Apr 18 2010
In answer to my steel guitar friend in Denver, John Arnold:
Dunno. Talk about Horns Of The Dilemma! Remeber the last Convention I saw you? And we sat at the dinner table with Scotty and his gang? He told that racist joke to everyone’s delight? I was done with him there! But the Excel issues never got resolved - the tuning finger block was manufactured too tight - the fingers were jammed, couldn’t EVER tune. They rubbed against each other with a compression that prevented the springs from ‘returning’ the fingers back to original pitch
And all this after the initial 2.5 yrs of suffering with this guitar. Now, the builder won’t honor a refund on this lemon. The steel world should know this.
Me? I’ll survive. I’ve still got this S-10 Emmons. If you’ve heard the Where I Come From cd of ours, every lick was done on the old thing. Every nuance. And when the new one comes out next Winter, the same applies.
I couldn’t put the Excel on the steel market because of its state - but Scotty could and did, alas.
The answer was to send it back to Fujii, get the refund (which you guys put up!) and have him rebuild the finger block. Buddy