boombox wrote:My Avi is not getting tickled as often as she or I would like due to to some house renovations (and whacking your left forefinger with a hammer is not conducive to good playing either!), but I am still managing to play a couple of times a week, even if only for short spells. It's interesting as, after a spell of nearly a week not playing her at one point, when I did, for some reason she just seemd to sound a lot fuller and more responsive. Warmer weather, perhaps?
That Goodall in the video, what model is it? Only an academic question, as Goodalls are rare as hen's teeth over here and priced accordingly, but I loved the tone on that thing.
I hate when that that happens! I bent my right thumb nearly all the way back at work several years ago and was so depressed for tryin' to play so I feel ya bro. But I understand when you come back to her they sound refreshing and you fall in love all over again.
My Goodall was a custom order I had done while James was still in Hawaii back in 2002 or so. A friend loaned me his Grand Concert to try and since he worked with James, I went thru him to build mine. The GC was nice but I wanted a deeper piano bass so I chose the Concert Jumbo which is slightly larger. I chose the woods after months of thought and trial and although Goodalls all retain a signature sound, certain wood combos lend themselves to certain colors and characteristics.
So I went with like a tropical, beeswing mahogany for b/s and cedar for the top; maple bindings, abalone inlays on fretboard/bridge, a custom tapered neck profile, (Tayloresque) and a I-Beam pickup which I don't really like so I never use and just use a mic if needed. The back wood is lightly flamed and 3D looking. I think in my very first YT video I demo the build and do a John Denver tune called This Ol Guitar. I was nervous since it was my first vid
Just like Goodalls are hard to find there, Avalons are scarce here. I bought my Ava without ever trying one, counting on the my love for my Lowden and their reputation and all the great support I found here on the forum. I was not disappointed to say the least! I want a A32c if I ever get another with an Irish palmtree inlay
Thanks again for the props & great chattin' with ya Boom!