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Old 10-20-2019, 10:04 AM
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I’ve been travelling and haven’t updated the thread for a few days. But I picked up the guitar on Wednesday. I also caught up with a couple of other Baranik players that day, which was most enjoyable. Some great guitars to play and my new 00 was passed around a lot.

The blue on my guitar was influenced by the blue Tesla that Mike has (I have a similar-coloured car back in Australia). It’s not very profound, but we both like that colour! Mike thought it would be interesting to photograph the guitar against his car, so we drove down to the beach and ate tacos while Mike took photographs:

















Now, what is it like? Well the build and finish of the guitar are outstanding, as the photos show. Tonewise it is still a baby, having only been strung up on Monday. Of course it has the classic Baranik sound, warm and enveloping. I was hoping that with the deeper body it would not sound small or tight and Mike has definitely delivered. The guitar has oodles of openness and amazing sustain, so you have the enjoyment of playing a small body guitar that is very comfortable but without feeling you have sacrificed any sound as a result. It takes hard picking or slow fingerstyle notes with ease.

I am visiting AGF’s Cocobolo Kid right now and last night we compared it with his awesome cocobolo Baranik Meridian. The two guitars complement one another. The Meridian is six years old and smooth as silk and it has a rich sound that is not yet there in my smaller, newer guitar. In contrast, the 00 has a little more immediacy and presence. Just shows the benefits of having guitars of different body size, and while both guitars have blue spruce tops, the koa against the cocobolo also contributed to the tonal differences.

We’ll play them more today

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Old 10-20-2019, 10:28 AM
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Congrats on your new guitar...
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:04 PM
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Colin's new Baranik 00 looks even better in person, and already sounds fantastic. The blue highlights are a very nice touch. It has a bit more emphasis on the trebles than my Baranik Meridian, and would be a great compliment to anyone who already owns a larger Baranik guitar.

Colin and I also visited Ray Kraut's shop while he was here in Tucson, and we all had a great time. As usual, Ray was a gracious and informative host. Ray had just finished a couple of 00 guitars that we got to play. They are dynamic, responsive, extremely balanced, and a joy to play. My Kraut 00 build should be starting next month. I will post a build thread, of course.

I am quite envious of Colin's trip. He also spent time with Mike Baranik and Kathy Wingert, and drove to Luthier's Collection today to try out some other fine guitars.

Colin and I had a great weekend of conversation, playing guitars, listening to music and eating some nice food. Thanks Colin, and congratulations on the new Baranik 00 and the Hamblin GC you also took home!!!
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:43 AM
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What great memories to take back home in your guitar case(s), Colin!! And thanks for sharing these snippets with the rest of us.

I look forward to hearing more about the Baranik and the Hamblin once you've settled down from all the excitement and have learned how to sleep at night again .
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:42 AM
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What great memories to take back home in your guitar case(s), Colin!! And thanks for sharing these snippets with the rest of us.

I look forward to hearing more about the Baranik and the Hamblin once you've settled down from all the excitement and have learned how to sleep at night again .
Will do. Got home a few hours ago, after driving from Tucson to LA then flying back to Oz. The guitars got here without a scratch, but I am fighting jet lag and an 18 hour time change.
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Old 10-24-2019, 03:21 AM
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Will do. Got home a few hours ago, after driving from Tucson to LA then flying back to Oz. The guitars got here without a scratch, but I am fighting jet lag and an 18 hour time change.


Glad you’re back safe and sound. What a trip!
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:39 AM
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Default A few "glamour" shots

The guitar is getting played every day and I am really enjoying it. It has settled a bit now that it is several weeks old and has had the benefit of a Tonerite. The comfort factor of a 00 is a big plus but it doesn’t seem to sacrifice any sound because of the small size. Great tone, sustain and volume. Nice, sensitive top so my light touch still achieves a full sound.

The sound is always the main thing, but the visual aspects of a guitar are also good fun. Mike took some photos of the guitar just before I left with it and he’s just sent me a few. So here are the “glamour” shots of a very cool looking Baranik 00.

First the overall look:














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Old 11-13-2019, 04:40 AM
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Headstock (buckeye burl with metallic blue resin, and stabilised buckeye burl and koa buttons)









Mike’s pinless bridge (the older design)

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Old 11-13-2019, 04:47 AM
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And finally, a few other eye-watering details. I like the way Mike has the allowed the grain of the figured maple binding to show under the blue finish. Very clever!












So, thanks for following my build thread!

And may I recommend Nemoman's new thread too. Mike has done a great job with my guitar and now I am looking forward to how he and Nemoman use that amazing green malachite on this new build.....

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Old 11-13-2019, 10:05 AM
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Wow--these shots really show some details that I hadn't noticed before! And I've seen the guitar in person!

Every different angle is like a mini composition. Love the side shot where you see the binding of the top and the back framing out the sides. And the top purfling, and the bound soundport, and the headstock with the tuner buttons, and the list goes on and on...

But as you said, the real proof is in the sound--and it sounds like this 00 really responds to your touch. So glad this guitar is treating you right, Colin. Sounds like you and Blue will be making beautiful music for many years to come!

And thanks for the plug--I can't wait to see what Mike does on my Meridian...
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Stunning...love the overall look and the blue is supercool! I bet she sounds wonderful...!
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:05 PM
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Gorgeous details! Congrats on a stunner of a guitar.

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Old 11-13-2019, 07:43 PM
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Wow! Stunningly beautiful guitar. Love the blue. Very classy.
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Old 11-14-2019, 06:00 AM
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This has been one of my favorite build threads to read and pine over. All I can say is magnificent!
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:52 AM
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Thanks everyone

It is amazing how much the guitar has improved (settled-in? mellowed?) in sound in the month since it was first strung up. Hopefully I will get around to recording it in coming weeks, as I think the sound is getting more representative of its potential.

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