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Old 11-05-2019, 08:22 AM
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Wow! That's a purty one! Congrats!

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Thank you for your kind words, Ken! Yes, I'm very happy with how it turned out.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:00 PM
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Ernesto, I got to spend some time at Chris' house and shop over the weekend.
One of the highlights for me was playing this guitar. I have played a number of Saddle Pals over the years, and had an idea what to expect. But this one really surprised me. To my ear, it's his best one to date. He has coaxed a richness out of it Lilliputian size which seems nearly impossible to achieve. I won't go on and on, but let me add this prediction that you will be pleased!
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:31 PM
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Ernesto, I got to spend some time at Chris' house and shop over the weekend.
One of the highlights for me was playing this guitar. I have played a number of Saddle Pals over the years, and had an idea what to expect. But this one really surprised me. To my ear, it's his best one to date. He has coaxed a richness out of it Lilliputian size which seems nearly impossible to achieve. I won't go on and on, but let me add this prediction that you will be pleased!
Congratulations,
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Thank you, Steve! Chris and I expected this one to be exceptional. The sound file he send me already suggests that the guitar is very responsive and rich sounding, and getting a direct confirmation from someone who played it (and knows a bit about guitars ) makes me feel even better! In a few weeks I will have this beauty in my hands.

All the best, and thanks again!

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:07 AM
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Dear all,

I wanted to give you a quick update as I just picked up the guitar at Lame Horse in Mansfield, TX. First of all I have to say that it was a pleasure meeting Chris Jenkins. We spend a very nice evening together, with some really good Texan food. He showed me his workshop including an amazing woodlocker, and gave me an introduction to acoustic physics and the art of finetuning a guitar in order to avoid wolfe notes. Honestly, I understood only half of it. What I understood a bit better was the wood. If I were to order another Lame Horse, I would probably go with either Sinker Mahagony, Quilted Sapele, Myrtle, or South East Asian Rosewood. Chris has some really great sets. There was a perfectly straight grained South East Asian, with just a bit of sapwood in the middle, for an upcoming built (@Kenbike, is that you?), absolutely beautiful… And maybe the best thing was that I slept in a bed that had already hosted Steve Klein, Bob Taylor, and Ervin Somogyi, maybe that’s why I slept so good The bottomline: great people, great guitars.

The Saddle Pal has definitely surpassed my expectations, both sonically and aesthetically. The design is genius, the Koa looks killer, the rosette is a work of art. And all the little details, such as the laminated neck, the soundport, the inside with the colourful lamination, the adjustable neck system (I think theirs is the best there is, very precise, easy to handle even under tension, and, even more important for me, you can't mess it up)… all perfectly executed. The sound is everything I had hoped for, and more. The guitar is very responsive, as to be expected from Cedar, with surprising sustain, and great clarity and shimmer. Especially the high notes are ethereal. And that thing is loud: I had a Collings DS1A, 12 fret Dread, for some time, a powerhouse of a guitar, and the Saddle Pal seems to be in the same league, with only 13’’ at the lower bout. These are just my first impressions after playing it a few times... I really couldn't be happier. The only thing that worries me now is how to keep away my three year old son and eleven month old daughter from the guitar haha.

Hope all is well!

Best wishes

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Old 12-14-2019, 12:44 AM
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Hey Ernesto, now you have a fantastic guitar and some great memories to go with it. I am very happy for you!

I wish you were not on the other side of the world as it would be fun to compare our new koa guitars in person, but it has been great following your build via the AGF.

Wishing you any happy hours with your Saddle Pal.

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Old 12-14-2019, 12:48 AM
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Thank you for the kind words. We are glad you like your Saddle Pal. We like it very much, also. We will have a new one ready for BIG 2020! It is too bad you can't be there, but we hope to meet many members of the Acoustic Guitar Forum there!
We hope to see you again soon.

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Old 12-14-2019, 09:15 PM
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Hey Ernesto, now you have a fantastic guitar and some great memories to go with it. I am very happy for you!

I wish you were not on the other side of the world as it would be fun to compare our new koa guitars in person, but it has been great following your build via the AGF.

Wishing you any happy hours with your Saddle Pal.

Col
Thank you, sir, and likewise! And actually, we are not too far away. I was just fantasizing that we could meet half way in the Pacific and play some desert island blues on your Baranik 00 and my Saddle Pal Seriously, it was nice meeting you via the AGF and I hope you are as happy as me with your new guitar.

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Thank you for the kind words. We are glad you like your Saddle Pal. We like it very much, also. We will have a new one ready for BIG 2020! It is too bad you can't be there, but we hope to meet many members of the Acoustic Guitar Forum there!
We hope to see you again soon.

Chris and Jeremy
Thank you! It was really great to get to know you personally, I wish I could have stayed longer. I think I really like Texas. Thank you also for all the insights and for showing me the shop. If I were fifteen years younger I would love to start as your apprentice, the art of lutherie is so fascinating. And thank you for building me this incredible instrument!

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Old 12-15-2019, 11:04 AM
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Beautiful guitar and great to see such a nice conclusion to the build. It's great when a guitar impresses like this one does!
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Old 12-16-2019, 04:09 AM
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Yes my build will be with the East Asian Rosewood, great to here it looks as good in person as the photo. Going Spruce top with a burst finish. Still working with Chris on the design.
Enjoy your new Saddle Pal!
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:21 AM
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Beautiful guitar and great to see such a nice conclusion to the build. It's great when a guitar impresses like this one does!
Well thank you! Yes, picking it up in Texas was a highlight. I couldn't be happier with the guitar, and it feels great to have met the people who built it. That makes it much more personal and unique.

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Ernesto
Yes my build will be with the East Asian Rosewood, great to here it looks as good in person as the photo. Going Spruce top with a burst finish. Still working with Chris on the design.
Enjoy your new Saddle Pal!
Thanks, I'm enjoying it a lot, just playing some Celtic tunes, the Saddle Pal works great in DADGAD. And lucky you, that set is just perfect!
Enjoy the build process, I hope to see a few pics here

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