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Old 07-24-2016, 08:19 PM
MCDEMO1 MCDEMO1 is offline
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Great playing, great tone, great guitar !

YouTube brought me to your old "Horses Sing None of it" session. I really enjoyed that clip too.

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Old 07-30-2016, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Howard Emerson View Post
Several months back I had a chance to stop by John's shop to play a pair of guitars he built for Eric Clapton. John got out his iphone and shot a little video that actually came out very nicely.

This is the one that does not have a floating pickup, but other than that they are identically beautiful!

High dropped D is the tuning if you're wondering.

I think thats superb Howard, I love finger style on an Archtop.
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:56 AM
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Looks like a great guitar, nice playing and song too!
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by tdq View Post
I struggle fingerpicking on my archtop - it's spec'd at 1 3/4 but certainly doesn't feel like my flatop with the same spec. I'd love one with a nut width like that. I don't supposed these come cheap.....
I have the same issue. My Eastman Pagelli DOES have a 1.75" nut but the nut is cut in such a way that the E's are more inboard on the fingerboard than need be and it is very tight string spacing. My luthier is cutting a new nut to move everything out and get it a little wider (he thinks he can pick up as much as an 1/8th of an inch which believe it or not, makes a huge difference). At the same time, he is going to carve a new saddle (Pagelli's have a separate bone saddle) and notch it for the strings to get a little wider spacing for my picking hand. I'll let you know how it comes out when he's done.

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Old 12-31-2016, 10:45 AM
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Lovely articulate sound...John's instruments are true functional art.

Nice pickin' too.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Howard Emerson View Post
Thank you.

I've owned a 1930 TGL-5 since 1976, and have played bottleneck & country blues style music on it, almost exclusively. It was John's exposure to my playing, and to another local musician, Billy McEwan (who played a 1928 Gibson L-5), that basically pointed him towards building his arch tops with more sustain than is typically heard.

Here's a shot of John & me taken for an article that appeared in Fretboard Journal back in 2009.

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I am moving toward purchasing an archtop and in my research, I came across this excellent thread of yours. I joined this forum just to respond to this thread. This is excellent for two reasons...

First off: nice playing!

Second: it warms my heart to hear a reference to my long-time friend Billy McEwan. He was an awesome player and a wonderful friend of many years that influenced my playing significantly, even though our styles were very different. Thanks for bringing me back!
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:09 AM
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I have a 1974 Gibson Johnny Smith archtop with a 1 3/4" nut. That guitar is quite comfortable to play. I will have to remember to measure string spacing on it someday. Many of the archtops of that time only had a 1 11/16" nut, and I would find them way too tight for my style of playing.

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