A new acoustic guitar!

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A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:42 pm

In the last couple of weeks I've scoured every guitar emporium with 120 miles or so excluding London and I've played dozens of guitars. Discounting many on the way, having fun showing off and finding just how diverse we all are in what we like and what we think is okay. But the dreadful conclusion I'm coming to is (again):you gets what. ..
I prefer Furch to all the Martins and Taylors, that lovely Northern Ireland company, the surprise of Eastmans and even Gibson sJ200 which still is special cos like the Hummingbird, we've all heard that sound on so many big name recordings - magic! They really sound so flippin' good. And then I went to see my chum Neil who has a handmade English Turnstone. ..oh my...so beautiful even when I cough stutter and splutter my way through Stairway to Bedford (my version of Little Wing) and various Spanishy things I knocked and scrambled from Gab&Rodriguez but what's a poor boy to do.

Lentil soup for life, a totally fab guitar or spend some money on lessons?!
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:52 am

I think I've found a happy solution. It's all very exciting. Not the best but second best out of all I've tried, meeting each criterion with a tick or at least cheerful compromise the new guitar has the peculiar name of 'Furch'. Yes really.

So I'm off to sunny Stratford upon Shakespeare to pick it up. I hope this guitar will bring me much happiness and teach me much!
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by Dave the bass » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:25 am

andrew Ivimey wrote:
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I hope this guitar will bring me much happiness and teach me much!
Its a talking guitar? Raddy Daddy!

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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by simon » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:06 pm

And why not the best but the second best? I'm guessing a fiscal consideration is involved here?

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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:17 pm

Fiscal sure but I'm not the best guitarist in the world. Nor even, tbh, the second best. I would also undoubtedly have an accident, am clumsy, would want to leave it in the cupboard and play something I'm more worthy of etc etc...complicated.

I think this Furch will keep me on my toes for a good few years to come. Looks good, feels good, sounds good and so I hope I will too.

Now where's my Burt Weedon?
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Post by IslandPink » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:41 am

Burt Weedon Sandwich ? :D
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by Irene Idler » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:57 pm

Congratulations! We want pix!
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:27 pm

Can't think of a witty rejoinder but it reminds me what a superbly interesting album it is -holiday in Berlin full blown!

I've been thinking about pics but a selfie with me playing the new instrument is not going to be easy. ..
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by ed » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:26 pm

Our man in Bedford, how is it?

I never did get to finish the thread about the acoustics here:

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I bought the Faith that I was banging on about soon after I posted on that thread, super move. After nearly 4 years it's mellowed a tad but still makes me smile every time I pick it up.

I recently bought my youngest but one a Takamine, the one shown here:

https://www.andertons.co.uk/p/EG523SC/e ... in-natural

but it was pants and had a fault so I took it back and got a refund. I ended up buying him an Epiphone J200, which I find quite pleasing for the money. Time will tell how he finds it.

Spill the beans on the Furch. I've never come across one but from the spec on their Jumbo it looks very similar to mine.

As an aside, whilst in gear4music buying the epiphone recently there was a chap auditioning a D28 which I spent quite a while twiddling on. It played better than the epiphone, no question, but it didn't have the voice.....the chap was vacillating about the £2500. I told him he was mad, bonkers, insane...he agreed but I think he bought it anyway.

After 2 or 3 years I'm still losing sleep over whether to buy a 335 or 339 which Gorham of this parish introduced me to. They do have that kind of 'you want me, you know you want me, you know you can't resist' kind of effect on me.

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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:49 pm

Lots to tell but I'm way up north near the lonely mountain and I only have a phone.

A real 335 is a beauty .I only have the modern epiphone version which for 250 or so is a lovely instrument and a fab bargain- the pickups are the best epiphone p/ups I've come across -lovely semi acoustic tones though.

But I too have a Faith...a parlour guitar in a piano black finish. Smashing, but it took a while to get used to it then suddenly it clicked. Very difficult to put down once picked up. Magic! Made by elves!

The Furch is special. Such tone! and the strings are always where they should be even when my arthritic fingers search for the right place. I've played better but I'm thinking of handmade at at least twice+ the price. You can keep the Taylors and Martens - very good but this Furch just us so much better.

A Gibson j200 is something else and very special too - jumbo and 'that tone'. I didn't buy one.

At 1500+ the Furch is superb, much better than I am and I can bash it up and still get a really good song out of it. The Faith is fun and lovely. I prefer it to a 4000+ Taylor I kept going back to and was happy when someone else bought it so I didn't need an excuse not to.

I'm back in the Shire next week and I'm missing the frets, the pain and frustration a lot!
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:07 pm

Eduardo! I've only just read your thread.

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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:24 pm

Okay, first the Faith (Mercury blah blah) Its a 'parlour guitar' swapped it for an old fender strat - yeah I know but I've got... and it did go to the grandson of the original owner - he's only 13 and I'm impressed with his style. The Faith is remarkable, as having picked it up it is hard to put down. It's fun to play and tiny so a bit weird until I sync with it and ...off I go. Great for all styles. The tone is exceptional for its size (having played a couple of Martins and Taylors) and the mics and preamp on board gives me 'stereo' if I choose where the bottom three strings go out in one channel and the top thro' the other. I have a suspicion that all Faith guitars are superb for their money - this one certainly is a little gem. Piano black finish and lots of subtle inlay.

I took the Furch to a nearby Luthier of great repute and his a nice bloke. He lowered the action and stoned the frets in a way that makes the guitar knife thro' butter like when played. I've played a number of guitars, Fender, Gibson, Furch and Epiphone and they all end up superb after Andy has done his stuff.

The Furch looks a bit dull, frankly, and the body is bit bigger than I'd like but the tone is 'to die for', as they say. It has replaced a Lag Tramentaine, about 350£ worth, which was wonderful (fast) to play but the tone was a bit wonky, to me.

Perhaps I'm repeating what I've already said but I've found a lovely Barolo wine, so I'm mellow, daft and ready for bed.
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by ed » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:08 am

There are some similarities here...I think this cutaway thing is quite popular at the mo, there were certainly loads in the shop when I was last in. I'm not sure what your shape is called but it looks a lot easier to hold than mine when sitting down. Still, it's just another thing you get used to. Judging by all the Martins and Taylors I tried when I bought mine, I'd pick the Faith every time.....
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Re: A new acoustic guitar!

Post by andrew Ivimey » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:41 am

We have Faith brother!

Cutaway, I'm told, don't affect the tone adversely. Makes it easier to play up the top. Having said that, the peculiar half Cutaway on my little Faith dies help my butcher's hands at all!
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