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Suggestions for live playing guitar

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by NorthenLights, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. NorthenLights

    NorthenLights Tele-Meister

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    I'm thinking of trying to get some gigs as soon as covid is over. Haven't done a proper gig in about 10 years, so I'm pretty excited about the idea.
    As I don't want to bring my luthier made acoustics into a greasy pub, or rain soaked festival tent, I want to get a new guitar dedicated for live shows. Sturdy and reliable enough for travel, yet good enough to be inspiring when playing. I also need some form of pickup, although sound quality isn't super important as I will be using a modeling system.
    I prefer smaller bodies, OM and 00s. And it should be less than 1000 euros.

    I'm leaning towards something from the Taylor gs mini series, particularly the walnut or rosewood models. But there might be other stuff out there that could fit me even better. What are your suggestions?
     
  2. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    Godin family of guitars-Seagull, Simon and Patrick, Art and Lutherie, Norman, and now, acoustics made under the Godin name. This is my Godin Metropolis Classic QIT. Spruce top, solid mahogany back, sides and neck, vintage style tuners, excellent case/gigbag, 16" radius board, onboard preamp....a poor man's Martin for CDN$999.

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    The GS mini is a sweet little guitar but it does not have the voice of an OM or 00. Full size Taylors seem to gig well. For a long time Takamine was kind of the gigging musician's guitar - decent sound, solidly built.

    Otherwise I think you just need to play a lot thru whatever amp or PA you plan to use and see what you like.
     
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    +1 for the Godin family of guitars. I recently bought a Simon & Patrick Folk model for use at my office so that I don't have to risk bringing my Martin 000-18 with me and having it nicked. The S&P plays and sounds absolutely incredible, especially considering what I paid for it (less than $500CDN). In terms of body size, the width reminds me of a classical guitar (or at least what I remember of a classical guitar, having not played one for years) but the depth is slightly deeper than a Martin 000/OM size. Still very comfortable.

    The affordable modern Guild acoustics that I've played are also very nice.
     
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    Maybe one of those Martins with back and sides made from formica (or something similar).
    Maybe one of those Rainsong's made from carbon fibre.

    Both these options would withstand punishment and bad weather better than most.
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I think you get to drag about anything that sounds good, looks good, and plays good on a live gig, without apology. If you get a hairy eyeball, you can put them at ease, by sharing you own X, but keep it at home. Lots of great guitars under 1000 euros. A buddy just bought an Orangewood OM for $125 shipped, and its pretty awesome. We put a Fishman in it, added a vented sound hole cover, and he plays it in on 20% of a set. It would easily be indistinguishable with anything under $1000 except for the name plate. He's got an early 600 series Taylor, that he now leaves at home.
     
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    You are asking a lot for 1000 eruos. Greasy pub comment is not helping.
     
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    Yamaha or Eastman or Blueridge - play a few and see what you think. Not sure what’s available where you are, but a lot of players think those guitars represent good value.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Take one of your current guitars and assign it gig duty. Yes, it could get some dings otherwise known as character. Those will add to the guitars story.
     
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    Yamaha makes some decent stuff and their electronics is nice top notch too.
     
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    +1

    I've taken my 1985 Custom Shop Les Paul to greasy dive bars. I keep it in the case when I'm not playing it and take reasonable precautions so no one walks out with it. In 50 years if playing I've never had anything damaged or stolen. You just need to apply a little common sense.
     
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    I agree. Go with these guitars and you will not be sorry. They will last you the rest of your life and then probably your kids lives as well. I'll never part with mine.
     
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    I disagree. My FJX720SC while turning into a great acoustic, sounds horrible when plugged in. I ended up buying an Art & Lutherie Americana for my main and a Seymour Duncan Woody passive humbucker to put in the Yamaha for a backup.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Eastman acoustics!
     
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    I had an A series from 2010 something...never tried FJ imho
     
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    + on the Godin family or Yamaha!
     
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    Well...like I said its a great guitar but the electronics level something to be desired.

    I love jumbos and smaller proportioned jumbos. They just sound so much different from Dreadnaughts. The frequency sound spectrum is just so different in a good way. The overtones are in different places...
     
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