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« on: July 10, 2011, 12:42:23 AM »

Jason @ Notable Guitars was nice enough to send me a new guitar.  It arrived today and I'm pretty pumped about it.

Backstory:  Last month I turned 60 years young.  My wife encouraged me to get a really nice guitar.  On Monday we wil celebrate 30 years of marriage.

I played my birthyear Martin guitar (a 1951 000-18) in Eugene last month and was not impressed with the thin sound, $4.8k price, and condition.  Two Brazilian Martins from the 60's were really good, at about the same price, but didn't grab me.  I already have an '08 Martin D-18GE so the vintage sound is already in the house.  Decent 1951 D-28 guitars are somewhere north of $10k, which is too rich for my teacher blood.

While perusing several guitar sites, I saw that Jason was getting in this guitar, and in a few weeks the deal was made.  Is it worth about 4 forum guitars?  Hey, for my 60th birthday it sure is!   

Here are some pictures.  The rosewood is pretty dark and glossy dark guitars are hard to photograph.

I will post my thoughts about the guitar after I play it a lot more.  But I will say that it sure is a cannon.





Jason was nice enough to put a bone saddle in place of the Tusq original.  The strings are EJ17's.













I love the little knot in the back.  It gives a great stamp of uniqueness to this guitar.


Here is Orion giving it a cat scan.   
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 12:45:29 AM »

How totally awesome for you!!

Congrats, and just for the special occasion I will avoid being jealous. 

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 01:23:17 AM »

Wowsers!!

Beautiful! And Happy birthday

Geez I am only a year behind you but doubtful such a gift is in MY future 
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011, 01:43:28 AM »

OH MY!  drool How sweet is that!

Congrats on your 60th and the new heirloom.     And,,,,30 yrs. of marital bliss.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 01:56:08 AM »

I know its a great guitar. congratulations on 60yrs and 30 of marriage.

beautiful wood. I know the tone will be outstanding.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 05:01:29 AM »

Looking back at those pictures, the closeup of the top looks like the spruce on my oo-03. The tone coming from it tonight is intoxicating.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2011, 05:56:57 AM »

Happy birthday and wedding anniversary Prof 
And a mighty congrats on that guitar. It looks stunning - I love the look of those ivoroid bridge pins, and the Brazz looks fabulous.
 
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2011, 10:52:48 AM »

Good for you 

If Larrivees were pianos, then the SD model would be a Steinway Concert Grand 

Happy Birthday and Anniversary Professor.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2011, 10:59:26 AM »

Wow!  I was lucky enough to play a braz SD-60 once before and it was special. Congrats!
Love the close up of the bridge pins...
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2011, 01:16:07 PM »

nice lookin guitar.  i just got an sd-50 hog myself and it too is a fine guitar. I want to put a bone saddle in as well and was wondering where you got the fossil bridge pins ?
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2011, 03:17:40 PM »

Thanks guys!  The honeymoon phase is now, so I will attempt to be objective.   

  • I once had a SD-50 and loved it until the D-18GE blew it out of the house.  The 1934-inspired Martin is a true cannon, louder than this new SD.
  • The top is Sitka spruce, which is a little warmer sounding than Adi or Italian spruce.  I'm glad for that.
  • Although it doesn't affect sound, runout on the top really bugs me.  There is none of that here.
  • The notes are heard clearly at each string and fret.  Fingerpicking is my usual style and the SD-60 is exceptional for that.
  • Related, the notes leap off the guitar, moreso than the lovely Forum IV.
  • There have been no problems in shifting from this wide neck (iirc, 1 7/8") to the 1 3/4" guitars.

Here's a photo Jason took when he received the SD:
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2011, 06:42:57 PM »

That cat has good taste.  Congratson multiple milestones.   I'm itching for an SD lately, and no one here seems to be helping...Or maybe everyone is just helping.
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 11:05:23 PM »

Well, the 72 hour return window to Notable Guitars has come and gone.  But the SD-50BZ is staying!

- This morning my bro cut me a check for the Forum III LS-03R.  I showed him how to change strings.
- Jason is sending the OEM Tusq saddle and a taller bone saddle.  I'll try them out later.
- Yesterday I played a $7k used Tony Rice Santa Cruz BZ dread (#3 of 10).  At any cost, the SD is better.
- This guitar has a really nice vibe to it.  The lows are powerful and the highs are sweet.  The midrange is smooth.
- The nut is 1 13/16".  That's a really good fingerstyle width.  My SD-50 was 1 7/8 and it felt wide.
- GAS is gone. 


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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 11:22:19 PM »

Well done, professor.   That's a great looking instrument to say the least.

I concur that the 1 7/8 is rather wide.  I love my FIII LSV-03R, but find a little more nut width and string spacing to be more comfy.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 12:22:51 PM »

She is lovely! I agree that the knot in the back gives it a stamp of individuality. Do you know if Larrivee has switched to 1 13/16 at the nut for all SD guitars now?
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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2011, 02:33:33 PM »

She is lovely! I agree that the knot in the back gives it a stamp of individuality. Do you know if Larrivee has switched to 1 13/16 at the nut for all SD guitars now?

The website says 1 7/8 for the SD models, but this one is a one-off "custom".  I think the 1 7/8 is a turn off for many guitar players. 
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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2011, 03:48:13 PM »

Congratulations on the milestones and the beautiful instrument, thats some of the nicest looking BZ I've ever seen.



- GAS is gone. 

Okay, I've heard that before and didn't believe it then either.   
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