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Greetings from Colorado

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Greetings from Colorado ~ I am 67 years old and have been playing for 50+ years. Fell in love with the guitar in the early 60's and the music of the British Invasion. I like to write my own songs as well as cover songs from many eras. My current guitar is a Hearfield RR59 by Fender, it is the best guitar I've ever owned.( But I'm hot on the trail of the Yamaha 611VFM ~ my problem is being able to find a dealer that stocks the model in Colorado. If anybody out there has any ideas as where to look please let me know.) I retired a few years back after working many years for a well known string manufactuer in Colorado. Since then I have taken up making partscasters as a hobby and will being playing guitar till the end. Looking forward to learning from you all.


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Welcome to the Forums Anita . . . .

I'm more Keyboards myself, though I did play guitar many years ago . . .

<Saul>, our admin is an acoustic player, and we have a very active string section these days . . .

I'm sure they will be along in a while . . . (Y) Plenty of members stateside too, who can probably help re: Dealers . . .

Nice to see a Lady joining too - If you don't mind me saying so?

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Hi Anita Bonghit (reference to the Simpsons there perhaps?), welcome to yamahamusicians.com :)

As you may have noticed, although there is 'Yamaha' in the name we do cover all brands of instrument and speaking for myself if it's a "guitar" I am always interested no matter what it says on the headstock :)

But of course how could anyone not like the 611 and of course the others in the 600 series.

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Hi Anita, welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

It looks like you're very experienced and qualified when it comes to guitars. ((i))

Feel free to share pictures of your guitars, the partcasters are quite interesting too.

See you in the string section.

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Hi, Anita!
Fellow Coloradan (& newbie guitar player) here.
I'm still just getting started, but I've already picked the PAC611 as my next guitar! :)
Would you mind telling me how you picked the VFM over the HFM? I'm still learning this stuff, so I'd love to know what an experienced player thinks of the Trem vs. Hardtail debate?
Appreciate any insight you could share.
Take care!
~Michele


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SQX317 wrote: Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:50 pm Hi, Anita!
Fellow Coloradan (& newbie guitar player) here.
I'm still just getting started, but I've already picked the PAC611 as my next guitar! :)
Would you mind telling me how you picked the VFM over the HFM? I'm still learning this stuff, so I'd love to know what an experienced player thinks of the Trem vs. Hardtail debate?
Appreciate any insight you could share.
Take care!
~Michele
Hi Michele, welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

The PAC611 is a fine twanger.
If you want it with a trem bridge, the VFM is a good choice.
If you don't use trem, the HFM is a tad better to stay in tune.

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Hi Michele

Welcome to yamahamusicians.com :)

I think Peter summed it up and really just comes down to playing styles so for example I would always choose the 611HFM because I have no need of the trem. Nothing I play would benefit from it. Any vibrato I apply is by fingertip on the fretboard.

The 611VFM I suppose gives you more versatility but at the expense of slightly less tuning stability.

So I think, just look at the sort of music you play and decide does it need a trem or will it further down the line?

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Hi Michele, Nice to hear from you today. I have chosen the 611vfw as my next guitar because it is just so cool. I was first drawn to it because of the flame maple top and the p90 pick up in the neck position. I played for about 30 years without a tremolo and when my wife bought me a new guitar she was curious why I never used it. I decided to try and use it more often and in a short while I was addicted. I do not divebomb with it, I try to be very subtle. I have a few Wilkinson trems and I like them mostly because of the push in arm , you can adjust the tension of the arm so it doesn't flop around so much like screw ins. I'm a little concerned because I've heard the one used on the 611 is tough to keep in tune and the neck sounds like it is kinda chunky. My biggest deal has been trying to find one to actually play, looks like I may have to buy one, unplayed at Musicians Friend and keep my fingers crossed. I have sold every guitar I've ever bought that didn't have a trem, just couldn't bond wit it. You can always crank the trem down if you don't want to use it but its still there if you do. I believe they are priced the same either way. If you pick one up please let me know your opinion. I talked to Musicians Friend the other day and they told me there will be some nice sale prices on these before the end of the year. By the way what part of Colorado are you in? I'm in the 4 Corners right down the road from Mesa Verde National Park.


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Interesting article. Please explain how you adjusted the tension on the tremolo arm. I have a new PAC 611VFM and the arm spins freely unable to stay in any position. Thank you


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