The Only Playable Stradivarius Guitar Left - Made in 1679

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  1. MikeR

    MikeR Guitar Challenged
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    blackcoffeeblues Student Of The Blues

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    WOW: WOW: WOW. not only the playing but the STRAD....I would never have thought....
     
  3. ghack

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    That sounds amazing. so resonant
     
  4. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    Needs some locking tuners, maybe an undersaddle pickup. A whammy bar too. Probably need to replace the gut strings with some DR Blues. I'd put strap locks on it too, probably the Dunlop. I'd also strip it down and redo it in a polyurethane sunburst finish. Sheesh, whoever owns that thing has no class.
     
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  6. Dr. Ron

    Dr. Ron NO GUTS NO GLORY. JUST GIVE IT A SHOT!

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    Nice. That guitarist could probably play a gut bucket and make it sound good.
     
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    tommytubetone Portage, Michigan

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    He may have been blind. That's the impression I got.
     
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    Silicon Valley Tom It makes me happpy to play The Blues!

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    I think that guitar makers have learned a great deal about how to improve the quality of a guitars sound, by using different construction techniques, design, and materials. Gut strings do not sound very full as compared to nylon, nor do they last or stay in tune very well.

    The instrument shown is an interesting curiosity, and has value as a historical item. The guitarist plays well, but I had a teacher named Andres Segovia, who would not have allowed anyone in his presence to use the right thumb as this guitarist does. The right thumb should be placed in front of the other fingers of the right hand, like a hitch hikers sign.

    The acoustics of the room did not allow for a true appreciation of the instrument.


    Tom
     
  10. Elio

    Elio Student Of The Blues

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    I have a friend of the family who studied under Segovia, who at the time made teaching appearances at a local university he was attending. The stories I have heard was that Segovia was nothing less the incredibly demanding. I remember seeing him perform in the early 80's -- really amazing. ...as is that Stadivarius!
     
  11. KevinS

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    The " thumb Under" technique that the player demonstrating the Strad guitar is using is actually lute technique.
    Seeing that the Strad guitar is a Baroque instrument using catgut strings like a lute rather than modern nylon strings , the technique is probably more appropriate and historically accurate as to how that particular instrument
    was played back in it's day.

    Regardless of the room acoustics, I thought the guitar sounded pretty amazing , much less for one almost 350 years old.
     
  12. Oldmann

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    Wow, that is really neat. I also enjoyed the Allman Brothers playing " Whipping Post" next to it. Great stuff, thanks for posting. Jim
     
  13. panther

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    I wonder if Leo Fender took the Stratocaster name from this guitar.
    The original STRADocaster.
    Dan
     
  14. Elio

    Elio Student Of The Blues

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    Leo was reportedly a big military aviation buff so I always assumed it took it from the B52 "Stratofortress"

    ...I just did a quick search and found this article about the guy who supposedly named it. I think I guessed correctly!
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/music/2009-01-11-randall_N.htm
     
    #14 Elio, Feb 18, 2016
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