greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

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greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by marymezzo » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:25 am

Hello, all--

i studied classical guitar as a young teen many years ago . . . then focused on vocal music for most of my adult life. I returned to study of the classical guitar two years ago--with the same teacher, Larry Long, whom I had when I was young.

i've made a lot of progress in the past two years but have a long way to go. I'm currently playing Pavan guitar TP-30-64, and I'm quite satisfied with it. But I've also put down a deposit to have a guitar made for me by Zebulon Turrentine (http://www.zebulonturrentine.com). I've been wanting one of his since hearing one of his instruments two years ago.

Mary

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by George Crocket » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:12 am

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by Jack Douglas » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:07 am

Mary,
Welcome and congratulations on getting a Zebulon Turrentine. His guitars are beautiful and he is a very nice person. His finish work is exceptional. Zeb just delivered a new guitar to a friend of mine in Kentucky who says it's the finest guitar he's ever played. Zeb did a French polish refresh on a guitar of mine and it was better than new when I got it back. Be sure to let us know when you get your new guitar from Zeb!
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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by marymezzo » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:56 pm

Jack--

Thank you for the welcome. It's great to hear what you've said about your friend's new guitar and the quality of the finish work he did on your guitar.

I had a chance to play one of Zeb's guitars recently, as our ensemble teacher has one. Damn, it's good. Mine is still in the works, but I'll report once I get it in my hands.

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by marymezzo » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:06 pm

Hi, everyone--

Just a quick update on my Zebulon Turrentine guitar. I picked it up on Friday, and it is everything I hoped it would be. Gorgeous to look it, gorgeous to hear. It's better than I am, so now I'm in the position of being inspired by my excellent guitar to keep improving as a player.

The instrument has a lot of projection, and it has what I'd call a very warm, sweet, rich sound.

One of the things I like about Zeb is that he's continually striving for a certain sound and focused on continuous improvement. He braced mine three times, he said, to achieve the resonance he wanted.

I loved my Pavan guitar (bought two years ago), but now I'm going to put it on the market. I still have my old Aria guitar from 1971 as a backup.

OK, here are photos of my new guitar:

http://zebulonturrentine.com/no41

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Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed May 03, 2017 1:29 am

Wow that is awesome. I like the rosette. And I like the rosewood. I prefer nice straight grained, dark IRW sound wise to BRW, which is a bit snappy a lot of the time. I feel that straight grained wood transmits vibration better. All of my guitars I've had, they've all had nice straight grained wood.

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed May 03, 2017 1:57 am

By the way, what kind are the tuning machines?

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by bacsidoan » Wed May 03, 2017 2:28 am

Gotoh 35G510S

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Re: greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee

Post by marymezzo » Wed May 03, 2017 2:27 pm

Thank you, bacsidoan, for the info about the tuning machines were.

Thanks, Laudiesdad69, for your kind comments. I love this guitar!

I didn't mention before that it's quite heavy. The sides and back are laminated to cherry.

My guitar teacher is blown away by the projection this guitar has. He has a significant hearing loss, and he joked the other day that maybe his hearing wasn't so bad--he just wasn't listening to the right instruments.

:-)

I'm practicing now to perform (in a couple of weeks) the Stanley Yates arrangement of the Prelude to Bach Cello Suite No. 1. The new instrument is highly motivating.

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