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Michael Terris Maple E Body
submitted 10/14/2012

Submitter

Alan Walker

Where Purchased

Smoky Mtn Guitars,Tennessee

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

2900 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


Loud,rich and warm with fantastic sustain. Post and baffle gives a modern sound but complex and sweet tone. Not too metallic or nasal.
No dislikes.
Played a $6000 Meridith at the same store and the Terris ran it damn close.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Guitar came with set up by Tooter Meredith. Perfect.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Gorgeous light tobacco sunburst finish. Bird's eye Maple body, ebony fretboard. Simple dot inlays. Reso is 19 years old and in almost perfect condition. No scratches or dings.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


It's lasted so far with no problems. I would have no problem gigging without backup.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Dan at Smoky Mtn Guitars couldn't have been more friendly or helpful.

Customer Service

10

Components


Appearance of the maple is the highlight. Quarterman cone, grover tuners, bone nut, ebony bridge. No need for any upgrades.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I'd never heard of this builder but he has a reputation as a very fine luthier. He also builds mandolins, banjos and regular guitars and repairs violins.

Overall Rating

10


Audio Technica Pro 35 Clip on mic
submitted 9/9/2010

Submitter

Alan Walker

Where Purchased

Dawsons online store

Overall Comments


This is a reasonably priced (130-$259) clip on mic which I'm using through an ART Tube MP which retails for 30($40). You also need the AT8539 converter to plug the mic into the MP. I think it sounds great both for recording and live work. I can't distinguish it from my SE 2200a large diaphragm mic which I've used previously.
The other great advantages are that you can dispense with a mic stand, you know that the mic will always be the right distance from your dobro and the whole thing is much lighter, more conveniant and more resistant to feedback than a large diaphragm mic.
Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

9


Goldtone PBSD
submitted 9/1/2009

Submitter

Alan Walker

Where Purchased

Private Sale

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

400 () (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Great for traditional bluegrass and for country folk and country blues (Little Feat, Dead, JJ Cale)
No amps or effects. Has Beard factory set-up.
It's a loud instrument with a big, bright sound. It's has plenty of low-end though; more than some much more expensive laminates.
Some of the top string notes can lack the depth and richness you'd get from say a $3000 Beard. It also lacks the complexity, subtleness and richness of the best instruments.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Perfect sep -up by Beard on purchase. Guitar had been hardly played in 3 years.
Beard Special 29s strings fitted rather than D'Addarios (personal taste). No other changes needed.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Lovely looking guitar with a simply beautiful tiger maple back. No flaws.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Hardware's fine. No problems.
Finish excellent. No signs of wear to wooden parts.
I would definately depend on it for live performances.
A recent buzzing problem was easily solved by local guitar shop.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Beard have always been very helpful and prompt in response to my emails. First class customer service.

Customer Service

10

Components


All the important bits (cone, bridge, nut, ) are Beard parts. No upgrades needed.
Tuners are the weak link.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Just the best value for money squareneck available backed up by the first class guys at Beard. The sound is a personal thing but I prefer it to the Wechter Scheerhorns which I guess would be the closest rival.

Overall Rating

10


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