I'm reading too much...
This is condensed, so don't think I have crappy grammer:
I've been playing guitar 27 years. Used to be technical electric guy, now more acoustic/singer, campfire type. Also write and record with very limited time. Have 20 year old bottom barrel yamaha acoustic. Friend said get something that sounds better or we won't jam together no more!
Bought $300 Mitchell from GC, had setup multiple times, pretty much junk - no better than old. Returned.
I have access to a supplier discount shimmy-sham with fender, and found that guild is fender owned. So, I purchased the bottom of the line cutaway dreadnought from guild (AD-3CE). I love it. Strumming and singing, rocking out solos and even scale practice. Fabulous guitar - nicer than anything I could've ever imagined owning.
With renewed interest, I broke out old Cordoba classical and play that a little more than new guild at the moment, since I have some classical/fingerstyle favorites.
Don't want, nor can I afford multiple acoustic guitars. Gotta make work with what I have, but would like to finger pick more I think. I'm affraid to go all out on the guild because I read that at least a 1-3/4 nut is needed for finger picking, and I don't want to create any bad habits that will need breaking with my limited time. I have a 1-11/16 nut, which I thought should be average to fine for all purpose, as I still do a lot of flat-pick.
The guild is now sweated up, natural finish already getting shiny spots. Basically it is mine now, no returning for another model. I'm I one tool with multiple many purposes guy and this new guitar is it for a long awhile.
Is there any reason I can't excell enough to play some fingerstyle really well on the new guild? Longer fingerstyle practice would be on classical, but any campfire performance would be on the 1-11/16 nut guild. I couldn't imagine doing the campfires or holiday visits with multiple guitars just to pick off a few tunes for casual entertainment.
Do I need to get yet another guitar for performance based finger picking? From what I read, most fingerstyle guitarists go for that "a tool for every purpose". I suppose that is fine if you never throw a guitar in the trunk and jam a bit somewhere, but in reality having a seperate guitar for subdivided styles isn't very realistic for me. 1-11/16 nut is not ideal; my right hand does cramp, but I just tell myself to toughen up. Would it still cramp at 1-3/4? Plus, I only have my classical to compare to, which isn't even in the same realm.
Buying anything is a real drag. I always seem to learn something detrimental to the purchase after the deal is done.
... and this is the condensed version!