|If you look closely you can see the
clear sheet of pickguard material. My own personal opinion is that
this kindof guitar would look better either with a "real" pickguard or
with nothing at all. That reflection just bugs me for some reason.
A dreadnought is always my "first choice" and when i play a parlor/folk
guitar i usually like them to be small. But this jumbo parlor was
The guitar played extremely well. I loved the neck;
reminded me of my Epiphone but with lower action than i'm used to. I think this guitar was setup for
fingerstyle. I would've loved to hear this thing in a quiet room
with EXPs on it. Speaking of which, this guy had it strung up with
- what else?... Elixir .13s [sigh] Well at least they
were Nano and not Poly; yikes!
Anyway, you definitely couldn't play any slide guitar on this thing the
way he had it setup.
I played Leroy Brown (LOL) and no, i'm not kidding!
I played a couple of Beatles tunes and i think Tom Petty. Then i
played an original and really opened it up with the not-so-tasteful
shredding (this is exactly what the guitar's owner wanted me to do)!
I can now say that an Avalon guitar is really fun to goof around on; the neck heel
in the way at all. I'm sure Avalon makes cutaway versions of this
This particular guitar was "either three or four years old",
but i swear you'd think it was just plucked off the wall at Huber &
Breeze [plug]. It's cool that people bring guitars like this to
the open mic nights (and let ME play them!!) but i always wonder if they
smell like smoke the next day.
If he told me how much he paid for it i don't remember, but it seems
like it would've been expensive ($2,000+?). Whatever; you just
can't beat a huge comfy guitar!