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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

sooo...due to the outage my posts went down the drain :( take two:

i had a look at my baby a week ago and man she looks beautiful now. let's start off with something we haven't talked about yet: bindings and purflings! i wanted to have bindings that are lighter than the body itself, so he went with a slightly lighter cherry binding and black/white side purflings. the pretty curls on the sides made me call this guitar curly fries.



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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

here's the front. he went with half herringbone purflings for the top, which i wanted to be really thin, cause otherwise it might disturb the top's appearance. i believe since a guitar is made by inputs from two people, both need to be satisfied with the outcome. of course, merlin knows best how to mould the sound of the instrument (which btw sounds very promising, literally. the body produces a really loud and harmonic tone when the top is tapped...i'm afraid it's gonna be a beast) and put it all together to achieve an optimal geometry for playability, the only thing i can do is tell him what my desires and requirements are. but aesthetically speaking one can talk about and discuss a variety of possibilities. and i'm very glad to say that not only do merlin and i have similar tastes, but also we can work on this in a very constructive and fun way. guess that's really important: getting to know the maker as a person and getting the maker to know you as a person. i find this an important part of giving the guitar its soul.



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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

and here's the back with no purflings, pure bindings. needless to say...i'm excited



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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

little heads up: still waiting for the final touches to be made, should be ready in a couple of weeks. these last weeks are pure torment
And I'm afraid that the case I ordered from Visesnut might be too small for my guitar as it has a lower bout of about 390mm (case has 380mm inner lower bout tho "bigger dimensions may be OK"). I really like the Visesnut case and if the classical model doesn't fit I might even go for the OOO model.

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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

I went over to Merlin Grote today and got my guitar, it has arrived safe and sound at its new home!!! It's STUNNING ! It has a really clear voice, lots of overtones and volume and an incredibly light touch, i'll have to readjust my left hand completely so i don't have to strain my fingers that much...playing my old guitar really has been a fight. also I need to learn how to get out all that it has to offer. however here it is.
if you'd like to see other pictures hit me up. i'll try and do a video/audio demo if you like to hear my miserable flamenco skills as well



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 28 2018 4:23:36
 
Leñador

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Congrats! Nothin like getting a new baby! The walnut looks killer, let’s see a pic of that with finish on it!

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rombsix

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

i'll try and do a video/audio demo if you like to hear my miserable flamenco skills as well


Vamos!

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mrstwinkle

 

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Vid please :)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 28 2018 14:23:04
 
jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

thank you so much lenny ! I don't really know what to do with my new baby, I feel like i'm starting from zero again. and here's the back for ya. the finish does some magic, like you said: KILLER !

I'm uploading an awkward video right now so you can have a little sound bite and hear my school englisch with German accent



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 28 2018 20:34:27
 
jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

here's the video, enjoy my nervous playing and too much talking. I'll put the blame for my bad playing on the fact that I was a little nervous because I'm not used to talking into a camera and i've been playing it non-stop since yesterday night so my fingers are hurting


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 28 2018 21:01:36
 
Piwin

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Olé jalalkun!
Very nice.
Time to put some sweatmarks on it now

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Leñador

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

That walnut is lookin sexy all finished!
Sounds great man she should bring you many years of happiness!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 29 2018 13:49:58
 
rombsix

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

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here's the video, enjoy my nervous playing and too much talking. I'll put the blame for my bad playing on the fact that I was a little nervous because I'm not used to talking into a camera and i've been playing it non-stop since yesterday night so my fingers are hurting


Wow man - that sounds amazing, and you play really well. Why don't you upload more videos?! I need to see more of you, dude. Arabs on this forum gotta thrive too! LOL

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 29 2018 17:52:12
 
pundi64

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Great looking guitar, like the look of the lighter color in the bindings, against the walnut.
Has a great lively sound, which will only get better with the guitar being played,
and after the wood finds it's path to settle in.
Great job Ole' muy Bravo.
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Richard Jernigan

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Congratulations! Beautiful guitar, sounds great...

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NewPlayer

 

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

I am really like the mids and the overall balance. Congrats on the new guitar!
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SephardRick

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Jalal,

Great looking guitar! The percussion quality is really good. That luthier built you a top notch guitar.

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Dudnote

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Nice!! Congratulations for your new baby!! Hope we see her here often. She looks n sounds great!!

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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

thank you all so much for your words, your positive replies mean a lot to me and literally made my day! I'll have to get used to her first and then I'll try and upload some stuff. saying that merlin did a great job is an understatement, this guitar is frickin awesome !! the guitar opened up a bit more the last days. the basses are boomy and the trebles are bloomy and only time can tell how it's gonna sound in my hands the next few years...i'm excited we'll definitely see and hear her on the foro a lot more often.

P.S.: arabs are gonna take over this place soon

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 30 2018 23:27:30
 
edguerin

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Congratulations! Great sound. Nice playing.
Which strings are you using?

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Piwin

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

arabs are gonna take over this place soon


Over my dead pale freckled body
#mffga (make foroflamenco great again)



There's only one way to settle this. RASGWADO BATTLE!

PS: BTW, "the basses are boomy and the trebles are bloomy" I see what you did there Dr Seuss!

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rombsix

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Leñador

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

Over my dead pale freckled body

We gingers are gunna make a come back! We got Pepe Fernandez on our side!

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Piwin

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to Leñador

quote:

We got Pepe Fernandez on our side!


And if anyone resists, we've got Chuck Norris.

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Leñador

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

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And if anyone resists, we've got Chuck Norris.

And all the child bullies from every movie in the 80's!

Sorry Op, couldn't resist.

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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to edguerin

Thanks Ed! These should be Luthier 20s, though it sounds like they're having a composite 1st string in this set from now on.

I've lowered the saddle inlay Piwin, now she sounds like a true dirty flamenca. I came prepared for the ultimate RASGWADEW BATTLE
and good thing you saw my little wordplay there

btw guys, lebanese and iraqi people are known for their crazy ass minds, so I doubt that ramzi would have any problems getting me some gunpowder and petrol...where chuck norris at

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 1 2018 12:08:53
 
Piwin

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

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where chuck norris at


Nobody finds Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris finds you.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 1 2018 12:42:25
 
rombsix

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

btw guys, lebanese and iraqi people are known for their crazy ass minds, so I doubt that ramzi would have any problems getting me some gunpowder and petrol...where chuck norris at


Make peace not war.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 1 2018 13:20:21
 
jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

ahhh dang, the frenchman got the german today

come on ramzi, let's have some action here

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 1 2018 13:39:41
 
rombsix

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

come on ramzi, let's have some action here


Nope. LOL

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