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Inspecting a second hand spanish guitar
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:54:20 AM »
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  • There is a possibility of a new guitar on the Thompson household (this isn't news, there *always* that possibility, however this time the possibility is imminent).

    As usual I'm looking at second hand instruments but this time I fancy branching out with a nylon string guitar. Is there anything I should do different when inspecting that sort of guitar?

    I suppose I have to pay the neck even more attention than I would usually?
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    Re: Inspecting a second hand spanish guitar
    « Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 11:26:25 AM »
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  • The biggest failures with a Spanish style guitar can usually be associated with the Bracing Daniel. So rather than having to perform ridiculous contortions trying to have a look, the easiest way of checking things out is do do some gentle tapping all over the Body, if there is a rogue Brace, you'll hear it as a definite thunk. Check everywhere, Top, Back and sides.  If you hear a strange vibration when playing a note or chord, it's a sure sign that a glue joint is giving up.

    Other than that..... Obviously sight down the neck, no Truss Rods here y'know, so if you see too much relief, walk away. ;)
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    Re: Inspecting a second hand spanish guitar
    « Reply #2 on: April 17, 2015, 01:32:51 PM »
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  • Excellent! Thanks for the reply.

    I'll be sure to do lots of tap testing. I haven't paid much attention to that in the past...
    I like to spell peddant with two Ds. That always annoys them.

     

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