Best American made acoustic guitar

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Dreadnut, Aug 25, 2020.

Best American Made production Acoustic (not botique)

  1. Gibson

    23 vote(s)
    14.2%
  2. Guild

    7 vote(s)
    4.3%
  3. Taylor

    20 vote(s)
    12.3%
  4. Martin

    70 vote(s)
    43.2%
  5. Collings

    30 vote(s)
    18.5%
  6. Breedlove

    2 vote(s)
    1.2%
  7. Bourgeois

    8 vote(s)
    4.9%
  8. Huss & Dalton

    2 vote(s)
    1.2%
  1. Peegoo

    Peegoo Doctor of Teleocity

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    "What companies make great acoustic guitars?"

    All those you listed in the poll :twisted:
     
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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    I like mine (see avatar). I also own an upper end Taylor, an 816ce. It's a great guitar, but it just isn't the old D18. I've also had a 1972 Gibson Dove, nice, but not on the same level.
     
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    I’m not sure about the quality of current offerings but another really fantastic acoustic I’ve played was an early 70’s Takamine. Oh nevermind that’s not American.
     
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    they tell me in our minds we get branded to a sound. thank goodness I got branded to the sound of a martin and not a sears silvertone deluxe :)
     
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    How do Larrivée’s stack up? They’re US made correct?
     
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    I can't vote. Best for what?

    I've got a Martin dreadnought, which sounds like I hear an acoustic guitar in my head.

    When I started having trouble with my hands, I bought a Taylor with a smaller body and shorter scale. And it sounds gorgeous.

    There are purposes for which I think a Gibson would be the perfect acoustic.

    And I've never played a Collings guitar, but the best quality instrument I own is probably my Collings mandolin.

    So I got nothin'.
     
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    I prefer buying non MIA guitars mainly for the cost factor...

    The quality is similar or often better ...
     
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    I’d put Collings, Bourgeois, and Huss & Dalton — and brands like Santa Cruz and Goodall — very much in the boutique category based on price and scale.

    Yes, they’re making more guitars and have more of a dealer network than individual luthiers and smaller brands, but they’re really in a different category than Martin, Gibson, Taylor, Guild, and Breedlove.
     
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    I consider Bourgeois boutique, but I also voted for them. They're fantastic.

    But Guilds will always be my favorites.
     
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    why choose just one?
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    I own a Martin and a Taylor and have played everything listed but a Bourgeois.
    The few Collings I've played were absolutely wonderful!
     
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    I'll second that. A different approach than Collings, more lightly built, but my OM/PW is going in the coffin with me. And if something happens to it first, any other OM/PW - they are the most consistently lovely guitars I have played...
     
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    As mentioned, it’s completely subjective. It’s like asking which American city is the best. Based on what?
     
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    I love my Larrivee L-09. They are made in southern California. I've had mine for 26 years.
     
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    I really love my Martin D1-R and my Martin D12X1.

    IMHO they're the best acoustic guitars you can get on the used market under 600 €
     
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    Martin Slotted Head - Pre War.
    First World War - actually 1896.

    Huge V-Neck, no Truss Rod needed.
    Practically a Parlor Size with no apologies.

    I’ve never heard anything that sweet since.
    If my hearing is still good it sounded like snowflakes hitting
    the earth. Mega articulate.

    I didn’t even ask to try it or ask the price.
    Probably a little more than a really nice Modular Ranch you see on Youtube.

    Somebody has it.
     
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    I’ve had a Larrivee L-05 for 20 years but mine was built in Vancouver B.C. I wouldn’t trade it for anything on the list. Well maybe a Collings if it was really exceptional. I’ve never played a Taylor that wasn’t heavy and subsequently dead sounding. Same for Guild.
     
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    where's OVATION???
     
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    My opinion is each would have its own tone. It would depend on which you were looking for.
    The feel of the neck and the action the setup .The pick up and want to play factor . Personal
    preferences much like Ginger or MaryAnn ?
     
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    My Taylor 412e is absolutely amazing!!!
     
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