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    So our temperature finally got close enough to that at Mark's location, so we shipped it next day and missed our next storm. If it helps anyone else, the difference between FedEx Second day and Overnight isn't that much, so I'd sure consider it. ( at least Conus anyway )....
    It was packed really well and thankfully there were no surprises. Per Mark's instructions, I just left it boxed for 2+ hours and it was ok.
    After I did the bridge placement, I tuned it up and played it a little.....I was / am really curious to see how it compares to my now-gone but still missed L-5 R/I and then my WesMo and 2 acoustic L-7's. I will try to do a demo but not sure.
    And keep in mind this was designed and is acoustic only, as are my others ( except the WesMo ) and strung with Elixirs, but this one's 16 inches.
    So far the sustain is surprising. From top to bottom and so far in any position, there's no dead spots. As far as volume, from what I can tell, it'll stay with these others. The feel, frets, f/b is classic L-5, but I really think you can get after one of his guitars with single note playing and make yourself heard. Like I said so far the sustain gets your attention.
    And then there's the look. Glad he decided to build it and sure glad I went ahead with it.
    Hope this helps.
    And thanks to those here who were kind enough to answer my questions throughout this - -including of course Mark C.
    The Campellone's on the left.
    Dennis

    New Campellone Day * Finally *-2-25-005-768x1024-jpg

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    Wow, that looks incredible. Very pleased for you, Dennis. Have fun together!

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    My goodness!!
    happy ngd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    Wow, that looks incredible. Very pleased for you, Dennis. Have fun together!
    Thanks Rob - - I remembered you wanted a demo, so I'll try. ( but I sure want to do one with no mistakes ) It's making me think of Jonathan Stout's descriptions of those '30's L-5's.......I may never get those out of my head.

    Dennis

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    HNGD! Any chance we could get a few more pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSanta
    HNGD! Any chance we could get a few more pictures?
    Gallery | MCampellone.com | Page 5

    These are from Mark C's gallery...better than any I'd be able take......

    Dennis

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    wonderful..glad it arrived safe and sound dd...looks great!!!

    a nice pair

    cheers

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    That's some world-class woodwork! Those inlays are sweet. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Another Mr.C masterpiece. Congrats Dennis. Waiting for it to get warm enough to ship must have been a nail biter. Good things come to those who wait. Do enjoy Sir.

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    Congrats Dennis ! It’s beautiful and I hope it meets your expectations- do enjoy.

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    we’re both lucky our guitars arrived today as the weather in the Chicago area is taking a nasty turn. Mark did an amazing job, vongratulations

    BigMike

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    nice! how does it sound compared to the orig Gibson?
    very different I'd imagine.

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    Beautiful, congratulations.
    By playing Campellone guitar and hearing them on youtube, i have been amazed too by how good sustain is on his guitars, even with an ebony bridge.

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    A beauty! I bet it sounds spectacular!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    nice! how does it sound compared to the orig Gibson?
    very different I'd imagine.
    The original has a rosewood f/b and bridge, is 17 in., but is x-braced.....
    This one has an ebony fb and bridge, and has parallel bracing. ( see photo ). New Campellone Day * Finally *-img_9569_1-jpg
    The depth of bass response is understandably less but there's not a lot of volume loss. I like to dig in at times with single notes and it'll ' stay with you' if that makes sense. If this were seventeen inches, I'd be surprised (' shocked ' ? ) if it didn't blow away both my '52 L-7 and maybe the '37. Right now it seems to hold its' own with them at 16 inches.
    I think it'll get even more interesting when it opens up some more.

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    That's a beautiful guitar - congrats and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ
    we’re both lucky our guitars arrived today as the weather in the Chicago area is taking a nasty turn. Mark did an amazing job, vongratulations

    BigMike


    Congrats to you as well Mike !!

    And Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    That's some world-class woodwork! Those inlays are sweet. Congratulations, and play it in good health!
    I knew I had the right idea once I saw Mark add it to his gallery.


    Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Another Mr.C masterpiece. Congrats Dennis. Waiting for it to get warm enough to ship must have been a nail biter. Good things come to those who wait. Do enjoy Sir.
    Thanks Vinny.
    Now I remember how Mark made me measure the depth of my '37 fb & neck. I had to get my neighbor the engineer over with his calipers. That'll be Mark's and my inside joke - -I'm guessing Mark had an idea but ok we sent them to him anyway. And of course he nailed it !

    Good luck with yours.
    Last edited by Dennis D; 02-26-2020 at 11:08 AM.

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    Congratulations Dennis.
    What a beauty. I am anxious to hear your opinion of the Campy vs the Benchmark.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with us.
    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Congratulations Dennis.
    What a beauty. I am anxious to hear your opinion of the Campy vs the Benchmark.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with us.
    Joe D
    Thanks Joe.
    As far as a comparison between the '36 L-7 and the Camp., I knew I would want to do that, so I put Elixir 12's on both my L-7's. Both are full acoustics w/no p/u's, but the L-7's are 17's and the Camp is 16, also strung w/ Elixir 12's.
    So far, the Camp.'s volume is a surprise. It'll stay with the '36 for single notes without even playing it hard, which I like to do at times. The '36 is smoother and fuller and has that bottom. I'll never not like that sound - -and probably always like that '36 sound best of all my guitars !
    If this Camp.opens up and mellows even a little, my next experiment will be flats ! I know......But, my reasoning is that yes, while flats may mellow it a little, with the volume it has, it may very well help it sound fuller. We'll see ! I did learn that my larger guitars can indeed hide more of the round wound string noise, but maybe at 16 in., a smaller guitar can't hide that noise as well.
    Hope that helps Joe and as always thanks and take care.
    Dennis
    Last edited by Dennis D; 02-27-2020 at 08:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Gallery | MCampellone.com | Page 5

    These are from Mark C's gallery...better than any I'd be able take......

    Dennis
    wow , that workmanship is off
    the chart !!

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    Sorry Bro, but the "new" Max405 avatar looks like Shrek and human Princess Fiona.

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    Hahahaa...
    You are right bro.
    That's my baby. We've been together 38 years. Through good times and bad times, she always been at my side.
    Hopefully another 38 years. But she will be in back of me pushing my wheelchair for the last 2 of those years..
    JD


    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Sorry Bro, but the "new" Max405 avatar looks like Shrek and human Princess Fiona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Hahahaa...
    You are right bro.
    That's my baby. We've been together 38 years. Through good times and bad times, she always been at my side.
    Hopefully another 38 years. But she will be in back of me pushing my wheelchair for the last 2 of those years..
    JD
    The good book says : a virtuous woman is worth more than diamonds and rubies.

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    That is great information.
    Only Mark will really know if the Campellone will open up and to what extent..
    He makes them with such great precision, that it seems they come to you with a responsiveness and accuracy of sound that I personally would never want to hear go away or mellow.
    Flats will help. Thomastiks will get thumpy in a about a week of spirited playing whereas Chromes will stay bright for a while. I just like the way Tommys make any guitar "feel". Thomastik Jazz Swing 13's on Mikey's Standard are absolutely the perfect string for that guitar and my light touch.
    I personally think if Johnny Smith was still alive, he would LOVE Campellone guitars. They follow every principle he ever expected out of a guitar. And electric guitar that was equally as spectacular unplugged. Accuracy, playability, consistency, powerful tone and built like panzer tank. Fast, solid, light and nimble. Johnny would finally have had the signature model that consistantly met and even exceeded his expectations.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us Dennis. Awesome.
    Joe D


    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Thanks Joe.
    As far as a comparison between the '36 L-7 and the Camp., I knew I would want to do that, so I put Elixir 12's on both my L-7's. Both are full acoustics w/no p/u's, but the L-7's are 17's and the Camp is 16, also strung w/ Elixir 12's.
    So far, the Camp.'s volume is a surprise. It'll stay with the '36 for single notes without even playing it hard, which I like to do at times. The '36 is smoother and fuller and has that bottom. I'll never not like that sound - -and probably always like that '36 sound best of all my guitars !
    If this Camp.opens up and mellows even a little, my next experiment will be flats ! I know......But, my reasoning is that yes, while flats may mellow it a little, with the volume it has, it may very well help it sound fuller. We'll see ! I did learn that my larger guitars can indeed hide more of the round wound string noise, but maybe at 16 in., a smaller guitar can't hide that noise as well.
    Hope that helps Joe and as always thanks and take care.
    Dennis

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    Congratulations again. I have a "Special" Mark built for me 14 years ago. It is his 332nd guitar. The year before, my L-5C was in the shop for refretting. The luthier was a pro vocalist and showed me his two babies: a Montellone and a Campellone. Both played circles around the L-5 and I was on the horn with Mark that day.

    It took a year before 322 was ready. I drove to Mark's shop to pick it up. What a treat to meet Mark and take delivery.

    Mark and I have been talking for over a year and I have a "Cameo" on order. It will be in his next build. Same specs as 322: 17", 25.5" scale, 3" rims, 1 11/16" nut. The maple will be quilted this time rather than flamed and the finish antique natural.

    Have a blast with your Campy.

    ...and 322 will stay with me.