Found In A Friends Barn

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  1. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A friend needed my help which took a couple of days so I traded for the guitar plus gas for driving all over the high desert. She's a Korean vantaige vs 25s western guitar that's been sitting the heat and cold of an uninsulated barn for at least 15 years. This is not some collectors item but I found the exact guitar on Ebay https://www.ebay.de/itm/202648760436?ul_noapp=true
    The specs show it to have a solid cedar top, that's what the s at the end of the model number stands for. The back and sides are made of ovankol also known as Mozambique an african relative of rosewood. It's a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. https://breedlovemusic.com/acoustic-guitars/tonewoods/ovangkol

    From what I have gotten off the interwebz the Serial number 9203000027 for a Korean model would make this a 1992 made on march the third and was the 27th guitar made that day by Samick or possibly a sub contractor to them. My calculations make this a 27 year old guitar that has been enduring the extremes of the high desert in a barn with no case for at least 15 of those years.
    After I restrung it I was just was struck by the ringing tone of the mids and booming of the base strings. The aged Tone wood combination are making me smile.
    She has been played enough to have some fret divot's in the cowboy chord area. Having a quite a bit of neck relief I am slowly adjust the truss rod.
    The finish is naturely relic'ed with a few dings and a slight water damage to what appears to be only the finish on the top. I see no cracks or warping, looks good as new peering in with a flash light. I really think I lucked out to find it, although its not a big dollar find who cares.
    I was just about to buy a used Seagull which was awsum for 7 bills but now there will be no need maybe for quite some time, I just gotta get a case.

    HAPPY CAMPER HERE!! I have been looking for "THE 6 string acoustic" for quite some time. I find an acoustic to be a very personal things, even more so than an electric.

    Some pics although I have only just given it a quick dusting and restring at this point so just know that it WILL be looking better in a day or two.
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  2. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Da Bump!
     
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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    Nice! Worth 2 days of light work.

    I got a late 60's acoustic off CL that had been in their attic for god knows how long. I'm hoping to do a re-set on the neck sometime.
     
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    Nice Guitar. Good luck with it !
     
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    Nice deal hope the neck relief works out and play hell out of it.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Looks in remarkable condition based on your description of its life til now! :)
     
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    When I saw "barn", I wondered how many ewes gave birth next to the guitar...

    Beautiful wood.
     
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    Great find - HNGD!
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Wonderful! It's probably happy to ring again too
     
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    Amazing what even an acoustic can survive sometimes. Maybe we all should worry less. My solid wood silver creek sat in a wet case for a month in a hot garage and it was fine too.
     
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    Dayum, what a find! The wood used for the back and sides is starting to become popular for acoustics. A number of makers including Eastman are using it and touting it. Just got a couple of Yamaha A/AC series acoustic's. They've got the A.R.E. tops. That guitar of yours has got the whole schmeer of aged wood from stem to stern. Whoo..Ahh!
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    My first thought was this
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    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    That's what a coworker used to call "Ridden hard, put away wet".
    Fresh guano.

    The guy on the far right of the picture is thinking about bidding on it!
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Growing up my dad had a friend w a backyard full of old vetted. Plus 2 other yards I found out. Offered my dad a fight unit for $500. 15 years Later it was 5k.
    Now I think they may be 25k.
     

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