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Playing the Gretsch Oil Can today mostly just to figure out where the pickup goes before drilling holes to install it. A lot of people mount the pickup right against the neck and it does sound mellow there but I found that it loses a bit of the resonator mechanical sound so I moved it back to where it is in the picture and it seems to sound more like the unamplified guitar does in that location.

I like the National Slimline Humbucker; its sounds close to the guitar sound and better than any of the piezo resonator pickups that I've hard so far.

I will add tone and volume pots later and the guitar still needs a set up because it’s a little bit tough to play and since I don’t play slide I don’t need high action.


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Guild F-30 : Really sounds great with fresh strings ! :)
Even reminded me the sounds of a 12-strings acoustic for a moment... :D
Nope ! Really do not need a 12-strings acoustic ! ;)
 

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Began the "knock-out" duels among my herd.
Today, Larrivee OM-09 against Guild F-30.
The F-30 appeared bigger... probably because of the pick guard... because the bodies are almost identical. Both have some spruce tops and Rosewood back and sides as far as I remember. The OM-09 has a bit longer scale. I though both had same strings, but the F-30 has still fresh ernie ball Al/Br while the OM-09 has two months old GHS Al/Br, since I had forbidden the OM-09 and ernie ball Al/Br marriage after previous experience according to my records. I played a few fingerstyle pieces on both, back and forth : The Larrivee OM-09 seems to deliver a bit more overtones, while the Guild F-30 would sound nearer to a clean country sound but the difference is not that big, so that I could definitely let one go : The question remains which one but I do have a few cold months ahead of me to anwer this difficult question
 

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First real fresh snow in Quebec City this morning ! :)
So I took my Xmas pieces books from the shelf...
and played some pieces on the joyful Martin OOO-18 ! ;)
But the rain is now washing out the snow ! :(
 

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I’ve been playing bass in a band and neglecting my guitars. I decided to play my Yamaha LL16M. The strings were pretty old. I had Elixers on it. I had a set of D’Addario phosphor bronze on hand so I put them on. It will take a while to get used to the difference. The phosphor bronze are very bright. I like the tone but it is very different from the Elixers, not as full, more treble, but very articulate. You can hear every string.

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Always kinda dug the Yamaha LL. The local had one once that I thought was killer. Shoulda bought it.
When I bought it I went to the local L&M and tried every acoustic in the $3,000 range in the store. None of them did it for me. I really wanted a Larrivee but tried them all Gibson, Martin, Taylor, etc. As I was about to leave the salesperson suggested I try the Yamaha. I saved a lot of money that day.
 

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Today, rhe Martin OOO-18 again playing those Xmas songs again.

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Interesting how everybody has his own tastes : I went the other way with the Yamaha LS-16 I once owned since I got bored with its cristal clear tone. Maybe I should have tried Elixir or D'Addario EXP before allowing it to go... :( Or maybe I did... do not remember.
I was not impressed either with the LL I expected to sound more bassier than the LS...
Nor the clearly more expensive (made in Japan instead of China) LL-26...
Yep ! "Taste" is in the receiver ! ;)
 

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Still playing the J-15. The new 80/20's have settled and this guitar is sounding positively marv. Given how much I've been playing it, I think it has become my couch guitar.

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The Taylor 322 again practicing/revisiting pieces for Xmas eve, could we gather this year !
 

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Spent an hour or so on this Heintzman grand this morning. My little volunteer job of occasionally opening a church on Sunday mornings has resumed, unseen since before Covid, and with it is the opportunity to play a really good piano in a really good room. Not guitar, that was last week, but just as acoustic.
 
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