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MICHAEL DUNN GUITARS

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VERY NICE TO SEE YOU ON THE FORUM, MICHAEL
I SPOKE WITH YOU 3 OR 4 YEARS AGO ABOUT HAVING YOU BUILD ME A BELLVILLE, AND THEN FOUND A REALLY GREAT ONE THAT ERIC SCHOENBERG HAD, AND BOUGHT IT.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER WITH ANY INSTRUMENT. ( I HAVE 5 REALLY GOOD ACOUSTICS, 4 GREAT ARCHTOPS, AND SEVERAL ELECTRICS(WHICH I BUILT)
I NOW USE THE BELLVILLE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALL ACOUSTIC GIGS WITH "SWINGCATS", WHERE WE PLAY EVERYTHING FROM GYPSY AND WESTERN SWING TO BLUES AND EARLY ROCK N ROLL.
YOU ONCE TOLD ME TO LET A CLASSICAL PLAYER PLAY IT, AND I DID JUST THAT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. IT SOUNDED REALLY GREAT.
THE PERFECT JYPSY JAZZ GUITAR IS ALSO THE PERFECT INSTRUMENT FOR MANY OTHER THINGS!!!
I HAVE PLAYED MANY OTHER MAC STYLE GUITARS SINCE I GOT THIS ONE AND ONLY A VERY FEW EVEN COME CLOSE (SHELLY PARK HAD ONE @ THE HEALDSBURG GUITAR FESTIVAL THIS YEAR THAT WAS ALMOST AS GOOD, BUT THEN SHE LEARNED IT FROM YOU, DIDN'T SHE?
THANKS MICHAEL!!!!,
KEVIN MCCONNELL
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Post by chap »

New Dunn Models on his page under "Gallery 2"--among them a Tenor Harpguitar. Something about Harpguitars just fascinates me. I recently picked up a copy of The Last Waltz on DVD. Robertson plays a Gibson style U in the last scene and it sounds great. I always imagined that they would not.

I kind of miss those older gibson models like the Style O Artist. I really love the curves of those guitars. I once read an interview with Gruhn though who said that a Style O Artist was his first big dollar investment and that although it was just gorgeous that it was never a great sounding model. Although I have heard this comment about a number of guitars that I thought sounded great. I remember walking into a shop once and these guys were talking (snickering actually) about this guitar that had just come in. Old 40's Martin f style guitar. They were comparing it to and playing it like Martin Dreadnaughts. No wonder they were disappointed. If you played it like a manouche guitar, it sounded like a cool old DiMauro. I wonder what those old Style O Artists would sound like in the hands of a Tchavolo. I still say they are among the most beautiful guitars ever made.

That Knutsen/Dyer stuff is amazing too. I just wouldn't know where to begin in playing something like that though.
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Post by westsidemaurice »

I just had the top of my Dunn Fleche d'Or refinished (it had suffered at Mandolin Bros)...and the fretboard, bridge, and nut arched (I think Dunn prefers flat, classic-style)...and wide jazz frets (like my Dupont) were installed...and the neck was reshaped (like my Dupont)..$800. Well worth it.

The work was better than flawless. I've never seen such a beautiful finish on a guitar (I have a Dupont and a Dell Arte as well). Exquisite frets.

The work was done by Rick Pimentel, member of a luthiery family here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They make classic, flamenco, unconventional flattops, and a wonderful "jazz fusion" flattop. They do miracles with small walnut bodies. As designers they're a little crazy (fancy turquoise inlays etc). www.pimentelguitars.com

This cypress-backed Dunn has otherworldly sustain and overdrive, sings like a boid, is unlike Django tonewise (though maybe it sounds like an ancient Selmer in the hands of Koen Decauter), but is superb for the meditative end of the spectrum.
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Purple Haze

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I got to play Michaels Purple Haze guitar at DFNW and it was a real corker. Big sound and just the feel of it was cool. It was fun to see and play in person.

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Post by guitarbuilder »

Hello Everyone,

This is an invitation to view my completely new website at www.michaeldunnguitars.com. It has been created by Dave Bricker .

If anyone finds something that doesn't work, please let me know and Dave can fix it. God knows I certainly can't.

Keep on swingin'

Michael Dunn
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