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Name: Darren Morley Smith
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Guitar: Marigold Yellow Flying V

Intending to buy an Explorer, a PG reader came upon a Flying V that fit him like a glove. So, he modified it into a perfect-for-him instrument.

I never wanted to be “that guy playing the Flying V.”

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The acoustic alchemist shares the secrets to his massive, multi-dimensional tones.

Mike Dawes’ main guitar is this signature model built by Andreas Cuntz. It features an Indian rosewood back and sides, 38-year-old sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard, Indian rosewood rosette, and quilted maple binding. There’s a 44 mm spacing at nut, 55 mm at bridge and Gotoh 510 tuners. Dawes strings up this guitar with a set of D’Addario Nickel Bronze strings (.013–.056). Throughout a show Dawes will tune on the fly to a variety of tunings.

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