it's been humid this weekend, so i took the acoustics out for an extended stay on the guitar stands so they could grab a nice "drink". thought i'd snap a pic if any of you were interested. i also have a banjo and a mandolin, but they weren't out when i snapped this shot.
both are early 2000s Martins. A D35 on the left and a D-18VS on the right. i enjoy both for different reasons.
functionally, the D35 has better upper fret access, and has a lower action. the neck carve is much rounder than on the D-18, and a little thinner. The D-18 has a pronounced V-shape neck carve, that i find comfortable, and is more full than the D35. The D35 is a cannon; I have to play much lighter than i might normally play in order to pull off more subtle fingerstyle passages. it wants to be loud and booming and brash and assertive. the D-18 has a lot more finesse. it allows more a greater degree of intimacy between instrument and player.
maybe to sum it up; i always feel like crooning when i have the D-18 in hand. I feel like kicking down doors with the D35.
how about you? what do you have on the acoustic end of your guitar collection?