Yamaha SLG200NW

March 24, 2017

Looking forward to trying out the Yamaha SLG200NW.  I hope this will make some gigs very easy to set up and tear down such as cocktail hour.  With the onboard eq and effects like reverb I don’t think a pedalboard will be a necessatity.  The Yamaha SLG200NW and Bose L1 Compact will be a easy carry with or without a cart and set up time should be no more than 2-5 minutes.  

Yamaha SLG200NW NA silent acoustic guitar with nylon strings, mahogany body, mahogany neck, maple/rosewood frame, ebony thomann fingerboard, rosewood bridge, 19 frets, 650mm scale, 52mm nut width, 11,5mm string spacing, SRT piezo pickup, SRT mic modeling preamp system (Neumann U67), controls: power, master volume, aux in volume, bass, treble,tuner, blend & smooth control effects (reverb 1, reverb 2, chorus), weight: 2,1kg, finish: natural satin, incl. thomann softbag, in-ear headphones & 2x AA batteries

DÁddario Pro Arté EJ45C 

March 11, 2017

It’s been a few years since I’ve used EJ45C’s on a guitar and what a treat on my JDZ Cedar Blanca flamenco guitar.  Warm, silky and easy on the hands with great tone.  I am using the coffee colored G composite string.  83.74lbs of tension.  

Sennheiser ew D1 Digitial wireless with DPA 4099

January 27, 2017

Trying out the updated Sennheiser ew D1 Digital Wirless system with a DPA 4099G mic. Looking forward to using it for solo guitar gigs with the DPA Mic.

*Update* 2/7/17. I have updated the firmware so the system works with my iPhone using a apple airport (wifi) I have giged 3 times with this set up at a Cafe and Winery with no problems.  I really like the ease of use and tone quality.  While you can’t turn up the system the way you can with a UST pickup you can amplify your guitar to levels that a large audience can hear without feedback.  For me it’s part of a solution.  I do have my guitar plugged into a pickup system if needed but I start off with the DPA only.  I add the pickup as the performance gets going and if more volume is needed. 

The system

DPA Mic clipped on

Body pack with DPA 4099g

Sennheiser app on iPhone

Sennheiser ewD1 Reciver after update

Sennheiser ewD1 Transmiter 

DPA 4099G w Grace Design AliX

January 24, 2017

Thank you Eben Grace for letting me know you can use the DPA micro dot cable and cut one end and solder a tip sleeve 1/4 jack and plug into AliX with 12v. It’s sounding great and at 10ft away I can have 92bd w no feedback out of a Bose L1 Compact. (cable and a jack pictures Eben Grace) 

DÁddario ProArté EJ25B

January 19, 2017

For the winter I noticed I needed a bit brighter string so I chose the DÁddario ProArté EJ25B for my JDZ Cedar top Cyprus Back and sides flamenco guitar. 

I think the lower humidity affected the tone and the EJ25B seems to sound good on this guitar. 

Jorge de Zofia A1F Cedar Blanca cracks again

January 9, 2017

I have two guitars that have been made by Jorge.  I prefer my Blanca (Cedar Top- Spanish Cyprus Back & Sides) for tone and feel over the Negra (Redwood Top-Madagascar Back & Sides) . But before I even was able to play it it was cracked on the back.  The first time the crack may have happened in shipping, maybe due to the battery not being taken out or shipping/handling.  The guitar was in a BAM Guitar Case.  The guitar is only two and a hafe years old.  Recently this summer the fretboard started to crack near the sound hole between the A and D string.  Below is the crack.

The guitar has lived in great humidity 55-65% and generally 72 degrees in a  BAM case.  I do have a LR Baggs Dual Source Pickup system in the guitar.  I was able to do the repair myself after talking to a few luthiers.  I did ask Jorge for input but never heard from him.  I used glue from Stewart Mac Donald and ebony shavings to fix the crack.


La Bella 820 Red Nylon Flamenco Guitar Strings

December 11, 2016

I put on the La Bella 820’s on my Jorge De Zofia A1F Blanca Cedar Top Flamenco Guitar.  I have been using LaBella Medium 2001 and Daddario EJ45, EJ45C, EJ25B,and EJ25C.  I think I have found my new favorite string.  I will post more in a week and after a few sets.  I think they feel great, sound great and have defined rich quick tone.   I also like the wine colored red “Cabernet Sauvignon”is what I’m calling them. 


So hears my update on LaBella 820 Red new improved string set for Flamenco Guitar. I like them on my Cedar Cyprus Blanca JDZ. The trebles have lasted 4 1/2 weeks and the bass strings 2 1/2 weeks I think I could get 3-4 weeks on bass strings but they were wearing out and I did not want to break a string live. The tone is just a bit brighter than say DAddario EJ45 but very similar to EJ25C. They feel good to me the bass strings snap and sizzle and tune up very quickly. They also can produce nice warmth. When you dig in you can appreciate the responce and clarity of tone produced. The trebles are red like a nice Cabernet red wine. I like the color. They are rectified nylon so they are not as smooth or glassy like the LaBella 2001. I have played them with my fingers and a nylon DAVA pick. I like the sensitivity of the string as it reproduces great tone from the slightest touch to being able to reproduce great tone when I dig in too. They do feel different from what I’m used to but I like them and ordering from Strings By Mail, Sweetwater 6.49 or LaBella is a breeze. LaBella also has great customer service.

Andy Culpepper Luithier

November 5, 2016

Some pictures of the new build coming along on the Blanca Flamenco 

I visited Andy at his shop a few weeks ago and left him my DeVoe to have a little work done.  He also today tuned up my JDZ Blanca and shaped a new saddle and tuned up the nut.  We also looked at the back and sides for the guitar he is going to be building for me.  Below are some pictures.  I can’t recommend him enough. 

Phil Jones AC 150 Cub w LR Baggs Dual Source

October 18, 2016

To hear the LR Baggs Pickup on a Jorge de Zofia Flamenco Blanca click JDZ & LR Baggs Dual Source.  What was used was a Jorge de Zofia Ceader Blanca guitar with a LR Baggs Dual Source Pickup system (Element & Mic) to a Grace Design AliX Preamp then a Strymon blueSky Reverb and Digitech JamMan Solo XT loop pedal in the effects loop.  XLR out from AliX to a Phil Jones AC 150 Air Pulse acoustic amp.

DPA 4099 G 

September 11, 2016

I have liked the DPA 4099 G microphone since it came out a few years ago.  The newer model has the cable (micro-dot) terminate and connect at the end of the goose-neck.  There’s also an additional extension available to further comstomize your mic placement.  I have used it so far with a Digidesign 002 Rack and a Bose ToneMatch mixer with great results on both.  The sound clip is direct to the Digidesign 002 Rack no eq or compression just a bit of hall reverb.  The mic sounds great and I thoroughly enjoyed playing with it through the Bose L1 compact.  DPA 4099 Mic Demo  (Just click and you can hear the mic)