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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    With the clear that statement that I'm not trying to talk anyone into anything, here are my reasons....

    I come from a background of tinkerers and hotrodders. We modified everything - trap guns,...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Bryan Kimsey is a good person. I have emailed him questions and he is willing to share his knowledge.

    His knowledge and experience is in one specific area, 70's D-size Martins. You can read his...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    My "no" response has nothing to do with Bryan Kimsey, I would simply not scallop the instrument.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I have known Bryan for many years. We used to pick a lot together and camp together at Winfield when he comes. Through our network of mutual friends/pickers I have played untold number of guitars he...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    No.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Well, 70's Martins have gone up, though only modestly, believe it or not. Ironically, the prices on mid to late 60's models have gone down. You can't predict the market.

    As far as modifying...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I could be wrong...it's happened...but I don't see there ever being a great demand for unaltered 1970's D-18's. They made many thousands of them, and while the basics are there, several things can...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    While I heartily agree with James, I don't worry too much about folks who re-work old Kay and Harmony instruments.

    And I'm not too worried about re-working an old Goya 12-string with a 4" x 14"...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I'd like to believe that the guitar market as a whole has matured enough to understand that these are vintage instruments of a finite quantity and that we've all learned from our past mistakes...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I just finished one that I got from ebay. It was restored, ugghhh. The bracing, which was supposed to be X, was a small X behind the bridge and all were 2X4's. The bridge was jacked up with extra...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Fun and games.

    My latest project: a 12 string with good wood and a 4" x 14" bridge plate made of 1/4" plywood.
    The original configuration:

    186849 186848

    I removed the bridge...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Thanks Chris. This was a special case, where the guitar was essentially destroyed. Not anything I'd recommend for anything in good playable shape to start with.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I would. Bryan can do a lighter or heavier scallop, plus he does not normally scallop the tone bars. To my ear you end up with a guitar that's a bit more responsive, stronger bass, but without...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Or, find someone crazy enough to do this... I swore to never do another. I repaired one of my own builds about a year later the same way. Someone sat on it and cracked the X braces. Twice is...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I'm impressed with Kimsey's thoughtful open-minded treatment of the questions. It sounds like you've mostly made up your mind, and there's a lot to be said for taking the most 'conservative' approach...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    If you like the instrument as-is, you might be better off leaving it alone. There is a risk that you might not like it as much if you have additional work done.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Starting sometime in the early '60's, most Martin guitars gradually became heavier in build. By the mid '70's, they had become quite heavy indeed. The changes to the instruments encompassed more...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I've seen guitars that people spent a lot of money to have ruined.
    I've removed reasonable amounts of wood from the braces of 70s Martins (when they needed considerable work otherwise) and heard...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Any reputable luthier can perform this task; it is not complicated nor mysterious. People have been doing it for decades.

    It will void any warranty and don't come back crying in two years if the...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    To me, the scalloped guitar may sound a bit more open for chording.
    But the un-scalloped guitar has better clarity, definition, and over-all “punchiness”.
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    Prayer for Dennis @ The Mandolin Store

    For those of you so inclined, I would ask that you keep Dennis Vance in your prayers. He is facing some medical issues that must be addressed in the near future. I do not wish to, nor do I intend to...
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  24. 1923 Lloyd Loar Previously Owned by Joe Val For Sale

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    Just saw this listing on UMGF.com

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    "Then, 20 years ago this month, an album arrived that seemed to speak all these languages at...
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