US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

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US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:35 am

Available for consideration is a 2017 Michael Thames concert classical guitar with an Italian Spruce top and African Blackwood back and sides.

Michael has started a La Leona Torres model for me, also in African Blackwood, which is the reason I'm listing this instrument.

Instrument Details:
• Type: Classical
• Year of construction: 2017
• Scale length (mm): 650
• Dexterity: Right-handed
• Finish: French polish
• Top: Italian Spruce
• Back/Sides: African Blackwood
• Neck: Spanish Cedar
• Fingerboard: African Blackwood; width @ nut: 51mm
• Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
• Bracing: Michael's Custom Bracing (Torres based)
• Tuners: Gotoh
• Overall length: 39"
• Body length: 19.25"
• Upper bout: 11"
• Lower bout: 14.31"
• Body depth: 3.88"-4.00"
• Location: San Jose, CA

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Re: US $6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:37 am

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by Tom » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:34 pm

Very rare to see such a new guitar available for sale after less than a year. Is this a Hauser style and you are asking him to build a Torres now ? Or this guitar does not meet your expectations, just curious.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by bacsidoan » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:59 pm

I can understand the OP thinking. A La Leona replica with a tornavoz by Michael Thames has a completely different sound from his other models. Not necessarily better, just different.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:51 pm

Thanks for the question. To bacsidoan's point, I really like experimenting with different build styles, and I've been wanting one of Michael's La Leona models with a tornavoz. He's not built one with African Blackwood yet. I think this instrument will make someone very happy.

Also, I recently purchased a Froggy Bottom steel string guitar. I can justify having two quality instruments much easier than three. :\

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by astro64 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:06 pm

There is a recent video up by Matt Palmer playing 5 different MT guitars, including a solid spruce top much like this one and a Torres/tornavoz instrument. You can get an idea of the difference in sound between them, although the sound one gets also depends on the performer of course. I think I would prefer the sound of this style instrument in the long run, but it is hard to predict of course. Either way, very nice instruments!

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by bacsidoan » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:11 pm

poriforo wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Thanks for the question. To bacsidoan's point, I really like experimenting with different build styles, and I've been wanting one of Michael's La Leona models with a tornavoz. He's not built one with African Blackwood yet. I think this instrument will make someone very happy.

Also, I recently purchased a Froggy Bottom steel string guitar. I can justify having two quality instruments much easier than three. :\
By the way, speaking as an owner of several Thames guitar, I recommend the carbon fiber tornavoz for your future guitar: Stronger, lighter and sounds better than a brass tube.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:11 am

astro64 wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:06 pm
There is a recent video up by Matt Palmer playing 5 different MT guitars, including a solid spruce top much like this one and a Torres/tornavoz instrument. You can get an idea of the difference in sound between them, although the sound one gets also depends on the performer of course. I think I would prefer the sound of this style instrument in the long run, but it is hard to predict of course. Either way, very nice instruments!
Thanks. I saw that this comparison was posted, but hadn't watched yet. Great to be able to hear several varations of Michael's offerings.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:14 am

bacsidoan wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:11 pm
poriforo wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Thanks for the question. To bacsidoan's point, I really like experimenting with different build styles, and I've been wanting one of Michael's La Leona models with a tornavoz. He's not built one with African Blackwood yet. I think this instrument will make someone very happy.

Also, I recently purchased a Froggy Bottom steel string guitar. I can justify having two quality instruments much easier than three. :\
By the way, speaking as an owner of several Thames guitar, I recommend the carbon fiber tornavoz for your future guitar: Stronger, lighter and sounds better than a brass tube.
Appreciate you sharing your perspective. I've spoken to Michael about this, and haven't finalilzed whether to try carbon fiber or brass material.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by John Jay » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:39 pm

Bump for a beautiful guitar from an exceptionally talented builder.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:07 pm

I wanted to share minor corrections to my listing for anyone who might be interested. When you reach a certain age, it helps to remove one's glasses before measuring something.
• Fingerboard: width @ nut: 52mm
• Overall length: 38.44"
• Upper bout: 11.13"
• Lower bout: 14.63"
• Body depth: 3.94"-4.19"

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by mvp019a » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:22 pm

I would just like to say that is really some top-shelf photography of that lovely guitar.
Mark

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by Justfun » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:40 am

What a lovely instrument...
Richard Reynoso, Cypress \ Spruce 2016
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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:42 am

mvp019a wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:22 pm
I would just like to say that is really some top-shelf photography of that lovely guitar.
It seems that in addition to having a passion for guitar building, Michael fancies himself a photographer as well.

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Re: US $.6000 Michael Thames Concert spruce 2017, San Jose

Post by poriforo » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:47 am

Justfun wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:40 am
What a lovely instrument...
Thank you. When you have built ~1,000 classical guitars without the use of apprentices, etc., you must be doing a few things correct. :wink:

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