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« Reply #320 on: April 07, 2009, 11:36:35 PM »

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« Reply #321 on: April 07, 2009, 11:53:23 PM »

Thank you sir! My new L-03R came with the Cleartone's I think, and I thought I had heard that's what they were using now. But I know that's not what I had read re: the Forum III's. So are they not necessarily using a standard string now or did they switch already? And how does everyone like these D'Addario EXP's? I usually use the EJ16's.
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« Reply #322 on: April 08, 2009, 12:01:38 AM »

   OK, I'm serious here, let me know what y'all think about me using some 1960 vintage (real deal) KLUSON tuners, in great shape. White butter bean style buttons.
    I was saving them for my 66 Gibson, but I may just polish up the nickle, lube the gears with teflon and give the "ole" F-III #1  a very distinctive look.
               So give me some feed back here...

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« Reply #323 on: April 08, 2009, 12:16:25 AM »

Like this?

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« Reply #324 on: April 08, 2009, 01:08:02 AM »

 
Like this?
Exactly, only 49 years old. But in great condition.
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« Reply #325 on: April 08, 2009, 01:16:31 AM »

I think those would look really good. I like the duller finish tuners on the satin finish anyway, and the white buttons would look good against the ebony overlay. Those would also add a nice antiqued look. Have the buttons yellowed any? That would be cool.
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« Reply #326 on: April 08, 2009, 01:26:14 AM »

These have not yellowed much, but they are not bright white either.
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« Reply #327 on: April 08, 2009, 01:28:18 AM »

I'm not supposed to ber eading this thread, but, I like the tuners a lot.

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« Reply #328 on: April 08, 2009, 01:30:45 AM »

I'm not supposed to ber eading this thread, but, I like the tuners a lot.

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« Reply #329 on: April 08, 2009, 03:05:54 AM »


How does it sound?  Well, right out of the shoot, it absolutely exceeded my expectations. It's a lively, resonant and very well balanced guitar.  I find it surprisingly responsive for it's size, and overall it's just a real little gem. I've seen a couple of posts referring to a strong low end, and while describing tonal characteristics is a very subjective excercise, I don't think I'd describe this guitar as having a strong low end. The low end is definately not lacking, and there is an articulate quality to the low end, as opposed to more of a thump which I've experienced with a number of guitars. My Larrivee dred has a strong low end, this guitar exhibits very nice balance, particularly in the midrange.

I had a suspicion that the IS tops would really work out well on these guitars, and I'm pleased to report that IHMO these Forum III are going to be sought after instruments. I've played a number of OM-03RW's and none sounded as good as this one.... I don't believe there's anything on the market (that I'm aware of) at this price point to compete with these Forum III's.

I'll try and post some photo's tomorrow..
 
  ~ Ray ~

Well it's been a few days since this post, and more happy hours spent with this wee gem. While initially I did not agree with the "strong low end" comments posted by other Forum III owners, I now find myself in complete agreement with them. What's equally impressive, is the "character" of the low end. While strong, the low end does not dominate or muddy the sound ( a characteristic sometimes found in larger bodied guitars) but rather provides a foundation that supports a clean mid range and sweet highs.  The RW B&S provides some rich overtones and very nice sustain. I cant' wait to hear what these guitars will sound like once they've settled in a bit and have a year or so of maturing under their belt

 ~ Ray ~
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« Reply #330 on: April 08, 2009, 04:49:44 AM »

Ahhhh    some more of that ol "confirmatioin bias" rearing it's ugly head again I see.

How easily us un-educated are led into thinking that these are actually decent guitars.   
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« Reply #331 on: April 08, 2009, 04:53:24 AM »

Ahhhh    some more of that ol "confirmatioin bias" rearing it's ugly head again I see.

How easily us un-educated are led into thinking that these are actually decent guitars.  
  Lynn, I'll be in town tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing you play your f-III, or for that matter any of your gits. I'm bringing my 00-09FM. See ya soon.

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« Reply #332 on: April 08, 2009, 04:57:51 AM »

it's been almost a week since I've had my #77.
If I had to pick a word to describe this guitar would be "out spoken"
This guitar needs to be tamed a little.. if you know what I mean... this guitar is very sensitive that I can't hide any of my mistakes when playing...

I enjoy it very much.

there is a little bump on the neck from finishing.. that bugs me a little.. but I guess I'll have to get used to it..
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« Reply #333 on: April 08, 2009, 05:03:32 AM »

Does anyone else find the high E a little less pronounced (as in volume or projection) than the other strings?
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« Reply #334 on: April 08, 2009, 05:17:42 AM »

Does anyone else find the high E a little less pronounced (as in volume or projection) than the other strings?
  Your saddle may not be flat. I have not had any issues with mine. Did you get an undersaddle pick up?

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« Reply #335 on: April 08, 2009, 06:05:01 AM »

I forgot to mention it was just the open E string.  rolleye I took some 500 grit sandpaper and creased it and ran it around the nut slot. I think there may have just been a little burr in there or something, and maybe the string was getting pinched a bit. I think it's OK now. 
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« Reply #336 on: April 08, 2009, 07:24:19 AM »

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glad to hear it was easily resolved.  Mine seems to be remarkably loud on all strings. . . especially for small bodied guitar such as this.  I didn't get the bone saddle on mine because I took it with me from the factory tour and Jim didn't have a chance to fit one for me.   I have a saddle and ebony pins  coming this week so I'll see if they make any difference.
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« Reply #337 on: April 08, 2009, 02:14:40 PM »

   OK, I'm serious here, let me know what y'all think about me using some 1960 vintage (real deal) KLUSON tuners, in great shape. White butter bean style buttons.
    I was saving them for my 66 Gibson, but I may just polish up the nickle, lube the gears with teflon and give the "ole" F-III #1  a very distinctive look.
               So give me some feed back here...

danny

You know danny, I think you have a keeper guitar. As such, you should do what ever floats your boat. Besides, I think you have the skills to be able to change it back without a sign of any work being done. So if you change your mind and don't like the look after all, no biggie. I say go for it.
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« Reply #338 on: April 08, 2009, 02:33:18 PM »

My F-3 all hog is on its way.  I have high hopes for this LiL hog.  I've tired a fair amount of guitars over the last year and my CA Legacy is the only keeper in the bunch.  Not much to say, but the wait seems like forever.... two more weeks I'm guessing


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« Reply #339 on: April 08, 2009, 02:39:36 PM »

My F-3 all hog is on its way.  I have high hopes for this LiL hog.  I've tired a fair amount of guitars over the last year and my CA Legacy is the only keeper in the bunch.  Not much to say, but the wait seems like forever.... two more weeks I'm guessing


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