modern and a bit of the vintage combined. There are certainly lots of wonderful guitars being made today, by a variety of makers large and small. I think it definitely is the second so-called Golden Age of acoustic steel string guitar construction. I feel blessed to be able to live during this time and to have the chance and means to have quite a few great instruments to play.
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Not that I'm in the market any more, but how does one get in touch with Mr. Brown?
It would appear I need to upgrade my eyeglass prescription.
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