I'm doing a lot of guitar peddling at the moment. I'm keen to get the guitar sound right for ZaraMeow, the new duo I'm involved with, and am therefore in the process of trying different things (including rock organ & ukulele actually). My Cole Clark Angel - which I bought primarily for the BEDuo - is currently in repair at Cole Clark in Melbourne, about to sit or having sat at the operating table today. Even Brad Clark, the owner of the company, called me about the guitar when he discovered I was nonplussed with the service at the shop from which I bought the instrument. We chatted for half-an-hour. I liked him, he was articulate and passionate and almost zealous in his striving for customer satisfaction and his quest to make great guitars. All the time I was pinching myself that I was talking to 'Brad Clark', the owner of Cole Clark who are making their name felt throughout the guitar-making world. I was talkin' down the line to a legend!
I'm hoping the guitar can be remedied sufficiently. Basically the tuning is stuffed down the lower end on the top three strings, particularly the B-string. I can't operate with crappy tunings, I get jarred and moody and crabby. If a guitar can't hold its tuning, ie, you play an E-chord and it sounds fine but then play a D-chord and it sounds like your ears have haemorrhaged, then it's deemed unplayable in my opinion. Tomorrow I find out what the verdict is. I hope all is well with the instrument, the Cole Clark Angel truly is an 'angel' of a guitar. Sounds of sweetness embodied in Australian tonewood despite the fractureness of the some of the tuning.
I may sell a guitar, perhaps my Maton CW80. I've bought and sold guitars before, sometimes trade-ins, sometimes private deals, and usually I do well with it. So with all of this going on today I purchased a Maton EST65c at HALF-PRICE!!! I discovered a store in Adelaide online that have the guitar listed on their red-hot specials page, and the reason they're selling it so low is because it's been sitting on the shelf for over 5 years. I can understand this. The EST65C is not the greatest guitar when played acoustically (although it's damned nice..). No, it just happens to be the sweetest & godliest sounding guitar when plugged in. You see, it's a thinline acoustic guitar that's made of high-grade solid Spruce top and solid North American Rock Maple (or Sugar Maple) back and sides and neck, unusually so for Maton in that it utilises no local woods at all. It sounds like the maple leaf would sound itself, crystalline, treacly, translucent and shimmery. I know this because I actually owned one but sold it to a friend who loved it so much and the neck was a bit too wide for me anyway. If the guitar is not up-to-standard, and I doubt this will be the case, I could actually sell it at a profit. I will pay an extra $50 for a decent service and I'll be owning an awesome guitar at half-price.
This guitar features a standard natural gloss which means it will be very blond throughout wheras the guitar I once owned and sold featured a sunburst gloss.
The things we do. What an indulgent git I am. I miss Rock Maple you see - Maple is my wood, American maple that is. Australian Maple in the form of Queensland Maple, which is more of a Mahogany-type wood, I do enjoy but American Maple just has that cool-climate shimmery quality that sends me away. I've done my best gigs with Rock Maple. I look forward to having rock maple again and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like with ZaraMeow. I have maple leaf jewellery that I bought in the town of Bright in Victoria that is boulevarded with Maple & Plane trees that I shall adorn the guitar with.
(I hope to God that Bright didn't burn down in the bushfires...the point is many pretty towns and farms and houses burnt down and people lost their lives so the whole thing is one enormous, crying tragedy).
And I will sell and/or offload guitars yes I will. Or just give 'em away. I'd love to buy guitars for all my friends, I don't care if I'm broke doing that, I just love acoustic guitars so much. And I want my good friends to own nice guitars. There's a blue Ovation I would just love to give away to someone..... ;)
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