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#2874558 - 08/22/17 10:47 PM Exciting New Purchase!
Kenny Ingram Offline
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Hey guys over here - I usually hang out over at the Keyboard Corner forum, but I thought this was more appropriate here.

I recently purchased a Yamaha AEX500N2 guitar. This was a guitar I was trying to find for at least four or five years [which I couldn't, so I bought another nylon-electric instead: Antonio Hermosa AH-50], until I finally found one on eBay last week. It originally piqued my interest a few years ago when I saw Rodriguez (star of the recent Searching for Sugar Man documentary), and I absolutely loved the sound of it. One thing I love about it is it's extremely easy to transition to playing this guitar from an electric, since the neck is much smaller than that of a true classical guitar, and much closer to an electric. I'm looking forward to using it for Jazz, as well as singer-songwriter music.

Have any of you had experience with this guitar, or its other editions (different colors, steel string, archtop, etc.)? What do you think about its sound and playability?
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#2874685 - 08/23/17 09:37 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: Kenny Ingram]
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Never heard of that guitar but I hope you get years and years of playing pleasure out of it....
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#2874716 - 08/23/17 11:17 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: desertbluesman]
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Congrats on the new Yamaha Kenny! I don't know about that particular model but I do have a couple of Taylor nylon acoustics that were made with narrow necks so that us regular guitar players (i.e. non-classical) could transition easily from steel strings to nylons. Thus we could add the nylon string sound much easier than having to deal with the wider classical necks. I enjoy playing them and they bring out a Latin vibe on everything I play LOL! They are great for blues, jazz and even slide guitar. The Hawaiians have been playing slide on nylon acoustics from the beginning...anyway, good luck and happy pick'in! Yeah, I even use a pick on mine LOL! Love the sound of a nylon plugged in with a touch of verb... cool
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#2874746 - 08/23/17 12:36 PM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: Larryz]
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I know only what I learned after seeing yer post.
I imagine the thinline body helps those electric players who have more particular attitudes abt their instruments's physical characteristics.

I couldn't find anything abt what might've made this gtr so hard to find for 1/2 a decade, though.
What's up there ?
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#2875076 - 08/25/17 12:11 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: d]
Kenny Ingram Offline
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Thanks a lot, guys! As for why it's so rare—I'm not exactly sure. It may have to do with them simply not making very many. This guitar was actually originally part of a series designed for guitarist Martin Taylor in the late 90s. But that's just speculation. I'd like to know myself.

For me, the design is totally perfect. It's got that nice thin neck, a semi-hollow body which projects surprisingly well for acoustic playing, and a rich, warm sound when plugged in.
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#2875087 - 08/25/17 04:20 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: Kenny Ingram]
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Well, if YOU'RE happy, then WE'RE happy FOR you! wink
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#2875330 - 08/26/17 07:53 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: whitefang]
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My VERY brief understanding is that they were designed by Martin Taylor for the 2003 NAMM show. There were only about 200 of them made.

Mind you...I could be remembering incorrectly...
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#2875353 - 08/26/17 10:05 AM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: A String]
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I believe there's also a Peerless Martin Taylor model. The guy gets around.
(And he has the most perfect possible name for a guitarist.)
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#2875488 - 08/27/17 12:55 PM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: Scott Fraser]
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That looks to be an exceptionally cool guitar! I think that I would particularly like its 13.75" (350mm) fretboard-radius. I'd string it with "Hard Tension" strings, and tune it to Open-G6 (D-G-E-G-B-D, Lo-to-Hi), using it for fretted, slide, and fretting-behind-the-slide (simpler than it may seem), for quasi Western-Swing/Hawaiian sounds. love
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#2875705 - 08/28/17 10:13 PM Re: Exciting New Purchase! [Re: A String]
Kenny Ingram Offline
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Originally Posted By: A String
My VERY brief understanding is that they were designed by Martin Taylor for the 2003 NAMM show. There were only about 200 of them made.

Mind you...I could be remembering incorrectly...
Wow, very cool. Thanks for the info!
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