Well I am feeling better thankfully. Still have an annoying cough from time to time but on the mend. Soon back to work. However now I'm not just lying on the sofa watching snooker or my DVD collection of Ewan McGregor's various motorcycle journey's I've been learning a couple of pieces and getting to enjoy my new Vintage Gordon Giltrap VE2000GG Deluxe.
The Deluxe edition of this model features like the cheaper model a shaped based on one of Gordon's most iconic custom guitars made by Rob Armstrong many moons ago and has a mahogany neck and a solid cedar top. The difference lies in that this model has a solid rosewood back and laminate rosewood sides - the cheaper one is laminate back and sides in mahogany (don't scoff at laminate the original was laminate as Rob believes it adds strength without reducing tone!). The fingerboard on this is a lovely piece of ebony, becoming rarer and rarer on guitars these days with the issues surrounding the reduction of ebony stocks. The other major update is that the pickup is the Fishman Rare Earth Blend system - which is Gordon's go to pickup - most of his stage guitars feature this pickup. Considering that the pickup as a retrofit item can set you back over £250 the whole package including the really nice Kinsman hard case being on the streets for only £629 is a bit of a bargain frankly.
Ok so - some people have commented in reviews that the neck is a bit "chunky" - I don't find that to be so, it is wider and a bit more D shaped than my Yamaha LL11 but those Yamaha's are noted for narrow necks. I've not had a chance to use the pickup live yet but can't believe it'll be anything other than excellent - I'll report back after my first live use of this.
Anyway - I've been learning two pieces both in DADGAD tuning recently. Gordon Giltrap's Isabella's Wedding - very apt to play on his signature guitar and David Mead's Unseen Sunlight which has the added fun of having a partial capo on the top five strings at the fifth fret so you have to play "over" the capo at times. Here are two videos of this pieces played on the new guitar.