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Old 07-02-2014, 06:24 PM
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Default Kevin Michael CF Travel guitar by McPherson

I have not had any real time with these, but Tevis, Pierre and I will be giving one a proper test drive over the long weekend. In the meantime Jacob recorded a short video for a long distance client that I wanted to share with you. BTW, so far everyone who has tried one was well impressed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYX37sz4Yiw

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Old 07-03-2014, 09:21 PM
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They are really nice!
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Ted, what are the neck specs on these guitars?

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Old 07-08-2014, 09:02 AM
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Sorry for the slow reply Danny, just noticed this.

The neck is 1-3/4" at the compensated nut, 2-3/16" string spacing at the saddle, and the shape is a soft V. When we got the guitar there were no specs provided with it but I did measure everything and posted specs on the site. Overall it's about the same size as the Cargo, which is understandable considering Ellis is involved, but it has a deeper 4" body. Overall a really nice design.

We've received several video comparison requests that we will be posting on Facebook this week, stay tuned.
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Sorry for the slow reply Danny, just noticed this.

The neck is 1-3/4" at the compensated nut, 2-3/16" string spacing at the saddle, and the shape is a soft V. When we got the guitar there were no specs provided with it but I did measure everything and posted specs on the site. Overall it's about the same size as the Cargo, which is understandable considering Ellis is involved, but it has a deeper 4" body. Overall a really nice design.

We've received several video comparison requests that we will be posting on Facebook this week, stay tuned.
I am new to a compensated nut? Is the saddle not compensated? Who else does this?
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:06 AM
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Quite a few builders have experimented with compensated nuts to help with intonation, but since a compensated nut will only help when a string is not fretted, the saddle will still need to be compensated.
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Quite a few builders have experimented with compensated nuts to help with intonation, but since a compensated nut will only help when a string is not fretted, the saddle will still need to be compensated.
Just thinking...for the strings where the nut is compensated for a shorter string length and given you tune the open string, the open string tuning will be slightly lower tension for the same pitch and make the fretted notes slightly flat (turn this all around for strings that are compensated longer in length). I had an old ES-335 that only sounded good to me, if I left the B string slightly flat. I'm not sure how a compensated nut is meant to work, but there is no getting around a a compensated saddle since stiffer strings need to be longer (a mechanical engineer told me that the vibrating end, and the physical end of the string, are slightly separated due to stiffness of the string). Jon
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Quite a few builders have experimented with compensated nuts to help with intonation, but since a compensated nut will only help when a string is not fretted, the saddle will still need to be compensated.
Not so. Compensating the nut is really the equivalent of changing scale length for the string receiving the compensation. The result obtains whether the string is fretted or open.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:40 PM
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I dd once ask a Taylor road show rep about compensating a nut and mentioned my ES-335. He said that Taylor places the nut slightly closer to the first fret and that this obtains most of the goodness of the Buzz Feiten system. He also commented that my reaction to my ES-335 was not that unusual for traditional built Gibsons, which presumable have the nut slightly further from the first fret. Jon
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Someone requested to hear the Kevin Michael alongside the Rainsong P12 Parlor. Bottom line, these are both fantastic guitars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU3qR2T3rbo

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This is what a KM may look like in the wild...

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Do you know the scale length?
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:40 AM
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Do you know the scale length?
Here are the full specs:

Scale Length 22.75"
Body 3/4 Size with cutaway
Lower Bout 13"
Upper Bout 9.25"
Waist 8.5"
Body Length 16.7"
Body Depth 4"
Frets Stainless
Nut Width 1 3/4" Compensated
Neck Soft V Shape
Overall Length 36"
Electronics None
Fret Board Inlay Side Dots
Tuning Gears Hipshot
Bridge String Spacing 2 3/16"
Case Custom TKL Gig Bag
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I would sure like to play it but with such limited funds I couldn't afford the road trip even (unless I was going to take from the Shorty savings- that ain't gonna happen.)

I think that might be the single factor that is slowing or at least not helping public perception of carbon fiber guitars, the fact that they are rare. Just finding them is a challenge and even if you do you may need to take a.longer journey to see one and then may not have much time with it.
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