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Glenn F

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  1. Guilds haven't really done it for me, but I've only ever played 1 'real' one, a D55, and that was 42 years ago. The Pac-Rim Guilds I've tried ranged from ok to meh. An interesting angle would also be 'what do I do when my BL guitar completely underwhelms me?' There's still some niggle in my brain that the D-18 I had was a 'Monday guitar,' and I just need to try a few more before I find one that sounds and plays well enough to be worthy of the headstock. My wife would divorce me if I tried to tread down that path. The Eastman OM completely outclassed the Martin dread. Get it back tomorrow, if I'm lucky.
  2. The only guitars, at this point, that would make any kind of bucket-list would all be post-lotto win gits, like a Lowden or Collings. I have an embassassment of riches with my collection. I just mostly need motivation to keep progressing as a guitarist, something that I'm finding harder and harder to do. I'm happy the D-18 didn't work out. Now I can stop muttering it under my breath when I get into one of my 'moods.'
  3. I do expect different results, lol. As for the whole GAS thing, yeah, the process stopped being fun a long time ago, especially when the first intended guitar doesn't ring my bell. There was a 3rd issue with this guitar: me. I noticed I was stumbling around on my other guitars. It was almost a complete neglect of my playing for well over a year, and my hands lost both their dexterity and callouses. Never happened that badly, it was scary. I have diabetes II, and I thought I was developing peripheral neuropathy. Been woodshedding the last couple of weeks and whatever skill I have on guitar is returning. So, I am confident about the Eastman this time. Basically, though, I'm just like the Farside comic: "Just plain nuts."
  4. The D-18 was a huge disapointment. It must've been a bad unit, but it's killed my desire for one as a final B-L guitar. I've asked the the E10OM back. Should have it back by the end of the week.
  5. The only D-35 I ever got to try, about 10 years ago, now, is probably the most 'cannon-esque' Martin I've ever played. Should've snapped it up, in retrospect. You could feel that guitar in your ribcage. It completely stunned me. I never knew an acoustic guitar could sound/feel like that. the Eastman, is similar. The bass is surprising, I can feel it in my ribcage, and the sound goes to 11. Gentle strumming fills a room with sound, and it is a beautiful tone. I was hasty in sending it back after the setup because the 30 day return window was closing. So, now I'll get it back with my hands somewhat back in playing shape. I still stand by my recommendation of the E10OM. It is a great guitar—as long as you aren't bothered by the string-spacing or fret height too much. I mean, it just clobbered a Martin @2x the price.
  6. We can agree to disagree on the Martins. My OM-21 is my 'run back into a burning flat' guitar. My D-28 is starting to open up, a phenomenon I am highly skeptical about, but, nevertheless, seems to be happening. Both these guitars have the Martin magic, both have been set up perfectly for me, both for strumming and fingerpicking, without buzz or fretting out. My 000-M has some of that magic as well, as it clearly sounds like Martin, and is also amazingly setup. But I've seen a few less then stellar Martins, and I think the D-18 I had in my possession for 24 hrs was one of them. It was lighter than my D-28, which seems a tad overbuilt, but even with the light build and scalloped bracing, it had no 'oomph.' I am glad that I got to try one. It's put me off the D-18 as my last 'bucket-list' guitar. My wife is pleased on that acc't.
  7. Lovely! Nice to have a unique instrument!
  8. I'd love to try one of Freeman's guitars! I always get a lot of pleasure watching the progress of his builds, but the proof is in the hands and ears.
  9. Looks good! I've shipped the Martin back, and they're shipping me my Eastman. I'll either get used to the string-spacing and frets, or I won't. All I know is, the tone blew the Martin right out of the water. A Martin D-18. Knocked out by an Eastman OM. All subjective, of course, but I've never played an OM that was this powerful. The D-18 was anemic in comparison.
  10. I wasn't impressed. Maybe it wasn't the best examplar. Aside from the smell, it played fine, and was in pretty good shape, but the Eastman OM beat the mighty Martin dread for tone and dynamics. The bass is even nicer on the Eastman. Playing it side by side with my D-28 was also an eye opener. I expected the D-18 to be more 'direct' and less lush, but for a guitar with forward shifted scalloped x bracing, it really didn't have a lot of 'oomph.' I just hope I get the Eastman back.
  11. I received the D-18 today. I prefer my D-28, and it had a bad smell, like someone had tried to wash cat pee off it. Doesn't smell like that delicious Martin Mahogany. So, I am sending it back, and hope to get the E10OM back. I'm too old for this crap. After playing the Eastman E10OM, the Martin seems anemic and not as responsive. It is also less voluminous than my D-28, nor as rich. As for a bucket-list guitar, it's now off my list.
  12. Holy Zombie thread, Batman! I had a pre-Lasido Norman B-30. It was an excellent guitar, kept me going through the darkest days of my youth. Not in the same league as a Martin, and no reason why it should be. I've also had a B-20C, and B-20-12. That guitar was absolutely worth the money.
  13. Stay tuned! Same Batty Channel, Same Batty Time!
  14. 2nd hand D-18 will be shipped tomorrow, I think! My last 'bucket-list' guitar.
  15. I have wanted a Martin D-18 for the last number of years, but their prices jumped around €500 a few years ago, which put it out or range for me. Until now. The shop I bought the Eastman from has just got a 2016 'Centennial' D-18 in, in very good condition. With the money I've already laid out, + my Taylor 320, I will have the D-18, the last one on my bucket list. If it is as good as my OM-21, and D-28, I'll be truly in Geet-ar heaven. So, anyone have a nice guitar or 5 on their bucket list?
  16. I have my fallow periods. I like performing, and since I am mostly playing for myself, I get a bit bored with no external reinforcement. As of this moment, I've more or less canceled the Martin D-17. I will go one of two ways: save for the D-18, which would require a few c- notes and my Taylor thrown in, or get a nice Furch GA. I think the former would be in my own best interest, but I'll see.
  17. If the Martin D-17M doesn't give me any 'WOW!' I'll send that back and drop the whole idea. I'm too old for this doodoo, and I have a great little collection as is. The guitar I really want, and have wanted since they were redesigned, is a D-18. That is out of range right now, unless I sell two guitars to put toward it, and I'm really not into dealing with the hassles of this. The Eastman...I've never heard such a lively OM. The only thing close was a custom OM made for my brother by an independent luthier, and it was a bit sweeter, but not as powerful. Really, if you get one and you have no issues with the string spacing or the frets (or political objections), you'll get a guitar that will blow your socks off. I don't usually gush about a guitar I've sent back, but mannnnn...
  18. There was another aspect: I compared running my fingers fairly gently over the strings up an down the neck, and the Eastman, after a perfect setup, felt like my fingers were going over speedbumps. Not the worst in my experience (that was a 2010 AC412), but definitely a thing, especially in comparison to my other guitars. Coupled with the string spacing, anything complex turned to mush. They are beautiful guitars (as witnessed by your pics) , and the tone is amazing, and I am sure many people are over the moon to have such an instrument at such a price. I am just not one of them, unfortunately, because the tone is killer. I wonder what a similarly spec'ed Martin would cost? Adi top, scalloped Adi braces, beautiful solid Mahogany back and sides, Ebony fretboard, nitro-cellulose lacquer? A lot more than what I paid for this. So I'm bummed it doesn't suit me, but my experience tells me that I'm not 'going to adapt to it.'
  19. I can only describe it as difficult to both fret notes when doing runs and to fingerpick. Both hands miss their mark. I've read of this throughout my 'research phase' on Eastman guitars. There was an Eastman rep on AGF forum for a while, and he was repeatedly asked to alter the string spacing at the saddle. He said their way was one of the the features of their brand. Another thing I noted: many of the threads were a few years old, with people gushing about their Eastmans. When I'd see their current signatures, the Eastmans are no longer there. Further, a few had said 'this is my 3rd 'fill in the model# here.' Obviously, something is not right, and it isn't the tone or the woods. They're just chasing the perfect exemplar. At the shop where I bought mine, I was offered a different model that had been bought there and then sold back to them 3 months later. It is a damn shame. The sound of this guitar is stunning. It is beautiful aesthetically. But if I can't play it properly, and will always be second guessing myself, then it's time to send it back, especially since I am still in the 30 day return window. I am getting a 2nd hand, nearly mint Martin D17M in exchange. Not as pretty, but I am familiar with the modified low oval neck, and it's probably one of the easiest necks on acoustics for me to play. My 000-M has one and it very easy on the hands.
  20. My 'ha ha' was prophetic. After the setup afterglow, I am finding out what many Eastman owners have--the string spacing is awkward. Trying to do runs up the neck, especially double-stops and jazz chords, my fingers keep missing the notes, something that doesn't happen on any of my other guitars. So, I am returning it, and possibly getting a Martin D-17M instead.
  21. Ok, got it back. My thoughts, post-setup: My friend did a stellar job. This guitar is a keeper (haha), and worth every Pfennig I paid for it. The action is nice and low, no buzz even when digging in. He did a fret dress, lowered the saddle and filed the nut to my version of perfection. The ebony fretboard is as flawless as I can determine. The dynamic range of the combined solid Adi top/Adi scalloped braces with the solid Mahogany back and sides is something to behold. The bass is also very surprising. When I strum with a bit of 'oomph,' I can feel it in my ribcage. The OM size is very comfortable, but the scale length is more in keeping with a 000. There are Elixir PB-nano lights on it. I thought of going down to the custom lights (.011-.052) but it plays like buttah as is, and is a powerhouse. Minor quibbles: the tip of the pickguard was a bit sharp. It was filed. Now fine. There are a couple of slight imperfections with the lacquer, one on top of the headstock, the other on the heel of the neck. No biggie. This guitar can sit comfortably with my Martins and Lakewoods. It is a really damn good guitar. I can highly recommend checking these out, if you are in the market for an Adi/Mahogany OM.
  22. When you get a good'un, they're hard to beat. I get mine back tomorrow. Based upon how the setup worked out, there's a high probability that I may trade in my Taylor 320 for an Eastman T-386. Thing is, Freeman, they may be mass produced, but there is a fair bit of variance between units, as they are hand-made by a dedicated team of luthiers. I've played a couple that were bad and worse, the former having bad frets, the latter, bad frets, low neck angle, and a completely dead tone. Good units are definitely in the Martin, Taylor, Gibson class. I am really curious what the new one will be like after a proper setup. One thing I'll say, is that I was a bit surprised at its weight. It is noticeably heavier than my OM-21, 000-M, Walden Supranatura 2070, and my Lakewood M-18.
  23. I was just playing my D-28, and I think I can hear the phenomenon called 'opening up.' Sounds louder and more lush that it was, seemingly. I was thinking of trying out an Eastman E20D and selling this, but....ehhhh.....no.
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