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Old 06-29-2020, 05:36 AM
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And this performance took place in 2013....

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Old 06-29-2020, 05:45 AM
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Sounds great! Love a bit of blue grass!

We actually have a blue grass festival close to us here at the Ulster American Folk Park. I go every year, but was hoping to take along a few emeralds with me this year! Unfortunatly it was canceleld, but always next year!

Its a great little festival in a park with lots of buildings tracing the history of Irish migrants leaving ireland and beginning life in the states.
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That looks like a Composite Acoustics Legacy Dread to me, and you see those on stage once in a while. Notice too that the bass is an electric, not the normal upright doghouse bass. (If I were in a band, that is what I would prefer to travel with). The bluegrass purists must be atwitter and agog at such blasphemy. But the band is great!
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Being played in the video by Tim Stafford, I briefly had a new 2009 Composite Acoustics Tim Stafford Signature Model (original CA company) with Onboard Fishman Aura Preamp. The guitar looked great and sounded really good both acoustically and amplified but as received from the dealer, it was a bear to play for very long. The neck width and profile flared rather quickly and was just too wide higher up the neck, and combined with its rather sharp fretboard edges it proved too uncomfortable for me. It had a good .013" - .015" of neck-relief but with no truss rod, the neck-relief couldn't be adjusted. After about three days of trial, I returned the guitar to the dealer for a refund.
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What fun... bass looks cool too... Thanks for sharing!
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very nice, thanks for the music.
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very nice, thanks for the music.
My pleasure. I've been on a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band listening/playing jag lately and found the chords/lyrics for Blue Ridge Mountain Girl but had never heard the song. I googled it, and that's how I happened to land there...
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That looks like a Composite Acoustics Legacy Dread to me, and you see those on stage once in a while. Notice too that the bass is an electric, not the normal upright doghouse bass. (If I were in a band, that is what I would prefer to travel with). The bluegrass purists must be atwitter and agog at such blasphemy. But the band is great!
Indeed. Shame that the guitar player was the only one not to take a solo
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Sounds great! Love a bit of blue grass!

We actually have a blue grass festival close to us here at the Ulster American Folk Park. I go every year, but was hoping to take along a few emeralds with me this year! Unfortunatly it was canceleld, but always next year!

Its a great little festival in a park with lots of buildings tracing the history of Irish migrants leaving ireland and beginning life in the states.
Simon, if you haven’t already, you should check out Rhiannon Giddens. She isn’t a bluegrass musician per se but plays music in the Americana/Appalachian vein with a particular focus on music with a North Carolina history. She’s biracial and she’s divorced from an Irish musician. Because she and her husband have kids together she lives half the year in the US and the other half the year in Ireland (Dublin?). Though she no longer performs music in this particular genre, she’s a conservatory trained opera singer. She also plays a mean banjo and a mean fiddle and her performances are amazing.

There is also a cellist named Rebecca Roudman. You and Alistair should definitely check her out. She plays cello with a symphony orchestra in California and she also has a side gig with an indie band called “Dirty Cello.” When she’s on the road, for obvious reasons she plays a carbon fiber cello!
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I will certainly look them up! Funny you should mention, i was just talking about how i love the cello! 😂 Maybe its a sign! Although i think we have our hands pretty full with guitars at the moment...

Ive actually been obsessing over ukuleles at the minute outside of work. Ive made a two soprano test ukes... Not something i can see emerald using, more for my own enjoyment. 😂 Maybe ill move onto cello next!
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I will certainly look them up! Funny you should mention, i was just talking about how i love the cello! 😂 Maybe its a sign! Although i think we have our hands pretty full with guitars at the moment...

Ive actually been obsessing over ukuleles at the minute outside of work. Ive made a two soprano test ukes... Not something i can see emerald using, more for my own enjoyment. 😂 Maybe ill move onto cello next!
Looks like a little blackbirds been whispering in your ear!

At least two companies make CF orchestra stringed instruments (e.g., violin, viola, half sized cello, cello and upright bass). Im sure that folks at Emerald know all about any and all makers of CF instruments but, anyway, here are the links(below). Mezzo-Forte, based in Germany, also produces instruments made out of wood(like McPherson, as known by anyone who would post in this sub forum).

www.luisandclark.com
www.mezzo-forte.de
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That looks like a Composite Acoustics Legacy Dread to me, and you see those on stage once in a while. Notice too that the bass is an electric, not the normal upright doghouse bass. (If I were in a band, that is what I would prefer to travel with). The bluegrass purists must be atwitter and agog at such blasphemy. But the band is great!
The Tim Stafford Signature Model, and that's Tim in the video, is indeed a gussied-up, slightly modified version of the Composite Acoustics Legacy Dreadnought. Being played in the video by Tim Stafford, I briefly had a new 2009 Composite Acoustics Tim Stafford Signature Model (original CA company) with Onboard Fishman Aura Preamp. The guitar looked great and sounded really good both acoustically and amplified but as received from the dealer, it was a bear to play for very long. The neck width and profile flared rather quickly and was just too wide higher up the neck, and combined with its rather sharp fretboard edges it proved too uncomfortable for me. It had a good .013" - .015" of neck-relief but with no truss rod, the neck-relief couldn't be adjusted. After about three days of trial, I returned the guitar to the dealer for a refund.
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:49 AM
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Thanks for the correction. I'm not expert on the CA models, since the only one I own is a Cargo. It was only a couple of years ago that I finally figured out that Gx = GA size and Ox = OM body. And now CA is gone.... As for the relief issue and lack of truss rod, the advantage of CF is that however they come out of the mold is how they will stay forever. Good or bad.

Back to the original question, I take my carbon fiber guitars to bluegrass jams all the time. There is one really hard core purist group around here that gives me some sideways glances, but most don't care. (And I don't play with them very often). I hold a steady rhythm and sing well, and that is all that matters to most folks.
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