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ultratwin
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:25 am    Post subject: Temporary Nashville Reply with quote

Had a very nice '93 Terada-built 6120-60 in the house for a day or so.

A jazz-studying kid was selling it after 2 years, saving up for an Eastman, and $1650 is a very good price in this country. Selling off the SG1000 gives me a reason to splurge.

Long story short, a quick look-over under fluorescent subway station lighting proved a quick transaction, but close inspection at home showed dozens of micro cracks on the right-side laminate. Sure, Terada's 5-layer pressed maple would prove to be a durable deal, but the fact that the left side was in really good shape sent up red flags that the guitar had some severe aridity/temperature exposure in the past 20 years or so...And one side had to give in to the elements. To our pleasant surprise, the kid was really sorry from the beginning and apologized for not being aware of the cracks (I believe him), though he had originally touted the body as being in perfect shape. He brought out the cash to our neighborhood and it went back into his hands, without issue. Could have gone way worse, but the guy had a proper conscience and didn't want to come off as a fraud.

Anyway, minutes before the trade off we remembered what a nice bedroom we have and snapped up some pretentious shots of the thing. Didn't plug it in, but the sustain/volume was delightful to hear and feel.



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ultratwin
The 25.5" subversion


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lesson learned, now I'll be taking my time poking around for used guitars, along with a way to get one into the country without too much duty. Eyes are on a 6122-1962 or the lesser-loved 6120DC (love the huge neck on my friend's vintage DC).

Sure, Jonny Buckland and Dave Evans have made 6122s a bit trite on the telly, but the sound this guy gets from a 6122 through his silverface convinced me that I could easily live without a few guitars in the collection if I could get tones like this all day.



Excuse the kuntry moment.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a shame that guitar didn't work out for you. I've always like Gretsch, they're pretty cool guitars.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure is pretty. I wonder if I would have even noticed right away.

Please explain the windows. Do you live on a Jackie Chan set?
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ultratwin
The 25.5" subversion


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DGNR8 wrote:
It sure is pretty. I wonder if I would have even noticed right away.

Please explain the windows. Do you live on a Jackie Chan set?



Pretty much.

The lattice is more decorative than functional, sliding open to reveal heavy double paned doors facing the veranda. The house is just a few years old, and the company that built this "series" has proven to have some really nice sense when it comes to a traditional vibe in the trim department (of the bedroom). With another set of windows on the other side of the veranda, it's got fantastic insulation for Korea's hearty four seasons, too.




The rest of the house has less of the vintage flair. But like all Korea houses, has heated floors (ondol) and bathrooms of fully walled tile, made to get wet.

Wrong forum to re-post, but here you go with a bonus shot. Search "settlement" to find the original house thrad.

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ultratwin
The 25.5" subversion


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took some massively detailed shots with the X100 and maxed out the sharpness and definition and stuff to show how bad things were on the right (lower) side, being able to feel the gap above the binding in the last shot was especially troubling.

They didn't actually look this bad up close, but you get the picture.








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