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Viera
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Jun 14th, 2019 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

The late great Buffalo Bros (local shop) used to carry Goodalls. Rosewood B/S Goodalls were known for overtones and complexity of sound. The 2 OMs I played had that in spades, almost to a fault, to my ears anyway.

I hope that you enjoy yours.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 14th, 2019 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's here, and it's a beauty. But I haven't had time to play it much. I'll say more when I've spent some time with it.

And I got the year wrong. It's a 2000, made in Hawaii.

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jun 16th, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one several years back. Mines a jumbo model. It’s neck is just a touch large but plays beautifully.
The whole instrument is very stable from season to season and has a sound to die for.
The sound is very balanced and almost sounds as if you have reverb on.
For a finger style guy it’s perfect with great projection in all ranges.
They are very well made. If you look for flaws you’ll have to look for a long time to find one.
Congrats on the new guitar. It’ll be a treat to hear for a long time. I know mine has settled in to be my favorite acoustic out of many.
When other guitarists hear it you’ll be asked time and again about it. They really are special.

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Jun 16th, 2019 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! I've heard of Goodall guitars before but to be honest I read it as "Godin" in the thread title and had to do a double take.

Wow, looking online they seem to be truly master-grade instruments. Curious more specs on the guitar and your thoughts playing it.

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Jun 16th, 2019 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t have the link to it but Goodall has a you tube video of the steps in making their instruments. Look it up when you have about 45 minutes to kill. It’s very in depth and it amazed me to see the attention they lavish on each one.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Jun 17th, 2019 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

That they pay attention to detail is very obvious. This thing is perfect in every detail. The top is spectacular.

Woods are the ones I would have chosen: Sitka spruce (which I prefer to Adi), Honduran mahogany, flamed maple binding, ebony fingerboard, bridge, and headstock overlay. Abalone fret markers and rosette. Not blingy, rather plain.

It feels big and plays big. Not particularly light. The neck really fills my left hand. I was told the nut was 1 3/4", but I measured it as slightly larger than that, which is fine with me. A nice "C" shape to it too.

I managed to upload a photo taken by the previous owner.

Goodall

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Jun 17th, 2019 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is an old video of my guitar being played. Not by me but a real player...

Friend of mine playing my Goodall

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The older the violin

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Jun 17th, 2019 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice, thumbpicker. I like cocobolo, it gives a harder tone than EIR.

And I can hear each individual string ring out like a bell. Superb sustain.

And I think I heard a dropped D, right?

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Jun 17th, 2019 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah Bryan is big on that tuning. Here’s a link to their build process. I found it quite interesting.
The sustain on the guitar just keeps going.. It sounds like reverb all by itself.

Goodall factory

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Jun 17th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting body shape - definitely not a dread; almost closer to a Larrivee "L" body...

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Jun 17th, 2019 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

mikey, I haven't measured yet, but it feels a bit thicker in the body than a dread too.

Ragtop
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Jun 18th, 2019 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

thumbpicker, thanks for posting that long video, it was fascinating.

The attention to detail, and the great amount of handwork, in these guitars is pretty incredible.

Two things caught my attention: that they try to build "simple elegance" into their guitars, which describes mine exactly. And that their guitars have a "three-dimensional tone," which again describes mine. And mine is a simple Standard Model, nothing exotic about it, but built with the same attention to detail as the fancier ones.

Ragtop
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Jun 19th, 2019 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I compared the body of the Goodall to my old Guild, which is a traditional dreadnought.

The lower bout on the Goodall is a bit wider. And the shoulders are rounder.

I thought it was a bit thicker in the body, but was wrong. It is actually a little bit thinner.

This would be the shape of the Standard, according to the Goodall website. They offer the traditional dread shape as well. In fact, they offer all kinds of body shapes and sizes.

And they make TWO guitars per week!

Goodall Guitars

reverend mikey
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Jun 21st, 2019 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful guitars on their website. Several of those body styles are tempting.

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The older the violin

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Jun 30th, 2019 04:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

The first 4-5 times I played it I was a bit apprehensive about that big neck and was wondering if it was going to work for me.

And then I sat down with it the other day to play/sing for a while, and my left hand adjusted to it like it's the only guitar it has ever known. No problem, I loved it. Used a capo up and down the neck and it felt great. Complemented my voice nicely, too.

I need to find some different strings for it though. Will start with Elixirs, my default string.

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Jun 30th, 2019 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Best 49 minutes I have spent in a very long time.

I never did "get" Goodall guitars, I do now.
Very impressive.

Thanks and....

Congrats on the guitar.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Jun 30th, 2019 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, jefe.

Yes, that is a really nicely-done video. I've watched it a couple times. I'd like to hang out in that shop for a week or so while those guys are building guitars. Think of what you would learn!

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Jun 30th, 2019 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve had people try mine and the first comment was that the neck was too big. I tell them to play it for ten minutes and tell me what you think. It’s amazing how many people change their minds after a few minutes. I just refer to it as roomy now.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jul 18th, 2019 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm so happy with this guitar that I took it down to the Rocky Mt. Guitar Company in Salida to have Jeff Bamberg put a K&K in it.

I'll probably sell my two Alvarez Yairis, which would leave me just my old Guild D-46 and the Goodall.

Those two should do me just fine.

reverend mikey
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Jul 18th, 2019 10:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, simplicity can be a good thing.

I'm tryin' to get there - it's gonna take me awhile.

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