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Glenn F

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  1. QC. I was so impressed with the ros, that I tried a couple more RKs, and there were issues with each one, including, most importantly, sounding and playing like crap. If I had kept my ros, I don't know how often I'd play it. I had mine set up well, but it was the V that turned me off. I would expect that Guild above to be a better guitar, so that would likely be the one I'd zero in on as a leading choice to try.

  2. Recording King ROS-16. I had one. The neck is not thin, rather a V shape. They're out of production, but if you can find one 2nd hand, I'd check it out. I used it the last time I played live, but I couldn't really get used to the V. Sometimes, I wish I hadn't sold it. When I did, someone grabbed it within a week. The bass was impressive, and it's a beautiful guitar.

  3. The 1977 Norman B-30 that I had pre-dated Godin's takeover, iirc. It was a superior guitar to any LaSiDo models that I've tried. The neck was interesting. It could rock up and down a bit, in case it ever needed a shim. Sadly, it was in bad shape when I moved to Europe, so I left it behind. Ironically, I met the luthier who's done all the work on my guitars a couple of years later. He could've restored it. Would've cost more than the guitar itself, but that guitar was the only thing that kept me from starving when I was homeless, so it had sentimental value. Oh well.

  4. Thanks. Humidity isn't really an issue here. Our flat is usually between 50-65%, and I usually keep my acoustics in their cases when I'm not playing them. However, the GT has been on our couch since this morning, and our livingroom is redolent with the aroma. I've never played another brand of guitar that gave aroma-therapy. 

    I really can't say enough nice things about this guitar. When the prices were lower, they would've been a steal in the $1,000 range. The sound is clear, crisp, warm, with great dynamics. She sounds like a Martin, plays like a (well setup) Martin, and makes me smile. So, now I have two Standard Series models, the 16GT, and a 000-M (Road Series). Everyone of them has her own voice, yet they all sound like Martins. I'll never sell them, unless in dire straits. I'm selling a Taylor 320 to offset the cost. This will be the 3rd Taylor I've let go of. Guess I'm not a Taylor fan.

    it took almost 3.5 months to get the guitar I wanted, a lot of teeth-gnashing, angst, and disappointment went into this insanity, as well as countless hours reading reviews and discussions. 

    But I have the guitar I want. 

  5. I got her back from my luthier friend today. He did an exemplary job on it. I am finally convinced that Richlite isn't a problem for me. Post-setup, she plays so easily, it just makes me smile.

    So, the 16GT:

    All solid sitka(gloss) and mahogany(satin). Scalloped X-bracing. Modified low oval neck (probably my favourite acoustic neck profile). The spruce isn't AAA, but that is irrelevant. This guitar sounds fantastic, and plays like a dream. My experience with this guitar is directly in line with all of the reviews and discussions I've read. That is, overwhelmingly positive.

    Smells yummy, too!


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  6. 40 minutes ago, baw3 said:

    I hear you.  If money was no object I would own a few more guitars myself. So until I win the lottery I guess I'm just stuck with my Martin and the other 2 that I own. I guess this is where all you guys can start playing your tiny violins and say how bad you feel for me.

    Not at all. I am sincere when I said 'enjoy.' I love my Martins, they're what acoustic guitars should be, imo. My collection, modest compared to many, is worth a good chunk. Basically, it's the most expensive thing in our flat. The D-16GT will be the 4th Martin in my collection, which I get back tomorrow.

    Bottom line is, we only go around once, it's no great extravagance to buy something that will give you pleasure for the rest of your life!

  7. I'd go with 2 in the $2,000 range. But the Martin Standard Series has little to offer now at that price point, at least in Europe. I've got a great collection, 16, and 1 on the block for my D-16GT, even my 'beater' is an all solid Walden. 










  8. 11 hours ago, baw3 said:

    Thanks for the posts. I know what you mean about to rich for you. This is the most money I have ever spent on a guitar. But I just couldn't get this one out of my head. I will probably buy a few more guitars before they put me in  the ground. But I'm pretty sure I will never spend the amount I spent on this one ever again. I would probably recommend that if you can't afford the price of this guitar then  you probably should not even play it.

    I expect that if I had the cash at this point in my life, I'd at least take a look. Martin guitars jumped in price here a few years ago, so I'm glad I got my D-28 and OM-21 before the price jump. I could afford neither, here, now. Our discretionary cash has been allocated toward travelling, which, at this point, is more fun for both of us than another NGD, lol.

    Enjoy your new baby.

  9. Getting it back from the luthier on Tuesday. Also had to give him my OM -21 for a bit of a tune-up. Unless there's something very wrong with the guitar, it isn't going anywhere.

    things I didn't like about the 000-17SM:

    the shaded gloss finish;

    the evaluation of 'near mint' did not coincide with mine;

    it had nothing special about the tone. A Martin has to be more than 'ok.' The RK ROS-16 I had sounded (but didn't play) better.

    From the end of August to the 19th of November, I was in the frenzy of 'the hunt.' By the time the 16GT arrived, I wasn't expecting much, but then I strummed my first chord, and my whole body just completely relaxed and my face lit up with a smile. The hunt was over. It was either that, or the Lemon Haze....😎



  10. I am still skepical of it. It doesn't feel like wood to me, more like glass. I expect my views on it will evolve to the point of indifference, which is a good thing. I've noticed very small anomalies, like the odd sounding finger squeak.

    The top is not AAA spruce, but that's unimportant. The back is one solid piece of mahogany. Opening the case is aroma therapy.  EDIT: and this is why I could never love a composite guitar.

    The sound, though...big, beautiful, clear resonant bass, strong mids, nice highs... all Martin. Sustain is great. Fairly lightly built.  And the contrast in tone to my D-28 was obvious to both my wife and I, yet they both sound unmistakably 'Martin.' 

    I expect there's only a handful of these around Europe, these days.

  11. On 4/4/2011 at 5:23 PM, Glenn F said:

    Thomann.de lists the D16GT for

    Zombie Alert!

    curious as to why my price quote has vanished into the ether. Anyways, I sent the 000-17SM back, and bought a D-16GT. For some reason, a few popped up new at a few shops here. Must've been in the back of the distributor's warehouse. The shops are unapologetically asking €1,900, but I got it around €500 cheaper. 

    After 5 guitars, I found the One. Full, rich Martin tone, even slightly louder than my D-28.

    BTW, Richlite is Micarta.

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