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Apr 13, 2021 - 6:46:36 AM
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15 posts since 2/12/2020

The other afternoon I was messing around with one of the video montage phone apps.  Silly ness, but I was kind of proud of the results.  My cigar box fiddle, washtub bass, home made banjo, and my old Seagull guitar.   

 

 

Apr 14, 2021 - 7:52:41 AM
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378 posts since 7/18/2014

Your instruments sound very well. Do you have pictures of them that you could post? I can’t tell much about them from the video. Don’t go to a lot of trouble though. The fiddle sounds just like a fiddle, what brand strings do you have on?

Apr 14, 2021 - 9:06:32 AM
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5117 posts since 9/26/2008

I like Seagulls, good instruments!

Apr 14, 2021 - 11:14:50 AM
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15 posts since 2/12/2020

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Originally posted by Astrang

Your instruments sound very well. Do you have pictures of them that you could post? I can’t tell much about them from the video. Don’t go to a lot of trouble though. The fiddle sounds just like a fiddle, what brand strings do you have on?


Thanks! Yes, I blog most of my builds here:  https://sycamorecreekmusic.blogspot.com/  ....Because I'm a chronic show off.   The strings are extremely cheap.  "Cecilio".  Like 12 bucks for 4 sets cheap.

Apr 14, 2021 - 5:22:15 PM
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378 posts since 7/18/2014

They all look very well done. That is a big honken tree they are leaning against, is that a Red Oak? Anyway, good playing on a good ol tune, with homemade instruments, how good is that? Geez!

Apr 14, 2021 - 6:25:09 PM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

That's a pretty cool video, Steve! I liked that. Love your instruments...wow! I used to have a Seagull guitar, but we had so many guitars in the house we couldn't walk around normal, so I sold a whole bunch and the Seagull was among them. Although I did keep the Garrison...the Newfoundland critter. Your homemade instruments look and sound great.

Apr 15, 2021 - 5:21:34 AM

15 posts since 2/12/2020

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Originally posted by Astrang

They all look very well done. That is a big honken tree they are leaning against, is that a Red Oak? Anyway, good playing on a good ol tune, with homemade instruments, how good is that? Geez!


Thanks a lot!  I don't think that's the same tree.  I usually pick one based on the light when I do a "glamour shot" depending on the light.  I have a yard full of 'em.

I think the fiddle is on a red oak and the banjo on a hickory, but don't hold me to it.laugh

Apr 15, 2021 - 5:32:23 AM

15 posts since 2/12/2020

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

That's a pretty cool video, Steve! I liked that. Love your instruments...wow! I used to have a Seagull guitar, but we had so many guitars in the house we couldn't walk around normal, so I sold a whole bunch and the Seagull was among them. Although I did keep the Garrison...the Newfoundland critter. Your homemade instruments look and sound great.


Thank you! 

My youngest sister wanted a guitar for Christmas back in the mid 90s.  A local musician recommended a Seagull to my dad as a good option that wouldn't break the bank.  He ended up getting a 2-fur deal at the music shop and gave me one too.   I had a Washburn at the time that I thought was a pretty good guitar for what I was using it for.  Mostly campfire chord banging.   I wasn't sure about the thing at first, the neck was so wide compared to what I was used to, but I learned to like it.

It's pretty beat up now, but it's still my go to guitar.  I don't own any expensive ones, so I might change my mind if a Martin fell into my lap, but I think it plays easier, and sounds better than some of the really nice ones I've had a chance to pick up.

Apr 15, 2021 - 6:17:20 AM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

I waited my whole life to be able to afford a Martin. Finally got a D-18, ordered onine from Martin, because I couldn't find one here. It came cracked...Martin didn't give one hoot and said go pay a luthier to fix it. I didn't really like how it played either...I never could come to appreciate it, sold it, lost money of course, but our house is small and that was at this point where I seemed to just collect too many guitars...someone gave me an old Alvarez that's probably not worth 100.00...now, it's my very favorite guitar. The only one I ever play anymore, and I wouldn't take a million dollars for that old thing. No more Martins or Ovations or Takamine (got ripped off by that company too), etc., for me. There's some awesome cheap guitars out there that do much better than the expensive brands.

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:17:24 AM

138 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

I waited my whole life to be able to afford a Martin. Finally got a D-18, ordered onine from Martin, because I couldn't find one here. It came cracked...Martin didn't give one hoot and said go pay a luthier to fix it. I didn't really like how it played either...I never could come to appreciate it, sold it, lost money of course...


Sorry to hear your negative experience with the Martin D-18 and the company. Both certainly seem unusual, at least based on the user experiences I read on the UMGF (Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum). I've NEVER heard of another situation in which a guitar came from Martin damaged but they didn't care and asked the buyer to pay for the repair! Martin has a very good reputation for customer service.

I have a couple of decent Martins - a D18GE and an HD28. Beautiful, play great. I have only good feelings about Martin and would hate to not have at least one in the house! (On a positive note, even cheap guitars these days are generally so much better playing than the cheap and often unplayable low-end guitars in the 70's and 80's. I suppose it's due to computerized machining, but whatever the reason, it's a good time to play guitar!)

Edited by - DougBrock on 04/15/2021 08:23:49

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:26 AM
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138 posts since 4/2/2019

My son is wanting to dabble in home-made cigar-box-type instruments. I’ll have to share your results with him! :)

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:48:16 AM
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15 posts since 2/12/2020

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Originally posted by DougBrock

My son is wanting to dabble in home-made cigar-box-type instruments. I’ll have to share your results with him! :)


Watch out,  it's addictive once you start.  Then if you are like me and get attached to them, it ends up with stuff everywhere.   I have been taking a break for a few months working another project, but I'm starting to get an itch.laugh

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:58:56 AM

138 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by steveh_2o
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Originally posted by DougBrock

My son is wanting to dabble in home-made cigar-box-type instruments. I’ll have to share your results with him! :)


Watch out,  it's addictive once you start.  Then if you are like me and get attached to them, it ends up with stuff everywhere.   I have been taking a break for a few months working another project, but I'm starting to get an itch.laugh


Uh oh! Now I don't know if I should tell him. Thanks for the warning, lol. :)

Apr 15, 2021 - 9:44:33 AM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Doug, to be fair to Martin, I was making a long story short...I didn't notice the damage when the guitar arrived. I played it for a couple of months and then notice the crack...so they obviously thought I'd done something to crack the guitar, i guess, since it was a couple of months before I contacted them. However, I kept that one in the case at all times, except to get it out and play it at home...never even took it anywhere by that time yet...so I was certain I did not do anything to cause the crack.

On the other hand, the Old Alvarez someone gave me for free, to get it out of their way...I've never loved the way a guitar plays, responds, resonates and sounds as much...looked that one up online out of curiosity...saw they are barely worth 100.00 on the market...lol...but like I said, it's worth quite a bit to me. I never did really like the Martin, even before I knew it had a crack...it just wasn't as much fun to play as I had anticipated for all those decades I waited for one. The Alvarez...what a pleasant surprise that thing has been. I love it.

Apr 15, 2021 - 11:31:02 AM
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138 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy
On the other hand, the Old Alvarez someone gave me for free, to get it out of their way...I've never loved the way a guitar plays, responds, resonates and sounds as much...looked that one up online out of curiosity...saw they are barely worth 100.00 on the market...lol...but like I said, it's worth quite a bit to me. I never did really like the Martin, even before I knew it had a crack...it just wasn't as much fun to play as I had anticipated for all those decades I waited for one. The Alvarez...what a pleasant surprise that thing has been. I love it.

Alvarez made some good guitars! My parents gave me a cutaway classical (nylon strings, wide neck) Alvarez for college graduation in 1985. Laminated wood, but still sounds good all these years later. My daughter-in-law is currently learning on it. :)

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