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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Cali Dude, Oct 4, 2020.
had been thru lots of junk but got a brand new martin d16m in 1989.. its still in the family
I went to Denmark Street in London in 2010 with a £1000 budget to find an acoustic guitar as I didn't have one. I probably tried about 8 guitars but nothing really blew me away, so I went home empty handed. I didn't really know what I wanted.
I visited a local guitar shop the next day and they had just had a new Martin D28 in and said I should try it. At £1769, it was well outside my budget but I tried it anyway. Well after strumming a couple of chords, I was blown away. The tone and the projection was astounding. I knew this was the guitar I'd been looking for, so out came the credit card!
Lorenzo L449. It cost £120 and has no right sounding anywhere near as good as it does.
I settled on a French Lâg 400 "Winter" (from their four seasons range about 15 years ago). It was about £400 back then but to my (cloth) ears sounds way more expensive and it's still a joy to play. Don't see me ever parting with it.
A Harmony Sovereign. Yeah, I know. But I got it around 1968 and loved that guitar. I had it for two years and let a gf talk me out of it. She still has the guitar. I offered to buy it from her a couple of years ago when I ran into her, but she won't sell it.
Eastman AC 320 since 10 years, amazing guitar!
Had a Laramie plywood thing bought mail order, the neck developed a massive hump where it joined the body. Eventually become totally rather than almost unplayable. Sawed it up and put the neck onto a body made of 2x2 and plywood. My Lester Log! Late 70s bought a Yamaha FG340, which I still have. The old girls been with me through thick and thin. Fitted a piezo pick up and then later a Fishman set up, which is still in her. Lovely mellow tone and honest battle scars from years of use, not abuse. Definitely an heirloom.
A Tacoma single cutaway acoustic/electric. It was my Son's that took it on a mission trip. The intense heat caused the bridge to pull out of the body.
My Son gave it to me and said if I could fix it, that it was a good guitar. I took it to a shop and got it repaired for under $100. I used it for several years until I got a nice Takamine
Martin D1-R (1997)
Not sure I have a truly great one yet. We have a $100 classical, a Breedlove CE Mahogany, and the wife's Taylor GS Mini. That last one is the priciest guitar in the house if you don't count mods on my Tele.
1977 HD-28 - around 1983. $600 used. I only kept it a few years. I was disappointed by the 70's era quality and its lack of soul. Sold it a few years later for $1700 at Gruhn's. Bought a 1954 000-18. MUCH better...
This Taylor 410
I bought my first nice acoustic back in 2010. I wasn't planning on buying anything at the time, but my buddy was driving hours away to buy a Gretsch so my girlfriend (now wife) tagged along. Ahh to be young with no responsibilities to be able to take road trips at the drop of a hat. Anyway, I have always dreamed about Gibson J-45s since I was young. I would take my Musicians Friend catalog to school, hide it in the book we were reading, and circle guitars. Always a J45, even though I had never played one or even been in the same room as one.
So while he is trying out a Gretsch we are wandering around the store. I took a J45 standard off the wall and strummed a simple E chord and was blown away. Just floored. I look at her and she says "Buy it." This was a LOT of money for us at the time, but not to mention I was supposed to be using that money for an engagement ring/wedding, but she really wanted me to have that guitar. I played a few other high end acoustics in the room for reference, but none compared so we left with it. To this day it is still her favorite of any guitar I own. I have been able to play a lot of J45s since then, and while they are all usually good, there seems to be something special about this one...
000-28L Martin . I no longer have her . Going forward , I seriously doubt that I will ever buy a guitar again since I can build it .
Martin D35. Wish I still had it. Current favourite is a Levinson.
This, a 70's Yamaha FG 75. This is not teh exact one I had, but was lucky to run into this at a thrift store a few years ago.
My second guitar, in high school, was a lower-cost but really pretty decent Aria, made in Japan I'd guess. Had a lot of good times and learning with that one. The first very good one is this D-16GT that I've had for +/- 15 years, beautiful full sound and I love the neck. Had an LR Baggs I-Beam installed upon purchase.
Have yet to own a quality acoustic guitar.
That's a 2021 goal of mine.
How are we defining good? (hehe) I mean -- the first EXPENSIVE acoustic guitar I bought was a Gibson J 160E reissue in 1991. I was 21 years old at the time. It was pretty great -- I played that sucker for a few years before selling it. A rich girlfriend bought me a Collings (although I eventually paid for it, dearly) and later I eventually "cross-graded" to a rosewood J45 and never looked back. But my VERY first Acoustic remains, in many ways, my best -- back in 1988 I bought a Fender Catalina acoustic. Black, strat style headstock, plastic neck, made in Korea. Got it for $150 NEW and it's still with me...it's dinged up and scratched, and it lives under the coffee table out of the case ready to play at a moment's notice. I don't care if the kids knock into it, which is a big deal. It sounds like ku-RAPP, but I've written my best tunes on it. If they work on that axe, they'll work anywhere!
My first acoustic was a Sigma dreadnought. After that I got a Yamaha with (I think) maple back and sides. My friend called it "Blondie". It had a high action and was a bit tough to play, and I was so stupid I didn't think there was anything that you could do about it so I sold that also. I actually think that was my first good one.
Then I got my Guild D66-NT (co designed by George Gruhn) in about 1984. My GF at the time worked at Frets magazine and it had been sent in as a review unit. List was $1200 and Guild said "send us $600 and you can keep it". I guess everyone at the magazine already had all the guitars they needed, my GF already had her Martin, so I got it on the "friend of a friend" plan. Still have it, still love it!