Norman B15 “Slider”– Make Your Sliding Mellow

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At first glance, the Norman B15 was your run-of-the-mill acoustic guitar—unassuming, not breaking any price records, just your reliable six-string companion. However, fate had other plans when I stumbled upon a unique specimen on Kijiji, boldly claiming to be tailor-made for the art of slide playing. The irresistible allure grew stronger when I realized that the asking price was a mere fraction of the investment poured into transforming this musical gem.

B15 Slider

Picture this: a guitar with a purpose, a backstory, and an undeniable charm. The journey into its ownership became a fascinating tale of discovery, as the strings resonated with the echoes of countless melodies that had embraced this instrument before. The final clincher? The sound. Oh, the sound! It wasn’t just music; it was a symphony of mellow, soul-stirring notes that echoed the passion and craftsmanship poured into every modification.

The Norman B15 “Slider” – a symphony of mellow brilliance, where each string tells a story and every slide paints a masterpiece in sound. A guitar that’s not just played but experienced

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Modified Norman B15 Guitar: A Terrific Slider

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Introduction to Norman B15

The Norman B15 is a regular, inexpensive acoustic guitar. Not more nor less.
But the one I’ve found on Kijiji was claimed to be modified specially for the slide playing.
And my temptation became even stronger when I found that the offer was three times less than the money invested in this instrument.

B15 Slider
The final kick was the sound. It was so warm and mellow and just great!
Of course, I can not compare it with my Norman ST-40
Norman B15 intunation

As you can see in the next image the nut and the saddle (not visible) were significantly raised.
So it is a very interesting combination:
– On the one hand, it’s just like a square-neck guitar so you can play lap style;
– as it is a round neck you still can play in the standard position.

I Regret the "Improvement" I Made.

Well. I had a great plan for this guitar.
Here’s what I did:

Sonicore piezo Pickup
  • 1. I’ve bought a Fishman Sonicore Piezo pickup on EBay.
  • 2. I’ve installed it on the guitar along with the jack. (Let me know if you want to know the details.)
  • 3. I’ve re-tuned the strings, and it sounded great. So I tried it a bit and then placed it into the case and left it for a week or two.

The Bridge Had Cracked

Well. Here is what happened to the guitar when I opened the case after two weeks!
The bridge got cracked!!!

I started to google with the keywords like “Bridge crack”.
Guess what?
The first reason leading to the issue in the acoustic guitars is “installing the under-saddle pickup”!
So my mistake was the wrong presumption that the thickness of the under-saddle pickup was similar to the small plank placed by the previous owner under the saddle to raise it.

Bridge Cracked

Fixing the Double Trouble

I had to bring it to the professional luthier to help with that trouble.
On his advice, I had to refuse the plan for under-saddle pickup.
Instead, I installed a soundhole Fishman humbucker after the luthier had reglued the bridge