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Ryder
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Feb 7th, 2019 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I posted this in Mikey’s thread but decided to start my own.
Forgot the GS.

I’ve been thinking on getting a Mimi e. I have a Breedlove Stage Concert because I thought I might be able to use it in our church band. Not so. It’s beautiful, sounds great, I bet I’ve played it all of 10 times since I bought it new in 2017. When I get back on my feet in a month or so, I’ll put it up for sale. I would like a smaller size acoustic I can play...on the couch or in my music room/ office. I do want electric.

I’m a Tele/Strat player, and have never been able to get used to the big bodied guitars. When I see the video of the Mini e on Sweetwater’s site, that guitar looks tiny or the guy playing it is real big.

Wadda you say?

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 05:44 PM, Feb 7th, 2019)

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Mar 7th, 2019 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I didn’t like the Taylor, I borrowed one when I had to travel out to California for a Hamilton ventilator training.

I purchase a Mini Martin, it sounded better than other minis I tried, but I traded in on the Yamaha CSF1M Parlor Acoustic-Electric Guitar, I believe they have three versions of this guitar, this specific one has a solid top with laminated mahogany sides and back, they have and all laminated version and an all solid wood version. I was impressed with it’s tone. After owning it for a few months it still impresses me.

willie

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Mar 9th, 2019 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Check out the Yamaha AC3R...

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Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 11th, 2019 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

willie, is the Yamaha body that much smaller than my Breedlove stage concert?

willie

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Mar 14th, 2019 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can't speak to the size of the Breedlove not being familiar with it....

The Yamaha AC3R (which has solid top, back and sides and an ebony FB) has dimensions of:
Body length - 19 7/8", Body depth of 3 15/16 to 4 5/8", width of 16 1/4", and a total length tip to tip of 41 3/16".

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Ryder
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Mar 14th, 2019 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah I think they are about the same.

Tomorrow I will receive a 3/4 size yahmaha acoustic electric.

I’ll start a new thread if I decide to keep it. Really that’s all I need, a smallish guitar to play at home on the couch.

Ryder
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Mar 18th, 2019 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I received the Yamaha 3/4 guitar and it’s a nice “little “ guitar. The finish is a very nice Fender 2 color sunburst.

Wow, it’s small. It’s sits to far back on your knee when sitting.

The tuners work good. It sounds better plugged in rather than unplugged.

Even for a couch guitar it’s just too small for me.

I’ve ordered an Ibanez parlor. I’ll post after I get it.

Ryder
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Mar 26th, 2019 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Ibanez parlor acoustic electric is not bad . Everything works well and it a good, not great sounding guitar. Has a great color and finish.

The acoustic version wasn’t so good. All kinds of buzzing out in the upper registers. I didn’t like the finish or color.

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Mar 27th, 2019 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Man, I’m telling ya, if you get a chance try out one of these CSF1M. The solid top makes a difference.

At Sweetwater

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Mar 27th, 2019 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is a very nice-looking Yamaha.

I particularly like the lack of "adornment" that many other makers slap on their guitars to make them appear to be more than they are.

The Yama is simple and looks well-made.

Most all of these 'little' acoustics sound better plugged in than they do unplugged. This is due to simple physics: there's less air inside the guitar body and a smaller top and back, compared to larger-bodied instruments. It results in less-developed lows and reduced sound volume.

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Mar 27th, 2019 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’d say they sound better plugged in than a Dread plugged in. I prefer the sound of smaller bodied guitars, as well as enjoy playing them more, part of that is my partially paralyzed right arm, my hand goes numb resting the arm on the side of a dread.

I take your meaning though, they are very well balanced for amplification and can be EQed very effectively,

Ryder
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Mar 28th, 2019 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

The little Yamaha had the best finish by far.

hushnel, I’m thinking. I’ll be playing the Ibanez, plugged in, today. I still have time to return it. I also have a message into my sales guy at Sweetwater. Thanks.

Ryder
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Mar 30th, 2019 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

hushnel, the Ibanez went back. Too narrow at the nut, and it just didn’t sound or play that well. It sure looks good though.

They don’t have any of the Yamaha’s that you linked. I ordered one but it will be 2 or 3 weeks.

Now I notice it has a 16” radius. Not too sure about that.
Why 16”?

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 08:43 AM, Mar 30th, 2019)

Peegoo
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Mar 30th, 2019 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Probably because most parlor-sized guitars are for fingerpicking, not Johnny Ramone-style barre chord crash 'n' bash.

Ryder
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Mar 30th, 2019 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, that’s fine. I promise not to crash and bash.

Thanks for the reply Peegoo.

Hey, when you stop by here again...one time you posted the knob settings for an acoustic on the carvin v16. Would you mind posting them again? That amp is still one of my favorites.
Thanks again.

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Mar 30th, 2019 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I didn’t know it was a 16”, it’s one of my weaknesses that I don’t. Another thing that has little affect on me is scale lenght. It just doen’t matter.

I can go from my Tele to classical to 000-15S to soprano uke without missing a beat and still suck, honestly don’t notice the radius or scale lenght, well I notice that they all seem different lengths and nuts and variation in radius but I couldn’t tell ya what they are.

With 50% paralysis in my right arm and the radial head at the elbow fused I really can’t strum a guitar tradionally, and it’s been that way since the mid 70s. I finger pick and kind of do a Flamico style strum by fanning my fingers.

Same with the bass, my primary instrument, 34” to 20” fretted or fretless it makes no difference, the 43” or so double bass I like to run a few scales before I start playing music, and that’s probably because I’ve never owned one.

Now narrow nuts can force me to make a “D” fingering for an A chord, and yet their are those that still want to play with me “o)

I had to look up the Strat specs to get the reference,

The Yamaha was set up nicely I did dress the nut a bit and replace the bridge with bone. I say give it a chance, since it’s comming anyways.

Does Taylor use electric guitar neck dimentions on their acoustic?

I gotta head out to the park, I’m taking 25.4” and the 13.6” scale instruments. I had to look them up but they didn’t list the radius’ “o)

I know I’m an asshat, I do remember a time in my youth when I was terrified of playing any other instrument than the Framus electric bass. Every other bass just felt so strange to me, I played so little of the guitar back then that it didn’t matter, they all felt awkward. I did get an electric guitar around 1970, it was also a Framus and it was smuggled back to the US in the cockpit of an AirForce Jet. I tossed it years ago, I wish I hadn’t.

My room mate in collage had a D-35 and soon after we went our separate ways I purchased my first acoustic, a Yamaha Drednought.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 30th, 2019 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry about the arm hushnel...that sucks. Thanks for the info. I’m looking forward to the Yamaha.

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Mar 30th, 2019 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, but there is nothing to be sorry about. I’ve earned all the stupid stufff I’ve done in this life. Who knows, these accedent and failures of judgement have in some way brought me to where I am today, and that exceeds any expectations I had in my earlier life.

If this Yamaha is anything like the one I got you should have no trouble bonding with it. I played another one a few weeks ago, same model but with the solid wood back and sides and it also sounded really good. My experience with Yamaha is they are pretty consistant in model lines. I had two of their classical guitars, one I picked up last year for $15.00 made in japan in the 60s and one I bought new in the mid 80s, I could tell any difference in sound between the two.

Recently gave the old classical to a retired vet who had damaged his hands and couldn’t play the guitar any more, he never thought about a classical, he’s doing pretty good with it.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 30th, 2019 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool stuff, husnel!

I gave a yamaha acoustic F335 to my daugher in the early 80s. She still has it and it sounds great and the natural color has aged beautifully

Kinda wish I had it now..

Ryder
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Apr 15th, 2019 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I ended up buying a Guild M240E Westerly., from Sweetwater.
Small body which I love. Also an arched back.

I was worried about the 16” radius but no problem. The guitar plays and sounds great. Just what I needed.

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