I kept the one on the left. An SG12. Just sold the other, a Wenge Grand.

The Wenge had beautiful tone and playability. Chord and fret work were difficult for me to negotiate. Possibly could have come with more time.

Instead, I opted to focus on what I can do with the smaller SG12. I like the range and tone. And chords and scales come easier on it.

It actually feels good to have the instrument testing phase over with.

Turkey and ham on FRENCH TOAST. Fresh cantaloupe.  Nice!

Turkey and ham on FRENCH TOAST. Fresh cantaloupe. Nice!

Picking up dinner (at Spinoza’s Gourmet Pizza & Salads)

Picking up dinner (at Spinoza’s Gourmet Pizza & Salads)

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity."
- Charlie Mingus

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Down to one

Stick that is. I’ve decided to focus on just my Grand 12 string. Going back and forth between it and the smaller SG12 was not helping muscle memory and basic technique

Am feeling good about my progress on the Stick over the past 8 months. It’s a radically different instrument than I had experience, forcing me to thinking more broadly than before. I’m not ready for public yet, but soon. I think trimming the models back to one will go along way to helping me prepare.

It’s been fun getting experience on the SG12 and I may revisit it in the future.

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Love a covered bridge (at The Ohio Coffee Co.)

Love a covered bridge (at The Ohio Coffee Co.)

I changed strings on my SG12 yesterday.  Adjusted the lay and it really sounds and plays great. That, combined with using my MacOS software again (thru the Zoom TAC-2 interface) is really helping produce results.

I’m much more comfortable with EQ and reverb AUs than I ever could be with pedal-based.  Producing a subtly refined tone is easier for me in the AU world.

I enjoy composing pieces as much as I enjoy playing them.  Having my Sticks running direct through the Mac will make recording a much simpler process than before.

Changing strings on my Wenge Grand today.  As I recently purchased it used, I’m not sure how old they are.  I’ll also be setting it up as Matched Reciprocal.  This is the same tuning on my SG12 which should help as I switch back and forth.