So, I had the afternoon free Wednesday and used the time to visit my local GC. Hadn't been there in about six months and wanted to (again) test drive a Martin MMV dreadnought.
They had only one on display, but it was sweet. And....it was on sale for $1299 (regularly priced at $1499). I didn't buy it, but if I was actually in the market for a new guitar, that one would be at the top of my list. In reality, even though it was impressive in all manner of guitar speak, it really didn't sound or play any better than my old Martin 12-year-old DM or my practically new D-15M. I haven't entirely discounted the idea of getting it yet. I think I could sell my DM and D-15 at a reasonable price, add a few bucks to the money, and bring that MMV home. Still thinking about it.
The only other guitar (in my price range) that I liked was a Larrivee D-03 for about $50 more than the MMV. Truly an impressive dreadnought guitar. Beautiful wood and beautifully put together.
I think either one of these guitars would be a lifetime guitar......for my purposes, I can't think of anything that costs more money that would serve me any better.
Before I left the acoustic room I went to the back of the room and gave the used/trade-ins a look-see. Sure didn't see any "bargains" there! I'm sure their prices aren't engraved in stone, but what I saw were way overpriced.
After I wiped the drool off of the MMV and Larrivee guitars I went over to the guitar strings section and bought myself a new capo. Got a Shubb deluxe.......the newer model with the little roller ball and redesigned lever. It was $21.99 and I should've gotten one long ago. I'm not going to throw away my old Kyser that I've had for about six years, but it's put away now and probably won't see the light of day very often anymore.
One thing I'd like to mention about GC. I've read a lot of postings about how "bad" the strings are on the guitars on display. I don't get to GC all that often, but from what I saw Wednesday, every acoustic guitar looked like it's been well maintained with very new strings on them to boot. I don't know how they are at other GC stores, but the one here in Columbus seems to be doing things right.