Is your prized guitar really what you think it is, or, can you handle the "truth"???

knavel

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Strictly going by the title of this thread, my prized guitars (and amps) actually surprise me by going UP in value much more than I would see them as worth from my perspective. I nearly sold the 53 blackguard in the photo to the left last year along with the 5C3 it came with. Glad I didn't after I saw what another 53 blackguard went for at auction around that time.
 

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Ive been trying to really look into Stringjoys but just couldnt pull the trigger for expensive strings. My body chemistry would probably make them dull just as fast as Ernie Ball burlys (11-52) set I always put on my guitars. I seem to have a phase going with Ernie Balls for a time then going back to Daddario, but since I can buy the Ernie Balls for 10bucks each for a set of three versus 12-14bucks each for Daddario, i chose to save the difference. And I love Tabasco on grilled sausage, whats your favorite hot sauce? I dont know if you guys there in the states have Sebago, but I like them better than Sperry’s, i think they are made with Horween Leather which is very good quality for a dockside boat shoe. I love mine but it takes a while to break them in which makes my feet hurt for a while. Maybe your wife might like them and wont toss them out?
Tabasco is great but I also love Cholula. I don’t think there is a best guitar string and I’m perfectly happy playing D’ads or Slinky or DR too and I think the Stringjoy last a little longer but it might be in my head. I also think they settle in faster. They do have nice packaging, I believe that’s what marketers call a premium unboxing experience which sounds like a load. This thread has a lot of potential.
 

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gist of it is I think too many people don't really know who's actually making their guitars and putting too much undeserved faith in the label and headstock
My favourite guitar of all is my Gibson Les Paul Junior Special. Made in Tennessee. I’m under no illusions that it’s a spectacular guitar, perfect for me.
 

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This post has no paragraphs or commas.

Anyone who claims they have no bias just ironically created one for themselves.
 

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I think you care more about "labels" than what you're suggesting that other people do.

I have guitars that I like and play and it doesn't matter to me what the name on the headstock says, it's the way it plays and sounds. I don't claim that they're the best guitars or that they're better or worse than the ones you or anyone else has. I have them because I tried them and like/liked the guitar for what it is, not what the price is or what others think of it.
Bingo
 

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Seems like some of you prefer paragraphs? And here I thought I was being all hip by posting a non binary non biased non gender specific stream of consciousness guitar infused rambling musing???? Ah well, paragraphs it is!

Everyone seems to have some sort of bias, guitar players are no different, so after seeing many posts praising one make whilst deriding others, I offer my own take on this.

A few years back a well known and respected guitar magazine rounded up five notable players who for some reason or other "swore" by the strings they used, and asked them to participate in a "blind" string test as to which string they liked the best. Every single one of them picked and preferred, uh, wait for it, the D'Addario strings that were the same gauge as they were used to over their "perfect" other strings. Not one, not two, ALL five. Of the five two used D'Addario strings if I recollect correctly. This isn't a plug for D'Addario, it's just what the test revealed.

When I bought my first dreadnought, I had no bias back in 1976, I simply wanted the "best" guitar for the money I had to spend, $800 to $1000 in 1976 ( which could get you a good guitar back then ). I bought it according to how it felt, sounded, and played. It was an unknown name back then, and I picked it over a more expensive Guild and Martin, both of which I could have bought, and had they performed better to my ears and touch, I would have gladly walked away with either. I didn't. I still have that guitar to this day, and after some work, it's still as good and sounds better than any Martin I have played. I'm not saying the Martin's I've tried have been bad, they just haven't been as good for me as my original choice, and after 46 years of almost daily playing, it's safe to say it's held up very well indeed!

Luthiers come and go, and the same people are not building Martins, for example, that were in 1940. Or Taylors. Or most anything else. I have a 2017-18 Breedlove Oregon that plays like a $12,000 guitar! I don't know who actually made it, but it's as close to perfect as I've ever seen in every way.

Now I play classical as well so it's smaller than a dread which is one of the reasons I bought it. Most comfortable steel string I have. Doesn't sound like a Martin, isn't supposed to, but for what I use it for sounds better to my ears.

When I had to repair my 40 plus year old dread a few years ago ( refret neck set tuners etc.). I realized it was getting fragile so I was looking for a new one. Went to a specialty high end store where an amazing player was having a dilemma between a Collings and a Boucher ( I hadn't heard of either at the time ). He heard me play a bit and then asked me to play them both so he could give a listen from a ways back in the room.

Then we got to talking. He said if I was looking for a dread he'd let me buy the Boucher as he already had a good dread and I believe the Collings was a smaller auditorium style and he was actually looking for a smaller guitar to finger pick with. So he took the Collings and I took the Boucher but he was seriously considering the Boucher even though he had a good dread ( he didn't say what make it was ). There were numerous other well known "brands" there, all decent and high priced, which we also tried, but our consensus was the Collings and the Boucher were the best of the ones we tried.

Sound is a subjective thing, but what also stood out about those two guitars was their ease of playability and their obvious quality....they were a cut above the others. Case in point neither of us gave a hoot about the name on the headstock, we were looking for a tool to fill a certain niche, so it was all about the feel, response, playability, sustain, projection, and tone.I get loving what you have and wanting to think it's the best out there, especially if you dropped a lot of coin for it, but may I suggest that before you feel the urge to "dis" some other make that you may not have even tired, or that you're unfamiliar with, maybe you should take it for a test drive first.

I don't comment on anything I haven't tried or compared, so If I say something about any brand, it's just relating my own experience with that brand, however broad or limited that experience may be. Arguably the best red spruce comes from Canada, because it's where the Appalachians start ( or end, depending on your perspective ).

I say this because 1. it's true! ( the U.S. cut down almost all it's red spruce during world war 2 ( over 90 percent of it, so the oldest trees there are less than 80 years old and most occurs along the coast at close to sea level ) 2. Canadian red spruce forests are at a higher altitude ( 1000 to 1800 feet on average ) and have a longer, colder winter so the rings are straighter and closer together, which makes for a better sounding and stiffer top.

Boucher guitars makes most of the highend Adirondack soundboards in the world, so your AAAAA Adi top on your custom Collings, Bourgoise, Martin, or whatever was probably made by them. In fact, they only make around 400 guitars a year themselves and have four luthiers who just make Adi tops for others.........like Jack says in " A few good men "....." you can't handle the truth".....lol! Enjoy whatever you have and keep plucking, eh?!

I would offer to suggest that the model number stamped or written on the sticker in the soundhole, and the name on the headstock, is not nearly as important as the actual people who chose the wood and parts and put it together, whoever they were, and wherever those parts came from, eh?

Did you know D'Addario uses the best high quality German steel used for radial car and truck tyres?????? Thought so! lol!
So, you still haven't gotten over not buying a Martin? 😁😁😁
 

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I hate the coloured ball ends, that's why I don't buy D'addario. They look particularly 'Fisher Price - My first guitar strings' on toploaders ... 😕
 

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gist of it is I think too many people don't really know who's actually making their guitars and putting too much undeserved faith in the label and headstock
Oh! Okay, I can get behind this

I went into the store a couple years ago to buy a Martin

Tried all the martins and they sounded dead and lifeless

I ended up getting a import that probably no one has heard of

Sounded better than the martins

It wasn’t strung with d’addarios though….:(

Probably won’t last as long as a Martin..

Listen with the ears…or something…
 

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Oh! Okay, I can get behind this

I went into the store a couple years ago to buy a Martin

Tried all the martins and they sounded dead and lifeless

I ended up getting a import that probably no one has heard of

Sounded better than the martins

It wasn’t strung with d’addarios though….:(

Probably won’t last as long as a Martin..

Listen with the ears…or something…
What did you get?
 

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What did you get?
I got a tanglewood OM copy

They mostly seem to sell student level acoustics but the one I got was top shelf for them

They are a U.K. Based company

I believe them to be made in the same factory that the popular blue ridge acoustics are made

Sounds really good, especially for finger style

Looks like this (except mine has tanglewood spelled out on the headstock instead of a “T”)
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Has a nice V shaped neck

I don’t know if they have changed but it was kind of misleading, nowhere on the actual guitar is there a country of origin it just says “tanglewood guitar co United Kingdom” on the back of the headstock

Of course it was made in china if you happen to glance at the hang tag which I don’t have

No complaints with it though
 




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