EC 000 or JM OM

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  1. spurgie79

    spurgie79 Tele-Afflicted

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    If you had money burning a hole in your pocket which would you go with? I'm not really a fan of either player but they're the same price and both are intriguing to me. Anyone have experience they care to share, aside from "play several of each"?
     
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    Both are great, but I prefer OM models, with their longer scale and wider nut width.
    After checking the specs, I see the JM OM has a “normal” 1 11/16 nut width.
    So, I’m back to (ducking), play a few and pick the one you like.
    Sorry.
     
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    I played an EC OOO-28 a couple years back. A quick 15 minute try out in a music store.
    I’d been playing D-28 and D-18’s just prior to picking it up.
    As you might expect, it was a bit underwhelming in direct comparison.
    Sonically, it did seem More balanced than the D’s and I did appreciate the comfort of the small body size.
    I’ve never played an OM, but I’d like to.
    I like to think with the longer scale it’d somewhat bridge the gap between D and OOO.

    As far as EC or JM models specifically, I’d save my money and buy standard series.
     
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    I actually have played both guitars, but not side by side, and either would be a wonderful finger style guitar. I like OM's a lot, that is my go to size but for some reason the Meyers just didn't turn my crank. There are several different Clapton models, the triple ought is a great guitar but I like longer scales (when I built a 12 fret 000 I made it long scale). So personally, I would not have bought either of them.

    Something else to remember about the Clapton models - when they first came out there was talk about a lot of variability between guitars - some kind of mediocre, some incredibly good. One more case where you really do need to play each one.

    I'll add that I'm not really a fan of artist guitars and seeing EC or Meyers name on the fretboard wouldn't inspire me,
     
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    Never played the Mayers, but my friend has the EC 000-28. Beautiful guitar with balanced tone. He and I have both owned HD-28s. Certainly night and day. The first thing you notice when you pick up the EC is the modified V-neck that is a tad wide. I much prefer short scale guitars for comfort, but I do notice the wider V-neck. It takes a couple minutes to adjust to, then it is quite comfortable - a very nice guitar for fingerpicking. His is about 10 years old and to me, the lacquer is a little thicker than I would apply myself, but it is a nice finish. I don't know what the finish is like today. Personally, I prefer 00 or 000-18s with the mahogany body. Much lighter and livelier.
     
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    I chose the EC for the shorter scale length.
     
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    Thanks, I have an SWOMGT but it doesn't have a lot of bass. I have played an EC and I liked the neck a lot but I mostly finger pick anymore. I like the look of the JM and it's the same price with Engelman spruce so that has me intrigued.
     
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    Be wary of choosing looks over playability. I bought a custom 0-15M from Elderly a while back based on features and upgrades. Bottom line is, I rarely play it because I do not like the longer scale length.

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    Same issue with my Martin SP-00016 and SP-00016R. All beautiful instruments, but long scale length. Just don't like the scale length - especially on acoustics.
     
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    Agreed, the 000-18's are wicked good (I love mine). If I had to have rosewood b/s, I'd get the 000-28 Modern Deluxe. If I wanted something spendier then a 000-18, I'd get a 000-18 Kenny Sultan or GE.
     
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    The depth and scale of the OM speaks to me more. For 00-000 sizes, I prefer mahogany for what I play- but that EC is like a watershed guitar. That’s a hard one!
     
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