Rosewood Guitar Seattle

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Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:01 am

I was wondering if anybody has experience with Rosewood guitar in Seattle. Also if there is any place else in Seattle that I should check out, I would appreciate the info. I will be in Seattle tomorrow.

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by cedartop » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:36 am

I have not dealt with them in a long time (I live too far away), but my experiences were good. Dake Traphagen speaks very favorably of them as do guitarists I know in the Portland, Oregon area.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Steve Ganz » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:45 am

Good to look at a bunch of guitars. They are fair and straight-forward in their business practice.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:50 am

Steve Ganz wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:45 am
Good to look at a bunch of guitars. They are fair and straight-forward in their business practice.
If you make it up to Blaine, stop by my place.
I just might do that one of these days. I am going to Seattle tomorrow to see the rock band Night Ranger at a casino show, but I will have the whole day until about 2pm. After that we will be hanging out with the band until the show.

I play a Ramirez 4NE, as it was the best guitar I could find in the Eugene, Oregon area. But I am now searching for a better, or should I say different sound. I am going to be looking especially at Spruce guitars. I am going to try lots and see what characteristics I like about the guitar's that I try.

It's going to be a long process. I am looking for "the one" in a way. Now that I know a bit about CG, at least more than I knew two years ago, I believe that I can spend my money more wisely than in the past. Like many, I had my start on a Cordoba C5. So when the Ramirez came along, after the C5, and lots of other lower end CGs, I was blown away. But now, as I've grown up a bit, not so much. I just got rid of two other Ramirez in the last several months and I want to try other makers, but won't be able to buy one until next year at the earliest. I am in "kicking tires" mode now. I played a guitar by Argentinian luthier Esteban Gonzales that I liked, but it was far beyond my reach as of late.

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by montana » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:16 am

Night Ranger,,,,.wow are you kidding me? One of the few I've not seen. Always wanted to. Can you please let us know how it went?

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by montana » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:18 am

According to an old teacher in Victoria B.C, rosewood was well worth the trip from Victoria .

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by oski79 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:21 am

I took lessons at Rosewood for about five years before I moved away from the area. Rosewood is really the hub of the classical guitar scene in Seattle. Great selection of guitars, ranging from student to high end luthier guitars, and a good selection of sheet music and cd's. But all that is kind of meaningless unless the staff lives up to it. And all of the staff there are very qualified players and teachers.

Definitely stop by if you have the chance.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Tubbers » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:33 am

Was Rosewood the one that was hit by an arsonist some years back?
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:12 am

montana wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:16 am
Night Ranger,,,,.wow are you kidding me? One of the few I've not seen. Always wanted to. Can you please let us know how it went?
Sure, I’ll let you know how it is. The drummer is my son’s uncle (by marriage). His mom married the drummers brother. They are awesome live. Seen em before, back in the day. It’s cool that we get to hang around with them for awhile later today. I really hope to get a look at Brad’s Strat.

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:17 am

Tubbers wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:33 am
Was Rosewood the one that was hit by an arsonist some years back?
Yes it is, I just googled it. 2009, or so.

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by oski79 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:21 pm

Yup, the building was damaged and the store was closed for a number of months. Fortunately no major losses in guitars.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Tubbers » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:58 pm

oski79 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Yup, the building was damaged and the store was closed for a number of months. Fortunately no major losses in guitars.
I thought that was it. He was a serial arsonist and got 30 years in prison.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:07 am

There was also a gas main explosion a couple years after the arson incident that damaged Rosewood some more so they had to remodel again. It's not open as many days of the week these days but it's still going. I haven't been by in a while and will have to pay a visit one of these days. They have a pretty nice in-store range of music scores and CDs. I found a Gilbert Biberian guitar sonata there one of the last times I visited.

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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Mike Steede » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:23 pm

cedartop wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:36 am
I have not dealt with them in a long time (I live too far away), but my experiences were good. Dake Traphagen speaks very favorably of them as do guitarists I know in the Portland, Oregon area.
Re: your double-tops - how would you rate them against traditional guitars? Any other observations? I'm looking at having a cedar double-top made for me.
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Re: Rosewood Guitar Seattle

Post by Guther » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:25 am

I was in Seattle a few months back and made it a point to carve out time to go visit. The selection of CG's was pleasantly surprising and I remember being impressed with the service. They carry guitars from builders in the Pacific Northwest, which gives you access to guitars you don't normally see elsewhere. I would recommend this place and plan on visiting again if I make it back to Seattle.
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