This is my personal guitar collection and blog, started in October 2010 and updated frequently. I'm privileged to own many fantastic instruments, some legendary, and to be able to play them well enough too. I hope you enjoy viewing, find it useful and return from time to time.
Have you ever thought of reversing the string wind on the top and bottom e on this cute little parlour guitar. It may be counterintuitive but would put less stress on the string as it passes over the nut. I have seen it done on other guitars where the pillar is not in line with the nut groove. Just a thought…Cheers
Thanks, Jack, glad you like the site. What a great idea – one I’d never considered but it makes sense. I will try it next time I restring and see whether the advantage gained outweighs to slight inconvenience of having to tune in different directions!
I have on long term loan a slot-head parlour guitar made by Russ Wootton – number 2/94. It has a wider fretboard than my other guitars. I am not sure when it was made. It has a maple body and I think a spruce top. It sounds very good but the action is high which makes playing hard work for me. I’m going to try some lighter strings but infer from what I’ve read that it probably needs a neck reset. Do you happen to know if that is something that Russ would do?
Quite possibly – though I don’t know how retired he is these days. Do you know how to contact him or would you like me to ask?
Thanks Bob – I’d be grateful if you would ask him as I don’t know how to contact him – please feel free to pass on my email address. I have changed the strings to a lighter set but it’s still pretty hard work to play the guitar. It sounds great though. As a matter of interest, does your parlour have a wider neck?
Will do, leave it with me…
Hi, me again. I’ve exchanged email with Russ and he has suggested I connect you with him so you can discuss. He’s largely retired so it may be too big a job now, but worth exploring. You can reach him at [email protected]. Good luck.
Many thanks Bob – much appreciated. I’ll drop him a note.