no more expensive guitars for me !!!
Went to the flea market yesterday shopping around without any purpose when I saw
a beautifull acoustic cut-away all mahogany guitar.
i asked the man "how much ?"
he said "it's 50$, but for you 40$".
I took the guitar, strummed a few chords, it was out of tune of-course, but
sounded nice and was comfortable to hold. i didn't check it further. Then i saw
a nice "fake antique" big wooden clock with roman numerals.
asked the man "how much ?"
he said "10$ for you 8$".
i told him "the guitar + the clock for 40$".
A little discussion, finally he agreed.
"take the guitar" he told me.
"Where is the gigbag ?" I asked.
he said "the bag is 6$".
"What" I asked him ?, while pulling out the 40$. "all guitars come with gigbag".
So he agreed - 40$ for the guitar+gigbag+clock.
After paying and going home - i thaught - i didn't check anything. surprisingly
the neck was straight, action is like classical guitar, need to lower it a
little. machine heads - are cheap but seems to hold their tune which is enough.
I tuned the guitar and the high e broke. I removed all the strings and here the
fun begins. taking the dust out of it and cleaning it. it took about 2 hours and
almost a bottle of guitar cleaner to clean it inside out. the protective nylon
was still on the pickguard. I removed it. then put back the original strings,
but change the e and b to new ones. tuned it up and on the first strum - man
what a beautifull sound, amazing that cheap guitar sounds wonderfull. It feels
comfortable and playable like a taylor guitar - but this guitar cost me 1% of a
taylor. I know it's probably all laminate guitar. but it sounds good for
strumming and just perfect as a beater guitar to take around.
the ticket inside the guitar and on the headstock says: del monte, valencia and
there is something that looks like a serial number.
well i can get those taylorish type of acoustics here for 40 $ here too.good luck.can we have the pics?
oh sorry, no digital camera here. but it has a dark brown body with cut-away.
think classic body with acoustic neck
ummm, if you went to the trouble taking all the strings off...why would you put 4 of the old ones back on? why not put a whole new set on?
From what you described, the guitar strings most likely have been on there for a long time, so I know the low strings are like a rust color and not even shinny which means the tones are very dual and thuddy. I bet if you replace the old with new you'd realy be amazed. The only good sound your hearing is from the 2 new strings!
That's what I plan to do - change the strings. I'll start with phosphore-bronze or maybe 80/20.
Have to find out what the guitar "likes". if the phosphore will sound good - I'll stop at them.
Bonzo would you put bright or mellow strings on a parlor guitar ?
Nice pic by the way
And hey , i really admire your bargaining power AWESOME
Oh well Rahul. People say I could have gotten it 5$ less if I kept bargaining, but i was to entusiastic about the guitar.
Maybe, anyway I think i did a good deal and the seller didn't loose too - otherwise he wouldn't sell it...
My grandpa could do that at the flea markets too!
my mom would be proud of you...
I'll only be down there (in the basement practicing) for a couple of minutes or so...
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Thanks to you all.
well - I've put on it silk & steel - it was unbalanced - too much treble and too much bass.
I changed to phophore-bronze - too loud.
Changed to polyweb elixir - sound just great and perfect for it.
I'm glad you found a set that your happy with. I had a guitar once that was old and seemed to sound great with a set of strings, that I normally wouldn't use on another type of guitar. So yeah i guess i would have suggested to experiment. which is just what you did. I guess it also depends on the style of music you play on it.
But yeah that's a good beater guitar. You did real good. Who cares if you could have gotten it for 5 dollars less. You seem to be real happy with it and I think you still got a great deal.
(I bet if you threw some dr. ducks deluxe strings on that guitar you'd be really amazed) Sorry i had to pipm my freshest brand. LOL
no dr. ducks strings around here.
How is their sound comparing to other strings type ?
Bonzo who's pic are you using ?