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  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    As a practical matter, 95+ % of my gigging life was plugged in with pickups, and much of the rest was acoustic guitars amplified via mics or some kind of pickup (The exception was my bell brass-bodied Dobro. When they went to mic for a show I was doing at a small theater, I told them 'You're not going to need that."). It is only in the intimacy of the practice room or the private salon that the true sound of the acoustic archtop can be deeply appreciated, in my experience. Commercial exigencies prevail. A guy's gotta eat, and new strings aren't free...

    Nevertheless, playing my archtops (not high-end but nonetheless treasured) acoustically remains a profound pleasure.
    Great prespective, you certainly need amplification for most gigging situations for sure. I'm a hobby player / collector, and when I did play in bands 40 years ago, I was playing Duane Allman solos on two Les Pauls, one standard tuning, and the other tuned to open E. I could play the Fillmore album " note for note", wore out 2 vinyls learning the solos.

    Those gigs were fun, but caused hearing loss in my left ear , and my appreciation for acoustic archtop guitars was born.


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  3. #102

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    I'm a retired Carpenter of 50 some years and I can't get enough. It has me plotting and scheming on where to start, although I have the basic parts for a Dreadnought. If I wrap up a deal next week as planned, I'll have my hands on an old, homemade, rough around the edges, archtop. At this point everything's up in the air so we'll see how it goes.

    As far as the acoustic sound, I'm with you on that 100%. I rarely turn on my amp when practicing. I enjoy the electric sound too but acoustic has something more natural about it. I'm happy to have come across such great workmanship here and I'm amazed with such precise artistry.


    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.

  4. #103

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    Steve, unfortunately they are not interested over there as well.... I have posted builds of Comins, Trenier and most recently a Buscarino over there. You are absolutely correct where the center of gravity of this forum resides. The appreciation of a superlative carved acoustic archtop guitar has unfortunately become a true “niche” group. For what it is worth, I have been watching and enjoying this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.

  5. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7
    Steve, unfortunately they are not interested over there as well.... I have posted builds of Comins, Trenier and most recently a Buscarino over there. You are absolutely correct where the center of gravity of this forum resides. The appreciation of a superlative carved acoustic archtop guitar has unfortunately become a true “niche” group. For what it is worth, I have been watching and enjoying this thread.
    Bob,
    It’s too bad we don’t see the interest or appreciation for these straight acoustic custom builds. It might be a result of limited exposure to these great instruments. I feel blessed to have enjoyed owning and playing these guitars.
    I’m glad you continue to patronize our talented builders and share the experience with our membership. Your recent Buscarino build is breathtaking - just perfect execution of wood , design and finish application. The toasted almond finish is remarkable.
    Glad your enjoying my build. Perhaps when COVID clears we can get together- I’d love to play some of your guitars.