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Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley
The guitar that I have used for recording, writing, live work (What little there is), and learned most of what I know is a 2005 Gibson SG Special Faded Brown. I chose this guitar because I had bought a '76 Les Paul (L6-S, actually) and loved the Gibson sound, and wanted something different. Most of the players my age and in the area bands (Mostly cover bands) used Fender Strats. I chose the brown color because it was the closest thing to black in the price range. Epiphone was looked down upon, no matter if the model was the lower range in Gibson's lineup. I still had a Gibson, and the players were still jealous.
I don't know why it's been my standby for so long. For one thing, I found my own sound with it, and I meld with it better than my other guitars. Even when I was playing with a Line 6 Spider 2, I managed to get my own unique tone. I play with both pickups on, and occasionally go to the neck position. My neck pickup is raised pretty high, and the bridge pickup is lower (Which actually gives it a Tele or country sound when you play with the lead position), so I have a fairly thick sound.
The finish darkened over time, but I put a Civil War forever stamp on the top of the body earlier this year. I know putting stickers on a guitar is for teenagers, but I thought it was kinda classy since it was not only a stamp, but representative of Southern history. Well, last week I got tired of it, and took it off, only to have residue stick to it. I ran to the computer and found out that some people use nail polish remover to remove residue (Not from guitars), and I commenced to rub all the residue off, and notice a lighter area under the finish showing up. Now, I'm one of the few people who prefer a Satin finish over Gloss, because it looks better, but also feels better. My guitar looked awkward with just the little bald spot, so I decided to get creative, and half the top now has a much lighter brown. It feels better to my arm when I rest it, and has a kind of vintage road look to it. It was a mistake that I look upon as having good repercussions.
These are the 3 guitars I own and they all get played regularly.
1) National Vintage Steel Delphi (2006)
2) Martin M-38 (1979)
3) Martin 000X1 (2009)
1 and 2 are my favorites and get a lot of play, but 3 gets a lot of use too since it has a pickup, gets left out on a stand in my house for me or anyone to play, and comes with me to guitar unfriendly performances/situations. I always bring the National and one of the acoustics to each gig. The M-38 is, to my ears, the best sounding acoustic I have heard. It is versatile and sounds great finger picked or strummed. The National is loud and sounds great played gently with bare fingers or digging in with fingerpicks. I play blues music and usually have the National in an open tuning playing slide. The 000X1 is a very nice sounding guitar too. I think if more people did not insist that acoustic guitars have to made of solid woods to sound good, more would admit that these X series Martins are outstanding.
Larrivee D-03 here. have had it for 4 or 5 years it is a beauty. One of the older ones with mahogany instead of sapele. I have a UST pickup installed and often mic it. It is in the shop now getting a bone saddle and a setup, get to pick it up today YAYAYAYAY Been without my baby too long.