I preferred a Crafter over Martin and Taylor...

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by guitarman1984, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    ... And I brought it home. SR Rose plus, which means Sunrise as per the inlays showing the sun rising over the mountains, Rosewood back, sides and fretboard, plus for the solid top and back.
    Tried several Martin, Taylor, Takamine, Sigma, and few other brands in the 800-1000€ ballpark and I finally bought this.
    Nice tone, big volume, nice dinamic, extremely easy to play (and it comes with 0.12 strings), solid woods except for the sides, nice inlays on fretboard and other appealing details all over.

    Here is a video I just shoot!!!

     
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    I believe you
    I've been looking & trying a bunch of acoustics lately. I know alot o people gonna hate me for this one...
    I don't think any of the Martin's are worth what they get. They haven't impressed me that much.
    I tried a much cheaper epi hummingbird pro that I thought played way better
     
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    IMuzzy Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Congratulations on your new guitar, I also have a Crafter that was a gift from my wife, it’s a moulded body with a blue burst top and plays great!
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nothing wrong with a Crafter v the big boys.. Congratulations..

    I have a friend in France with three high quality acoustics.. Martin, Taylor, and Lowden, plus a lowly Norman. Guess which one I always pick up.. :) .. drives my mate crazy.. he says I'm a Philistine.. ;):D
     
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    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    I prefer my Yairi over them .
     
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    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't get the Martin thing as well, unless you go over the 3k retail price. Not for me, at least for the moment. The low end models looks and feel cheap, plugged in they sound really muddy with lot of basses.
    I was looking for an acoustic which has a good volume and which sounds good plugged in, and damn this thing rings!
     
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    Yes you need to get to the $2,500+ range (21 series and up) in Martin before they really shine. Their lower end stuff is good but now WOW like their higher end guitars. The one exception to this is the 000, 00 and D 15 models. Those solid mahogany guitars are beasts even though they are in the $1,200-$1,500 range.

    I have found the same to be true of Taylors. I used to own a 214 Dlx that was $1,300 and it was pretty good but not great. I played an 814 last week that was awesome but of course it was $3,800.
     
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    I have always liked the old Gibson the best for my taste, but Bob the builder is right the new Epiphone is really a great guitar. I'm really not to crazy about acoustic guitars anyways, just not what turns me on but I do enjoy seeing someone play one that can really make one talk. I like the old Mother Maybelle kind of picking on one.
     
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    Very nice indeed! I love a good acoustic of any kind.

    Whenever I go into the Expensive Acoustics room at GC, my favorites always turn out to be hugely un-affordable Gibsons. Happy with my Taylor. Feels like it's tailor made for me.
     
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    Crafters I played were great. Congrats
     
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    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    I also love Taylors but I feel like their low end models are selling thanks to the brand power more than for the real instrument value... Same for Martins.

    Note that I also had the opportunity to play an 8k Martin at the store where I purchased the Crafter, I almost died because of how good it was in every aspect... As you would expect for that price level!
     
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    Strongly agree with you...
     
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    This Epiphone Hummingbird Limited Edition right here is a wonderful guitar. I did bring the saddle down a couple of thousandths to lower the action to my preference, but it was set up fine out of the box.

    No high frets, no sharp frets, stock bone nut and saddle, nut cut perfectly, 18:1 tuners...
     
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    That's some fine playing! And a gorgeous guitar. Congrats!
     
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    Congrats and nice playing! There are a lot of fine acoustics out there. It's such a personal preference. I ended up with a great playing/sounding Ibanez 10 yrs ago and never looked back.
     
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    Did you demo it thru an amp? In otherwords, was the plugged sound what was appealing?
     
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    Great playing. As others have said, the higher end Martins are amazing.
     
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    Hard to beat a good D-18
     
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    If you can, try a Maton. You won't regret it! The only downside is that all others sound lifeless in comparison, they'll spoil you! :D No but in all seriousness Matons are fantastic, they have a very distinct voice and in my opinion they beat both Martin and Taylor a million to one.
     
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    20190107_174944.jpg I must defend my Martin's honor against the martin haters as a guy who does a good amount of old time flapickin' I'd put this against anything this ol custom HD28 has a voice that SINGS and hollers!

    Also nice guitar OP I hope you enjoy it for years to come! I love a good acoustic it just gets better year after year...