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  1. #51
    Yeah I'm gonna do them real slow. First into the bedrooms on the beds, after an hour or so crack open the ends of each box. Wait a couple hours, then slowly one by one remove cases and clean up the mess. THEN after the cases cool off maybe crack the H150 open first and see it. And slowly the rest. Really all I want to find is the Unity to see it is safe. This morning I took 4 large guitar boxes and an amp box out, with all the padding UPS used and pretty much filled up the two "recycling" dumpsters. The handyman says to go ahead and finish up tonight as the dumpsters get emptied Friday morning... At 7 am it was 80 and so humid, I was out there 15 minutes breaking up what I had and that was too much for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcb View Post
    An event that seems to be attracting wide national and international following... something like Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii...
    Speaking of international .. I could use some Buenos Aires ice cream ... best I ever had

    and it's winter down there right now ... you don't need it

    Can you send some up to Arizona to help with the summers here?

    Maybe BigMike could use some, too.



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    BigMike,

    Woo Hoo! "It is here!" (Darren McGavin as 'The Old Man' in "A Christmas Story" ... great movie written by the late Jean Sheppard ... describing the "major award")

    Good luck with all five packages--especially the Unity. I'll play my Unity today in a sympathetic testimonial to you, Patrick, and Chris. Patrick sparked my interest in Unity guitars after a dormant phase--I have been a Thom Bresh fan for years and years. Bresh has a Unity Special modeled after his father's (Merle Travis) Gibson Super 400 Special that resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I used to see Bresh play that guitar and vowed I'd get one someday. I didn't realize then that Aaron Cowles made even more special archtops.

    Enjoy them all.
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    Wow that is lovely !!
    And I feel like the kid in A Christmas Story getting his Red Ryder Rifle getting the Unity and all the others too...

    Funny thing, my best wingman of all time, Ken, flew into Chicago Tuesday and decided to stop by for a bit. Haven't seen him since September of 2007 just before I moved to Jersey. I fed him steak fajitas and he was supposed to get outta Ft. Wayne today, called me yesterday all disappointed he can't come until MAYBE Friday. He was a little put off that I said hey it's ok man I got THREE BLONDES and TWO BRUNETTES coming today, I probably would have a hard time deciding who to spend time with. LOL !! His dream has always been a 3 Way, imagine a 6 Way (counting me of course)...

    Big

    Bubba and his verdict on the fajitas... When we were next door neighbors in '84 I'd bang on the common wall between our kitchens and him and his roommate would come over for dinner each sporting a bottle of red wine... Hey, it was the 80's ya know ?? LOL !!

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    BigMike,

    "Don't shoot your eye out" when changing the strings.

    And I feel like the kid in A Christmas Story getting his Red Ryder Rifle getting the Unity and all the others too...

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    Turns out my local truck didn't have room
    SO everything went out about 09:30 on a different truck
    all the guitars arrived about 1pm

    none of the boxes were hot
    nor the cases

    My internet is down

    But everything got here in tip top shape
    dang that Unity and the Super Patrick and the HDA and the H150 are all mind blowers
    chris sent me a wine burst Golden Eagle by accident


    NO I'm not buying it !!!!
    Lol

    but I gotta send it backe
    And he's sending me the right guitar soon

    when I get my connectivity straightened out I'll post photos
    gonna wait until tomorrow to tune them up

    Gonna sleep with the Unity tonight
    Lol

    maybe the Excel
    the Excel has a hugely deep body

    Big
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    Mikey asked me to post these..

    The Unity
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    The Super Patrick!!
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    I think our buddy Patrick said he didn't like the Epiphone cloud inlays on this guitar.
    I disagreed w/him, and still do.

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    Ditto. The clouds are great looking. What a guitar. What a bunch of guitars.

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    Lord have mercy !!! WOW Mikey. I will say it again.....WOW !"

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    Heritage knocked it out of the park with that Excel, and Super P!

    Yeah, I recall Mr P not being a fan of cloud inlays on SE's or GE's either.

    What gorgeous guitars Big Mike! I can't wait to hear your impressions on each of them. Talk about Xmas in July!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    The Wine Burst..

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    This one was shipped to Mike by mistake. It was supposed to be a Blond Golden Eagle.. With all the craziness going on here, I could see why it happened..

    On behalf of The Big nut bag Mikey, formerly of New Jersey.. Enjoy everyone..

    (I did that small so he couldn't see it...)
    Hey Joe, did you ever play the Wineburst GE? If yes, what were your impressions? Thank you!

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    I feel so inadequate ! ............................. ..... bob......

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    They're all beasts. Lol !!

    let me see if I can add hoots yet.

    Oh yeah, the pickup on the Super Patrick looks to be some special Kent Armstrong single coil. It's got the hex screw pole pieces. The case for the Unity is some sort of alligator stuff. I never had anything the s amazing



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    Oh yeah, the pickup on the Super Patrick looks to be some special Kent Armstrong single coil. It's got the hex screw pole pieces.
    Congrat's Big Mike!

    In my conversations about the pickup for the SP Patrick said, and I quote:

    "I'm really diggin' on this new guitar. The pup is a Kent Armstrong clone of the Dearmond Rhythm Chief 1100 single coil. He hand wound it for me specific to the dimensions to the Rhythm Chief. It's awesome. The tone, "fresh out of the crib" is wonderful . . . just pure big acoustic jazz box vibe. Just a bit bigger than a Golden Eagle and a tad smaller than a SuperEagle, with a 3-1/4" body depth gives this guitar a huge and full voice.

    You're the quintessence of an OCD tone monster. As such, I could only wish you had an opportunity to experience this new Super
    GoldenEagle both acoustically and with the KA pup, through my Fender Pro Reverb. I'm pretty much done searching for the tone nirvana. I think I've found it. The only other thing I think I'll look into, is a Fender Vibroverb with a 15" speaker. I'd love to hear this single coil KA through a good tube amp pushing a 15" cone."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Hey Joe, did you ever play the Wineburst GE? If yes, what were your impressions? Thank you!
    Hi 2b,
    i didn't really play the Wineburst. I am one of those weird people who doesn't "play" someone else's guitar unless I am fixin to buy it. That one is very pretty. For the right price, it would be a nice guitar to own. I am not a Heritage price expert so I don't know what it's really worth. It's in excellent condition. What would you say it's worth?
    JD

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    I don't post much, but it was BigMike's posts that convinced me to take the plunge into Yunzhi, Ms Lora and Mr. Wu a few years ago and I never regretted it. I play for my own happiness and am not part of the Jazz community, but reading all the posts around here, this is a real good group of folks that I am proud of. I am so happy to know that BigMike is the next steward of Patrick's guitars. Very, very well done and congratulations!

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    ​Well Boys

    I remembered that I can use my iPhone as a personal hotspot. So until Comcast gets it S together here I am via my iPhone's incredible stash of saved up data plan usage.

    The guitars are so stinking gorgeous. The Unity has the most wonderful candy cane neck, back, sides, the top has the nicest grain. Oh My !!!

    The HDA is really very over the top. I was telling Joe and Chris I'm gonna play I HAVE BUT ONE HEART first on that (from the wedding scened in The Godfather). The Unity I'm doing real old church hymns on. The Super Patrick is very hard to describe (thanks for the update on the pickup, WOW, I love 1100's). The SP is so darn gorgeous. Tomorrow morning I'm gonna take them onto my porch and give them a good look over, just to really scope them out.

    Anyone interested in the Wineburst Golden Eagle, Chris has to refer to his Dad's detailed inventory list to see what it's worth... It's going back tomorrow so I can get my blonde Golden Eagle (single set pickup) which I really really want. Amazing Day gents, everything got done around here, electrician replaced a faulty circuit breaker, I did laundry, the
    guitars came, I made The Big Salad, hopefully my buddy Ken shows up some time Friday. Heck if he doesn't I'll be steady playing one guitar after another. I PROMISE to get more shots tomorrow posted.

    God Bless

    Big

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    Wow...Mike...you just got yo'self a serious collection...well, a serious addition to your already existing collection...

    Now I gotta come visit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    Hi 2b,
    i didn't really play the Wineburst. I am one of those weird people who doesn't "play" someone else's guitar unless I am fixin to buy it. That one is very pretty. For the right price, it would be a nice guitar to own. I am not a Heritage price expert so I don't know what it's really worth. It's in excellent condition. What would you say it's worth?
    JD
    If it's exceptionally clean, between $3300-$3500. The block inlays are unique to the GE. I believe that bridge base was a one off too. Fact is, relative to acoustics there aren't that many single humbucker GE's - Most are the floater variety. It would be interesting to see how the list prices it, for as a former rep Mr. P could commission a new GE for much less than the price I've suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    Mikey asked me to post these..

    The Unity
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    ok, we all know uber-figured wood doesn't necessarily correlate to great tonewood--
    many factors notwithstanding.

    but regardless, that's some seriously beautifully figured may-po, and nicely flatsawn [as I prefer]
    stunning looking guitar, would love to take it for a test cruise....

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    I believe the wine burst had a $3100 price. I will give 2b first crack at it. Mike, Joe said it has a crooked stinger on the back of the headstock. Post a pic of that and the back. Might be easier for you just to sell it and send Chris the money.

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    Fellas

    Contact Chris at Origmotz@aol.com

    it is 17 inches


    its definitely going back to him
    he has the correct Golden Eagle of mine that I really want way more that this one
    hes very easy to work with
    i waited 4 months to close this book
    I ran out of space to store these jewels


    its very pretty, I just posted a thread in the For Sale section so you can have a look. I would like to keep this thread on track as my Mega Heritage NGD thread... thank you

    Big
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    Mikey,
    The 17" Unity is just as beautiful as I remember it. Just count the layers of bindings on the side of the Fretboard!! Along side of the Citation, it is one of the most extravagantly built guitars I've ever seen. And its not a copy of a Citation either. ITS MADE BY THE SAME GUY!!! That might represent the greatest value in Archtop Guitars. Every top notch technique has been employed in your guitar. And there are only a handful of them on the planet. I remember the 1st time Patrick put the 18" in my hands. Wow.
    The right strings for that guitar are the TI's with the light Green threads. Still not 100% sure what they are. When I struck a chord on the 18", the sound of the chord swirled around the inside of the body and created an almost natural Chorus Effect.
    I can easily imagine that Guitar could, should and will ruin you for any other guitar in your lifetime. Sort of like your 1st date being with Grace Kelly. Like, where the hell do you go from there??

    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    Like the 18 incher, you gotta walk into the room a certain way...
    Don't forget to have "Bolero" playing in the background..
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    Chris just texted me this picture of a picture, he's including it with some other things of Patricks. This photo will be hanging in my office/music room... Patrick and Kevin Cowles and a Unity, can't tell if it's mine yet. Will know when I see the photo in person.


    That's your 17" Unity!
    MG

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    I like the Natural Maple Pickguard too.
    (Kevin??) looks like a ghost in the background in that picture. Either that or he absolutely did NOT want his picture taken that day.
    JD
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    Chris just texted me this picture of a picture, he's including it with some other things of Patricks. This photo will be hanging in my office/music room... Patrick and Kevin Cowles and a Unity, can't tell if it's mine yet. Will know when I see the photo in person.

    Attachment 33747
    not sure how accurate the color is in the photo, but looks like it ambered out considerably over the yrs.

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    Nobody was listening to me when I asked them to contact Chris directly, so I deleted the thread. I was trying to help Fran out but I don't want to be in the middle of the deal. The guitar is on it's way back to Chris and he's shipped the correct guitar to me today also. Deal with Chris

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    So I got the guest room cleared out of all the guitar boxes. My wingman Ken is on his way therefor a 2 day visit - he's not a guitar player, so I got the Unity, the HDA and the Super Patrick all tuned up. First impressions: the neck on the Super Patrick is chunky and would take some Aleve and renewed strength in the hands to master, I got plenty of time. The necks on the Excel and Unity are really easy for me, not Ibanez thin, a bit more like a good Eastman neck - really easy to play.

    Now remember I was futzing around with 3 new guitars and a brand new (to me) amp - I
    definitely blew out the wax in my ears when I found the standby switch on the Fuchs. I can see being buried with the Unity and Excel - THREE WAY !! Very anxious to get the correct Heritage Golden Eagle, a lovely blonde with a stunning back and neck. These were Patrick's guitars, he had very discerning taste and enough juice with Heritage and dealers to get what he wanted. I'm feeling very Blessed here guys.

    Big


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    I saw the wood in it's raw state in the 18 inch Unity thread and the finish is like nothing I ever saw before. Yeah it's a burst but you can see the wood anywhere on it. Love it... I'll shoot some porch pictures before my buddy arrives. I was so jazzed to play them I was up at 4am raring to go.

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    The back on the D'Angelico is stunning !!!

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    I need Greg out here with his rig(s) !!! I just took the Super Patrick on my porch before the afternoon glare hits it. On the porch while shooting it I could see ALL the figure on the top and back and neck, especially where the neck meets the body. For me the thing that turned me off to bursts is they tend to hide flaws in wood with the dark areas. On the SP you can see the flames and patterns. My apologies as my iPhone doesn't do it justice. Greg can come on out and I'll put 20 pounds on him cooking, he can play them and take great photos too... Anyway these pictures do NOT do them justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post
    I need Greg out here with his rig(s) !!! I just took the Super Patrick on my porch before the afternoon glare hits it. On the porch while shooting it I could see ALL the figure on the top and back and neck, especially where the neck meets the body. For me the thing that turned me off to bursts is they tend to hide flaws in wood with the dark areas. On the SP you can see the flames and patterns. My apologies as my iPhone doesn't do it justice. Greg can come on out and I'll put 20 pounds on him cooking, he can play them and take great photos too... Anyway these pictures do NOT do them justice.

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    Big Mike, I'd be happy to shoot it for you. But I've got the dark room here; UPS?

    Seriously, if you ever decide you can't live with that one, I'd like to call dibs on it. It was number two in the collection that I most coveted. I can still hear Patrick waxing poetically about how happy he was how well the guitar turned out.

    edit - is the binding shading a creme to simulate aged binding?
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    ​Under the flood lamps in the office, you can see why I love it - the flames and patterns show up even right where the neck meets the body, the top is the same way, all easy to see. Such special wood. Doggone.

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    The binding is white, like you see in the office shots. And yeah you got first dibs on it, but frankly I don't think you'll be hearing from me. But yeah if I wanted to sell it you have first rights. Fair enough ??

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    2B and I must have similar taste. The New Yorker (which I ended up with) and the Florentine GE were the 2 guitars of Patrick's that interested me the most as well. Congrats again Big Mike! You scored some fine guitars.

    Query? Is the Excel a D'Angelico II, or is it a Masterbuilt built by Heritage for the Ferolito family organization?
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    Having so much fun with this thread! Hope it continues with more pics, technical details and anecdotes...

    Thanks Big Mike and JGF for sharing all this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    The right strings for that guitar are the TI's with the light Green threads. Still not 100% sure what they are. When I struck a chord on the 18", the sound of the chord swirled around the inside of the body and created an almost natural Chorus Effect.
    I can easily imagine that Guitar could, should and will ruin you for any other guitar in your lifetime. Sort of like your 1st date being with Grace Kelly. Like, where the hell do you go from there??

    JD
    The only TI strings with "green threads" I'm aware of are the TI Bebop rounds, my go to for acoustic playing.






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    I'm getting my threads crossed here maybe, and I got company here so I'll be quick. I believe it's this thread or the 18 inch Unity thread where the topic of the Heritage ghost built D'Angelicos comes up. Someone recently quoted Patrick but Heritage only made 14 or so (this is in the mid 90s)


    Root around using the SEARCH function, this place is a gold mine of info. All the guitars I got so far far exceed anything I ever owned. The necks on the Unity and the HDA are amazing and fast. Not Ibanez skinny but easy and comfy for my old hands. Can't wait to get the Blonde Golden Eagle next week. Greg you will have a PM shortly.

    Big

    enjoy the weekend fellas, I'll see you on the flip side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    Query? Is the Excel a D'Angelico II, or is it a Masterbuilt built by Heritage for the Ferolito family organization?
    SS,
    My guess it's the later.
    The "New York ll" is absent from the ribbon. It only says "New York". I can't see the logo on the tailpiece.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    SS,
    My guess it's the later.
    The "New York ll" is absent from the ribbon. It only says "New York". I can't see the logo on the tailpiece.
    JD

    That would be telling as all the DA2's had the II after New York in the headstock. Marty Turman did that intentionally to distinguish them from the real deal. The proof would be the label. The DA2's all have a D'Angelico II label and the Heritage built examples are signed by all 4 Heritage Owners. I have not seen the label's on the Ferolito Masterbuilts. I think that the Masterbuilts have been done by Victor Baker, Gene Baker, Bill Comins and Heritage. The DA2's were only done by Heritage (12 carved, 25 Laminates) and Triggs (3, all carved). Then there were the Replicas built by Arturo Valdez and Michael Lewis.

    Big Mike, what does the label say in the Excel? (I guess we will hear back from you next week. Have a fun weekend)
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    I remember more of the details that Patrick mentioned, he had to twist Jay Wolfe's arm to sell him the HDAs. Darned if I can remember where I saw that thread. Give me time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    Big,

    The D'Angelico II that is coming your way was written about on this forum by Patrick last year. Here is what he wrote:

    " I bought the guitar from DiFiore's Music in Cleveland. Lanne was the lady I dealt with (just checked my records when I read your post). There was a plastic plaque on the pick guard and I couldn't quite make out the writing on it. She sent me a better photo. It had the inscription "Sugar Ray" engraved on it. She said she was selling it to help settle this artists estate. I assumed the guy kicked. But, maybe it was a settlement of property in a bankruptcy or divirce or something. Maybe it's not the same Sugar Ray? I thought it was permanently glued onto the plastic PG and that I'd have to get Mirabella to make me a new guard. But, when I brought it up to Ronaldo for a string change and set up . . . he pulled out some dental floss and slid it under the plaque . .. pulled it back n forth a bit and it came right off. Polished up the guard and it left no marks what so ever."

    Joe D. and I did some research on the other Heritage built D'Angelico II of Patrick's. If I were you, I would try to contact the gal at the music store and "Sugar Ray" while they might still be around and remember what they can.

    In my conversation with Marty Turman, the man behind the D'Angelico II enterprise, he told me that only 15 carved D'Angelico II's were made, 3 by Jim Triggs (one of which is owned by a fellow forum member) and 12 by Heritage (you and I own 2 of these and a third is for sale at Gruhn guitars). If you don't have the book by Frank Green, you should get it. It has a chapter on the D'Angelico II enterprise.

    Marty Turman told me that the reason he selected Jim Triggs, Marv Lamb and JP Moats to build the D'Angelico II guitars is that he wanted these replicas to be as good as a Gibson, which in his mind is the best. Somehow, I can't help thinking that John D'Angelico would approve.


    Fellas, here is the info we were trying to find/remember.

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    Big Mike, it is seven serial numbers away from mine and is a D'Angelico II even though the II is not on the headstock. According to Jay Wolfe, JP Moats carved these thicker than a Heritage to go for a warmer tone. While Heritage built the body, final assemly was done by Ron Marino. Your guitar is a rare bird for sure. May it inspire your playing for many years to come.
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    For those who are wondering who Ron DeMarino is, look him up. No he's not "Ron of the ocean".. He was John Lennons personal luthier here in the USA. He also spent a lot of time with the great John D'Angelico. Another Great luthier involved in the build was Cris Mirabella. He was a young apprentice along with Steven DeMarino (Rons Son) in Rons Coppiage L.I. Shop. You guys have an incredible amount of talent and lineage in those guitars..
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    I started showing Bubba my wingman the guitars, he got very interested in what was rattling around in the Excel and the Unity. Turns out it was styrofoam peanuts which he fisted out with a fork. I told him Bubba don't hurt the guitar, I'd have to kill you... LOL !! So shooting the label of the Excel I decided to shoot these photos of the Unity. It's great Marty started his thread, it's like dueling Unity's today !! LOL...

    enjoy

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    Since we're talking about Unitys, let me mention a couple of things.

    Aaron used thinner f holes than some, which adds to the brightness and ability to cut through a horn section when played acoustically. Guild and Epiphone did the same thing. I'm not sure that matters when using a pickup. Maybe.

    Aaron was a perfectionist in a new guitar build. He tried hard to line up the tuning gear boxes just right. More telling, the joints on the binding, where the angles are, had to be sharp, not rounded. The pic above demonstrates that.

    This is the wrong forum to discuss flattops. But Aaron's were under the brand Jubal and are equally well made.

    And then there were the mandolins.

    MG