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Offline uburoibob

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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2007, 04:46:02 PM »
I have wanted one for a very long time. And am happy to finally have one! I've heard that this is the closest to what Ken had in mind when he developed the Fly - something sublime and straight forward. Gotta say it again -  I LOVE this guitar!

Bob

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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2007, 06:40:27 PM »
Bob,

It's a beauty, that's for sure!  One thing I like about your Bronze that I would change if I could about mine is the color of the metal saddles.  I'm not partial to the gold colored saddles on my Bronze.  It's the only thing that I'm not found of on my Cedar and wish they were silver.  But they really play and sound like nothing else.  Congrats!!!




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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2007, 06:48:54 PM »
Bob,
What a great catch! The color is incredible! As Alex said, like an old violin... What a classy looking guitar! All that room in the cavity makes me wonder what you could do, mod-wise. But then again, maybe somethings are too perfect as they are to mess with! I'm very happy for you. Enjoy...


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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2007, 08:09:31 PM »
That is one of the most beautiful sites I've seen. WOW! Very nice.

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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2007, 09:25:47 PM »
That there girl is perrrty!

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Originally posted by uburoibob

Well, I resisted the temptation a week ago to drop an extra $110 and have this overnighted in. It finally arrived after almost a week after winning. I held my breath as I took the case out of the box and opened.

I was...

Drum roll...

Mildly surprised. First, it was a much darker butterscotch than I've seen on other Bronze, Concert, Spanish, Nylon or Artist Flys. I gotta say I LOVE the color. These photos are a little dark, but they capture the color very well.

The guitar was kinda dirty, and it seemed as if the strings had been on since 1997. Anyway, I worked the day away, wishing I could carve out time to set it up. But alas, to no avail.

Finally got it home. Took off the old strings, cleaned the surface up, Maguired the surface up and polished it to perfection. There are still a couple of very shallow scratches on the back - barely noticeable.

Put Elixir NanoWeb Bronze XL strings on (10 - 47). Set the action, straightened the rod, and began playing it. All I can say is...

WOW! I had no idea. I'd messed with the Cedars at NAMM, but never in a controlled setting. This guitar is amazing! The sound and playability is something that I wasn't prepared for at all. I am in love with it.

Here are some pics....













I have included several of the control cavity. As you can see, there is no provision of individual string volume, so I guess that must have been just a rumor. I was a bit surprised by the sparsity of the whole thing. Can anyone else with an older Bronze or a Concert please let me know if this is stock?

Anyway, that's the tour for now!
Bob



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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2007, 10:25:54 PM »
I ordered knobs from Jerome for this, tonight. Also got a set to go with the flat ebony knob on my Artist. Should look very cool with the special one the Ken made for Bill Frisell, as well as on this Concert. Can't wait for them!

mmmmguitar, thanks. She sure is purty. Hey, can I ask a favor? Could you please alter your post to get rid of the quote of my photos again? There's a lot of them, and they make this thread tough to get through. Sorry to bug about that...

Bob

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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2007, 01:32:00 AM »
wow. it's absolutely beautiful, Bob. can't wait to see (and hear) it in person. I WANT ONE TOO!!!...T

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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2007, 06:38:08 PM »
hey bob, That is one hell of a sexy fly concert you've got yourself there. i really like the dark colour of it. has it, how does it sound? i was looking at the prices onthe Bronze fly's the other day. they are so tempting. Infact all parkers are[:D]

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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2007, 10:34:50 PM »
I used the Concert at my gig tonight and it was great. I used it with the Jumbo Acoustic Variax preset on my PodXT Live and also through my Korg Pandora PX4A. I know that I've been really pushing the PX4A, but I can't imagine anything more compact or cost effective for making a Fly of any style sound like a variety of great acoustic guitars.

Anyway, I love this guitar even more after using it live.

Bob

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« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2007, 06:59:13 AM »

Have you tried the PX4D ?

Do you still ever use the Moma Bear ?

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« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2007, 07:26:03 AM »
I never had the Mamma Bear. That was John Rooker, but he sold it. I am open to trying any cool stuff. I have the PX4, which is the 4D before it was expanded. I like it, but hated the presets, so I made my own and it's a very cool practice device. Just plug my iPod into the Aux in, and then I am right there, mixed into whichever performance I choose. Great practice rig. Same the the 4A. I tried the Mamma Bear with their setup at NAMM and it was very, very cool. But I think for what I am doing, and where an acoustic guitar fits into my live performances, the little Korg is just fine. John was wondering how the Zoom A2 sounds. I'd like to try that, too.

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« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2007, 07:28:33 AM »
You know, this all makes me wonder what a set of DR Zebra stings would sound like on the Artist, and perhaps I will give that a try. Zebras have every other winding bronze and nickel so they are supposed to have a good acoustic sound, but still get picked up by the mags. It'd be an interesting test that perhaps I will give a try over the weekend. Does anyone besides DR make such a beast? (pun intended)

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« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2007, 07:32:30 AM »
Here's why I sold my MamaBear..  First, I never used it with a guitar like the Bronze and the current owner uses it with a Bronze and is very happy. What I never got used to with the MamaBear was a seeming lack or brilliance.  That presence that only an acoustic has.  The MamaBear was impressive in its abilities but would never fool me into thinking I was listening to a good acoustic simply because of the lack of upper end harmonics or presence.  I don't know if I'm explaining that correctly or not, but at the price, I feel the MamaBear could and should do better than it does.  

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« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2007, 08:35:47 AM »
Hey John,

You're right...I love the MamaBear (Thanks John).  I do use it with other effects that put that sparkle and presence in.  What I love about the MB is that it takes that "piezo" sound that all saddle pickup guitars have, whether they are high end like ours or not and changes it into something more natural sounding.  Not necessarily "acoustic" sounding but more like the transducer is somewhere in the air instead of under that saddle.  I'm getting a great sound with my rig and the Bronze.  Having said that, I'm going to try one of the new Aura pedals.  They come in five different configurations for the type of guitar you are using.  They have one for nylon. The MB doesn't have a nylon guitar setting.  I'll report back in a few weeks to let you know.


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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2007, 09:43:13 AM »
Hi Bob, The color of the top is beautiful. Since spruce darkens over time with exposure to sunlight, my guess is that yours spent some time on a stand in a sunny room.

I find that my Bronze sounds great, w/o effects, played through an AER. Plenty of high "shimmer."

I looked at the nylon Aura pedal, but for some reason Fishman chose odd guitars to sample. Why not use really great concert classics vs. factory guitars?

John