Non professionals seem to be more concerned with "appearance"
or cosmetics than professional musicians. Many real "pro's"
are concerned with sound, feel, and playability. BUT, some of you parents
out there who are not sure your child will stick with it, may want to
take some consideration in re salability. I thought I'd drop a few observations.
1. Classical or nylon string guitars don't sell as well
as steel string instruments. So, if you want to be able to sell the
instrument easily if your child looses interest, you may want to take
this into consideration. It has nothing to do with what is better or
best - just what will sell.
2. If you want to sell your student or first guitar,
remember that your potential customers are going to be non professionals
who will take the look and cosmetics into account. For this reason,
try to convince little Johnny or Sally to treat the instrument well.
Hints about stringed instrument maintenance.
First of all, there is a lot of pressure on a stringed
instrument. This, combined with other factors such as variances in climate,
and the unpredictability of wood, can make things tricky. Wood is a
living breathing thing. It isn't as stable as metal, and like people,
can be unpredictable. THAT, is also the beauty of wood. It's mass and
characteristics make it THE perfect medium for making musical instruments.
Be aware that wood has a cellular structure and changes in climate,
temperature, and humidity, can effect an instrument. In the winter months
when we have our heaters on and the level of humidity in the air declines,
wood can exhibit some shrinkage. ESPECIALLY if the wood was not dried
properly before the instrument was constructed. Conversely, during the
summer - especially here in the midwest - things can get VERY humid.
This of coarse means that wood can absorb some of that moisture and
actually expand somewhat.
Now, if you were to expose a stringed instrument to
drastic and repeated changes in atmosphere, and climate, it can hurt
the structure of the instrument. This is one reason why you don't see
well known musicians touring with their favorite Martins. Not only do
they go from Arizona to Georgia in a matter of one day, frequent jet
travel will also expose the instrument is variances of atmospheric pressure.
A long time ago I made a beautiful electric guitar for Rick Zunigar
of Stevie Wonders Band. It was made of Paduk and had been recently finished
w/ acrylic lacquer. Well, at 30,000 feet, the finish cracked. OOPS!!
I plan these pages to be an ongoing process so more
areas will be covered as time permits. Depending on the time spent composing
and running my record
label I may not be able to answer all email, but i'll try
to be as helpful as Ican. I know what it's like to be lost and a bit
afraid to venture to new territory.
Adams Home Page
Here are some links
that may offer more resources in learning more about stringed musical
instruments as well as offering parts and miscellaneous hardware for
working on instruments and learning about how guitars are built. The
internet is a rich area and don't forget your local library.
LINKS OF INTEREST
In The Morning
Guild Of American Luthiers
School of Lutherie
to my site showing the instruments I build
and music I compose