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Einar Baldursson


From:
Stockholm, Sweden
Post Posted 11 Sep 2017 6:55 am     Reply with quote

A few weeks ago I received my short scale cast aluminum Clinesmith and here's a short evaluation for those of you who are interested. I am very pleased with this guitar and Todd Clinesmith is a true professional to deal with. It sounds incredibly rich and plays wonderfully. Looks great too with the shiny silvery top. The shoe pickup is clear and powerful and the sustain is amazing, but even more importantly it responds really well to dynamic playing. In fact it is so lively that I have been forced to work with my muting technique quite a bit, sloppy playing is not rewarded on this one. I usually go for a jazzy clean tone but I did try out a couple of fuzz and overdrive pedals and was very pleased with the results. Also the concentric knob works a lot better for tone and volume swells than expected but usually I just find a sweet spot and keep it there.

I also got one of his bars, a 3/4” x 3” and really like it as well. Up to now I have been using steel bars ranging between 2 3/4” and 2 7/8” in length. This polymer bar feels very solid and I get a good grip so the added length hasn’t really been a problem. The tone is slightly more mellow than my steel bars but lack of treble has never been a problem for steel guitar IMO. Best of all the bass frequency on the lower strings seems a bit rounder and fuller than before. I like it so much that I ordered a slightly bigger one, 13/16” X 3” weighing 5.6 ounces just for the heck of it.






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Jean-Sebastien Gauthier


From:
Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 11 Sep 2017 7:53 am     Reply with quote

Beautiful steel!!!

That's the first thing I noticed with mine that these guitar are very dynamic! The harmonics jump out but you have play cleaner also!
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Guy Cundell


From:
More idle ramblings from South Australia
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 5:31 pm     Reply with quote



Nice one, Einar. I would be interested to hear how the heavier bar goes and whether you prefer it.
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Jean-Sebastien Gauthier


From:
Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 3:55 am     Reply with quote

I also got a 3/4 Clinesmith bar and realy love it!
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Larry Lenhart


From:
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 2:00 pm     Reply with quote

Very nice indeed....i have a jm model and am considering another one Smile. Love the tone of these instruments...clear with great string separation....i have never been more pleased with any steel purchase...i put this instrument in the category of my benedetto bambino guitar....and thats saying a lot imho !!

Congartulations on your purchase !
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Einar Baldursson


From:
Stockholm, Sweden
Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 11:54 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks everyone! My old steels have been resting peacefully since the arrival of this one. I considered getting the Joaquin model and if I win in the lottery I won't hesitate to order a D8 from Todd for that classic A6/E13 combo. Guy the bar hasn't arrived yet but I'll let you know how it feels after trying it for a while.
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Einar Baldursson


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Stockholm, Sweden
Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 9:45 am     Reply with quote

I've had the 13/16" bar for a few days now and must say I am surprised at how easy it feels on the hand. It feels as easy to grip and maneuver as my favoured Dunlop 919 even though it's bigger and heavier. Also, when it comes to length/diameter, I feel this 13/16" x 3" is somewhat better balanced than the 3/4" x 3" I got earlier from Todd.
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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 1:24 am     Me likes it too Reply with quote

Me likes it too...
I really like the look of the polished face.
Mine has the black face and I like that too, but this looks extra nice.
The tone of these lap steels he is building is incredible.
My other steels have also suffered a very lonely time since I got mine in July.
Really looking forward to the T-8 expected in March. Very Happy
Best wishes,
Andy
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Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
Todd Clinesmith T-8 Console Ordered.
Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
Fender re-issue in C6th and a Morrell 8 string lap steel in E13th. Resophonic by Edwin Root.
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 5:28 am     Reply with quote

Gorgeous instrument.
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Mark Roeder


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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 10:22 am     Reply with quote

Nice choice.....I found that they make you play more honestly.....nowhere to hide the mistakes
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 11:08 am     Reply with quote

Mark Roeder wrote:
Nice choice.....I found that they make you play more honestly.....nowhere to hide the mistakes


Play it through a Fender Twin Reverb w/JBLs or a Roland JC, which is what I do, and you become a regular Honest Abe Lincoln.
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Einar Baldursson


From:
Stockholm, Sweden
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 12:00 pm     Reply with quote

Mark Roeder wrote:
Nice choice.....I found that they make you play more honestly.....nowhere to hide the mistakes


Mark, I forgot to mention the fact that it's resting comfortably on one of your stands in the pictures above. A really good combo those two.
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James Hartman


From:
Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 12:53 pm     Reply with quote

Truly a beautiful instrument. And with my favorite type of pickup. Inspiring thoughts dangerous to my bank balance.
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Bill Sinclair


From:
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 1:10 pm     Reply with quote

Mark Roeder wrote:
Nice choice.....I found that they make you play more honestly.....nowhere to hide the mistakes


Forget the Clinesmith, where can I find one of these guitars that hides my mistakes!!! Razz

I'm kidding, I'm kidding. I'd love to have a Clinesmith with a Roeder stand someday.
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Stephen Abruzzo


From:
Philly, PA
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 2:04 pm     Reply with quote

Welcome to the Aluminum Clinesmith club.

I have the horseshoe pup, long scale with black finish. I just need that Roeder stand.

The notes just ring for days.

Congrats, she's a beaut.
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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 2:57 pm     Mistake Button? Reply with quote

Mark Roeder wrote:
Nice choice.....I found that they make you play more honestly.....nowhere to hide the mistakes


Maybe Todd will take sympathy on some of us and make an add on "Mistake Button".
I could sure use one.

Really though, Todd's guitar sounds so very good it has improved my playing a lot just because I never go a day without playing it. Still far from where I'd like to be but making some headway now.

Can't go wrong with a Clinesmith instrument! Very Happy
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Custom inlaid Star Guitar 2006 by Mark Giles. SD-10 4+5 in E9th.
Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Killer Tone Monster.
Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
Todd Clinesmith T-8 Console Ordered.
Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
Fender re-issue in C6th and a Morrell 8 string lap steel in E13th. Resophonic by Edwin Root.
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