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Old 09-10-2019, 06:53 PM
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Smile A very special NGD! (or, Welcome home, Tacoma!)

The Olde Town Pickin' Parlour in Arvada, CO is just the sort of place you want to drop by on a slow day. I've been in that habit since they opened. In 30 years, I've spent many hours there, but not much money. When I dropped by on Labor Day weekend, I was just asking about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival (Sept 20, ya'll come!). I told the owner that I had finally settled on the guitars I already own, but how could I resist sampling their new arrivals?

Among the mixed-brand trades and consignment guitars hanging on the brick walls, I spotted the bottom of one that wore the curvaceous bridge of a Tacoma guitar. I always liked Tacoma - the town, that is. My daughter attended college there, and I visited many times. It just seemed better every time I came: a West Coast city without the hustle and modernity of the others. Now graduated, she was moving to Seattle that weekend, and I was feeling sorry I had no further excuse to visit T-Town, The Grit City.

Once this Tacoma was in my lap, it seemed to get stuck there. After a half hour's playing, I started noticing the delaminated gloss finish on the waists, but I didn't care. Just stretch marks- at least they seemed stable. The label was intriguing, a limited edition. The cedar top was a plus, and the koa B&S were flamboyant enough to trip a fire alarm. Like I always try to do, I went home to sleep on it ... and dream. It went something like this: "Long ago, around the time Columbus reached 'India,' a massive cedar tree fell in to muddy shallows at the mouth of a river on the opposite coast. For 600 years, another tree grew from its sunken trunk. But that's not the tree they used- this guitar was made from the sinker log, which was over 2,000 years old when it fell."

The next morning, the dream was real. This was the tall tale told on the Tacoma advertisement for this guitar, located online among the scant Tacoma resources extant. This was my guitar! Last weekend it I liberated it from the shop. It's number 145 of the 150 they made (in 2001, I believe). I'll call it "Old Cedar." Someday I'll hand it down to my musician daughter, and it will remind her of her time in Tacoma.

So far, I'm still dreaming when I play this guitar. The first word for it is "smooth." The volume is very even all over the neck. With low action and no buzz, it's very easy to play (that was my only worry, as I'm attached to short scales). Chords hum with overtones. My best Seagull is competitive with it, with a larger body and deeper bass, but I expect this Tacoma to eventually replace it.

I'm so happy and grateful that this instrument found me now... a perfect souvenir of Tacoma.

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Old 09-10-2019, 07:00 PM
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Beautiful guitar.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:17 PM
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The shop I worked in during the late 80’s carried Tacoma’s and I was always impressed with them. You got a nice one!
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Congrats, enjoy it for years.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:34 PM
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Gorgeous guitar. Beautiful koa. Congrats.

I have a lowly Tacoma DM-9. Probably my favorite guitar I've ever owned, and I've owned several high-end guitars. The tone and playability are just stellar.
The funky bridge and headstock don't bother me in the least.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:22 PM
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The funky bridge and headstock don't bother me in the least.
I'm a Seagull owner, so I'll accept almost any headstock shape. Except the Fender Strat, what a dorky shape! But once you clip on a tuner, they all look the same.
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Beautiful guitar. I love that it brings a sense of place with it for you. Enjoy.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:04 PM
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Congrats on getting this beautifully built guitar! I love the Koa b/s.

Plus every time you play this guitar, it will bring back fond memories of Tacoma! Enjoy playing this guitar!
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