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Looking great Larry. Makes me want to find an OO guitar out somewhere in the ether.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:11 AM
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Looking great Larry. Makes me want to find an OO guitar out somewhere in the ether.

Tom has at least a couple more sets of similar Osage Orange...ahem.
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Default Thomas Rein Osage Orange build...Video added!

I have been remiss in updating this thread...it's been one-thing-after-another, since late December, and I'm now fighting my second head-cold of the season!

I will write a brief note, now, and then hope for the focus and energy to do a video or two over the next couple/three days.

The O.O. guitar arrived just after the end of my January tour, and a few things were immediately apparent to me:

1) Osage Orange is a *great* wood-choice for an acoustic guitar.

2) Tom Rein really knows what the heck he is doing.

3) This particular O.O. Tom Rein guitar is a monster, right out of the box (as the saying goes).

This guitar was/is literally (not figuratively) perfect to my ears, right away. The focus and response, from bass to mids to trebles, is as perfect as any new guitar I have played.Clarity as I had experienced with the Malaysian Blackwood (25.4" scale) guitar that was my introduction to Tom's work, and surprisingly (with the 24.9" scale), an even-better bass response.

The other thing worth mentioning (re: #2 above) is that I had a custom set of specs for the fingerboard geometry, and also how the bridge/strings lined-up with the neck, and Tom nailed it. The playability is quite perfect in all regards, not the least of which is the ability to micro-manage the action via Tom's RJN-adjustable neck feature.

There's really not much more that needs to be said (or can be said)...and I hope I can offer some proof/pudding via YouTube shortly...

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Old 02-23-2019, 02:56 PM
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Congrats Larry... (go make music )
Well, despite being under the weather (again), I decided "now or never" to get that first video of the new Osage Orange Rein up...

Nothing but guitar and two mics...no added effects, eq, etc...raw, baby.

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Sounds fantastic Larry, thanks for sharing!
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Beautiful big lush tones. A most distinctive guitar and eye catching guitar.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:11 AM
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The O.O. guitar arrived just after the end of my January tour, and a few things were immediately apparent to me:

1) Osage Orange is a *great* wood-choice for an acoustic guitar.

2) Tom Rein really knows what the heck he is doing.

3) This particular O.O. Tom Rein guitar is a monster, right out of the box (as the saying goes).

This guitar was/is literally (not figuratively) perfect to my ears, right away. The focus and response, from bass to mids to trebles, is as perfect as any new guitar I have played.Clarity as I had experienced with the Malaysian Blackwood (25.4" scale) guitar that was my introduction to Tom's work, and surprisingly (with the 24.9" scale), an even-better bass response.

The other thing worth mentioning (re: #2 above) is that I had a custom set of specs for the fingerboard geometry, and also how the bridge/strings lined-up with the neck, and Tom nailed it. The playability is quite perfect in all regards, not the least of which is the ability to micro-manage the action via Tom's RJN-adjustable neck feature.

There's really not much more that needs to be said (or can be said)...and I hope I can offer some proof/pudding via YouTube shortly...
Larry,
Thank you for providing your expert feedback on Osage Orange and on Tom's work overall. I admire your use of an 'alternative' tonewood as there is only a finite amount of rosewood and mahogany so other choices will need to be considered in the future if for nothing else, out of necessity. I have spoken to Tom over the course of your build and he echoes your sentiment so here's to O.O.-"the domestic brazilian!"

Speaking of Tom, it's reaffirming to read your praise of his work. I echo your sentiments about the bass with a 24.9" scale length as my rjn-5 is the same and it astounds me. Your video really highlights the clarity and string to string separation that is characteristic of his voicing. Congrats on your new guitar, I can't imagine it in much better hands!
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:43 AM
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It has been stated that OO is a drop in replacement for Brazilian. What do you think? Would that guitar have sounded the same if it was Braz?
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:34 AM
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That is an interesting question but one that has to remain speculative, unfortunately. There is no way to test the question one way or the other.
All I can say is that Osage orange has a nearly identical tap tone to old Brazilian and the results show that OO can hold its own with any exotic rosewood out there. Granted, the look is not what we are accustomed to with dark, ink-lined rosewoods. But I am reminded what Shakespeare in Hamlet said:
"Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so."
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Fantastic! She sounds broken in right out of the box! The sign of a good builder!
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:37 AM
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Apologies for the complete radio-silence.

We had a freak winter storm resulting in no-power since Sunday night. This is ongoing, and we may be without power for a week or more.

Thanks to all...
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:25 PM
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Apologies for the complete radio-silence.

We had a freak winter storm resulting in no-power since Sunday night. This is ongoing, and we may be without power for a week or more.

Thanks to all...
Hang in there with the winter weather, Larry. Lovely playing as always and a beauty of a guitar.

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