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  • SOT: I found the acoustic that's right for me (finally).

    some of you might recall i was on a casual search for the acoustic that really "clicked" with me.  i played a ton of them from all different brands and price-points.  i can honestly say there are a LOT of really nice acoustic guitars being made today from a lot of different manufacturers.  many are even reasonably priced.

    in the end, here's what spoke to me (in a major way).  a 2004 Martin D-18VS ("VS" = Vintage Slotted).  

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    i really thought i'd pick up an OM style because that's what i had been gravitating towards in the stores for comfort, but after about 10 minutes of putting this guitar through it's paces i started to get that feeling.  after about 90 minutes, i stopped to look at my watch not realizing an hour and a half had passed. Nice!

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    the most sonically balanced acoustic i played out of over 130 this past year.  the low-end thumps without being overbearing.  the high end is nice and strong without sounding brittle or shrill.  but the mid-range is where this thing wins big; strong but mellow when finger-picked and big and bold when flat picked hard or strummed.  

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    this guitar has a great broken-in feel to it that doesn't feel stiff or tight.  the neck is nice and chunky with a slight V shape that my hand gets on with very well.   the spruce top is gorgeous, and the mahogany back/sides and tortoise binding add to what i think is a very classy acoustic.  i also dig the look and function of the slotted headstock.

    Hopefully you can dig it.  enjoy!

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  • #2

    lovely guitar, congrats

    i think with acoustic guitars is really does pay to play many different ones before choosing

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    • GreatDane
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      mistersully wrote:

      lovely guitar, congrats

      i think with acoustic guitars is really does pay to play many different ones before choosing


      thank you, ms!  i completely agree.  there is a level of greatness that most acoustics play at today (which i think is good and probably better than some past decades), but i needed to spend a lot of time and exercise a lot of patience to find the one for me that far exceeded that level.  this one is it.


  • #3
    Nice score. Tough to beat a good Martin.
    We're not in Kansas anymore.

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    • axegrinder
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      Looks like a killer instrument!!  So tell me GD, in your experience playing so many guitars in the past year did you find that guitars with mahogany back & sides typically fell closer to your tonal wheelhouse than say rosewood?  I have almost always preferred the open woodiness to mahogany, and assumed that rosewood would appeal to somebody else with different tone criteria.

       

      Happy NGD!! (@ Y @)


    • GreatDane
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      Elias Graves wrote:
      Nice score. Tough to beat a good Martin.

      thank you, EG!  there may be guitars out there that can beat this Martin, but i sure as hell didn't come across one.


  • #4

    Nice!...You know you're onto something good when time goes by and you don't notice lol...A good acoustic is so hard to find ....even good , high dollar ones might not suit your playing style, grip, prefences....congrats! I have to find a discontinued sunburst Gretsch jumbo body acoustic sometime....

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    • GreatDane
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      genesis3 wrote:

      Nice!...You know you're onto something good when time goes by and you don't notice lol...A good acoustic is so hard to find ....even good , high dollar ones might not suit your playing style, grip, prefences....congrats! I have to find a discontinued sunburst Gretsch jumbo body acoustic sometime....


      seriously- that's my #1 indicator that what i'm playing will come home with me; if i lose track of a big chunk of time.  

      good luck on your search!


  • #5

    GD, that's a beauty for sure, but more importantly it sounds like it plays and sounds great to you - congratulations on your diligent search being sweetly rewarded. HNGD!

     

    EDIT: And also, thanks for your detailed and well articulated OP and subsequent replies; quite informative. 

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    • GreatDane
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      Preacher wrote:

      GD, that's a beauty for sure, but more importantly it sounds like it plays and sounds great to you - congratulations on your diligent search being sweetly rewarded. HNGD!

       

      EDIT: And also, thanks for your detailed and well articulated OP and subsequent replies; quite informative. 


      thank you, Preacher!  and thank you for the kind words.  it was a search worth undertaking.


  • #6
    It looks to be a beauty, and should play and sound great for many years to come.

    Congrats
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    • GreatDane
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      strtdv wrote:
      It looks to be a beauty, and should play and sound great for many years to come.

      Congrats

      i think you are right~ thank you!









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