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Posted: 20 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
I've had my BR-371 for a week now. I'll have to say the fit and finish is superb, the tuners are just fine and the inlays are perfect, even the fingerboard inlays are classy and neat. The grained ivoroid on the tuners is cool but the purfling is great.
They come with D'Adderio's but I had Maury send me a set of John Pearse 510L's that I put on after a day. The D'Adderio's sounded OK but were murder on my old finger tips. The 510 are sweet, easy to finger and the tone is much better than the D'Adderio's. But, I'm a fan of John Pearse strings and have used them on my Lowden since 1995 so I might be prejudiced.
I'm finding that the 371, an 0 size, has remarkably good tone for a parlor guitar. I like it better than the 00028-VS that I had, even though it was nice. I might have had a lemon 00028VS, bought it used off Craigslist, no damage but never had the sound.
I bought the 371 because I love a small guitar, even though my other three guitars are larger, 1995 Lowden F-12; 1970 Martin D35-12; and even my classical, 1995 Ramirez 4E. I've always drooled over Joan Baez' 1929 0-45 Martin and knew I'd never be able to afford one, hey even a 0-42 is out of reach but for $1,055.00, including Superior deluxe hardshell case and the 510L's the 371 doesn't disappoint this old codger for sound and feel and price point. I wish I was younger, I'd be looking to buy an 0-42 from Maury, really.
Maury's service and communication can't be beat. He still takes the time to reply to a friendly email and does so quite rapidly. Anything else guitar wise I'll be buying from Maury's.
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