Post by williamtk2018 on Mar 7, 2020 13:38:58 GMT -5
Well, it might be more accurate for the NGD to be tomorrow since I'm not supposed to open the box before tomorrow morning around 10:30. Being a church-going man, I'm not likely to see the guitar before late tomorrow afternoon.
I bought it gently used from a member of an Eastman Facebook forum, and he shipped it to me from Washington state all the way down here in Tennessee, and the bulk of its journey appears to have happened yesterday. We've had a cold last few days with varying levels of humidity and rain earlier in the week, so I know it needs to stay in the box, but it's so hard to wait.
This is the guitar that I questioned whether I was really worthy of owning it. Seems these higher end instruments are for the finger-picking experts and those who know how to do the fancy stuff. I'm a four or five chord strummer at best right now.
Post by williamtk2018 on Mar 10, 2020 11:01:17 GMT -5
I guess I'm trying to decide if it's a keeper enough to justify having a setup done. I could probably do it myself, but given the money that I spent on it, I'm a little bashful about that idea. The action's currently in that space between 7/64 and 1/8". Neck relief is around .010 and .011.
Also wondering if the D'Addario Nickel-Bronze strings were right for it. I would hate to waste them, but something's just not sounding right to my ears. When it arrived, it had what felt like those newer D'Addario coated strings on it, and the B strings in those feel like knife blades on my fingertips even when my calluses are in good form, so they had to go.
This is less buyer's remorse and more having doubts about whether this is really what I wanted it to be.
When I bought my Eastman MD605 mandolin a decade or so ago, I'd never heard the word Eastman. I've been really impressed with the stuff that's come out of that factory since. My son just sent me a message this morning saying that he had traded a Gibson SG for an Eastman mandolin. He sent two photos and it looks mighty nice.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Kinda why I'm a big proponent of "play before you pay."
I did make one exception to that rule admittedly though. It was for my Alvarez spruce/rosewood GA, but that was because it was the only one left at their main distribution warehouse and I wanted a rosewood acoustic before all the affordable ones were gone and they became possibly ridiculously expensive collectors items or something. I'd played enough Alvarez guitars to know the odds were in my favor on this one though so I went for it.
I got lucky. It was perfect in every way out of the box, I haven't even changed the original strings yet! LOL. (D'Addario EXPs I believe). But, emphasis must go on the word lucky there. When buying sight unseen and unplayed, it's always a gamble unfortunately. With acoustics, every single one is so unique because of the way they are made that you just never really know if they're gonna sing to you until they're in your hands and.......um........well......singing to you.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!