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    Artist Award Review

    I haven't seen a review in the acoustic section, haven't looked in the electric as I consider it an acoustic guitar.
    How long have you owned the AA: 4 years
    Year & specific model: 1975, natural finish
    Purchased new or used: used
    Price paid:$5000

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality-10
    Looks-10
    Projection-10 (I've been told and the one video I've seen confirms this)
    Bass-8 (it's an archtop, bass not a big feature)
    Mids-10 (it's an archtop, mids important)
    Highs-8
    Sustain-7 (good for an archtop)
    Playability/comfort-10
    Dependability-10
    Fingerstyle-3
    Flatpick-8
    Strum-10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Excellent, bordering on mint

    Favorite Strings (one selection only):Still undecided

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Not sure, depends on price and condition

    Overall Assessment: It's an Artist Award, hard to find a factory built archtop any better, or even as good, IMHO.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Playability
    Least Appreciated: What's not to appreciate?
    Favorite AA Story/Moment: Nothing specific, maybe the looks I get when I bring it to my Folk Society and people realize that it really is an acoustic instrument.

    Other observations/comments: When I first got it and strung it up, it almost begged me to play swing rhythms. I've had a pile of archtops over the last 40 years, acoustic, electric, semi-acoustic, and none of them come close to this one.
    F212: 1964 ,AA: 1975 ,Mark V:1975 ,F50:1976, D-55,1979; X170:1986, F-40:2007, F512:2010, T-250:1986, Masterbilt:AJ500RCNS:2006, Gibson Chet Atkins CE:2001, Godin ACS:1999, Giannini 7-string classical, Epi Korean Howard Roberts Custom:1995, Pawless Mesquite Special, 2012. My trio's site: http://bradbilljanet.blogspot.com/

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    Interesting question...acoustic or electric? While it is a great guitar unplugged, in which way do you typically use your AA, unplugged or plugged in? If I had one I suspect it would be almost always plugged in, but that's just me. I would love to get one, but it won't be any time soon. Enjoy your AA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guildman63 View Post
    Interesting question...acoustic or electric? While it is a great guitar unplugged, in which way do you typically use your AA, unplugged or plugged in?
    I rarely play it plugged in, and the few times I have it's been through a PA rather than through a dedicated amp. I use it mostly as a rhythm guitar in swing type situations. I suppose if I were playing in strait ahead jazz I'd run it through an amp more often. So, I think of it just like I think of my flat tops with pickups, primarily an acoustic instrument with electric capability if needed.
    Brad
    F212: 1964 ,AA: 1975 ,Mark V:1975 ,F50:1976, D-55,1979; X170:1986, F-40:2007, F512:2010, T-250:1986, Masterbilt:AJ500RCNS:2006, Gibson Chet Atkins CE:2001, Godin ACS:1999, Giannini 7-string classical, Epi Korean Howard Roberts Custom:1995, Pawless Mesquite Special, 2012. My trio's site: http://bradbilljanet.blogspot.com/

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