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Mark McCornack


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Post  Posted 3 Nov 2019 5:19 pm    
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Yes, Michael. I believe we made a good choice with the Encore. I’m still keeping my Sho~Bud Pro-I that I bought new in the early 1970’s, but it is pretty much in retirement now. I’ll hang on to it for sentimental reasons, but it lives in its case full time at this point. The Bud still sounds great and looks great, but from the standpoint of the practicalities of tuning, setup, and general user-friendlines, the Encore just has it beat hands down.
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Fred Glave


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McHenry, Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 9:55 am    
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[quote="Roger Rettig"]Michael:

I have one of the earliest Encores (#008). It's black with 3+5. (I see from my records that my Encore was delivered in December, 2012.)

Roger, mine is serial number #0030. It is black with 3+5 too! I'll never sell it. I just picked up a Excel D-10 so sadly I'll probably be letting go of my Stage One soon.
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James Taylor

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Post  Posted 29 Jan 2020 12:51 pm    
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Hi Mark,
How do you compare the tone to of your Encore to your Sho-Bud and what amplifier do you use???


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Mark McCornack


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Post  Posted 29 Jan 2020 1:32 pm    
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Hi James,
The Sho-Bud is a little darker tone if I needed to grope for a singular adjective. Both guitars are nice sounding. I went with the humbucker pickup on the Encore and I’d say the Encore is overall less noisy, though the Bud isn’t really bad either.
On Amps, I have a tube Twin reissue and an old original 65 Deluxe Reverb. I use the Deluxe most of the time and don’t play out where it needs to be loud. I have done some studio work with the encore and have always gone DI.
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James Taylor

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Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 4:37 am    
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HI Mark,
Thank you for that information as I always wondered how they compared with tone.

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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 5:46 am    
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This is a vague generalization but tone - or the lack thereof - has never been an issue when I've chosen to take either my Emmons or my Encore to a job (I'm down to just two steels these days).

Obviously, if I think I might need the C6 neck, then it has to be the Emmons. Another consideration is appearance; if I'm highly visible on-stage in a theatrical production then I might choose the Emmons over the Encore as the Zum, while it's very presentable, has a distinctly 'utilitarian' look.

Tone, though? The Zum lacks nothing and I sometimes convince myself that I marginally prefer its tone to that of my LeGrande.
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James Taylor

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Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 9:36 am    
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Hi Roger,
Thank you for your input and very interesting insight into these two excellent guitars.




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Mark McCornack


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Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 11:10 am    
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James,
I’ll second Roger’s observations. The Sho~Bud Pro-1 is lovely figured maple where the Encore is, as Roger said, more “utilitarian”, though by no means unattractive. I have to say though, the Encore is by far my “go-to” guitar these days of the two guitars I own.
I bought the Bud new back in 1974, and I have a lot of sentimental attachment tied up in this guitar, and it does sound and play great. The biggest thing that keeps it in the case most of the time these days is that Encore is much less quirky when it comes to pedal tuning and stability. Particularly true for single rod split lash up necessitated by a single-raise, single-drop changer on the Sho~Bud. Really, as a generally reliable instrument, I think the Encore is overall superior. The Sho~Bud definitely wins the Pretty Blond contest though. I love em both, but I mostly play the Encore. Mr. Green
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James Taylor

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Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 12:30 pm    
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Hi Mark,

A very interesting piece of information and it is good to know this about the two guitars as I live up north in Scotland and I never ever came in touch with anyone up this way whoever owned one.

Therefore all my knowledge is credited to this excellent forum and members like yourself who keep educating me about this incredible instrument.

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Mark McCornack


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California, USA
Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 4:26 pm    
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Hi James,
I think it best to put my inputs strictly into the “opinion” toolbox rather than the “knowledge” box. I don’t “know” all that much about these instruments. These are just my notions about these guitars, and may differ from others. There are lots of Forumites that have had their hands on a wide variety of instruments, and I’m not one of them. There does seem to be a pretty wide consensus though that our Encores are a pretty sweet deal. Rolling Eyes
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James Taylor

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Post  Posted 30 Jan 2020 11:40 pm    
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Hi Mark,
Thank you once again for your honesty and your views too.

I bought this guitar around six years ago with little experience of them and my whole education on this fine instrument has been on this wonderful forum with much expertise very close at hand. If this forum had all been around forty years ago it would have made a tremendous difference for me and perhaps others in Scotland as well.

Whatever, my entire history of the pedal steel and in choosing this particular model is now well recorded in this blog I have created here due to this excellent forum.

Anyway, Mark thanking you once again as your input is very educational as I see it and everyone's viewpoint is valuable.

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