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Forum topic by JCamp posted 10-15-2017 01:20 AM 564 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JCamp

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10-15-2017 01:20 AM

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I’ve played the same Alvarez md90 (solid spruce and solid rosewood) for over 10years Sounds great. I love it but I’d lik to upgrade to something better The problem is that even tho mine is a cheap (700 new at the time) China guitar it sounds really good. My next guitar I’d lik to b my “forever” guitar I know there’s some players on this site. What do you guys play? I’ve looked at some Martin and Breedlove I’d lik to check out some Santa Cruz guitars eventually.
Btw I play a bluegrass gospel style. Mostly just at the house by myself

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might


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DMiller

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#1 posted 10-15-2017 02:11 AM

I’ve got a Fender CD-60 and it has been a great guitar for the past 2.5 years iv’e had it. It’s nothing expensive, but it sounds really nice. If your’re interested in Martin, I would recommend the D-28; it isn’t cheap, but they sure are nice if your’re interested in high end ones. Would love to get my hands on one of those. Around a year ago I looked into getting a Breedlove- I really like the shape of them but my guitar teacher said he had a student that had one and neither he nor the student liked the way it sounded. I don’t have any personal experience with Breedlove, just that my teacher did not recommend them. Good luck finding a new one….hope this helps! DMiller

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 03:08 AM

I play a les paul as my electric but I have my masters degree in guitar performance in classical guitar so my baby is a Thomas fredholm classical.
https://www.guitarsint.com/classical_guitar/Thomas_Fredholm/Antonio_de_Torres_1890_SE_141_Homage/474
Kind if like that one.

The sky is the limit when it comes to guitars and what you want to spend (or allowed to if your married…). My father has a Martin d 35 and its an amazing acoustic. My brother plays a breedlove and its a nice one, but not in the realm of the d 35.

I would come up with what you want to spend and go from there.

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#3 posted 10-15-2017 03:26 AM

I play the “AIR” guitar, Cheap and always looks good…... :)
(somebody was going to say it, might as well be me)

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#4 posted 10-15-2017 03:39 AM

I have several vintage Martins….I collect them, and they range from 1946-1958….nothing over 1958….All D-28’s, except the ‘58 is a D-21…..I’ve been playing bluegrass for over 35 years, and in several bands…..You just can’t beat the sound of an old vintage Martin…..They’ve had time to age, and nothing, in my opinion, comes close to them…..!!!

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#5 posted 10-15-2017 04:01 AM

1949 Gibson J-50

If I had money to burn I’d get a custom Rockbridge.

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DMiller

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#6 posted 10-15-2017 05:11 AM



I play the “AIR” guitar, Cheap and always looks good…... :)
(somebody was going to say it, might as well be me)

- jbay

lol!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 10-15-2017 02:02 PM

Acoustics are for girls. Real men play the bass :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 10-15-2017 03:18 PM

My forever guitar is a Santa Cruz OO Skye, which I bought 2 years ago as a special present to myself (with appropriate approvals). You won’t be sorry with anything by Santa Cruz. They are truly special, and greatly admired in the world of high-end steel string boutique-type guitars.

Also consider Collings, which has a large following of enthusiasts, and a tremendous reputation for quality. The Collings are built extremely solid, and are heavier than the the Santa Cruz. I sold my Collings SJ to buy the Santa Cruz. The Collings had great sound but was too big for me. The much smaller SC had just as volume as the bigger guitar.

These fine guitars do not come cheap, but you did say “forever.”

PS, I als

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bonesbr549

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#9 posted 10-15-2017 03:42 PM

I have a Martin I bang on from time to time…Don’t know I’d call it playing.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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JCamp

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#10 posted 10-15-2017 07:25 PM

Kaleb- that’s a fine looking classical but I’d prefer a steel string for the style I want. Plus the $8000 is more than I want to spend.
I’m thinking around the $3500 max. At that I should b able to get a American made guitar that sounds good.
Rich- so ur the reason I can’t find any old martins for sale!
I’ve checked out some new martins. I didn’t get to play a D18 but played two d28s that didn’t sound good The “cheap” D15 actually had a nice sound I thought. The best sounding one in the shop I thought tho was a d17. Martin make a d15 street master that I think is really pretty but haven’t had a chance to hear one yet.
I’m trying to find a Santa Cruz to play but after what u said I kind of wonder how it’ll feel since I’m a bigger guy
My brother in law use to hav a Collins but it ended up getting a crack in it for some reason (same reason I’m not interested in a Gibson) He sold it and got a Bourgeois guitar and swears by them but if was well over $5k I believe.
Before I buy one I’d like to play a D18 (preferably vintage one)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#11 posted 10-15-2017 09:24 PM

Of course Santa Cruz makes guitars in all sizes…but they may be out of your price range, too. I paid about $5.5k for mine. My son has a Bourgeois guitar, which is a wonderful instrument. Froggy Bottom guitars are incredible but even more expensive. I suggest you internet shop at the Acoustic Guitar Forum, which will give you a good idea of what’s for sale at what price in the very-fine used guitar market place. Just scroll down to the classified adds section.

If you post your question on their main forum you’ll get a lot of responses since its a very active site with a lot of very smart and experienced players.

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JCamp

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#12 posted 10-16-2017 11:33 AM

Sark – that’s a great site. Somehow I have missed it all this time. Thanks for the info

Anyone have any experience with the Larrivee guitars?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#13 posted 10-20-2017 09:41 PM

A G&L Legacy and an old acoustic I’ve had for 40 years.

-- Andybb

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#14 posted 10-22-2017 07:05 PM



Acoustics are for girls. Real men play the bass :)

- TheFridge

Here, here!

...uh..29 years now and counting?

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 10-22-2017 09:37 PM

Yeah buddy! Bass brother from another mother!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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