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helicopter

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Omaha, Nebraska

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I've been at it since age 15.
Got me a Taylor 816ce
and a Martin D-18GE

Speak up - I do have a question for a pro.

{Commercial break}

TRUMP tonight. Law and Order Speech. Fox 9pm
Milwaukee of all places.

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

08-16-2016 10:20 PM
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870heli

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Monson Ma. USA

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I don't but member gmcullan plays and has for a long time. Tell him Buz gave you his name.

08-17-2016 02:17 AM
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gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I've played for 52+ years, (6 and 12 string guitar, 4 and 5 string bass guitar, and keyboards) also building and repairing for 15+ years. Have my own recording studio with a 64 track deck and also "in the box" capabilities with Cubase. Worked as a performing musician for 50 years. Still perform on an average of twice a month.

What are your questions?

By the way, Buz is definitely one of the "good guys".

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

08-17-2016 02:33 AM
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helicopter

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Omaha, Nebraska

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Gerry, I sent you a pm. Thank you.

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

08-17-2016 03:38 AM
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outhouse

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auburn ca

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IM impressed Byron

Yamaha FG210 12 string, FG160 both japan models

Old Nylon string.

If I do get a Taylor ill get the newer style 914, love the arm rest, but the tone seemed so much more alive on the 914 then the 816. Not knocking it, it is an outstanding instrument.

08-17-2016 05:10 AM
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outhouse

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This was a totaled nylon string of unknown origin the paper label was gone when I got it with dented frets.

Refinished the poor wood, re glued trusses loose inside, as well as leveled the frets, re glued fret board, and reglued the bridge, and its using La bella folk singers.

Watch at YouTube

Sat in a hot room no strings for over a decade when I decided to rebuild it. $30 invested

08-17-2016 05:14 AM
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helicopter

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Omaha, Nebraska

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Out, old boy, good for you!
However, do get your Big Checkbook when you
decide on the TOP DOG! That 914 is absolutely
the Best There is available! I played one
but didn't have a need for the extra bling
when my 816 had just as good a tone as the nine.

And most of the time, I use mine to sing to the
invisible Lord of Creation. Cool Sauce hey?

But while we're here, I think I heard that you
were a computer guru too.

Now, I have a buddy who wants a LAPTOP and
an NLE to do video he is taking on his droneships.

What would you recommend? Both for the PC and
the Video Editor?

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

08-17-2016 06:25 AM
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gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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Helicopter, I'm going to answer your question in the open forum, as others might benefit.

At two years of age, the only way that a high end acoustic guitar would need a neck reset would be due to improper storage, i.e., subjected to extremes of temperature and humidity. Removing and resetting the neck would leave tell tale evidence. I seriously doubt that your technician reset the neck.

What he probably did was adjust the truss rod. A very small adjustment of the truss rod can have a significant effect on the action hight and playability a of a guitar. I seem to have to adjust mine seasonally with changes in temperature and humidity. It is just normal maintenance. I don't have high end acoustic guitars such as yours, with two Ovation models, a 6 string Celebrity Deluxe and a 12 string Ballardier. My high end guitars are solid and semi hollow bodied guitars from Paul Reed Smith, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, RickenbĂ cker, Hofner, and of course several of my custom builds.

Keep pickin' and grinnin'!

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

08-17-2016 01:33 PM
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RayJayJohnsonJr

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Midwest

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I have a Taylor 414CE in Rosewood, and also a 456CE 12-string. Love to play them both, but still consider myself more of a "guitar owner" rather than a "guitar player". But I keep trying!

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

08-17-2016 06:41 PM
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outhouse

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a high end acoustic guitar would need a neck reset
This is true with Martins

Taylors necks bolt on and off and are shimmed for playability/string height.

08-17-2016 10:08 PM
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outhouse

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But I keep trying!
That's all that counts.

I have a long way to go, but love a little play time. I enjoy building more then playing.

08-17-2016 10:09 PM
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outhouse

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Now, I have a buddy who wants a LAPTOP and
an NLE to do video he is taking on his droneships.
What would you recommend? Both for the PC and
the Video Editor?
I'm not into laptops so much. Look for and SSD hardrive with lots of memory and a decent sized intel CPU.

Larger graphics cards can be had but weight and cost increase dramatically. For most videos the stock cards are OK. Increasing their size is more for video games then digital processing.

I'm not into video editors beyond go pro studio and windows based editors.

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outhouse

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However, do get your Big Checkbook when you
decide on the TOP DOG!
Yep agreed. For years I would play them and some would not equal my Yamahas [to me] its personal preference. But that 914 was magic.

To many car parts I can by when I have 5 working guitars now.

2 electrics as well. Cheap Ibanez artcore 75 hollow body. A fender clone "Mako" but rebuilt with EMG's and a new schaller tremolo.

08-17-2016 10:16 PM
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helicopter

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Omaha, Nebraska

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Gerry, Thanks again for taking the time to reply
to my question. With regard to the tech actually
making the reset adjustment, he told me that it only
required .004" shim to bring the nut down ever so
slightly. He told me he also made a slight adjustment
to the truss rod.
Now as far as storage in my home, It's dry in Omaha
in the winter, due to the forced air heater. And I do not
have a humidifier in the return air duct, so to compensate
I 'always' 'try' to keep humidity packs filled with
distilled water. The only time the guit fiddle is out
of it's closed case is when I playing it!

Now you may be right since I do not know the tech, as
having just met him on a different guitar issue. He did
that work fine, so I 'trusted' him on the Taylor.
He put in a request to Taylor for a warranty repair
on this 2 year old. They should cover the $45 dollar
charge he said.

Playability: YES. The strings are right down in the
close department. I have the recommended Elixir Nano web
PB 13-56's on her and it plays and sounds simply marvelous,
perhaps even better than when I purchased it. I do know
that Guitar Center had her in a HUM room, but manual
fill oftimes gets 'forgotten' by the sales people.
Maybe she was never really 'RIGHT' until the supposed
reset.
I guess I really won't know. But she sounds good NOW!

Out, I used Corel's VSP, Video Studio Pro when I was
doing the videos of my kids. Upgrade to their 'latest'
version was usually less than a half a "C" note. Yuck
yuck!

Is there Music after Life? Peace brothers.

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

08-18-2016 02:51 AM
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gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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My studio is climate controlled, kept at 70 F and 50% humidity. All my guitars are happy and quite stable under those conditions. Gigging is a whole other situation and many times I need to tweak the setup at the gig site.

I'll be doing a gig this Friday evening, a solo set with my 1985 Rickenbacker 360/12, amped with a "TV front" Vox AC15. This hand wired limited addition amp is a duplicate of the amps that Vox made for the Shadows circa 1959.

The Rickenbacker is extremely stable and the Vox amp has tone to die for. I also use a JangleBox. This is the secret weapon used by Roger McGuinn to achieve the very distinct "Byrds" sound. The device is a compressor/expander and is still being hand made by the original designer/builder.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

08-18-2016 03:19 AM
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gologo

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Sedalia, Mo USA

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Gerry, suppose there is no chance of you naming a band or two you have been
w. over the years?

08-18-2016 03:37 AM
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outhouse

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auburn ca

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, he told me that it only
required .004" shim to bring the nut down ever so
slightly. He told me he also made a slight adjustment
to the truss rod.
Your set up, should be done to your taste.

Truss rod adj is usually a playing card thickness of a gap if you press down the 1rst and 14th fret, measure on the 7th. Eyeball it and remember or measure it and keep an eye on it.

String height is personal, some like it higher or lower. A quarter is about the base string height on the E string 12th fret. On the first fret I like the nut filed down to have a gap the size of a thin pick. I start with a med pick so I'm careful not to go past the desired height.

All considering your frets and level and have not been abused if used.

Remember truss rod adjustment will need to checked if you change strings. I buy the strings I plan on keeping and stick with them, and you will end up with a more consistent settings.

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To add - the truss rod isn't your primary playing height adjustment. That's done at the nut and bridge. The truss rod is to keep the neck bow proper so that string buzz doesn't start and yet the string stretch is only what's necessary. The truss adjustment depends on your playing style, and I start by looking up the figures and using a feeler gage to match - but I'd go with outhouses method to start. He knows what he's doing. (sweet video, out!).

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outhouse

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but I'd go with outhouses method to start. He knows what he's doing. (sweet video, out!).
Thank you.

Picked up my luthier skills at the Acoustic Guitar forums. Man they build some sweet guitars.

08-18-2016 07:07 AM
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gmcullan

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I spent 22 years playing bass in a three piece band called Flashback. We were big fish in a little pond. I forget the year, but we went "Number 1" for 7 weeks on New England based AM radio stations with a song called "Living in the Magic World of Rock and Roll" (a lot of times shortened to "Magic World" by the announcing DJ) with a second song, "Hey Girl", also getting significant airplay. We were regularly featured on WAAF (FM) Bay State Rock and were favored and promoted by Dave Maynard (WBZ, AM & FM) and Jeff Starr (WAAB, AM). We had confirmed airplay as far away as Lackland TX.

We regularly opened for the original Broadway cast of "Get Back" when they toured New England. This was the original Beatle tribute band. We also opened for the follow-up act "Beatlemania".

We also opened up for:
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Ferlen Husky (a big country star from back in the day)
Vintage acts such as "Cleveland Stills and the Dubs", "Platter-mania" (formed from former members of The Dubs, Platters, and Coasters).

One of my fondest experiences was opening 6 times for Tiny Tim. Yes, he was strange as heck, but his gigs were always great fun.

I also played backline for the Dubs, Platter-mania, and Tiny Tim.

These are the notable ones that come to mind immediately, and I'm sure I'm forgetting several.

I currently play guitar with "Friendship" and at 64 I'm the baby of the group. Our oldest member is 72. Many many years of experience with these guys, wonderful musicians all.

And of course, I do solo gigs, either just me and my guitar or sometimes with backing track that I record.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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