Help me figure out what I'm doing

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Wayne, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Strat-Talker

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    After years of not wanting an acoustic now I've had one of my trademark changes of heart. I want a parlor guitar for messing around the house and because I like comfort and low volume.

    Looking at the following:

    Recording King 7 dirty thirties $150 new
    I played this at GC and liked it but wanted the other color. It's on backorder so I've been waiting but can cancel it. Surprisingly good guitar though. I played a bunch of others that day and it held its own.

    Fender Paramount PM-2 standard - $450 used
    I tried this one out and it seems a bit more easily playable. I'm not sure if it's worth the extra $300 though. I like its looks the best. Has a really balanced tone across all the strings and maybe more middy and less deep lows on the low E. It has electronics which I don't need, although the tuner would be handy. I think the scale length is around 24.5 which I like a lot. Feels a bit like my Jaguar.

    Yamaha Parlor $399 new
    Tried this today and it compares well to the Fender. A little less good looking and louder, deeper bass and sounds more scooped. The neck and smaller frets were slightly less comfortable for me but where my right hand fell was more natural. This one had new strings whereas the Fenders were old, so I'm not sure if it's 100% fair test I did today.

    Martin 000-15m
    I likee but very expensive. Worth it?

    enough babbling.

    tell me what to do.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I have the Dreadnought version of the Martin you’re considering. I love the all mahogany tone and retro / vintage feel of it. Absolutely go with the 000-15m Martin if you have the funds for it. It’s a killer bluesy - warm tone.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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  4. Wayne

    Wayne Strat-Talker

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    That's beautiful. I've been kind of kicking myself for not buying the 000-15m a few years ago when I played it.
     
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    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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    The 'Johnny Reno' in my old country band played one of those but it had a long body and skinnier rounder top, like a parlour guitar or something, also it was maybe a 12 fret? I don't know much about acoustics but that thing sounded great.
     
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    Jesse414 Senior Stratmaster

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    If you really like playing acoustic and have the funds I would for sure get the Martin. You will never need to upgrade and it will keep sounding better as it ages. :)
     
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    yeah that's the thing. I like playing acoustic but I'm not sure I really like playing acoustic. Enough to spend four figures.
     
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    Nows the chance to make amends !!!
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Just go for it and worry about the buyers remorse later.
     
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    A triple O or a parlor? Different size and sounds.

    If you want a triple O that is Martin, sounds great and doesn't cost much I recommend 000X1AE, I have one it has a great active Fishman pickup also. Great guitar and amazing sound.
     
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    Jesse414 Senior Stratmaster

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    Then I would suggest get something that at least has a solid top in the 200 to 300 range. :)
     
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    haha shows what I know. It's been a while since I tried the 000. The store had the nice Martins behind a velvet rope today and I only had so many minutes on lunch break. It was up real high too.

    I think I can deal with either size.
     
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    Your taste
    Your pocketbook
    Id also look at Taylor, & Blueridge.
    GC near me has a nice Rainsong...real f'n nice...still 16 balloons
     
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    Rank all 4 guitars 1-4 in how good it feels, how good it sounds, how good it looks, and how good's the price. Be brutally honest in your ranking, this is about what you like, not what you think you should like.

    Did the Martin rank first place in 3 categories? If so, that's the guitar for you. If not, eliminate every guitar that received a 4th place ranking. If that leaves more than one choice, pick the one that feels better.
     
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    glitchly
     
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    try to buy used and get more guitar for your money.

    be open to a brand you may not have not heard of, i have played what i thought were good sounding and playing guitars for 5-600 new that i never heard of in gc. (a rosewood body guitar by a maker you never heard of is affordable while a rosewood model from taylor or martin is $2500....)

    but like any guitar, no 2 even of the same model are the same so you gotta try it to make sure it wows you and is not a dud.
     
  18. Wayne

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    well now I want a $1700 Martin with grenadilla.
    000-16e

    This got out of hand fast.

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    Yeah, there's something about those narrow-waisted guitars...I really love the way they sound, and the look is downright sexy.

    Now I want one too. Dang.
     
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    Excellent choice you made.:) If I was rich I would by it for you:)
     
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