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does he walk a lonely road? the only road that he has ever known?

wow that fretboard!

Wow, good eye.
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I'm off to look at several 50's Les Paul Jr's this afternoon and a 50's Martin 00-18. My wife said, "You seem so happy"
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i played a 50s 00-15 at a local garage sale not too long ago, and then a 60s 00-18 on a nature walk lol. lovely size and the vintage specimens often have surprising volume.

 

i've become infatuated with the Martin swomgt over the past couple of years. probably my next pickup. 

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I've known many musicians who can differentiate the most subtle differences in tone. (But certainly not all and certainly not me. It's like having a super sensitive palette for wine or food. It's a talent that goes beyond being a good musician.) I think the tone is much more obvious in the different types of metal used for bridge saddles and their mass. There is a reason the guys at Glendale sell different metal and styled bridges. I can imagine that if you like the tone of a classic Tele bridge plate that a 6 saddle New American Standard style bridge and plate might not be your thing. Even if a NAS style bridge and plate is far more efficient from the point of intonation, it all comes down to your ear and preference for tone and adjusting your tuning.

On my Les Paul, I changed my bridge, tailpiece, posts all to rolled steel. It makes a huge difference in sustain. Many les paul traditionalists get aluminum tailpieces to be historically accurate, but I hated them, ruined sustain.
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Thread Starter 
I bought a Martin 12 string in the 80s from some shady character out of the Penny Saver newspaper. Had no idea what I had for $100 (way more money in the 80s) and sold it when offered $200. I would kill to have that guitar today. I still remember how nicely it rang out.
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Classic Pio, Penny Saver magazine. Lol.
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The 80s print version of Craig's List.
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I read an article that Keef used a Tweed Fender Harvard on his last solo album (which I actually liked). I know the Princeton is a big deal, but how does the Harvard compare?
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the Princeton is easier to get into.





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Good point - where's the Fender Yale?
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I read an article that Keef used a Tweed Fender Harvard on his last solo album (which I actually liked). I know the Princeton is a big deal, but how does the Harvard compare?

I owned a couple of these. Great amps. You just can't beat the tweed tone. Some guys hear a big difference between the two, others not so much. I don't think there is so much of a difference between the amps as there is as with your overall rig and volume. But it all comes down to the tone you most enjoy.

Both of these amps went through several changes so it isn't an easy question to answer. It really depends upon the year. The simple answer is the Princeton was the notch above the tweed Champ with a tone control and different circuits. (I think it had a slightly bigger speaker like a 10" vs an 8" than the Champs but don't remember for sure) It later received a larger cabinet around the mid 50's. So you will hear about early TV front, small and big box Princeton amps. Then the Harvard came along in the mid 50's to be a notch above the Princeton. It was a bigger cabinet than the Princeton and it later became the Vibrolux with the addition of the vibrola circuit. I still own one of these. Great tone and cool shaky vibrato.

Lots of famous guitar solos were recorded on Champs and Harvards. They aren't very loud, but they get warm and break up at fairly low volume for a classic rock and roll sound that is easy to handle in any recording setting.

I would say a Harvard would only be loud enough for playing a very small club, but your tone would be killer.
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Turned out to be a 60's Martin 0-18 and I brought it home. Compared it to a lot of boutique and newer Martin acoustics, Great tone, super light, easy to play. Great price too. This will tide me over until I find my grail acoustic.
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Pics?

What's your grail acoustic?
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I'm going to Gomestar's neighbor's place this afternoon to "jam". I haven't "jammed" with anybody in well over a decade. Not gonna lie, I am nervous and don't know what to do.
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