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  1. #51

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    here's good thread about dearmond x-155 (& beyond) from here-

    DeArmond x155

    very difficult to go by published spec regarding neck feel...i noticed all the dearmonds are given the same published neck specs..but have never found that to be true!! and i've played all the models..and multiple actual guitars of each...they are all different..in fact the jetstar...which is an offset solid...had a massive neck (you'd like)..almost bass like...& variations occur guitar by guitar despite cnc machine tech

    biggest necked guitars i've recently played have been early eastwood airlines...the tuxedo and the classic h-44 stratotone...massive necks...but not big body archs!

    the hofner j5's were nice looking asian made guitars...but they had some kind of design issue...with bracing or purfing..or lack of it...some oddity...hammertone may know the specifics...hofners are lovely guitars tho...slightly delicate! hah

    carlo robelli was sam ash line yes...they were always vaguely similar to the epiphone line..which i never considered having big necks!!!...epi necks tend to be very shallow

    check out that savoy!!...older guilds are the best value on the arch market...just have to find one with the style of neck you prefer

    lastly..norcal bay area doesn't get snow...for better or worse...(tho i don't mind not shovelling!! haha)..instead we get holmesian fog and the occasional monsoon like winter storm...which we are curently treading

    keep at it

    cheers

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  3. #52

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    Sorry about the weather question Neatone - I had you confused with another GDPer, who lives in the Madison area (Blowtorch?).

    Thanks for the DeArmond X-155, and Guild info. I just wish there was more dimension information (neck and otherwise) for the Guild and DeArmond models. Speaking about the Jetstar - for a while in 2007, I had a Sevenstar (the 7-string version of the Jetstar). That thing weighed a ton!




    I don't know, maybe I should just go with my old fallback hollowbody - a Gretsch Country Club. Their necks are on the low end of what I like, but I get by OK on them. It's just that I can't afford one at the present time, and it would have to be like my old sound post 2013 Country Club (which is OK with me - the current '59 Reissues with the trestle bracing are like boat anchors in my opinion). I would ditch the Bigsby (I seldom ever use a vibrato, and it's a pain to change strings with a Bigsby), and maybe put in a set of TV Classic Pluses, since I find the Basic FilterTrons and TV Classics, to be too twangy sounding, and a but underwhelming.

    My Old 2013 Country Club
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  4. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllenGtrGrl
    ...I just wish there was more dimension information (neck and otherwise) for the Guild and DeArmond models....
    Too much hand-wringing - any seller who actually wants to sell you something will be happy to provide you with accurate measurements of:
    -nut width
    -depth of the neck just behind the first fret, wood-to-wood
    -depth of the neck just behind the 12th fret, wood-to-wood
    Don't buy from anyone too lazy or stupid to to provide this information - there is no shortage of suitable guitars on Reverb, ebay and gbase, in your price range. Everything else, here or there, is simply noise or bullshit.

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    Good point. I'll do that.

    Ellen

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    Well, I took care if my "I don't want a thin neck" issue a few hours ago. How it happened is a story in and of itself.

    As some of you may have realized, I decided to loosen up with my "17 inch hollowbody or bust" requirement, and consider semi-hollow 335-style guitars again (see my Yamaha SA800 thread for further details). I spent a pretty penny (complete with a refret job, due to my nickel allergy) 3 plus months ago, on a Fender American Original Jazzmaster. Well, it turned out to be an expensive failed experiment - it's a great guitar, but I got fed up with where the volume knob is located (right below the bridge - where I rest my right hand), because my right ring finger was always hitting the volume knob, whenever I played the guitar - ugh!!!! So, since I was on vacation today, I took the Jazzmaster back to shop I bought it from, to see about replacing it with a hollow or semi-hollow guitar, with a chunky neck.

    My expectations about this happening were low, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised! When I mentioned to the salesguy I usually deal with, that I wanted something with a beefier neck in a hollow or semi-hollow guitar, 1 minute later he handed me a used 2015 Heritage H-535, and said "try this, it has a nice meaty neck." I put on some nitrile gloves (whenever I try out electric guitars, I bring a pair of nitrile gloves with me, to keep the nickel strings, from causing my dermatitis to flare up), gave it a quick play and said "yeah! now we're talking!" It had a nice chunky neck, that felt oh, so comfortable in my left hand. What sealed the deal, were the Duncan Seth Lover pickups in it - beautiful, round jazz tones (and great sounding rock rock tones too - yeah, I still like to play dirty sounding guiitar ). I left the guitar at the shop (Cream City Music), for the obligatory refret job from the on-staff luthier (the nickel frets will get replaced with Jescar EVO Gold, hypoallergenic fretwire). When I got home, a little online searching informed me that the hardware (bridge, tailpiece, and tuners) are nickel plated. I will have to also replace those. I've contacted Heritage, to ask them what hardware they used, so I can get compatible chrome plated hardware. Below is a photo of my new (to me) guitar.


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    congrats...went around a bit on that one..from big body arch to thinline..but nice looking guitar!!! & lots of heritage aficionados on board here... hope the needed changes work out well...enjoy!

    cheers

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    Congrats! I didn’t realize you were in Milwaukee. I live about 5 minutes from Cream City Music!

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    Ha, another Heritage convert! That is a pretty one. Is the color Almond Sunburst? The label might abbreviate it to ASB or something close. They finally offered thicker necks, Seths and 59's as an option several years ago due to popular demand.

    Play it in good health.

  10. #59

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    congrats...went around a bit on that one..from big body arch to thinline..but nice looking guitar!!! & lots of heritage aficionados on board here... hope the needed changes work out well...enjoy!

    cheers
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M.
    Congrats! I didn’t realize you were in Milwaukee. I live about 5 minutes from Cream City Music!
    Actually I live in Greenfield, just off of '894. Yeah, Cream City can be kind of toxic to my finances.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler
    Ha, another Heritage convert! That is a pretty one. Is the color Almond Sunburst? The label might abbreviate it to ASB or something close. They finally offered thicker necks, Seths and 59's as an option several years ago due to popular demand.

    Play it in good health.
    Thanks! And yes, it is Almond Sunburst - a 2015 to be precise. Along with the (for me) obligatory refret job to install hypoallergenic frets, I need to get my hands on a chrome plated bridge and tailpiece that are compatible with the guitar (the tuners can wait for now - I'll put a rag over them, when I tune). Ya gotta love having a severe nickel allergy.

    Ellen

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    Actually I live in Greenfield, just off of '894. Yeah, Cream City can be kind of toxic to my finances.

    Yes, definitely! Wade’s has actually been harder on my credit card! I can’t go in there without finding something I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M.
    Actually I live in Greenfield, just off of '894. Yeah, Cream City can be kind of toxic to my finances.

    Yes, definitely! Wade’s has actually been harder on my credit card! I can’t go in there without finding something I want.
    Wade's is pretty cool, but the business hours are a little weird for me (especially during the weekday - since I often don't start my commute home from work, until after 5 PM [Wade's closes relatively early]). The only halfway decent way for me to get to Wade's, is to take Capitol Drive, and then Oakland Avenue. I bought a couple Eastwoods from Wade's several years ago.
    Last edited by EllenGtrGrl; 12-15-2019 at 10:30 AM.

  13. #62

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    Another JGO happy ending! Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Beautiful guitar -- congrats!

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    Those are great guitars! Enjoy it in good health. May it bring creativity, inspiration and happiness!