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Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'

Will Fly 19 Apr 14 - 04:24 AM
eddie1 19 Apr 14 - 06:13 AM
Pete Jennings 19 Apr 14 - 07:12 AM
GUEST,alex s no cookie 19 Apr 14 - 07:34 AM
Phil Cooper 19 Apr 14 - 08:00 AM
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Subject: Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Apr 14 - 04:24 AM

About a year ago, I decided - as you do - to get another guitar. I found an old DeArmond electric guitar pickup - built to go on the soundhole of an acoustic instrument and bought by me in 1968 - in a drawer. As I remembered, it was a great pickup in its day - I had it on a '64 Epiphone Texcan for years - and decided I'd have a guitar built around it.

So, instead of frittering my gig money away on fast women and slow horses as per usual, I set to work on the specification and took my pennies into the local bank. Here's what I wanted:

1. Hollow body, electric - 70cm deep - almost a "Verithin"
2. Mid-jumbo shape with single cutaway, like my Martin
3. Flat, acoustic-style fretboard - 21 frets
4. Lowden-style, pegless bridge
5. Hard gold frets
6. Gotoh tuners
7. Mother-of-pearl fret markers
8. Bone nut and saddle
9. DeArmond pickup

I took this spec to my old mate and luthier, Ian Chisholm, in Ditchling, and left the choice of woods to him.

Anyway, after some delays in getting started, for various reasons, Ian set to work. He chose maple for the back and sides, cedar for the top, mahogany for the neck, walnut for the headstock fascia and soundhole reinforcement, rosewood for the bridge, and lining and decoration in ebony. I took charge of it about 3 weeks ago and played it in at a band gig last week. It sounds great for jazz, blues, folky fingerpicking, ragtime, etc. - pick of fingers.

If you want to hear it in action - just a demo when I first got it - you can see and hear it at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9A32smZduw

And if you want to know some more about Ian Chisholm's guitar making (shameless promotion for a good friend), you can read all about him here:

http://www.ianchisholm.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'
From: eddie1
Date: 19 Apr 14 - 06:13 AM

You sound really proud!
And so you should be - great sound (and nice playing!

Have years of fun.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 19 Apr 14 - 07:12 AM

Great.


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Subject: RE: Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'
From: GUEST,alex s no cookie
Date: 19 Apr 14 - 07:34 AM

superb, Will


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Subject: RE: Just one more guitar - Chisholm 'No. 46'
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 19 Apr 14 - 08:00 AM

Nice to hear a pick up that's not making the guitar quack like an ovation. Good playing, too, I should add.


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