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Ziti just posted to my tune and said that I should name the guitar. Thanks Ziti for pushin me on this. So as I stated in my post to Ziti, I'll call her Betsy!


Just went to a Guitar Show and bought a Santa Cruz acoustical guitar OM/PW model. In perfect condition for $1800.00 cash. I thought it had a nice sound. I recorded this piece with light gauged strings that was on it when I bought it yesterday. I will put on heavier gauged strings soon as I can.

But I was very surprised of the action of the guitar. Much better than my acoustic Takamine by a mile!!!! :)

The Santa Cruz OM/PW is soooooooooo much easier to play than my Takamine acoustic I just can't believe it:)

So if you are thinking of getting a guitar a Santa Cruz guitar is not a bad choice. I have been to their factory and it is a nice one.
This tune was done with open tuning, capo on the second fret.
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Uploaded: Aug 01, 2005 - 06:56:07 AM
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2006 - 12:41:05 PM Last Played: Apr 09, 2019 - 09:52:11 AM
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K.I.S.KISMET said 5137 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Awesome!
O.K. I know nothing about guitars, but I can tell a difference in the sound; It seems fuller and richer. You are obviously having a blast with this one...a new love, fresh, and fun to explore! It is always a pleasure to hear your playing.
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thetiler said 5137 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Thanks K.I.S.KISMET
Thanks much for stopping by. I really like this guitar quite a
bit. Love it because I just can't do the things on my Takamine
that I can with this one.

Thanks again
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Einarus said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great
The only thing I know about guitars is how to pronounce
the word, but like K.I.S.KISMET said, the difference is quite
clear. The sound is clearly better. (for $1800 it better be)
I really liked this one. Well written, great production and
amazing fingerwork as always.
Terriffic!
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great
Thanks Einarus, it is worth the money. I really need a creative outlet away from
the tile installation business.

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stevel said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great guitaring
Not much to add really...just really great guitar work as
usual! Always a pleasure to hear it
Steve
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great guitaring
Thanks stevel, so much for stopping by.


Good luck to you.

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Chris Boros said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Nice playing
This guitar sounds great. Really nice professional playing as well. Dug the tune too--inventive parts that kept changing on me kept my ear on the tune.
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Nice playing
Thanks Chris

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said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Bill....
sounds like your fingers a sliding over those strings
like you were skating on ice. Sounds so effortless,
fast, and and unforced. Not that you ever sounded
forced on guitar, just the overall effect is so "at ease."

And the sound is alive, fuller. You made a great
choice and ... by the way you made a fine song here.

Jack

thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Bill....
Thanks Dadai


I played quite a few guitars at the Guitar Show near where I live. but this one
really felt special. Even though I really had to listen hard because the electric
guitarists where blaring their guitars to extreme levels making it very stressful
to hear our little ol accoustics. I did hear enough of it to really want to buy it

Thanks Dadai

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Ed Hannifin said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Listen to those opening trills!
You can TELL that those are liberated fingers! You sound
like you are having such fun!

You always get a great guitar sound, and I should say a
great-and-always-getting-better sound...(Which I always
thought was particularly impressive with a Takamine, as I
have found them to be a bit stiff and to not always have
the most responsive tops)...

Now, THIS sounds really great, but I am betting that as
you are going along you are going to find the sweet spot
(s) on this guitar, too, and the recorded sound is going to
burst into life...even BEYOND what we have here...that's
my prediction...

Speaking as someone just dying to upgrade to a high end
acoustic, Santa Cruz would definitely be on MY short list...

So consider me envious to the max...

I really like the tune, too. It covers ground (again) between
that bluesy Stillsian sort of thing and the DADGADian
Bensusanian kind of thing...It also sounds, and I mean this
joyfully and not in any way critically, like the tune is
structured to let you revel in trills, hammer-ons and pull-
offs...

So revel, man, revel...congratulations on the new guitar!

Ed
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Ed Hannifin said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Listen to those opening trills!
And how come when I download it, I don't get a picture of the guitar in
question? What's up with THAT?

Ed
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Listen to those opening trills!
Not sure on the pic, but you are right on about exploring the guitar. It is very
exciting to play. I basicly wrote the piece to show that it is an easy instrument to
move on.

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TeeTee said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Congrats on the new axe!
...and a great song to introduce us to it!

Really enjoyed the finger picking on this (and all your
songs, Tiler) and the superb tone from your new guitar.

There is a certain child-like excitement coming from
finding a fine instrument that takes you to a new level. I
recently treated myself to a new Martin after 27 years with
my old Fender friend. I got the same feeling you did -
being able to play was easier and I was giddy playing
songs that I had played for years with new passion and
additional phrasing and notes.

Enjoy and I will be looking forward to more great tunes
from you!
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Congrats on the new axe!
Thanks TeeTee, jee that is what Alimar calls me only "TT" :)


Congrats on that Martin!



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wittybrit said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Here comes the fun!
Thanks for sharing your new baby with us. Congratulations! and thanks for putting a smile on my face. Keep up the fun.
thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Here comes the fun!
So true, I tile setter so truly needs fun. Amen
!

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brownpride said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
cool
yeah i lik this guitar its sounds very nice i would lik to play that good i hella like the beat who is this guy i would lik him to teach me how to play a guitar cuz i want to start playing an instrument so k ight holla now beezzyy
thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
cool
Thanks brownpride,

Good luck in finding a teacher. I know where i live, you couldn't exist having a
family, house a wife on a priviate teachers salary. Maybe you could if you where
a one in a million professor of calssical guitar and where teaching at a large
university. Those are pretty tough odds. Sorry just ranting, on the cost of living
where I live.

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bronco said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great Guitar
Yeah that is a sweet sounding guitar!! I have played some
Santa Cruz and always thought they were really good.
Your Takamine sounded good but this is a notch above in
sound. Sounds like you are a kid with a new toy just
zooming along those strings showing your joy and
exuberance. Someone that plays as good as you do
should have a great guitar. I'm glad you got one!
Love what you are playing here. Nice pulloffs and bends.
Are you going to be able to bend with medium strings?
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Great Guitar
To be honest I hate light guaged srings but the irony of it is earlier in the year at
macjams I was raving about how light guaged strings were so easy to
manipulate and that was on a Takamine. I just don't like the slinky sound
especially on the dang second string.

I can sure tell it is much easier to move around with the Santa Cruz even with
heavier gauged strings.

Thanks for the concern Bronco

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ziti said 5136 days ago (August 2nd, 2005)
good for you TILER!!
nothin puts a smile on a man's face like a new guitar...this
sounds really great!

with the acquisition of my new mike, I have picked up the
acoustic again, and I'm havin some fun with it...you're
great playing has inspired me to play it and record it...and
no I have not forgotten the colabs.....

congrats on the new lady...name her right away, they like
that!
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thetiler said 5136 days ago (August 2nd, 2005)
good for you TILER!!
Thanks Ziti, ok I'll call her" Betsy"!

Thanks for the inspiration!



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caroline said 5135 days ago (August 2nd, 2005)
heavens to betsy!
she sounds lovely! i look forward to hearing loads more - thank you x
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thetiler said 5135 days ago (August 3rd, 2005)
heavens to betsy!
Thanks, I went out and installed heavier guaged strings, still not sure if that is
the right guage. I might go to medium light guage insead.

Thanks

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ka-klick said 5135 days ago (August 2nd, 2005)
Very nice
Reminds me of Jorma Kaukaunen (probably pelled that last
nme wrong) from Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna etc. With
maybe some Craig Chaquico (his replacement in J.Starhip)
after he started doing solo acoustic stuff. Well played, nicely
written. Faved and DL'ed.
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thetiler said 5135 days ago (August 3rd, 2005)
Very nice
Thanks KK I did a guitar competition in San Francisco at I think it was Guitar
Center and Graig was one of the judges. I played Hero's Dust. He was quite the
sensation there.


Thanks

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jiguma said 5134 days ago (August 4th, 2005)
The Bill & Betsy show!
Nothing like a new guitar to inspire some new tunes.
Betsy sure does sound sweet Bill! So much depth and
clarity - clearly worth all those $$s. It sounds to me like
you're nailing the notes even better than on the Takamine
- is that how it feels? Those quick notes towards the end
(not sure what the technical name is) are so tight. Great
playing, great guitar - hope you can put Betsy down long
enough to have some food!!
Thanks, Neil
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thetiler said 5133 days ago (August 4th, 2005)
The Bill & Betsy show!
Thanks Neil


I have found a great liking for the Santta Cruz guitar, but I have to get ajusted to
the medium gauged strings I just put on it in order to get a better sound than
the light guaged strings.

Thanks

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snowdragon said 5133 days ago (August 4th, 2005)
Now I want a Cruz
As if I didn't have enough guitars already.

Great sound from the new hammer T.
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thetiler said 5132 days ago (August 5th, 2005)
Now I want a Cruz
Your a funny guy snow.

Thanks for stopping by!

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said 5133 days ago (August 4th, 2005)
Heavens to betsy
profound as ever, you continue to blow minds away!
thetiler said 5132 days ago (August 5th, 2005)
Heavens to betsy
Thanks Tom

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ledebutant said 5133 days ago (August 5th, 2005)
Holy!
I didn't know fingers could move that quickly. I think this
is some of the fasted fingerwork I have EVER heard.

This is probably the best $1800 you could have spent.
What an amazing instrument (to go with a really skilled
musician).

Are you sure they didn't put lubricant on those strings?
ledebutant said 5133 days ago (August 5th, 2005)
Holy!
I didn't know fingers could move that quickly. I think this
is some of the fasted fingerwork I have EVER heard.

This is probably the best $1800 you could have spent.
What an amazing instrument (to go with a really skilled
musician).

Are you sure they didn't put lubricant on those strings?
thetiler said 5132 days ago (August 5th, 2005)
Holy!
Thanks

It helps to have light guaged strings but to be honest I took them off to give the
strings a better sound. But I might lower my standard tuning to make the strings
a little softer.

Thanks so much !

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Mystified said 5128 days ago (August 9th, 2005)
Congrats!
On the new guitar. Sounds fantastic!
Excellent tune.


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thetiler said 5128 days ago (August 10th, 2005)
Congrats!
Thanks Mysti

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jamorama said 4523 days ago (April 6th, 2007)
You are awesome.
I googled you and got this title. You're all over the web, and that's as it should be.

Highest regards,
-steve
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thetiler said 3669 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Thanks
Steve !
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ted23 said 3670 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Santa cruz
Very fine playing sir.
I was led here by Feters forum topic on acoustic guitars and read your interesting post and noticed you had a Santa Cruz...
So hurried along to your page hoping to hear her in action. I too have a Santa Cruz but have never recorded it. Or for that matter ever heard one recorded (that i know of). The tone on your recording sounds wonderful and it makes me want to play mine again and record it ASAP. I'm primarily an electric player but decided for my 30th to save up and buy something special.... So i got hold of a Santa Cruz vintage artist back in 2006. It's a beauty but sadly is being ignored in its case.
Your great playing, tone and song here is truly inspiring me to get her out again... If only i had your finger skills!
Nice one
thetiler said 3669 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Thanks
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