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Old 06-10-2015, 08:24 AM
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Very nice! I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but until I played a really well crafted maple guitar, I had no idea how amazing maple could sound. I can only imagine that Jim's maple guitars sound glorious! CONGRATS!
Thanks for posting.

Regarding maple, in all honesty I think most of us have had very limited experience with it. We all know what an archtop sounds like -- and many of us would've tried a J-200 at some point. Not the most typical guitars...

Now, I posted a recording of a Kraut OM maple a couple of years ago and it sounded really warm. There's also a number of videos featuring Laurence Juber on his maple Martin -- and he doesn't sound bright at all.

I do expect the maple SJ to sound brighter and less complex than a rosewood equivalent -- but I also trust it will sound like an Olson.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:25 AM
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Even so, it's nice to have your words join your music - looking forward to following this along.

Cheers,

D.
It's an effort for me to write in semi proper English.

Maybe Brett can join in and write the story for me...
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:36 AM
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I think everyone on this forum will be anxious to hear this guitar in your hands and hear what the differences might be between this maple and the cedar/rosewoods. I'm sure it will still have that Olson sound...maybe brighter, but still Olson. This will be a very good indicator of some of the wood choice differences. Same builder, same player, similar recording...just different wood choices...should make for a good comparison.

Very cool, very clean. Congratulations, Mau. Looking forward to hearing what you'll do with it!

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While a lot of people look for a new guitar when they’re unsatisfied with what they’ve got, for me it was always the opposite. The happier I am with a guitar, the more I want another variation of it. If I could afford to own ten guitars that were identical except for visual appointments, I probably would.
Mau, I think you hit the nail right on the head with this line. Great guitars truly inspire you to want more of it!

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I remember attending a James Taylor concert, and while I was no major JT fan, I heard a guitar sound that I had never heard before – and to my ears it sounded really good.
Isn't it interesting how some of our favorite artists influence us? I had a similar feeling when I first saw Pierre Bensusan play his Nightingale. The next day I was on the phone with Kevin Ryan!

Congrats on your build. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one come together
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:31 AM
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I think everyone on this forum will be anxious to hear this guitar in your hands and hear what the differences might be between this maple and the cedar/rosewoods. I'm sure it will still have that Olson sound...maybe brighter, but still Olson. This will be a very good indicator of some of the wood choice differences. Same builder, same player, similar recording...just different wood choices...should make for a good comparison.

Very cool, very clean. Congratulations, Mau. Looking forward to hearing what you'll do with it!

Kevin.
Thanks Kevin.

I expect a more fundamental tone with a somewhat brighter trail and a broader dynamic range.

Not sure if I already mentioned it -- but the maple SJ will also feature a black pickguard. Very important detail.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:37 AM
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Congrats, Mau! Such a classy and elegant looking guitar--can't wait to hear the music you'll create with it!
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Not sure if I already mentioned it -- but the maple SJ will also feature a black pickguard. Very important detail.
...as long as you dont retro-fit one to the mahogany Olson, I'll still be able to sleep at night.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:39 AM
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Mau, I think you hit the nail right on the head with this line. Great guitars truly inspire you to want more of it!
Hey Eric, when I play a not so inspiring instrument I just feel like doing something else, you know? I wouldn't think about buying more gear unless I'm in a good phase.


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Isn't it interesting how some of our favorite artists influence us? I had a similar feeling when I first saw Pierre Bensusan play his Nightingale. The next day I was on the phone with Kevin Ryan!

Congrats on your build. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one come together
Thank you.

Artists and athletes have always had a huge influence on brand perception. And when it comes to custom guitars, an artist touring extensively with a guitar also speaks volume about the instrument's structural integrity.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:43 AM
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Congrats, Mau! Such a classy and elegant looking guitar--can't wait to hear the music you'll create with it!
Thanks, Kevin.

I may (try to) dabble into jazz (for about the 10th time) with this guitar. We'll see if I can manage fancy chords with it.
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...as long as you dont retro-fit one to the mahogany Olson, I'll still be able to sleep at night.
You know that Jim cuts his own pickguards? So technically it's all "original" equipment...
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Congrats Mau !

A great maple SJ is a great pleasure... that, I know myself !

I'm very happy for you, as I know that this new guitar will bring new tone and sounds, and these are fantastic sources of inspiration for a talented artist like you.
I'll be following this thread, of course, and will be waiting for your music to treat us all.

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Old 06-10-2015, 10:51 AM
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Congratulations Mau, I think this guitar will be a perfect addition to your stable. Looking forward to following this thread and watching it develop from wood to sound. On another note, loved your latest video and the contrasting style-can't wait to hear your jazz-style playing.
Thanks for sharing, I'm sure I speak for many when I say we get a lot of pleasure from your commissions and playing.
PS I'm sure I've got socks older than 39 years old, you've got more than that still to go, so don't get that 'old' feeling just yet, music keeps us all feeling young.
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I took inspiration from Brett -- but unlike him I ran out of gas after one post.
That's ok I ran out of gas eventually too ha ha!

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Old 06-10-2015, 02:22 PM
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Congratulations Mau!

This will allow me to continue vicariously after my own build thread is finished… and in style too Can't wait to hear you playing this!

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Old 06-10-2015, 02:33 PM
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A big YES on the Maple. A very under rated tonewood....I am sure you will love it.
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