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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Zurf wrote:

Happy NGD. I've enjoyed playing around with my 12 string. At the most recent ChordieStock at Topdown's house, I borrowed his 12 string for Southern Cross and then played it pretty regularly for the next several days.

Thanks - 12's are fun to play, but I find you need to have the song to fit them ....

Cheers

Richard     

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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

neophytte wrote:

if I can wrangle it off the 4 year old, who (because it's perfectly his size) thinks it's his ... smile

https://scontent.fper5-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/64621819_10161829771165514_2530591707146223616_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent.fper5-1.fna&oh=ce602727160d2d9fa0dc5f2e0d5634fa&oe=5D7D4F38

Evidence ... !! 

Cheers

Richard     

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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Baldguitardude wrote:

What’s mini about it?

Size comparison pic, between my small body EBG808CL and the Mini-Maton:

https://scontent.fper5-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/64702424_10161830631710514_3014916219720433664_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent.fper5-1.fna&oh=618480a6bc8039142301a6bc1ef4d83a&oe=5D820D11 

(hope the pic works!!)

Cheers

Richard     

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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

keepitreal wrote:

I must admit it's the first time I've ever heard of Maton. Although according to their web site they're well established. I'm sure you're going to have lots of fun

Thanks - I believe they are selling them in the UK now: https://www.projectmusic.net/maton-guitars-1486-c.asp

topdown wrote:

Very cool Neo - looks like a fun guitar. Happy NGD!

Thanks - needs a small bit of work, but it sounds good!!

Phill Williams wrote:

very nice looking guitar. sounds like a native Ozzy make?

Yep, since 1946 - you'll see many Aussie artists using them, kind of a "national" guitar, although early on the Beatles used one or two, as per the video here: https://maton.com.au/page/maton-history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maton

easybeat wrote:

Neo
i guess we`ll get to hear it soon when ``the smiling aussie`` does his next vid.
there are some lovely australian woods being used in guitars.

Yep, if I can wrangle it off the 4 year old, who (because it's perfectly his size) thinks it's his ... smile

Cheers all!

Richard     

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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Phill Williams wrote:

i've tried detuning and found it didn't sound right on my 12 string box! i know it aint a good make or anything but it does sound better in concert pitch. i also broke the high G string so i left it off, i only miss it if i'm doing a solo

Check your capo is successfully fretting the smaller strings on the lower notes; some of the cheaper capos are too 'stiff' and won't deaden the strings correctly ... they will make a "thud" type sound which is not very nice. I found my mid-range capo did this, but my expensive (Thalia) capo was good, and my cheapest ($3 China special) worked quite good ....

Sorry for diverting the conversation ...

Cheers

Richard     

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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Tenement Funster wrote:

Nice find, Neo ... a beautiful looking guitar! The smaller body makes the head stock look larger than normal and the fret board wider than normal, almost like a lute. Looks like a cedar top and maple sides?

Thanks, I found these specs from 2006 (the guitar is a 2008 model, so I suspect similar):

Soundboard: "A" Grade Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Queensland Maple
Neck: Queensland Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood with dot inlays
Bridge: Rosewood
Headstock: Queensland Maple
Outer Binding: Black
Soundhole Rosette: Laser cut M logo design
Finish: Natural Satin
Machine Heads: Chrome Grover Rotomatic
Pickup System: AP4
Pickguard: Black with Gold "M"

https://matonmuseum.com.au/data/pdfs/Ma … de2006.pdf

Cheers

Richard     

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(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

It's basically a travel guitar series; looked for a photo comparing it to the larger size guitars, but coudn't find one ... instead I found this pic of a 14 year old holding it, to try and give you an indication of the size of it:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aTGxFQXIsiM/mqdefault.jpg

Cheers

Richard     

NGD - a Maton mini 12 string (hope the picture works):

https://scontent.fper5-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/62470049_10161814098880514_8615908844809224192_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_eui2=AeHunLxK06IXyR5e2EAftxNAQGYu_yWm8-7kauejWI1vLHXwwuNJGFNgb1MztufjHhgK4nOxi7-fr6lmZqHAW9pSCCS6E9BEjKEnrpWH-JEVAQ&_nc_ht=scontent.fper5-1.fna&oh=3a8f71fb98c4eea554772a7071b13a86&oe=5D85E6DB

It's an older 2008 model, but  got it for a good price, however the truss rod needs some attention, and needs some new strings. This is the newer version, but has similar specs: https://maton.com.au/product/ems-12 (I don't know why Maton don't have an archive of older models)

Cheers

Richard 

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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

keepitreal wrote:

Hi neophyte. Getting to grips with the 12 string, but it sounds a little thin. I have some new  (martin)strings to try, when I get round to re stringing. Thanks for asking.

Cool!! I've just bought myself one ... was on my mind for some time, especially after I saw a build on instructables for a 9 string guitar (which was basically a 6 string, with double courses on the 3 high strings). it came in at a bargain price, but I just need to adjust the truss rod and put some new strings on it ...

I think one of the tricks to make it sound thicker is to detune by a tone, then put a capo on the 2nd ... but yet to experiment with that smile

Hope you can post some pics or vids

Cheers

Richard     

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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

keepitreal wrote:

Hi I've been away from the scene for quite a while and recently started poking my nose in to see what's happening. This post gives me the perfect opportunity to say hello I'm back and looking forward to joining in the fun.

Hi, welcome back - how's your 12 string??

Cheers

Richard     

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(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Congrats!!!!     

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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I've been pretty busy, my new job is 1.5hrs travel each way, but it's finishing in a couple of weeks, so then I'll be busy finding a new way to feed the family ....

Cheers

Richard     

Thanks for the feedback - usually I delete the videos once I've processed them, but saved this one; I'll re-mix it with less echo on.

Cheers

Richard     

For your viewing pleasure: https://youtu.be/VT_tImIdP3g

Cheers

Richard 

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(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

jgreen wrote:

Sorry Richard, it's set to public on my Facebook post.
Don't know what else I can do.  I tried to imbed it here but couldn't figure that out.

Well, that was odd - I tried it from my phone and it worked, but still couldn't see it from my laptop. Anyway, it's a nice looking Mando - my Dad has a couple of round backs stashed away from when he was in Europe (from before I was born, I believe) - he used to pull them out at Christmas and play the only two tunes he knows ('We three Kings' and 'Good King Wenceslas'), but he hasn't done it for a while.

Cheers

Richard     

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(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

jgreen wrote:

Not really either (?) - I haven't been able to find a picture of any other quite like it.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid … XNuXY_G9Q3

Could you set the photo to public - I can't view it ....

Thanks!!

Richard     

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(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Cool, I can't quite tell from the photos - is it a european round-back, or american flat back?

Cheers

Richard     

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(9 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Reminded me of Barrett's experiments in early Floyd - and you've got an American twang at the end!!!

Cheers

Richard     

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(7 replies, posted in Poems)

Phill Williams wrote:

I'd renew your license free of charge cos this is so true and well written. You guys down under are getting sooooo good

I can imagine it being recited with a stubby in his hand wink     

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(7 replies, posted in Poems)

easybeat wrote:

Joined a gym today

True story? Or New Years resolution ... ??

Cheers

Richard     

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(30 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Oh yes, ELP!!

And Oxygene:

https://img.discogs.com/dTWa_E60HTbiUBLNdrdpeyH2jjo=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-494369-1171385458.jpeg.jpg     

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(30 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

always loved the Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures' cover:

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/900_wide/public/media/Joy-Division-Unknown-Pleasures-album-covers-billboard-1000x1000.jpg 

It's a digitized version of the word "Hello".

And the Nirvana cover:

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/900_wide/public/media/Nirvana-Nevermind-album-covers-billboard-1000x1000.jpg

And Pink Floyd ...

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/900_wide/public/media/Pink-Floyd-Dark-Side-of-the-Moon-album-covers-billboard-1000x1000.jpg


Cheers

Richard

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(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Excellent!! I mentioned before I've started a new job; part of my daily routine is biking to the train station, these are some pics I put together, strung into a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTHOD6QfUfM

Cheers

Richard     

TIGLJK wrote:

Nice cover Richard.
I wish I could play and sing as well as you do.
I was amazed in reading how many songs Jim Steinman had written that were hits for so many huge groups/singers.

Thanks - this was a hard one to nail, and it took a few takes for this one.

Peatle Jville wrote:

Nice cover Neo

Thank you!

Tenement Funster wrote:

Great job on that one, Neo ... the song has an interesting chord structure, and you nailed it all 100%.

Thanks for that - the Eb is a hard chord to get to for the short time it's required ...

jgreen wrote:

Well done Neo!

Thank you ...

Apologies for not being around much lately; I've started a new job and it's about a 2 hour commute each way, and it leaves little time for anything ... so guitar and related activities are taking a bit of a back seat at the moment!!

Cheers

Richard     

A cover of the song "Heaven can wait", written by Jim Steinman, but probably best known for being sung by Meatloaf: https://youtu.be/pgx3lsNDA7o

Enjoy

Richard