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Nati-Horn tone

Have any of you played both the maple and Ickes models of the new Nati-Horns?

I know that the maple is brighter than the mahogany, but how does the Ickes compare to the maple in terms of tone, volume, etc.

The Ickes model is priced significantly higher than the other two...I would imagine that the purfling and different tone woods account for some of the price difference...

Scheerhorns and Open D?

Folks,

Rather than pile on to the monster National/Scheerhorn thread below, I wanted to ask a very specific question on Scheerhorns, as I am also eyeballing the new National offering.

I play in Open D as my main tuning.  I know it's a tad unusual but it suits the style I play.  I have a GoldTone Beard set up for Open D with strings .018-.022-.030w-.036-.053-.068.  And yes, I do need that beefier low D string in order to keep my alt bass picking crisp on the low end.

The Gold Tone Beard handles this very well, with no issues - in fact the stock nut/bridge slots worked as is.  And the instrument seems to embrace the tuning quite well, with a nice full and rich tone (not bad for a budget axe).

Anyone have experience with Scheerhorns in Open D, and especially using beefier string gauges like the ones I use?

I'd appreciate any commentary.

thanks!

Uncle Jack

Scheerhorn National collaboration

Mates

 

A few days ago Bill at Artisan announced a new reso guitar to be available by Reso Summit time and it is a collaboration between National and Scheerhorn.  Sounds very intriguing I am very interested to see what this new instrument.

RIP Bob Brozman

Bob Brozman, author of the book "The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments", passed away yesterday, April 24th, from an unspecified heart condition. This has been confirmed by National Resophonic Guitars in a private email.

Here's Bob's biography from his website.

Redefining musical diversity worldwide, Bob Brozman is a remarkably prolific artist whose wit, energy, and musical technique combine powerfully to create an unforgettable live performance. A master of slide, fingerstyle, and percussive guitar, Bob's exhilarating show spans the global and musical spectrum, and keeps audiences enthralled, begging for more of his endearing, infectious energy.

Bob's familiarity with diverse world music cultures produces a novel blending of rhythmic and timbral influences, unparalleled in today's musical environment. His rhythmic dexterity resonates with elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso, sega, and even the most modern hip-hop and ska beats.

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