the most outstanding acoustic guitar you have ever played?

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  1. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

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    ?..what's the best sounding acoustic guitar you have ever played?..
     
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    a Favino
     
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    1949 Martin 00-18 was a lot of fun! It was out of my price range naturally :)
     
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    a cort earth 1200 tree of life inlay on neck ended up buying it and intend to sell my Martin 00028 as I no longer use it
     
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    The very beat-up, dried-out, cracked, and scuffed Martin D-15M that I'm lucky enough to own. That thing is October. Crisp, ringing colors, all around.

    Runner up: A 1940 (I think) Martin D-18, in a shop in Ithaca, NY, in, maybe 2009. Sounded like a grand piano that could whisper baseball sounds.
     
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    Older -- Peter Rowan's 1935 D-18 back before the airline incident (the one that used to belong to Charles Sawtelle). Awe inspiring. Some much better than any other guitar I have ever touched, including various other pre-war martins.

    Newer - Every Collings I have have ever tried just blows me away. So much better than any other modern acoustic.
     
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    A 1983 Martin D 28 1934 Special. It was superior to the pre-war D18 that was hanging next to it. Next is my 1997 Gibson J 200 rosewood.
     
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    When in Nashville I stopped at Carters Vintage and played a really well loved, warm late 40s Martin, it felt tremendous, like an old friend. i own a reissue Gibson gospel from the late 80s I believe, that was my first guitar and rings true for me as well
     
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    Yep. That. Played a bunch of Collings guitars over the years and every single one was special. If only I had the scratch to pick one up.

    Being a Gibson guy, I also love my pal's old (don't know the year) Hummingbird. Great guitar. And, of course, my newer J-45. Thing sounds great every time I pick it up.
     
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    +1 on the Collins. A guitar dealer friend of mine told me a story when Gruhn introduced him to Bill Collins. Gruhn said, "Hey meet Bill Collins. He makes Martins that Martin can't make." :lol:
     
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    Also Collings.
     
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    A few years ago I walked into a music store and played a Gibson J-200. Incredible. It was on sale for $1500.00. I am still kicking myself over that one.
     
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    At a shop in Nashville 4 or so years ago with my wife, I played a Gibson SJ 200 Western Classic Walnut that made us both drop our jaw!

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    Back in the mid ‘90’s I worked in a music store that was a Martin dealer. We got a first year vintage reissue D-18 that was heaven. WAAAAY better than any other Martin we got. I was in financial straits at the time, and couldn’t figure any way to buy it. I’m still sorry I don’t own it.
     
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    The Santa Cruz OM/PW I used to own and sold when I got divorced. I had chosen it over a Collings, which also sounds amazing, because I don't like the Collings neck.

    Some other outstanding guitars I've played include a a Martin OM and a Froggy Bottom.
     
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    LOL! I like your colorful descriptions!
     
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    I've tried a few Collings, and they have a unique sound. I wouldn't suggest they sound much like a Martin.
    Not my cup o'tea, but good guitars.
     
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    If not the most outstanding, at least one of the best..The Alvarez Yairi..
    My local store got a shipment of them when they were first brought here, back in the 70s..I spent several hours playing them all..From the lowest priced to the highest..They were absolutely fantastic guitars..
     
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