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Todd Clinesmith


From:
Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 19 Jul 2017 12:25 pm     Reply with quote

We are proud to be offering lathe turned polymer bars .

The bars are made from wear resistant and strong thermoplastics. These have excellent tone, low friction , eliminate unwanted bar noise and are easy to grip.

We are offering these in 3/4 and 7/8 diameter bars.
We will do custom size bars as well.

Available in black or white.

These come with an excellent zippered pick/ bar pouch made by Blue Heron Case Co. The pouch is made of Denier and are lined with rip stop.

Here are the standard bars and weights available:

.75 (3/4) X 3 inch bars about 4.5- 4.7 oz $75

.75 (3/4) X 3 inch bars 5+ ounces $85

.8125 ( 13/16) X 3 inch bar 5.5+ ounces $85

.875 (7/8) X 3.25 about 7.25 ounces $85

.875 (7/8) X 3.375 about 7.5 ounces $85

15/16 bar X 3.375 9 ounces $90



shipping for either bar $5 in the continental U.S






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Rick Barnhart


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 19 Jul 2017 7:31 pm     Reply with quote

Those look great, Todd. Are you gonna offer 15/16" ?
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Todd Clinesmith


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2017 6:43 am     Reply with quote

I know we will be building some 1 inch bars. I'll look into 15/16.

Thanks,
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 22 Jul 2017 6:14 am     Reply with quote

Todd,I would also be interested in a 15/16" bar.
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Pete Burak


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Portland, OR USA
Post Posted 22 Jul 2017 8:00 am     Reply with quote

Hi Todd,
I would like to get one.
Can I pick one up locally in Portland?
'Not sure if you have a Showroom, but would love to swing by and try one of your Steels, also.
Thx,
Pete
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Todd Clinesmith


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Post Posted 22 Jul 2017 6:38 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Pete,
I don't live in Portland. I am east of Roseburg. I'd love to have you by if I was closer, or if you wanted to make it down , your welcome to do so.
I do get up to Portland about once a month to play with The Barn Door Slammers. We'll be playing at the Columbia Gorge festival next weekend and at the Secret Society on the 10th.

Thanks,
Todd
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Ron Ellison


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D.C.
Post Posted 24 Jul 2017 3:18 am     Reply with quote

Ah, Roseburg...
Used to work a tree planting contract for Roseburg lumber every year in the 80's.
I lived by the motto "welfare mothers make better lovers", and met several at the Lariat back in the day. Lining up for Reagan cheese...
I miss southern Oregon, I'd like to stop by the Clinesmith factory one day!
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Todd Clinesmith


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Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 27 Jul 2017 7:49 am     Reply with quote

Roseburg is still the lumber capitol of Oregon. But nothing like what it was in the 80's. Were east of Roseburg about 25 miles. Past Glide, in Idleyld Park, on the way to Diamond Lake.

Were working on tooling up for some 15/16 and 1 inch bars. It will be a few weeks.

Todd
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Rick Barnhart


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 27 Jul 2017 11:52 am     Reply with quote

Thank you for making the other sizes, Todd. Please pm your address or preferred payment method and I'll pre-pay for a 15/16"
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Lee Baucum


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McAllen, Texas (Extreme South) The Final Frontier
Post Posted 28 Jul 2017 4:51 pm     Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with polymer bars. How do these compare to steel or chrome bars, with regard to tone and sustain?
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Charley Bond


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Inola, OK, USA
Post Posted 29 Jul 2017 6:31 am     Polymer bars Reply with quote

How do they compare the original Zirc Bar..?
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Todd Clinesmith


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Post Posted 31 Jul 2017 7:20 am     Reply with quote

The sustain is similar to a well made steel bar. Since the friction is lower this would benefit sustain as well. The tone is very similar to a steel bar, possibly a touch warmer.

I have never tried a zirc bar, so I cannot compare.
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Rick Barnhart


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Post Posted 31 Jul 2017 3:22 pm     Reply with quote

I know your a busy man, Todd, but I think you oughta tool up a prototype Clinesmith volume pedal in the same vein as the old Bigsby. Test the market, I'll be first in line.



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Todd Clinesmith


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Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 7 Aug 2017 8:39 am     Reply with quote

Rick,
I have considered building a volume/tone pedal. But once again the costs would out weigh sales.
Thanks for your continued support.

Todd
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Bobby Bonds Sr.


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 9 Aug 2017 7:57 am     Bar Reply with quote

Would like to have a 15/16 X 3 3/8.
Whats the price and how do you place an order?
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Todd Clinesmith


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Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 9 Aug 2017 7:10 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Bobby,
I started a batch of 15/16 bars today. We we will have them ready in black or white in the next 5-10 days. They will be $90, and $5 to ship.

Paypal or a check is fine.

I will send you a PM.

Thanks,
Todd
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Todd Clinesmith


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Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 6:40 pm     Reply with quote

15/16 bars now available.

15/16 X 3.375 bar, 9 ounces $90 plus shipping

Custom sizes are available as well.

Todd
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Rick Barnhart


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Post Posted 29 Aug 2017 10:11 am     Reply with quote

My new Clinesmith polymer bar arrived several days ago. It's the quietest bar I've ever used. My mainstays are BJS and zirconia bars. Truth be told, I only ordered it because I wanted a Clinesmith bar to go with my two Clinesmith console guitars.

I sort of expected the polymer sound to be somewhat muted and less sustainful (not sure if that's a real word) but to my surprise, it sounds nearly as bright to my ears as my other bars. I've never tried a vintage equivalent, so I have nothing similar to compare it with. It seems to warm up to my hand and is without a doubt the most easy to grip bar, I've ever used. The Clinesmith has become my favorite bar. Now, I guess I need one in black, haha.
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Aaron Johnson


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Washington, USA
Post Posted 29 Aug 2017 12:42 pm     Reply with quote

I recently received my bar and can't say enough good things about it. Compared to my powder coated or stainless bars, this bar is the smoothest of all of them. It glides across the strings with minimal noise and is very easy to grip. The tone is fantastic and the sustain is very close to the stainless bar. I a new player but this is my go to bar from now on.

It's also pretty resilient material. I dropped it taking it out of the package and the fall didn't leave a mark or dent.
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Todd Clinesmith


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Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 8:38 am     Reply with quote

Thanks guys for the comments.

I have added a few new bar sizes due to requests.
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Stanley Benoit


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New Iberia,Louisiana, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

Todd,All I can say is fantastic the bar you made can play both Cajun and Country music! More testing this weekend before I order the second one thanks again, Stanley
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 9 Sep 2017 1:29 pm     Reply with quote

I got my bar in the mail yesterday and it is everything that has been spoken on here...great bar and great service...i love it. Thanks.
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Andy De Paule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 8:07 am     Now my favorite bar Reply with quote

Now my favorite bar is a little place downtown.... Just kidding.
I got a black one of the small bars from Todd when I picked up my JM style aluminum lap steel July 7th and it is perfect for the lap steel. So much so that I've ordered another that should arrive today. Don't need it but just in case mine goes missing I'll have a back up.

It's very smooth sliding with good warm tone and so close in tone to my steel bars that I have a hard time hearing a difference. Shocked
Easy to hold for hammer on and pull off which I still need to improve in my playing.

Think I may get one of the larger ones for my pedal steel soon.
Todd is an artist and perfectionist, so I'd say anything you buy that he makes will make you a happy steeler.
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 8:39 am     Reply with quote

Hey Neighbor , I'd like to come by and visit sometime Considering how close we are to each other, it amazes me that our paths never cross. Maybe I'll drop by to give one of your polymer ars a "drive ". What time is best for you? Weekends ok?
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Todd Clinesmith


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Lone Rock Free State Oregon
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 5:13 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Stranger. I never leave the Mt. unless Salmon are running, so I guess that's why we never bump into each other.
A visit would be great. Jerry Gleason is talking about coming up as well, maybe we could do "a thing". If not anytime. I am usually pluggin' away 7 days a week. Probably toward the end of day is best, but I am flexible.
I should warn you that my road is 4X4 only...
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