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I'm undertaking the distribution of the Blues and Lightning for Michael. Drop me an email through www.buskerguitars.co.uk and I'll keep you updated on when the first consignment is ready for sale.
The Blues and Lightning are both single cone guitars. In terms of tone, the significant difference is that the Blues has a steel body and the Lightning has a brass body - giving two subtly distinctive voices.
Hey Michael, these guitars look great. Any chance of the biscuit cover being removable, like the newer Nationals ? -It sure helps set up. The newer Nationals have 4 wee allan screws holding the cover in place.
Hey Michael, these guitars look great! With your input I'm sure we can all trust the integrity of these astonishingly affordable reso's. One thing, have you thought of making the biscuit cover removable, like the new Nationals? It really helps with set up and intonation? It's held on with 4 wee allan screws. Would you be able to do a straight swop of a National Cover and your cover?
Post by Michael Messer on Mar 28, 2008 10:53:29 GMT
Thank you for your message. It really is encouraging to get so much support from everyone.
You asked me two questions; (1) can one swap the coverplate for an NRP one with a removable hand-rest? >I have not done an exact measurement comparison, but I think everything should line up. (2) Have I thought of making the hand-rest removable for access to the bridge, like it is on National Reso-Phonic guitars? >I have not used NRP guitars as my benchmark in any way. The only benchmarks I have used are original National guitars and the fact that costs must be kept to a minimum. So the answer is that I have not included that design feature as it is an NRP innovation.
In addition; I think the removable hand-rest is a good idea, but not a necessity. National guitars had been played in tune for over seventy years before that design feature was added. I also think that it could be another point of buzz & rattles as the guitars get older. In theory I think the removable hand-rest is a great idea as it does give easy access to the bridge, especially for the final factory set-up.
I really appreciate & enjoy all these questions and suggestions, it is all very useful and helpful for me.
I didn't think I would be buying any new resos but the Lightning Bolt is irresistable! I suppose a squareneck would be too much to hope for?
I'm wondering about the tuners. If they are cosmetically a decent substitute for old National tuners it would be good to be able to buy them separately.
I have several Nationals and NRPs that could do with some help in this area and I don't want to go the Schaller route (shape and button changing) or give NRP lots of dosh if there is a better alternative on the horizon.
Post by Michael Messer on Mar 28, 2008 14:22:10 GMT
Thank you for your enquiry. A square-neck Lightning is not likely at this time. I have been playing the prototype as a square-neck guitar (just with a nut raiser) and it sounds great. Very Casey Bill Weldon, which is no bad thing!
Tuners and other spare parts are also on the horizon. If you like the ones that we are using, I am sure we can order you a few sets.
Post by Michael Messer on Apr 8, 2008 22:51:03 GMT
The final prototype arrived today for approval! We should have a delivery date pretty soon for the first run of MM BLUES & MM LIGHTNING guitars. It has taken a couple of weeks longer than I had hoped, but making sure everything is right on these guitars is essential.
I can tell you that we now have a very limited amount of 14 fret MM BLUES models coming in, a couple of which will be nickel plated steel bodies. I don't have any photos yet, but as soon as I do I will post them on this thread and on my website.
Another new addition is that all MM guitars will have serial numbers. These numbers will be put on in the UK so we can keep an accurate record of all MM instruments.
Post by Michael Messer on Apr 11, 2008 14:06:57 GMT
Artist impressions are no longer necessary! Here are the first photos (sent to me by the manufacturer) of the MM headstocks. The Michael Messer BLUES and the Michael Messer LIGHTNING. I am very pleased with these.
I have some other photos sent to me by the manufacturer of the guitrars being made. I will post some more later.
Hi Michael The headstock stamping looks really good , its excellent . to me it really captures the period of these guitars Just out of interest what is the neck measurements at the nut of both of your guitars , or is this information available and I have missed it , I just love the nut size ( 48mm ) on the ' Deco ' Busker
Post by Michael Messer on Apr 12, 2008 11:04:16 GMT
Thanks! I am very pleased with the results too. The information about nut widths is probably on here somewhere, but there's a lot of posts to read through.
The nut width of both the BLUES and the LIGHTNING is 46mm, which is in keeping with original 1930s Nationals. I realize that people do have their preferences, but what I am trying to achieve with these guitars is that 1930s feel.
I spy an adjustable truss rod hole on the headstock there. I take it there will be an adjustable truss rod in the production model then ? What will it look like with a truss rod cover etc ? Wasn't expecting that.
Oh yeah ! Can they do a Lighnin Bolt in nickel plated steel ???????? (I prefer the steel bodied sound)
Post by Michael Messer on Apr 12, 2008 12:43:07 GMT
The guitars do have an adjustable truss rod. The cover is as simple as we could get. These days it would be hard to be taken seriously if we produced guitars without truss rods. Even the top end hand-built instruments that are faithful to the originals have them.
We have a couple of nickel-plated steel-bodied BLUES guitars coming. If the finish is really good we will offer the LIGHTNING in both brass & steel. Until we see it, I cannot say if this will be an option for MM guitars. (I hope so!!!!).