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« on: May 18, 2009, 01:10:58 PM »

I was in the guitar store this weekend and the owner showed me a
Morgan Monroe blues 32
here is pic and specs ====>http://www.morganmonroe.com/Blues-32_903bfcf888dc15d09654295.html

- 00 size
- sunburst
- solid spruce top
- bone nut and saddle
- grover stay tight tuners

actually sounded pretty good for an inexpensive guitar

Anyone tried one or another model Morgan Monroe ?
They are made in Asia - I thought Korea, but the dealer says China and Japanese collaboration - so I'm not sure.

- Larry
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 01:45:41 PM »

I've got a Morgan Monroe round neck resonator -owned it for about 2 years. I haven't had any issues with it. Built like a tank, actually. It compared WAY favorably to a similar priced fender resonator I tried at the time. This is a very decent entry level resonator, and more than meets my expectations for the price range (well under 500.)
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 02:02:35 PM »

That matches up with what I've been reading about the company.
There were apparently some quality issues when they first came to market -
but indications now are these are 'good value' instruments.

Their website lists the neck size on the Blues 32 as 1 11/16 -
but the one I played at the guitar store was wider - 1 3/4 by the feel of it.

The dealer claimed he had ordered 2 more with a larger 1 7/8 neck -
and was expecting them in about a month - we'll see.

- Larry
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 07:58:28 PM »

I have a MMV-12CE mini 12 string...  It is a small body, solid spruce top, lam. s/b, short scale (22" I think) 12 string.  It plays very nice (after some setup work).  With a medium gauge 12 string set, it'll bever be mistaken for a Guild Jumbo but it sounds ok.  Amped and eq'd, it can sound pretty good. 

The workmanship seems to be up to typical modern Asian guitar factory standards (i.e. pretty darned good).  As mentioned above, it did need some setup work.  It was incredibly cheap.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 02:38:07 AM »

I was kind of tempted by that Blues 32 model when I saw some come up on ebay at much lower than normal pricing. However, ALL of the ones I've seen on ebay and elsewhere had a 1 11/16" nut width, which was an instant deal breaker. Honestly, what were they thinking to spec such a tiny nut width on a guitar they're trying to market as a blues guitar? Interesting to hear that it comes in wider nut widths, but too late for me. I bought a rehabbed '30s era parlor from roadtoastt on ebay.
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