Vintage spruce day

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Contreras
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Contreras » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:28 pm

Vincent Tan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:59 am
Contreras wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:52 am
Vincent Tan wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:36 pm
This is gorgeous! Congratulations on your new guitar!
Thanks Vincent - I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at exactly the right time
Did you get from Beverly? I was there a couple of weeks ago and she really had some fine guitars. I ended up buying one!
Correct - she was extremely helpful - really stepped up to help me get it.

(What did you buy?)
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Vincent Tan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:25 pm

Contreras wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:28 pm
Vincent Tan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:59 am
Contreras wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:52 am


Thanks Vincent - I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at exactly the right time
Did you get from Beverly? I was there a couple of weeks ago and she really had some fine guitars. I ended up buying one!
Correct - she was extremely helpful - really stepped up to help me get it.

(What did you buy?)
It must be beautiful. She was telling me about that Simplicio during my visit and she gave me the impression that it truly is a thing of beauty. How is it coming a long on its first few days with you? I bought the 1971 Friederich. Best sounding Friederich I've put my hands on (probably one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played).

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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Philosopherguy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:23 pm

Excuse my ignorance, but who is Beverly?

Beautiful guitar! Congratulations!

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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Contreras » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:56 pm

Philosopherguy wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:23 pm
Excuse my ignorance, but who is Beverly?

Beautiful guitar! Congratulations!

Martin
Beverly Maher of Guitar Salon NY - lovely
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Contreras » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:38 am

Vincent Tan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:25 pm
Contreras wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:28 pm
Vincent Tan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:59 am


Did you get from Beverly? I was there a couple of weeks ago and she really had some fine guitars. I ended up buying one!
Correct - she was extremely helpful - really stepped up to help me get it.

(What did you buy?)
It must be beautiful. She was telling me about that Simplicio during my visit and she gave me the impression that it truly is a thing of beauty. How is it coming a long on its first few days with you? I bought the 1971 Friederich. Best sounding Friederich I've put my hands on (probably one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played).
Return congratulations are in order Vincent. Friederich is up there in the Pantheon of Master Luthiers ... I haven't had the pleasure of encountering one as yet. Enjoy!
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Vincent Tan » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:40 am

Contreras wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:38 am
Vincent Tan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:25 pm
Contreras wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:28 pm


Correct - she was extremely helpful - really stepped up to help me get it.

(What did you buy?)
It must be beautiful. She was telling me about that Simplicio during my visit and she gave me the impression that it truly is a thing of beauty. How is it coming a long on its first few days with you? I bought the 1971 Friederich. Best sounding Friederich I've put my hands on (probably one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played).
Return congratulations are in order Vincent. Friederich is up there in the Pantheon of Master Luthiers ... I haven't had the pleasure of encountering one as yet. Enjoy!
Thank you! We both have newly acquired beautiful tools for music making! Enjoy your Simplicio in good health, sir!

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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:33 pm

If you aren't cured we are having you committed. Does the guitar have a french polish or is it lacquer? It looks pristine...is that what people do with these old relics? Marvel at them and fear scratches...

Drink some wine, celebrate your first ding :) I'd ding that.

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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by rojarosguitar » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:04 pm

Beautiful!
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Contreras » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:16 am

MessyTendon wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:33 pm
If you aren't cured we are having you committed. Does the guitar have a french polish or is it lacquer? It looks pristine...is that what people do with these old relics? Marvel at them and fear scratches...

Drink some wine, celebrate your first ding :) I'd ding that.
French polish, almost pristine ... no dings, minor signs that it has been played under the right hand, couple of minimal string bites behind the bridge. I believe it's 'one family' ... the vendor got it from his grandfather.
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Michael.N. » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:22 am

That's astonishing condition for a guitar that is just about 90 years old.
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by AbrahamPak » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:44 am

Agreed. I was marveling at how pristine a 90 years old guitar looked. Beautiful guitar.

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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Dofpic » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:36 pm

The tone of Simplicio is sublime as I can attest from the 1931 that I had owned. Smooth as silk. Impossible to make a bad tone on that guitar. Enjoy her.
Spruce,2011Fritz Ober(maple), 2015 Eric Sahlin, 2006 Greg Byers(fan not lattice)2009 Eric Monrad(maple/Brazilian/spruce)
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Finn Wandahl » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:18 pm

Congratulations! This 1929 Simplicio looks absolutely beautiful in all its lovely details. The carvings on the head looks very well, and makes you wonder why these carved heads are so rarely seen these days. It is a wonderful way to decorate a guitar.
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Michael.N. » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:27 pm

It costs, is time consuming and most guitar makers haven't got the skill, so it's another skill that they would have to acquire. Nor does it guarantee that the guitar is going to fly our of the workshop door. I don't know a great deal about Simplicio but it's quite possible that the carving was done by another craftsman, a specialist. That division of labour (or guilds) was common in the 18 th and 19 th centuries.
It's also a matter of taste. Not everyone likes that kind of fancy decoration. I for one prefer simple, rather austere looking guitars but with a very elegant plantilla. Sometimes overly showy ornamentation can detract.
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Re: Vintage spruce day

Post by Contreras » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm

Dofpic wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:36 pm
The tone of Simplicio is sublime as I can attest from the 1931 that I had owned. Smooth as silk. Impossible to make a bad tone on that guitar. Enjoy her.
I will, thank you Jim. You may recall I asked about yours before you let her go. Still nicely documented on Aaron Green's site.
Best,
Simon
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