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I have a Norman B20 (6). I bought if for 330 (CAN) two years ago. Absolutely nothing in that price range can beat it. Taks, Yamahas, Washburns, nothin!! And, it's got a solid spruce top and the quality, in general, is great. At the time, $600 Washburns paled in comparison.
Nowadays, I'm looking to get the top-of-the-line model, the ST68, I think it's called. Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and laminated rosewood sides. I think it costs less than 1000 CAN (about 740 US). The user reviews look very positive.
I may spring for the extra 600 bucks to get the all solid Larrivee D03(Rosewood) for 1600(CAN). But, 600 bucks is 600 bucks !!! Another fine Canadian guitar. I compared it the Martin D16 (about the same price). If I had to choose, I would take the Larrivee. Martins are nice but a bit too mellow sounding for my taste.
If I had the monry, I would choose the Martin D28 over everything BUT they go for about $2800(CAN). All of sudden 1000 or 1600 dollars for high quality guitars looks really good!!
I may keep the B20 though - it will only get better with age!!
What's the deal with Lasido anyway? I knew Godin and Seagull were affiliated, now I see they also make Norman, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, and La Patrie. I'm really just curious about the differences between all these brands.....
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I've had a Norman for about 10 years now...One of the best sounding acoustics I've played. Never had a problem with it, quality-wise. Dollar-for-dollar, one of the best guitars out there. The only acoustic that had a nicer sound was my friend's Lys...(anyone ever hear of it?) ...also made in Canada...hmm...
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Originally posted by seiche What's the deal with Lasido anyway? I knew Godin and Seagull were affiliated, now I see they also make Norman, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, and La Patrie. I'm really just curious about the differences between all these brands.....
Godin are obviously their electric guitar models.
Seagull are their flagship acoustics. Their body shapes are unique, as are many other things about them.
Art & Lutherie are specifically guitars made for entry level players.
La Patrie are their classical guitars.
As far as Norman and Simon & Patrick go, I'm not sure of the differences between these two, but these two do make more traditional acoustic guitar body shapes and styles. I know I bought a Norman instead of a Seagull mainly because it had a standard dread body size and standard fretboard width; it felt and sounded more like a Martin.
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I have an ST-68 CW which I totally love. Solid Rosewood top and back...I'd put this guitar up against almost any modern day Martin. Words can't describe how much I love this guitar... I've tried the B20's and they're great as well. IMO Norman is the best kept seceret in Acoustics, bar none.
I purchased a B20 about 10 years ago. I play both electric and acoustic, and I tell you this because, everytime I go into a guitar shop I spend practically no time in the acoustic room. 99% of the stuff in there sounds no better than my NORMAN. And, the stuff that does is in the 2K area and is not that much better.
Trust me, I have owned a ton of cheap guitars and have never thought a Epiphone was as good as a Gibson, or a Squire as good as a Fender. I have always been willing to pay top dollar to go the extra mile. My Norman is as good as acoustic guitar as I have played. Very durable too (survived college with me and my liver).
In other words my acoustic needs are more than meet. I have played with other guitar players playing Martins, and Gibsons and the Norman is just as good. I am tickled with the guitar.