Olive Branch: a Ken Parker archtop

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Olive Branch: a Ken Parker archtop

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So...it’s not a Fly :lol:, but here’s a video of me performing Gerald Garcia’s “Etude 12” on “Olive Branch”, a Ken Parker archtop guitar. Strung with Dogal V24 Nightclub 80/20 Bronze Flatwound strings (12-46):



No EQ or compression added—just a little digital reverb added; this is pretty close to what you’d hear if you were sitting with me in the room. I did make a more produced version of this recording, so you can hear what this guitar would sound like when “produced”.
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Lovely all-around, VJ. Though I’m not listening through studio monitors at the moment, the timbre of those highest notes seemed especially pleasant.
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Thanks, Marc! I appreciate that.

I assume it comes as no surprise: Ken’s archtops are terrific and incredibly responsive instruments—very Fly-like! Lots of fun to play, and, really: it sounds like this in real life! 😮
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First - amazing playing. Really nice to hear you do the instrument and the composition justice.

Second - my dream! I'd gladly trade my left nut for one of these instruments. I don't even play acoustic normally, but I'd instantly change my style of playing just to play this baby (actually there's another I've been lusting for, but Olive is amazing!)

Third - Thanks so much for posting this!
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Thanks so much, Patrick, for the kind words. This is such a great instrument and Ken really put so much effort it it.

Thanks so much for listening!
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Great video, and wonderful playing VJ! I thought GASsing for Parker Flys was dangerous enough, this is a whole other level. Magnificent instrument.
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Thanks, @ahmadimran!

Seriously, right?! :lol:
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Very nice!
Both guitar and artist....very nice indeed.
Cheers!
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Thanks, @Mr303 😊 I appreciate it.
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Wow VJ, the guitar sounds great and your playing brings out the best from it. Very nice!
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Thanks, @flyguy ♥️
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