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What is your go-to acoustic guitar?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Duane_the_tub, May 23, 2020.

  1. premier1

    premier1 Strat-Talk Member

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    • Takamine EF-341C. guitar used by Bob Jovi,Bruce Springsteen,Toby Kieth, Best electronics in the business
     
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    BW89Poplar Strat-Talk Member

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    depending on the music, either the Martin D-28 or D-18
     
  3. meat cheese meat

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    My Larrivee OM-03 R.
    Why? It works well for strumming and fingerstyle, it's very well-balanced, the satin/matte finish feels much better than glossy, and the body size is comfortable. All solid woods (a must), rosewood and spruce - my preferred combo. It's not cheap, but worth it.
     
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    1997 Guild F4ce
     
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  5. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Strat-O-Master Gold Supporting Member

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    We remanufacture old department store guitars, I.e. Harmony, Kay, Silvertone, etc into new ‘real relic’ world class sounding and playing instruments. These are used on some of the biggest records being released today. These put new Martin’s, Taylor’s, Gibson’s, etc to shame for a much better price point.
     

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  6. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    In December 1987, I took my old 1975 Sears beginner guitar to Rufus Guitars, a local shop and had him spend a few hours setting it up, carving a new bridge and nut so I could pass it on to a friend of mine for a Christmas present for their son. Once Rufus was done with it, it was a fantastic playing little guitar. I’ve lost touch with the folks I gave it to but I keep an eye open for it on Craigslist in case it comes up. It was a good little player once it was all fixed up.
     
  7. Wayfinder

    Wayfinder Strat-Talker

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    I own three acoustics, an Ovation standard, Applause Classical (made by Ovation... I like Ovations), and the third, which is my favorite. It's a no-brand, initially-dead guitar I got off Amazon for $39 just on a whim. It was unfinished, the neck badly warped, no decorations, literally unplayable. I spent a few months straightening the neck, adding decorations right out of the Ovation handbook and carefully drilling more sound holes, finished the surface, added acoustic electronics. It turned out to be the finest playing and finest sounding classical guitar I have ever owned. This is "my" guitar, my very favorite of all my collection (including electrics), pretty much resurrected from the dead. Photo in next post.
     
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  8. Wayfinder

    Wayfinder Strat-Talker

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  9. Laphillyboy

    Laphillyboy New Member!

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    I have seven acoustics starting with a budget 1940's ladder braced parlor. But for live performances (usuallly at my church) I inevitably use my 2011 Gibson Sparrow. It is my only dreadnought and has superior elecrronics for amplification.

    In the early morning hours, before my family members wake up, I most often play my 1960's MIJ nylon string Classical. It's got no name or interior label so could be a Garcia/Ventura/Bruno/etc. All I know is it plays and sounds good.

    But without a doubt, the acoustic guitar I grab the most when I am inspired to write a song or for just sitting around the house or on my patio is my Korean made Crafter TO-35/n. It is an Orchestra sized model with a solid Engelmann Spruce top and laminated Rosewood back and sides. Mine is the original non-cutaway version with no electronics. It looks, sounds and plays great. Imagine a Martin Eric Clapton 000-28EC for about one-tenth the price (obviously not the same quality or desirablility but similar in form and function). I can't speak to the current Crafter acoustics but this one made around 2010 is awesome. Love it. Curious to hear if any others have had a similar experience with a Crafter acoustic. - JC IMG_1307.JPG IMG_1306.JPG IMG_1305.JPG IMG_0817.JPG IMG_0816.JPG
     
  10. Pdsor

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    Yeah, and I am not sure the issue. Could just be strength in my left hand. I did take it to a local shop several months ago, hoping that a setup would help and they told me that it was set up great and that it was a matter of building up my strength. Anyway, I am not a very advanced player, so I think it is probably just that acoustics tend to be harder to play than electrics. Oh, and I do have 10s on it, so not much to do there.
     
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  11. mazzolar59

    mazzolar59 Strat-Talk Member

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    I have an old beat up 1956 guild M20. Its a small mahogony guitar that sounds amazing, and looks like Willy Nelson played it for 50 years. I never go on vacation without it, I call it my beach guitar. It remains in a stand in my studio so, it's always at hand when I have a moment to play.
     
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  12. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

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    My ONLY acoustic:

    Takamine EF340SS TT

    asymetrical neck, excellent tone and terrific electronics. (good Lord these have gone up in price since I bought mine!)

    No personal pics but exactly like this one:

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EF340STT--takamine-ef340s-tt-natural

    Acoustically, every bit as good as the Martin D18SS I had. I don't play much acoustic anymore, but for me, this is one great guitar.

    Brian
     
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  13. mjea80

    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    Sweet acoustic!! Spruce top and rosewood back/sides right? I always liked those Waverly tuners much better than the standard Martin tuners. :thumb:
     
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    Duane_the_tub Strat-O-Master

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    Ain't that the truth, about guitars in general...
     
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    Duane_the_tub Strat-O-Master

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    Those old M-20s are solid gold. "The Nick Drake guitar." I have a new M-25, same basic model all-Hog concert-sized but with a bound body and a few other ornamental touches. I'd love to get my hands on an old one, though.
     
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    Seenya Strat-Talk Member

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    Martin 000-18

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  18. dbolt

    dbolt Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Right except the tuners are open gear Grovers. I actually played it for weeks before I realized they weren’t Waverlys.
     
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    Until recent, a Collings DS1A has been my “baby”—but being a 12-fret, became limiting. Sadly, but necessarily sold, and now replaced with a new Taylor 717e Grand Pacific—I ❤️❤️ this guitar!! But that said, my Taylor GS Mini/Koa sits on a stand next to my couch—first grabbed in most cases!
     
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    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    My Martin GPCPA4 now gets more playing time than all of my other guitars combined. 99% of my total life playing time has been on Strats but since I bought the Martin I can't set it down.
     
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