05-12-2013 06:03 PM
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?
05-12-2013 06:37 PM - edited 05-12-2013 06:38 PM
You have some fine instruments. I had too much difficulty playing acoustics, and I suspect it’s because they weren’t of sufficient quality.
Well, the Avarez RD20SC wasn’t too bad, but the string spacing at the nut was too narrow for me to do the cowboy chords, and barring chords was just so much easier on the electrics.
I gave that to my nephew in college who really enjoys playing acoustics, but had a super-cheapo, and wanted an electric-acoustic.
Only acoustics I have now are a couple cheap classicals, an old Yamaha G-231 and an Alvarez RC-10.
All I practice on now are semi-hollow body electrics.
05-12-2013 07:18 PM - edited 05-12-2013 07:29 PM
Up top is a Martin HD-28...down below, a Gibson J45. The differences between the two can almost be described in the same manner that Great Dane described the differences between his two Martins. The HD-28 is also a cannon, similar to a D28, but a tiny bit louder, with a bit more pronounced lows and highs. The J45 has a slighly thinner, but sweeter sound. If I'm in the mood for mostly strumming, I generally reach for the HD-28; if I'm doing more fingerpicking, I generally reach for the J45. I will say that the scale lenght of the J45 makes it a bit more friendly to play for me, but the Martin is by no means uncomfortable.
05-12-2013 07:25 PM
05-13-2013 06:33 AM
05-13-2013 07:40 AM
No fancy pic
Takamine 12 String
Fender 6 string
05-13-2013 07:42 AM
05-13-2013 10:58 AM
@nuke: which one did you bring to see Tommy E?
The Fender...but it's ruined now since someone wrote all over it
05-13-2013 11:17 AM
Nice guitars Great Dane. I have been really into acoustic lately.
Eastman AC320-incredibly loud, have to play delicately or forget singing with it.
Martin DSR1-great woody tone with that famous Martin bass.
Seagull Maritime SWS HG-my favorite to sing with, matches my voice timbre.
05-13-2013 11:30 AM
05-13-2013 12:44 PM - edited 05-13-2013 12:53 PM
Taylor GA-3. Great guitar. I need another for alternate tunings. I have a very very nice Alvarez that I don't play. I will sell it eventually, hopefully. I took the finish off the neck of the Taylor and will do so to anymore acoustics I keep, I just like unfinished necks. I didn't feel like destroying the Alvarez by taking the finish off because I probably won't be able to afford acquiring more of them, if they are even available. I like the Taylor necks and can get them in different woods and body sizes at a variety of pricepoints which are much more affordable/available.
05-13-2013 06:23 PM
beach bum wrote:
I don't have any photo's yet but i've just got one ofthe new gibson j35's and it is the best acoustic i've ever played.
Tried one of those out in the store a couple of weeks ago; fabulous guitar. At the $1700-1800 street price it's a real bargain. I think it may be better than the current j45.
I have a 1974 Martin D-18 that sings, a 1980 or so OM-35 that has a deeper tone and is more of a boomer but is harder to play, and a Carvin Cobalt 250 that I picked up last week as a beach guitar. I don't have digital pictures of any of them, which gives me some excuse to get a group shot this week.
05-13-2013 06:49 PM
I have a number of old Harmony acoustics, from the lowly Stella (6 and 12ver) the the Broadway, Master and Patrician models. Also 2 or 3 old Sovereigns, which have a legendary history and following.
But when I want to get down with my flatpickin' bad-self, I pull out the '79 Ehlers jumbo, with Wenge sides and back and an Engelmann Spruce top...this cannot be beat for playability or sound in the flatpicking portion of the acoustic world:
05-14-2013 02:02 AM
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