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12 fret guitars are the original Martin designs - from size 2 to the dreadnought. Originally based on European classic guitars, they were redesigned and refined by C F Martin and co, with new methods of strutting the tops to enable varying sizes based on the size of venue - amateur, concert, grand concert, to auditorium. The dreadnought design originally made under protest for the Ditson company was proposed to be a dual use instrument with an interchangeable nut enabling both Hawaiian and "Spanish" style playing. They we not a success and the were regarded as grossly oversized. After Ditson closed down during the depression Martin decided to try them under thoer own name in 1931 - the D1, and D2, soon after renamed the D18 and D28. Again, whilst a superb design , they were not a commercial success. Popular music was changing and the guitar was changing from a small, rather quiet solo instrument to a rhythm instrument for ex tenor banjo players in jazz and dance bands. Gibson offered the Archtop guitar, National offered the loud but heavy resonator guitar, and Martin offered the "OM" (Orchestra Model) a squashed version of the 000 model with 14 frets exposed and a thinner fretboard (as close as feasible to a tenor banjo).They also produced a similr modified dreadnought which they also described as an "OM" but it didn't have the harsh projection of competitors and so Gibson won out. However the 14 fret Martin was a good strumming instrument for folk genres and has now become a world standard design although the original version is actually more suitable for modern more intricate styles.
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No Special Tools Required basic action adjust on acoustic guitar ,,simple tools .. very easy... Do it yourself Action adjustment for acoustic guitar .. neck adjust, truss rod adjust, nut adjusts, string height adjust, bridge adjust, saddle adjust I have been playing guitars for over 50 years and have been building and repairing them for over 48.... my dad was a master machinist, gun smith, mechanical engineer and electronics guy so I grew up in a true DIY environment I think most repair guys want to make it seem hard ..ITS NOT .. a few tools and a bit of understanding and you are good to go .. hope this little vid helps you on your way
Why you should consider buying a 12 fret guitar
Since the arrival of Martin's OM design in 1929 it's fair to say that acoustic guitarists have embraced the idea of a 14-fret neck, perhaps understandably viewing the traditional 12-fret design as limiting. However, from the sonic point of view there is no denying that 12-fret guitars can have very real sonic and ergonomic advantages over their elongated brethren. TNAG's Michael Watts explores further...
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Good morrow fellow #guitargeek and welcome to the day formerly known as "Just Tuesday," now celebrated and revered as Acoustic Tuesday.
5 items await you on the sacred #guitargeek scroll this week so let us halt the introductions and partake in a journey of discovery.
Our hyper hair follicled friend is back to shed wisdom on a question asked by one of our very own Acoustic Tuesday viewers. Matt Chulka, acoustic aficionado, beard maintenance master, and an overall awesome dude from Eddie's guitars in St. Louis shares his wisdom as he discusses the impact of a 12 fret neck to body joint and a 14 fret neck to body joint. If you have ever wondered what the deal with this is you have to tune into the episode to learn more; I think you will be surprised at how it affects more than just the aesthetic of the guitar.
So here's the situation: You have a pickup on your guitar, you aren't plugged in at the moment, and you enjoy playing with a strap around your guitar. Seems like a normal situation right? ...until the strap lets go of the input jack and nearly falls to the floor. Something that no guitarist ever wants to experience. Never fear Strap Jack is here to remedy this very scenario. Strap Jack is a device that locks your strap in on the input jack end and uses a rubber washer on the other to bring you peace of mind that your guitar is not going anywhere. Think of it like a strap lock specifically designed for guitars with a pickup. There is also a bonus use for it too... do you have a mixer or other piece of gear that you want to block inputs on? Strap Jack works like a charm. I also really appreciate that the cost is super low on these so you can get one for each guitar that has a pickup and just store them in the case for those "just in case" moments.
Have you ever heard someone who's voice makes your head snap back, ears perk up, and every hair on the back of your neck stand up? The person I am listening to this week does that very thing to me...
Tyler Childers is someone who was introduced to me via Colter Wall's latest album (He happens to sing on the song Fraulein). In addition to being the guest vocal on that album, many Acoustic Tuesday viewers told me about him so I had to do the full deep dive and I am so happy I did. Tyler has a knack for writing wonderfully descriptive songs and his voice delivers them in such a way that leaves you wanting more and more. His voice seems to be a cross between classic country and traditional bluegrass, but I can't say he sounds like anyone except, well... Tyler Childers. The standout tune for me is Purgatory off of his newest album of the same name as well as the tune that closes the album, entitled, Lady May. If you dig heartfelt delivery with a voice that has a bit of twang you will not be disappointed with Tyler's newest album... or his older one for that matter.
What happens when you gather 7 luthiers and inspire them with 7 significant artists from their locale. You end up getting 7 (actually 8) guitars that are chocked full of inspiration... this is what the Group of Seven Guitar Project is based on. This project includes Canadian luthiers: Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer, Sergei de Jonge, Jean Larrivee, Tony Duggan-Smith, George Gray, and David Wren. Each luthier was commissioned to build a guitar inspired by one artist from the Group of Seven (the Group of Seven refers to 1920's Canadian landscape artists Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael, Frank Johnston, F.H. Varley, and A.Y. Jackson) The results were absolutely amazing, inspiring, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, and you can see them in the documentary dedicated to these guitars and their making. You will get a peek at the guitars and each individual luthier's thought process behind their design. Truly fascinating stuff for any #guitargeek.
This week we get to gawk at some awesome guitarsenals from our very own #guitargeek ranks. Make sure to watch the full episode to see some really outstanding guitars, smiles, family members, and even some furry friends. This week there is a vintage Gibson, some stellar small bench luthier made guitars, some eyebrow-raising oddballs, and even Marty Mcfly... yes, Marty Mcfly... You'll have to watch the show to find out about that one.
May your ears encounter wonderful music and sweet melodies as the page turn on another episode of Acoustic Tuesday.
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