Recent content by West R Lee

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    Anyone know about the new 2021 D-55's?

    I used to own a particular DV52 that when I bought it, it had a light colored square right in the middle of the top on the centerline. I either showed that to Hans, or sent him pictures, I don't recall, but Hans said it had probably been sitting in a window with the sales tag on it. The rest of...
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    Anyone know about the new 2021 D-55's?

    It's funny how different strokes are for different folks. I was never a fan of white binding. In fact, until I read this thread, I hadn't stopped to realize that every guitar I've got has beige binding. Guilds and Collings. : ) And, I'd just read a thread on a different forum in which guys are...
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    Collings owners?

    I break a lot of "rules" with my strings of choice. And I do it for several reasons. I actually began using lights exclusively in order to help maintain the geometry of my Guild guitars. As time went on, I began to appreciate how pliable lights were. I play fingerstyle and fingerstyle only, and...
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    Collings owners?

    : )))) I guess I'd better get busy getting rid of my Collings. : ))))) Can't use light gauge strings on 'em ha? Man, I've been doing it all wrong for 50 years! I'd better get rid of my Guilds too.......they have lights on them as well. West
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    Collings owners?

    It would be hard to beat that one. Also impossible to beat Collings guitars. On the string tension issue, I use lights on both my Collings CJ G and my Collings D2HA, and always have. I think you can run any string you like on them. They do come from the factory with medium D'Addarios, but I...
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    Collings owners?

    The last I heard, Frosty had had a pretty bad hand injury.......bless his heart. Gosh I loved his playing. And B.........there is a "G" in Collings if you're doing an ebay search. West
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    Collings owners?

    Try that beautiful Brazilian jumbo in Open D tuning. That will take the load off, and you'll love noodling in the tuning, I've been keeping my D2HA in Open D and have had a blast with it. You can feel it vibrate all the way to your spine........just incredible. West
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    Collings owners?

    Marc, if you want one that feels like your DV52, get a D1 or D2. 1's are mahogany and 2's are rosewood. Incredible guitars. I used to think of them as WAY overpriced, but yesterday I looked up "list price" on a new D55 Guild w/pickup.........$4850! Collings guitars aren't overpriced by...
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    Is this bridge lift significant?

    Funny you mention that Al. Several years ago, I was walking into the plant where I worked......it's a big place with lotsa people. This one morning, it was pouring down rain and I hadn't left a pickup at the entrance the previous day, so that morning I had to walk.......and I was walking very...
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    Is this bridge lift significant?

    Ah, you remember that one ha Al? I assure you I'll never forget it. I drive past that spot every day. I'll tell you my everyday exercise. About 12 years ago, I had a couple of knee surgeries........no meniscus left in my left knee. My surgeon, who'd just had a knee replacement told me to get an...
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    Is this bridge lift significant?

    Good luck my friend. After 40 years in a chemical plant, retirement is great.........no meetings, no being called out on weekends, nights and holidays anymore, no real routine now.........and that entire facility is down now due to the weather.........2nd time since 1951. Yes, I know folks up...
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    Is this bridge lift significant?

    I'm good. How are you Al? I retired June 1 and have been enjoying life and my first biological grandson. A little guitar, a bit of hunting, a little travel, and a lot of golf. Yes sir, that would be my guess to a tee. Melted glue and then it rehardened and stabilized. That guitar sits in my...
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    If you could only have two....

    Two ha? That's easy......My Guild DV72 and my Collings D2HA. West
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    Is this bridge lift significant?

    I have owned my D25 since 1979. As a kid in his early 20's, I didn't have a clue about guitar care, so I took that sucker on a summer campout, and if we left the campsite, I'd lock her up in the trunk. Sometimes we'd be gone all day, and the temps were probably approaching 100 degrees. Who...
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    I voted in person

    1st morning of the 1st day of early voting in Texas, It was busy. Probably 45 minutes in line, but it's done! West
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