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    Been looking at this a while. I’m not keen on wine red, this is between Gibson’s wine red and cherry.
    what put me over the top was playing my 17 inch Soecial on Christmas Eve.
    ‘more when she arrives
    I'm gonna go bounce off the walls for a while


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    Speechless! If that sounds just half as good as it looks it will be in the top 1%.

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    Campellone’s rule !

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    Big Mike,
    Excellent choice - TMZ is a great dealer no worries. The back on that guitar is extraordinary. I’m sure it’s sound will match its beauty.
    Wishing you many hours of enjoyment.

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    Breathtaking. I can't wait to hear it.

    Tony D.

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    Been watching that for a while. Glad you got it and can't wait to hear your review.

    Joe

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    Anthony I am so glad to see you posting. A Doube Blessing today !!!
    Thanks everyone, the Campellone are such killer guitars.



    Well, on a slightly somber note, I called Mark the other day to talk about BigRed and he’d gotten word his 93 year old father had passed away overnight. Perhaps you can call or text your regrets to him.

    ?Big





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    Breathtaking. I can't wait to hear it.

    Tony D.

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    Mike,
    If that guitar sounds and plays anything like the Standard you let me try out, then you got a home run there. And a prettier one too.
    The pickguard adds a dimension to the guitar that is almost decadent. I never would thought something like that would work. But it really looks nice.
    Mark, your attention to detail is second to none. Your dad will always be proud of you. I am truly sorry for your loss.
    JD

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    You can call that colour cherry wine!

    She's a beauty Mike, play it in good health!

    Doug

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    Boy, thats awful nice looking guitar. Enjoy and learn to like the color!

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    Bigmike you got a winner I was looking at this thinking it is the best buy in acoustic archtop. You will not be disappointed and I happen to love the color.

    To me this could be the Dangelicos of the 2000’s. The thing to remember is that is not one off presentation type guitar. This is a guitar made for the discriminating player who is not completely rich, but can buy a fine guitar. Just like John D. Made his guitars.

    Go mikeee!

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    Nice going Mike ! Congrats !

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    I like red guitars

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    Mikey, Like Steve said, the back on this guitar is extraordinary.
    You probably know this already but.. Red guitars do not photograph well. Detail is always lost when you look at the pictures. Be prepared to be dazzled when you see this guitar for the 1st time.
    You already have some of the finest wood that has ever grown out of the ground, right in your home. This is another piece that will blow you away.
    Marks attention to detail is what sets his guitars apart from the rest. The patience to wait until it’s just right is his trademark. Like Deacon said, he is the modern day D’Angelico.
    Enjoy Mikey!
    Ps, I can’t bold the type on my iPad for some reason. Sorry bud.

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    you’re absolutely right Joe, LittleRed (my red GB5) has amazing wood, but you have to be in te sun to really see it, I surely can’t photograph it. My 17 inch Soecial has such great wood and is easy to play and really projects, I knew I had to do this. Based on the photos in knew BigRed will be just sick, sick I tell you, in person. And talk about loud and fat sounding, Can’t wait.

    Big

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    Wowee! That's a classy red. Pick guard color is a great touch too.

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    Deacon Msrk,

    you’re likely right - he and perhaps one or two others are The Future Masters. As Vinny says “better built, better value than Gibson”


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    That is a striking instrument! Really looking forward to your NGD!

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    Try and find a mismatched bevel on his binding corners. You will not.
    Or any flaw for that matter. That pickguard is insanely gorgeous.
    I may need to upgrade on the v1k model.

    Mark said his dad was suffering and is finding solace that he is finally at peace. A prayer for the master builder would be a good thing though.
    Mark is a very good man.

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    Mark Campellone is a Master Luthier who has solidified his place in the pantheon of Archtop guitar builders. For those who remember "Just Jazz Guitar" magazine , whos founder Ed Benson retired and shut down the publication in 2015 , it contained valuable information with everything related to Jazz guitar. The last issue of the magazine was no. 84 - its dated August 2015 and contains an Article with Tom Van Hoose on the "Current state of the Archtop Market".

    In the article he discusses many things , including the Gibson start up in Nashville, and how Jim Hutchins was responsible for getting Archtop construction up and running - despite several pcs of tooling that was left outside and ruined.

    But when asked about great Builders he states "Mark Campellone "...who Tom feels has established a great reputation and expects Mark to be around for a long time.
    ( I attached excerpts of that interview ). He specifically states Marks build quality.

    As I was flipping through the magazine I realized just how much I miss the publicaton, which always contained valuable articles, music and lessons pertaining to just Jazz guitar.

    I like to think of Mark Campellone as the only US luthier who has truly committed his life to providing a guitar that truly emulates the best post war Gibson equivalent at an attainable price...and has not wavered in that committement to deliver an incomparable value to the Jazz community.

    As for fit and finish .....think - John Zeidler , a deceased Philadelphia luthier renowned by his peers for flawless workmanship.

    I wrote to Mark yesterday giving my condolences for his Dads passing. Life is short......enjoy each day you guys.

    BigMike - I aplogize for not knowing how to bold this text on my tablet.


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    "As for fit and finish .....think - John Zeidler , a deceased Philadelphia luthier renowned by his peers for flawless workmanship"

    A close friend and the absolute finest in that regard, bar none. But I remember him telling me he liked Mark's workmanship as well as Bill Comins as far as the newer guys were concerned. Those guys were in awe of John.

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    Thanks Qman, I love Just Jazz Guitar magazine.
    all this talk just makes me more excited.

    Big

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    Very nice. I watched that one for quite a while. I have a Special 18” as well. The 1998 Blonde that was for sale from The Guitar Shop in Canada, got it around this date in 2019. Talked them into shipping it me in the states and it is pretty awesome. It is a bit cumbersome to play with the 18” body and I’m 6’ 3”. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

    Brion

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    "As for fit and finish .....think - John Zeidler , a deceased Philadelphia luthier renowned by his peers for flawless workmanship"

    A close friend and the absolute finest in that regard, bar none. But I remember him telling me he liked Mark's workmanship as well as Bill Comins as far as the newer guys were concerned. Those guys were in awe of John.
    Just wanted to echo your comments - I'm one of those guys who was in awe of John's work - absolute perfection - I'm truly flattered to learn that he admired my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCampellone
    Just wanted to echo your comments - I'm one of those guys who was in awe of John's work - absolute perfection - I'm truly flattered to learn that he admired my work.
    great!!

    enjoy the admiration! well deserved!

    cheers

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    IT seemed to be an eternity before it arrived, came rather late in the day too. Box was cold so I pared it and at 00;30 had to check.
    Wow eeeehhhh wow we wow

    Enjoy




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    Glorious Mikey ! Campellone’s rule. Congrats

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    it’s so stunning in hand. Serial number 3310807
    ‘Shot of guitar with no flash to see true color

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    babys got back! whew!!

    congrats & enjoy big..a beauty



    cheers

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    Wow Mike. The Bubble maple is striking when finished in Red.
    We all know Mark builds some pretty incredible stuff. He makes these guitars in controllable “limited” quantities and that’s his way of making sure the guitars bearing his name are the absolute best quality attainable. And keeping the prices reasonable is another way he is cementing his legacy as a builder of guitars that have great residual value.
    You have some beauties Mike and this is an exceptional guitar.
    I’m happy for you Mike. Enjoy and HAVE FUN!
    Joe D

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    Wow, Big, that is splendid! Well done young man! Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    I was telling Joe how it’s quieter that either of my 17 inchers
    joe pointed out it was for sale a year and likely not played and needs to be played eith TI jazz swings to Drive that big top and see its potential

    Thsnks for all the compliments and encouragement

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    Wow, that's drop dead gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ

    I was telling Joe how it’s quieter that either of my 17 inchers
    joe pointed out it was for sale a year and likely not played and needs to be played eith TI jazz swings to Drive that big top and see its potential

    yes agree, some new thoms and some playing will have that redbird singin! gotta wake that wood up..get it vibratin...

    beautiful..have fun..keep that one near for awhile!! it'll come alive

    cheers

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    Nice acquisition, BigMike. Have fun with it!


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    "gotta wake that wood up..get it vibratin..."

    Yeah, playing 'em is the thing.
    I have a few that sound amazing no matter how long they sit, but others that are good when you let em sit too long, but quickly wake up to great after a few tunes. Pretty amazing, but not surprising.
    Gotta warm up a lot of things in life to get 'em @ their best!

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    Red guitars typically have somewhat plainer woods to hide imperfections, or maybe slightly mask less than appealing figuring, but that quilted back looks really cool, very striking.
    bang on it when you got something simmering on the stove or baking in the oven Mikey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    Gotta warm up a lot of things in life to get 'em @ their best!
    exactly!!!



    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ

    I was telling Joe how it’s quieter that either of my 17 inchers
    joe pointed out it was for sale a year and likely not played and needs to be played eith TI jazz swings to Drive that big top and see its potential

    Thsnks for all the compliments and encouragement
    I've always found it's harder to get an 18" guitar to sound good acoustically (compared to a 17" or 16" guitar) - of course, the original thinking behind the 18" guitar was "bigger body equals bigger sound" - but it also takes more string energy to drive that much wood - fine, if you string the guitar heavy, jack up the action and play hard. I used to play drums when I was a kid, and it seems to me that guitars are like cymbals in a way - a thinner cymbal will respond readily to a light touch, and as you strike it harder it will eventually reach its maximum output - beyond that point, harder hits will not produce more volume. On the other hand, it takes more energy to stimulate a heavier cymbal, so it won't respond much to a light strike, but as you strike it harder and harder, its maximum output will exceed that of the thinner cymbal.

    So back to guitars, I think that given a limited maximum amount of available string energy, the physics of the 17" guitar work better than the 18" for average acoustic playing styles - maybe one of the reasons the L5 was more popular than the Super 400 back in the days before amplification. I remember reading somewhere that after the Super 400 was introduced and got into the hands of players, it earned the nickname "whispering giant" because players felt the sound of the guitar didn't match its impressive appearance - still, an 18" beauty is an awesome sight : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCampellone
    I've always found it's harder to get an 18" guitar to sound good acoustically (compared to a 17" or 16" guitar) - of course, the original thinking behind the 18" guitar was "bigger body equals bigger sound" - but it also takes more string energy to drive that much wood - fine, if you string the guitar heavy, jack up the action and play hard. I used to play drums when I was a kid, and it seems to me that guitars are like cymbals in a way - a thinner cymbal will respond readily to a light touch, and as you strike it harder it will eventually reach its maximum output - beyond that point, harder hits will not produce more volume. On the other hand, it takes more energy to stimulate a heavier cymbal, so it won't respond much to a light strike, but as you strike it harder and harder, its maximum output will exceed that of the thinner cymbal.

    So back to guitars, I think that given a limited maximum amount of available string energy, the physics of the 17" guitar work better than the 18" for average acoustic playing styles - maybe one of the reasons the L5 was more popular than the Super 400 back in the days before amplification. I remember reading somewhere that after the Super 400 was introduced and got into the hands of players, it earned the nickname "whispering giant" because players felt the sound of the guitar didn't match its impressive appearance - still, an 18" beauty is an awesome sight : )
    Wow, a wonderful analogy. That quite nicely encapsulates the difference between my 1932 L-5 and my 1939 L-5 - the sensitivity/maximum output continuum. I also play drums and use 30's cymbals which tend to be even thinner than what they now call "paper thin", and I've found exactly the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campusfive
    Wow, a wonderful analogy. That quite nicely encapsulates the difference between my 1932 L-5 and my 1939 L-5 - the sensitivity/maximum output continuum. I also play drums and use 30's cymbals which tend to be even thinner than what they now call "paper thin", and I've found exactly the same thing.
    Ha! - thanks for validating my theory : )

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    Excellent read and perfect illustration of why I continue to enjoy this forum. I've played and enjoyed guitar instruments for nearly as long as I've been alive, and will continue as long as I am able. This thread and many others on the forum keep me coming back for more. You folks are awesome and I'm always looking forward to the contributions and sharing. Thanks

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    Hello Mark, I’m so glad you checked in with us and give us your take on builds.
    I surely wasn’t complaining when I said that out of the case BigRed was quieter than the 17 inch Standard and/or Special I own. My feeling was and still is that the guitar had not been played regularly in over a year and like a fine old wine needed time (and playing) to open up. Much like my ghost built Heritage D’Angelico New Yorker that was never owned since delivered in 1994 to the store I bought it from - it sat either in a special display case or it’s factory case all that time.

    thanks sir for making such great guitars, though I’ve sworn off buying I’m always looking for another of your guitars.

    Big

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    Congratulations BigMike! No matter the size-sound debate, that wineburst guitar is stunningly "SPECIAL!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ
    Hello Mark, I’m so glad you checked in with us and give us your take on builds.
    I surely wasn’t complaining when I said that out of the case BigRed was quieter than the 17 inch Standard and/or Special I own. My feeling was and still is that the guitar had not been played regularly in over a year and like a fine old wine needed time (and playing) to open up. Much like my ghost built Heritage D’Angelico New Yorker that was never owned since delivered in 1994 to the store I bought it from - it sat either in a special display case or it’s factory case all that time.

    thanks sir for making such great guitars, though I’ve sworn off buying I’m always looking for another of your guitars.

    Big

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    no problem, Mike - I didn't take your comment as a complaint - it's a valid observation, and it could very well be that the guitar wasn't played much, and if so, should improve with playtime - and speaking of playtime, here's a funny saying - an OK new guitar will become a good guitar with time - a good new guitar will become a great guitar with time - but a lousy new guitar will probably always be a lousy guitar : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by skykomishone
    Excellent read and perfect illustration of why I continue to enjoy this forum. I've played and enjoyed guitar instruments for nearly as long as I've been alive, and will continue as long as I am able. This thread and many others on the forum keep me coming back for more. You folks are awesome and I'm always looking forward to the contributions and sharing. Thanks
    Agreed! - I've enjoyed sharing info and reading the comments of other members here on the forum - I love talking shop - just wish I had more time to do it : )

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    I don't see why you wouldn't have all the time you wanted to read forums. It's not like you have anything else to take up your time. Oh, wait....

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    Let me further amplify my praises while we got this Campellone Love In in full swing.

    Many of you Campy owners know this, no matter which size or model you have the doggone guitar just feels completely right. Like your most favorite baseball glove as a kid, your one and only Favorite pair of jeans, the ride of that sporty coupe from your 30s (mine was a ‘67 Cougar). I am so overwhelmed by that feel in all three of mine. Pretty big shoes to fill.

    Big

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    Mike - I was absent from this forum for what feels like a really long time. I'm so glad to see you and your collection are in wonderful shape. Congratulations on an absolutely gorgeous instrument!