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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    I have gone through all the usual suspects,
    Collings, Martin, Taylor, Guild, Gibson etc --- wonderful guitars all of them.

    Never held on to them -- I would turn them over every 8-12 months -- sometimes less. I finally stopped buying them (because I really did not need one for the gigs I do).

    Well, we are starting to play some tunes that really should be played on an acoustic -- so I have been looking out for an acoustic for a while.

    I picked up the A. Davis at my friend's guitar shop (goldenageguitars.com ) -- and immediately bonded with it.

    the neck is wonderful, the cutaway is just right -- the guitar is incredibly light -- and the tone is to die for.

    The high ratio Gotos make tuning the guitar a delight.

    It has incredible resonance and sustain.... and to top it all off, it is absolutely beautiful.

    While researching the guitar before purchasing (even used it was not inexpensive) -- I found out that A. Davis guitars have been a favorite of west coast studio cats for years (I can see why).

    Very happy with the guitar

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    I have never seen one of these but it looks great and the clips sound awesome! Congrats on a great guitar - finding an acoustic that you love always seems harder to me then finding a great electric!
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    Sounds great! Someday hopefully I'll get to check one out.

    I actually have a call into a guy named James Boyce who did some work on a guitar for my father about 30 years ago. While looking to find his contact info online (he did a great job on the guitar for my dad) it turns out he is pretty well known so I'm looking forward to checking out some of his stuff. My main live guitar is a Gibson I have had for years that is all smashed up and the action is about 1/2" off the fretboard but the sentimental value is there!

    I really have to get more informed about the smaller builders. I'll be honest, mostly I play Martin, Gibson and Guild.

    When I lived in Massachusetts there was a fantastic store called The Music Emporium in Lexington that had a lot of the cool stuff. Next time I'm up that way I'll check them out again.

    I'll probably have some questions for you on this one someday!

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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    I reached out to Art Davis, the builder to get birth info on the guitar and he is now a member of BGT

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    Sounds great! Someday hopefully I'll get to check one out.

    I actually have a call into a guy named James Boyce who did some work on a guitar for my father about 30 years ago. While looking to find his contact info online (he did a great job on the guitar for my dad) it turns out he is pretty well known so I'm looking forward to checking out some of his stuff. My main live guitar is a Gibson I have had for years that is all smashed up and the action is about 1/2" off the fretboard but the sentimental value is there!

    I really have to get more informed about the smaller builders. I'll be honest, mostly I play Martin, Gibson and Guild.

    When I lived in Massachusetts there was a fantastic store called The Music Emporium in Lexington that had a lot of the cool stuff. Next time I'm up that way I'll check them out again.

    I'll probably have some questions for you on this one someday!
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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    I can't afford one of those, but I did pick up a used Takamine that I put up a thread about. No contest acoustically, but it really comes alive with the TK40 preamp into an amp.

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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    Well, today I too picked up an A. Davis guitar . . . . a J-1 model, with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. It's not immediately at hand, or I'd put up some more details. I'll post some more details later, along with some pics after I get a chance to take some.

    Gorgeous guitar, in both looks and tone, with great playability.

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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    If you don't have the birth certificate -- contact Art, he is a member here and he will get you the details

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvilletele View Post
    Well, today I too picked up an A. Davis guitar . . . . a J-1 model, with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. It's not immediately at hand, or I'd put up some more details. I'll post some more details later, along with some pics after I get a chance to take some.

    Gorgeous guitar, in both looks and tone, with great playability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LVC View Post
    If you don't have the birth certificate -- contact Art, he is a member here and he will get you the details

    Just fabulous guitars
    Yeah, I will do that, as all I have are the few bits of info from the label.

    Mine is SN #2073.
    Dated 2/21/05.
    Model: J1BRS
    Back/sides = Brazilian Rosewood
    Top = Sitka Spruce
    Trim: East Indian Rosewood

    I'll put up some pics and more info as soon as I can.

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    haha - That's an easy one because it is the only J1 Brazilian ever built. There are a few 6 strings and then the Kahumoku type 12 strings - David Crosby owns one - made from Monterey Cypress and that is all. They are made on the A1 side bender and reworked on a pipe bender to fit on the nice J1 molds. I'm making less expensive guitars now but it would cost an arm and a leg to repeat yours. A rare bear indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Davis View Post
    haha - That's an easy one because it is the only J1 Brazilian ever built. There are a few 6 strings and then the Kahumoku type 12 strings - David Crosby owns one - made from Monterey Cypress and that is all. They are made on the A1 side bender and reworked on a pipe bender to fit on the nice J1 molds. I'm making less expensive guitars now but it would cost an arm and a leg to repeat yours. A rare bear indeed.
    Thanks Art . . .for both the info as well as for this awesome guitar. If you have a chance, I'd love to get the full info/details from the "birth certificate" a la as LVC has posted.
    One question: Unless it is accessed from behind the label, inside the box at the base of the neck, there seems to be no truss rod? It doesnt seem to need any adjustment, but I am rather curious. Is there a truss rod there?

    The couple I bought this from had two (or three?) of your guitars (They told me they had gotten them through Carl). I got to play one other, an ST1BRS. That one was incredible as well, maybe even better sounding. Rich, complex, wonderful.

    I took some pics this morning, and will post them later in a separate NGD thread, as this stunning masterpiece deserves its own listing.

    To avoid giving rise to any potential jealousies, resentment or the like, I will not tell anyone how little I paid for this, other than to say I think I got a really good deal.

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    Re: NGD ! A. Davis Guitar

    Forget the money ... the fact that you have the only Brazilian J1 with Monterey Cypress made is enough to put me over the top

    I am still hoping to find a Burst in a garage sale ---- has not happened yet.




    Quote Originally Posted by nvilletele View Post
    Thanks Art . . .for both the info as well as for this awesome guitar. If you have a chance, I'd love to get the full info/details from the "birth certificate" a la as LVC has posted.
    One question: Unless it is accessed from behind the label, inside the box at the base of the neck, there seems to be no truss rod? It doesnt seem to need any adjustment, but I am rather curious. Is there a truss rod there?

    The couple I bought this from had two (or three?) of your guitars (They told me they had gotten them through Carl). I got to play one other, an ST1BRS. That one was incredible as well, maybe even better sounding. Rich, complex, wonderful.

    I took some pics this morning, and will post them later in a separate NGD thread, as this stunning masterpiece deserves its own listing.

    To avoid giving rise to any potential jealousies, resentment or the like, I will not tell anyone how little I paid for this, other than to say I think I got a really good deal.
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