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Old 01-25-2021, 10:41 AM
jdelin86 jdelin86 is offline
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Default Greenfield G3 Build


As some of you may know, I'm a huge fan of Michael Greenfield's work, and have been for some years. I currently have a G2 fan fret as my main guitar, and am expecting one of Michael's new concert classical models later this year (barring another COVID apocalypse).

I also have another build slot for the following year (ish), for which we'd pencilled in a G5 (his mini / soprano guitar).

However, having spent some time recently playing smaller bodied guitars, I'd begun to yearn for something of that ilk. I love my G2, but to borrow a quote, sometimes you can be 'too close for missiles' and need to 'switch to guns'.

In addition, last time Mike & I hung out together, we were joined by the immensely talented Pipo Romero. Pipo is one of Michael's artists & he plays a few G3 models. I tried one, and I loved it.

So this weekend we chatted again & concluded, a special G3 would be nice. I have a penchant for rosewood (or rosewood-sounding) guitars, and Michael has a very special collection to choose from. We're pairing it with moon spruce, a DADGAD fan, a couple of bevels and a few bells & whistles.

Full spec:

Model G3
Moon spruce soundboard
Brazilian rosewood
Laskin inspired arm rest
Palm-away bevel
113/16”” nut width
21/4” string spacing at bridge.
“Standard” neck profile
Hand carved heel “swoosh”

To whet the appetite, he's sent through the below image. I am suddenly rather excited for this build :-D


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Old 01-25-2021, 03:20 PM
K Trespass K Trespass is offline
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Not surprising that you are excited. This looks like a special one. Big fan of Michael’s work. Lucky to have a G4.2 LT fan fret in ABW/Moon Spruce.
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:43 PM
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This will be a fun one for sure--thanks for sharing it.

Beautiful set of BRW to start with!
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Old Yesterday, 12:56 PM
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Hi Joel,

A pal of mine had a G3 (or at least I think it was) in sapele or something similar. I was initially underwhelmed (especially given the cost) but the longer I played it, the more I realised it was a superbly balanced instrument, and very refined; it just didn't SHOUT about how great it was. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that it was probably the best Greenfield I've played.

Also, I've never been too much of a fan of small guitars - most sound "small" to me - but as I've aged, there's no doubting that it's far more comfortable to have a smaller instrument: Those Somogyi MDs are thunderous but what a handful! In recent years I've also played a few small guitars that I could definitely live with and not feel I'm losing out. I'm sure your G3 will fall into that camp, although you have a fair few years to go before shoulder pain will likely bother you!

Lovely BRW BTW - the back looks pretty well quartered for a "new" set.

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Hey Steve,

Hope you’re well. Funnily enough that was exactly my experience. I’ve leaned towards the industrial-sized grand piano models ever since Mr Watts led me down the rabbit hole. But now I fancy adding something different, and the smaller body guitars I’ve played lately (Pipo’s G3, my father-in-law’s Martin, and a very memorable Traugott 00) have made me happy enough to want one.

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I owned a G3 for several months. As one of the posters in this thread stated accurately, it is balanced and refined. There is more volume and snap in the basses than you would expect from a guitar this size. I really enjoyed my time with it.

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