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  1. #351

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    Hi, I purchased a "Special" in 2006. The rims are 3.125" thick.

    Mark now produces ones with 3" rims as well as 2.25" rims.

    I just ordered a "Cameo" model. It will have a 17" lower bout, 25.5" scale, 1 3/4" nutt, 3" rims, a floating pickup, and have a chestnut sunburst finish. The nutt is 1/16th" wider than my "Special."

    I play both amplified and acoustic. The Special has a very nice voice.

    I did quite a bit of research on voicing versus dimensions and stuck with those on the "Cameo."

    I have pictures posted somewhere in this thread.

    I have owned an L5c and 2 Super 400's, all built in the 60's. Good solid guitars all, but not great ones.

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  3. #352

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronjazz
    I don't need to. I've played many examples of both, I've followed this discussion and many others through Gibsons checkered history (my 1st and last L5 I bought in 1974, it was a blond acoustic with a D'armond, 1959, I think. Beautiful guitar, rendered useless by modern organ trio volumes). I've played several Campellones, not one was anything but spectacular in every way. I've also played and owned Gibsons of all sorts, the last one was an ES5, which turns out to be a dog under working conditions. I have played great Gibsons, including one of Wes's, Tal's, Jim's, Joe's, and many more. I know what I have observed: there is a larger percentage of sub-par Gibsons than there are of Campellones. From what I have seen, the Gibson dogs are not discounted as they should be.
    I thought you had real data to offer.

  4. #353

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulero
    Hi everyone, I have a guitar in this batch, the one with two p90s on the previous page. I wanted to get an L5 but the two things I wanted were a beefy neck profile (about 1") and p90s, and most of the L5s in my price range from the 70s on have slimmer or medium necks and humbuckers. I would love a 50s L5 with p90s but they seem to go for around 20k, and I got this one for less than 6k. I will get Mark's guitar very soon and I'm very excited to play it. Of course it will be more of an electric guitar because of the 2 pickups and Mark built it with a thicker top than he would a more acoustic guitar. Mark has been great to work with and it's been a fun process.
    Lovely instrument! Please post some pix of your guitar once you have it in hand. I agree that an old L-5 with P-90s has a charm all its own, especially if it has the right neck.
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  5. #354

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiboyny
    I thought you had real data to offer.
    that is real data. you have no real argument.

  6. #355

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    Vinny
    I'm excited for you about this new guitar. Whatever the votes are on the Gibson vs. Campellone debate, clearly this guitar sets the bar on what a 17" archtop should look like and how it should be crafted. You know how much I love Gibsons, but I would be shocked if your new guitar does not leave virtually any Gibson in the dust. Not even because the Gibsons are "bad," but because this instrument is so fantastic.

    There is a Bible verse I love--not for religious reasons, btw (thought yeah, that too) but for it's logic. They guy in Proverbs 31:29 is loading up the praises for the ideal wife, and says something that I find arresting. "Many daughters have done excellently, but you excel them all."

    I love how he can praise his wife, but not by putting down other women. He doesn't say "In a world of really awful women, you're the best I can find." He says "All those other women are amazing! In a world full of fantastic, compelling women, you go beyond all of them."

    Your Campy looks like a guitar that will make even the best instruments out there pale in comparison. I hope I get to hear it played, not just drool over the pictures! I know you don't like to post clips, but could you let Stringswinger or JoeD or somebody play it and make a clip for us?

    I will seat all my Gibsons in front of the screen and say "Look here, you all, this is how it's done!"

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    Right on! Don Mills

  8. #357

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronjazz
    that is real data. you have no real argument.
    I have no argument at all. Seemed like a statement that had some fact behind it. In the end it's just an opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiboyny
    I have no argument at all. Seemed like a statement that had some fact behind it. In the end it's just an opinion.
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You're so sad. As if playing the actual guitars involved isn't enough for such a silly boy as you.

  10. #359

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    Joined the Campellone revolution this morning. Spoke to Mark, who is indeed the gentleman everyone says he is, and ordered a Deluxe model, Cherry Sunburst, thinline (a la Byrdland), 16 inches and floating pickup.

    I'll keep you posted as to its progress. Thanks to Vinny V. for sharing his expertise and experience with me.

    Tony D.

  11. #360
    Congrats Tony. Sounds like a sweet guitar. You will need to do a build post like this one so we can all rejoice with you......and drool too.

  12. #361

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotony
    Joined the Campellone revolution this morning. Spoke to Mark, who is indeed the gentleman everyone says he is, and ordered a Deluxe model, Cherry Sunburst, thinline (a la Byrdland), 16 inches and floating pickup.

    I'll keep you posted as to its progress. Thanks to Vinny V. for sharing his expertise and experience with me.

    Tony D.
    Congrats Tony - your expectations will certainly be met when dealing with Mark. He’s very accommodating and willing to please his customers.

  13. #362

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    Tony, Did you get into the October Schedule?
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Tony, Did you get into the October Schedule?
    JD
    I think Mark hinted at that but was uncertain. I'm just glad I decided to do this now, Joe. About 30 seconds into the call I realized that he's a straight-shooter.

    Can't wait to get to YouTube later.

    Hope all is well with you and yours.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotony
    I think Mark hinted at that but was uncertain. I'm just glad I decided to do this now, Joe. About 30 seconds into the call I realized that he's a straight-shooter.
    Can't wait to get to YouTube later.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Tony
    I hope you guys are going great too buddy.
    It is a priviledge to be able to have him build you a guitar. Missing out on John D'Angelico and James D'Aquisto makes this an opportunity that you just cant pass up.
    I am very happy for you Tony.
    Joe D

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    Hi,

    I got a note from Mark yesterday saying he is beginning selecting wood for the next build. I hope to be able to select the quilted maple for the neck, rims, and back soon.

    I am absolutely delighted. I have my "Special," serial number 322 to keep me patient while he crafts the next brotherhood of guitars.

    Don Mills

    PS: I agree that John D'Angelico and James D'Aquisto crafted wonderful instruments.. I have played a Monteleone once, it too was a dream.

  17. #366

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    Here are some more shots of my guitar. I'll try to add a video of me playing it in the future.
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    Gorgeous !

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    The V1K made the Campellone Walk of Fame on Mark's website. Sweet !The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-03acc88a-d032-48b1-aa23-d9af67ac8b13-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-505d4c5d-15af-4c7e-9cfd-7a976090500a-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-551d1965-7d4b-4b52-b679-d7946a931de6-jpg

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    Look at that fretwork. WOW

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    No offense meant to anyone else’s guitar, but that’s the nicest WesMo likely to ever grace these pages, perhaps you should name her Lady




    or Stella


  22. #371
    IMO if Gibson single bound the pickguard, F-holes, and headstock on the Solid Formed model with the 175 tailpiece those guitars would have flew off the shelves. Just a little extra single ply binding would have made that new model a real winner. They used gorgeous woods on the SF but the ES125 pickguard made it look like a budget guitar. All the SF's I seen had stunning woods. The SF was a great concept but just needed a tiny bit more bling for the price. The one I had was a great playing/sounding guitar. Just needed a bit more bang for the buck. This was my version of that guitar and the fretboard inlays were Mark's idea which I absolutely love. I was going with dots but Mark had a better idea. This guitar will be my last and the most fun to see come to life. This was a great ride for me......Thanks Mark !!!

  23. #372

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    This guitar will be my last
    Famous last words.

  24. #373

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    IMO if Gibson single bound the pickguard, F-holes, and headstock on the Solid Formed model with the 175 tailpiece those guitars would have flew off the shelves. Just a little extra single ply binding would have made that new model a real winner. They used gorgeous woods on the SF but the ES125 pickguard made it look like a budget guitar. All the SF's I seen had stunning woods. The SF was a great concept but just needed a tiny bit more bling for the price. The one I had was a great playing/sounding guitar. Just needed a bit more bang for the buck. This was my version of that guitar and the fretboard inlays were Mark's idea which I absolutely love. I was going with dots but Mark had a better idea. This guitar will be my last and the most fun to see come to life. This was a great ride for me......Thanks Mark !!!
    Not unlike my Peeless Monarch which continues to astound me with the quality and solidness of its construction. It's a "solid formed" top, lovely woods, and just enough bling to get a smile from me every time I pick it up. The fretwork and setup were flawless (from Guitars-n-Jazz).

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  25. #374

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    I have speculated that a formed top might be more resonant than a carved one, but I have no data to back that up, it's just a thought experiment. I have seen formed laminate tops that are loud and sound good acoustically, and these are mainly made from relatively thick laminations, not the thin ones usually seen. I have a ~1953 Epiphone Century, a student grade model archtop made entirely from plywood, with a few thick laminations, and it sounds amazingly good acoustically, even with a pickup routed into the top. Using a solid formed top certainly is much less wasteful of tonewood.

  26. #375

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    Bro, I am very happy with my Solid Formed. I love it and I will keep it for a long, long time.
    But your Campellone, is in a completely different league altogether. Carved Ultra premium woods, Better Pickup, Bound Headstock, 2nd to none build quality, The Tailpiece of all tailpieces, Ebony, Lets not forget, BIRDSEYE maple neck.. That ought to keep you happy for a long, long time.
    Damn, Im so happy for you.
    JD

  27. #376

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    I agree that the Solid Formed sounds amazing. Yes it would need more abalone unnecsary stuff for my eyes. Nevertheless i am diggin the superfat tone of my weighty L-5 Wesmo. I wish i can here campellones on a Tom Bridge and with ste humbuckers.

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    Here= hear.
    Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustavo Eiriz
    I agree that the Solid Formed sounds amazing. Yes it would need more abalone unnecsary stuff for my eyes. Nevertheless i am diggin the superfat tone of my weighty L-5 Wesmo. I wish i can here campellones on a Tom Bridge and with ste humbuckers.

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    Super fat tone. That is exactly what I want!
    I love it!
    JD

  30. #379

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    Not wanting to diverge too far from the main theme here, but The most acoustically alive archtop I've ever played is Steve Andersen's Double Top, no longer available, but astounding sound. If one ever shows up used, I'd be seriously tempted. It's not solid carved either, but 'formed'. Incredible.
    Vinny, you're going to need counseling for your relationship with your new roommate!

  31. #380
    Let's hope Gibson gets back to making archtops again at a price we can afford. IMO the Wesmo, TF, and 175 are tough acts to follow.Even Mark Campellone is a huge Gibson fanboy. As he says he drank the Kool-Aid too.
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  32. #381

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Let’s hope Gibson gets back to making archtops again at a price we can afford. IMO the Wesmo, TF, and 175 are tough acts to follow.
    Even Mark Campellone is a huge Gibson fanboy. As he says he drank the KoolAid too.
    hey Kool-Aid is good stuff. Drank it all my life. Even ATE several packs of Kool-Aid powder when I was a kid. Had to go to the doctor with ... seriously... I am not lying... VITAMIN C POISONING. Yes, too much Vitamin C will make you break out in body-wide skin rashes, itching, and other symptoms.

    But I never stopped liking Kool-Aid! Or Gibsons.

    I'd take a Campy though, in a heartbeat! Maybe one day I'll sell off a bunch of Gibby's and by a Campellone.

  33. #382

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    Army cooks used to use Kool-Aid powder to clean their grills. It will take off the burnt grease rather easily.

  34. #383

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    hey Kool-Aid is good stuff. Drank it all my life. Even ATE several packs of Kool-Aid powder when I was a kid. Had to go to the doctor with ... seriously... I am not lying... VITAMIN C POISONING. Yes, too much Vitamin C ... other symptoms..
    This certainly explains a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I'd take a Campy though, in a heartbeat! Maybe one day I'll sell off a bunch of Gibby's and by a Campellone.
    I can see where this is heading. You will enjoy your new Campellone.

  35. #384

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    In case anyone was wondering.

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    Very cool Hammer

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    That is some drop dead gorgeous wood. It might even prompt me to build another archtop. Just cant wait to see the finished article. Take as much time as you need to make that fantastic wood bloom into something totally awesome. I have a real thing about fancy grain timber and that sure ticks all the boxes.

    Managed to salvage a flowering cherry tree with awesome contrasting grain patterns, Will make a stunning back and sides. Cant wait for the stuff to dry!!!

    Best of luck with the project. Please post lots of progress photos.

    Best wishes
    Glenn

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    Lands in my hands Thursday.

  39. #388

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    The Music Emporium is about 20 minutes from me. They also have an awesome YT Channel. I haven't been to the shop yet. I'm too afraid of what might happen to my retirement fund.

  40. #389

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    Hi All.

    As I mentioned much earlier in this thread, I ordered a "Cameo" from Mark Campellone at the beginning of the year.

    The wait is over and Mark began his artistry last week! The specs are below and I have attached pictures of the progress on the top and back.

    Needless to say, I will pass on progress pictures.

    My best,

    Don Mills


    M. CAMPELLONE GUITARS5 MAPLEVILLE RDGREENVILLE, RI 02828USA


    CUSTOMER: DON MILLS
    2243 BAHAMA RD.
    LEXINGTON, KY 40509
    678-464-6676

    MODEL: CAMEO

    BODY: 17 X 3

    NECK: 25.5 X 1&3/4

    FINISH: CHESTNUT SB

    NOTES:

    FLOATING PU W/VOLUME ONLY
    3 PIECE NECK
    PREMIUM QUILTED MAPLE BACK & RIM
    HEEL MOUNT STRAP BUTTON
    PROGRESS PICS

    Attached are pictures of the
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  41. #390

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    Don,

    It's probably not the best idea to leave your address and phone numberr on a forum on internet !

    Beside that, thanks for sharing your building experience
    Looking forward for more progress pics !

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    now that's a prime chunk of blister, bubble, quilted maple......yikes!





  43. #392

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    Thanks much! Don6200

  44. #393
    Congrats in advance Don ! Can't wait to see the end result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    In case anyone was wondering.
    Ha! - very interesting to see that body shape comparison - cool!!!

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    A lot don't realize the thick piece of wood it requires to make top and back plates. Then when carving it you never know if there is a knot or big mineral streak hiding in the middle. Of course it doesn't effect sound just visual. Mark certainly has a good source for his woods as did Gibson. I remember when Jimmy D was building my NYer he was always stressed trying to get good flame maple. This was early 80's and flame maple was hard to get. He had to pay big bucks for it. He said people wouldn't buy his guitars unless they looked like a bengal tiger. He was adamant that plain maple like Norlin Gibson's sounded better though. The best sounding guitar I ever owned was a 1978 S400. Not a spec of flame. A big part of the archtop love though is visual. Mark Campellone wouldn't sell many guitars if the wood wasn't pretty. The visual part is as important as the sound. Archtop lovers want that eye candy too. My new V1K I stare at it for a while before I play it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulero
    Here are some more shots of my guitar. I'll try to add a video of me playing it in the future.
    Hello Gentleman,

    I have been following some of the Campellone Archtop threads and I have a question. What is that inside the guitar when looking through the pickup cutouts?

    looks like plastic bubble wrap, maybe for electric archtop feedback..??

    wondering..

    Thanks , Nick71

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  48. #397

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    Judging from the production state, that appears to be something like bubble wrap placed inside the body to protect the back from overspray when the finish is sprayed. It would be removed after the finish is complete.

  49. #398

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Judging from the production state, that appears to be something like bubble wrap placed inside the body to protect the back from overspray when the finish is sprayed. It would be removed after the finish is complete.
    Right - it's just crumpled up newspaper -

  50. #399

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Judging from the production state, that appears to be something like bubble wrap placed inside the body to protect the back from overspray when the finish is sprayed. It would be removed after the finish is complete.
    Thank You..

  51. #400

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    Hi all.

    As you may recall, I have a Campellone "Special." It's # 3220407. Think of it as a Johnnie Smith L-5. Blond, flame maple, standard scale, et cetera. I was introduced to Mark through a Guitar pro in Atlanta who showed me his John Monteleone and then let me play his "Campy." I think this was in 2005.



    Soon after, Mark and I began planning #322. His lead-time was over a year at that time! over the course of the conversation he selected the wood to put aside for that future build.

    Sometime later, Mark called saying he had a spot open up and asked if I wanted to proceed. Well, absolutely!

    I drove from Lexington, KY to RI when it was ready. What a treat I returned home with! #322 is still "opening up." Ambrosia!

    Last year I called Mark asking if he could put me in line for a "Cameo." It will be born with the completion of the 5 guitars Mark is now building!

    Specs:

    MODEL: CAMEO

    BODY: 17 X 3

    NECK: 25.5 X 1&3/4

    FINISH: CHESTNUT SB

    NOTES:

    FLOATING PU W/VOLUME ONLY
    3 PIECE NECK
    PREMIUM QUILTED MAPLE BACK & RIM

    HEEL MOUNT STRAP BUTTON
    PROGRESS PICS
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    More pix to come.

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