Well I promised myself that I would change the strings and give the new Crafter Guitar a good cleaning. Should have timed myself, but forgot, if I was guessing, about two hours. The guitar looked clean enough before I started,but once the strings were off and cleaning commenced, it was filthy, I nearly got the high pressure washer and me Wellington's on, OK just a little exaggeration, but the muck and crud I go of it, think the guitar shops would give them a polish ever now and a gain. Anyway all cleaned and polished, new Elixir strings fitted 12 swg. And wow was it worth all the time and effort, yes it was, it chimes like the bells of St Mary's, plays like best butter, the sustain I can still hear it, and I haven't touched it for at least ten minutes, looks a million dollars, and I don't know how you could have a better sounding guitar at any price. Anyway generally speaking, I like me new Crafter Guitar.
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2016 13:03:21 GMT -5 by Derick
Post by Blackback Gull on Sept 30, 2016 20:09:23 GMT -5
RobertW,Derick,El Gull,ladyssolo,Blackback Gull,That is one seriously nice-looking guitar! Crafter has a solid reputation in Europe and the East, and those who have 'em this side of the water like 'em...there's some info out there on the 'net. I lucked into a Crafter LITE-TRV a few years ago, and it is a very nice parlour guitar indeed.
Blackback Gull , Thank for the comment. I had the same model Crafter guitar (about fifteen years ago from memory) that you have, the Lite-TVR, from memory it was a great guitar with a bowed back.
Yup, that's the one - plays real nice, lovely sound. I think I'm gonna have a guitar tech friend permanently mount a little "bottle cap" stick-on type pickup inside and see how it'll sound thru an acoustic amp.
FloridaGull , The Crafter Grand Auditorium model GXE 600 Able. Just got me measuring stick out, and here is the results. Nut = 1 11/16 inches. Across the strings at the saddle = 2 3/16 inches. Scale length = 25 1/2 inches.
On a personal note, I prefer 1 3/4 inch nut width , but (there's always a but), with a long scale length 25 1/2 inches, I can't really notice the difference, it only becomes noticeable to me if the guitar has a short scale length. Most of my playing is fingerpicking style and I have no problem with the above spec.
Must say I really like the tone of the Crafter Guitars, sort of smooth and mellow, like dark chocolate, not a quiet guitar but not harsh and brittle like drum sticks on a metal dust bin (not easy to describe tone).