General Acoustic Guitar Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Opj77, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. Opj77

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    Gorgeous.
     
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    That really looks nice IMO.

    Those LL series Yamahas are great guitars.
    I have an LL16 that is just awesome.......they hang with guitars costing a LOT more.
    As a matter of fact, I sold off a high end boutique acoustic after getting the Yamaha.
     
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    What all strings have you tried on it? Do you prefer the stock saddle? I tried out a bone saddle but was not too impressed.
     
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    I've left mine completely stock.....I feel there's no need to upgrade anything on it.

    My preference for strings are D'Addario Nickel Bronze.....I've tried a few other D'Addarios and Martins.
    The Martin Monel Retros sound nice, but I think the Nickel Bronze are just a bit better sounding - and longer lasting, at least for me.

    The only accessory I've acquired for it is a preamp pedal - a Boss AD-2.
    Since the SRT pickup is passive, it really needs an outboard preamp to sound it's best.
     
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    Ive got a set of Retros laying around. Was wondering if they would sound good on this guitar or not. I may string em up. I have a set of DR Rares on it which fit it perfectly. Warms up the tone and gives it more of a woody sound. Random question but can you see any telegraphing of the X braces when you hold it in the light?
     
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    Whoa mercy..:eek: D711DE58-F1D0-46FE-8450-A1ACC1895678.png
     
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    I don't see any sign of the braces showing.

    It's as pretty heavily built guitar......I've seen this on light builds, but not on a new Yamaha.
     
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    Some people need to protect their guitar tops.

    Jon Gomm's old Lowden "Wilma" is retired already. A photo from his Twitter, 2018:

    wilma.jpg

    Caption: "Some TLC for Wilma on a hotel bed."
     
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    What are the visual characteristics of quality rosewood vs “ok” rosewood. I understand a little about spruce but not rosewood.
     
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    This is the back of my Yammy. I didn’t know it had colors in it until I brought it out by a window. BE45A2A0-ABD3-4F48-A733-4C9D0751E34B.jpeg
     
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    Screenshot_20210423-115023.png There's a bunch
    Usually really tight grain but as you can see.... there's alot of different shades
     
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    Lucky you, my top brace shows badly and has a big dimple at the end. Can’t feel it but you can sure see it.
     
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    Like most other woods, tight grain lines running fairly straight
     
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    For rosewood preferences, I see two schools of thought: 1) quartersawn wood that gives straight grain lines and possibly better structural integrity, and 2) whatever it takes to make interesting visuals with swirls and stuff.
     
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    So the grain lines on my Yam photo above are probably about average?
     
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    I think they look very nice. They flow straight and the pattern is tight.
     
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    How long did you leave the monels on? I tried a set and they sound terrible out of the pack, although I’m aware that monels take forever to break in. I’m fighting the urge to take them right back off.
     
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    Leave them for at least 2-3 days of playing. I’ve never liked monel on RW back and side guitars. Nickel bronze D’addario sounds good on them but not monel to me.
     
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    How do you describe nickel bronze strings? Youtube vids are not the best way to form an opinion but they sound a little thin and overtone heavy, like EB aluminum bronze strings.
     
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    I’m trying a set of Retros right now on my GS Mini, they have settled and warmed up quite a bit. They seem louder than the elixir PBs that were on there.
    BTW, nice Yamaha Ll16! I have an LJ16, it’s a Billy Corgan signature model. They are just amazing guitars for the money, truly worth twice what they cost, easily.