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  1. The Utch wrote: I bought a 000m-15 yesterday and I couldn't be happier with it. Incredible tone and playability and looks stunning too. Ok it's never going to match up to martins for build quality etc but it played perfectly straight out of the box, I took it to my luthier to check it over who was dumbstruck by it as it was set up perfectly already. He is now looking at buying one himself! Excellent value for money and a great guitar too. Congrats! Where did you buy it? Pics? Clips?
  2. billybilly wrote: Recently, I have played almost every popular guitar available in North America for $1500 and less, many have been Yamaha's, AC3R, LL16, L6, etc... While they are built well and good guitars, they didn't hold a candle to say the Martin DSR's, Blueridge, Eastman's etc... While they appear durable, they sound like an over-produced CD, sterile with no body (tinny). I suppose tone is subjective and while I still believe they are good value, they are overrated. The end. Definitely very subjective. My opinion would be quite the opposite. I've been thinking about buying another LL6, because my experience with the last one was so good in every respect. I was much more pleased with it than I have been with several much more expensive guitars I've owned. Not to say that it was necessarily "better," in the final analysis but, IMHO, for the prices they charge I can't beat 'em. I find that I am never unimpressed with a Yamaha acoustic, but it all really is just a matter of personal taste. I like them a lot.
  3. FretFiend. wrote: The Sigma name is now owned by AMI Musical Instruments GmbH in Germany. The guitars are made in China, and are not related to the original Sigmas marketed by CFM. I'm betting they'll have a hard time trying to market them in the US, for obvious reasons. That Sigma logo is obviously intended to look like the Martin logo. Maybe just a hair on the legal side of lawsuit territory. Kind like the old "lawsuit" Takamines from the seventies. Well, that's interesting. And fucking annoying. Here I was getting all excited about the potential to finally own something at least similar to a J-40 at a bargain price... No wonder. Still, attractive guitars. And if the YouTube demos I was able to find of the DR-41 are accurate examples, that's a damn nice looking and sounding guitar. Maybe some day if availability, GAS and finances are all aligned just right...
  4. anyone use one? how does it compare to other, more standard (e.g. plastic) materials? or how bout a compensated saddle? do they really help with intonation? No idea about brass saddles. Doesn't sound like something I'd want to try. Everything else aside, trying to file one down to fit would probably be a real bitch. But I do know this: Your avatar is brilliant! Regarding compensation, yes the point is to help with intonation. Intonation on a guitar is never quite *perfect.* A properly compensated saddle will tweak things just a bit closer to perfect.
  5. I have a 1932 Gibson L-00 that needs tuner replacement. It seems easy enough, but not sure with a guitar this old. Should I use a professional, or take replace myself (something I've never done)? Very easy to do yourself, provided the specs are a match. StewMac has a decent selection of vintage replacement tuners, and they provide good specs. If you're still not sure, their customer service is great. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Gotoh_Tuners/Gotoh_Vintage-style_Oval_Knob_Tuners.html?tab=Specs
  6. The website inspires lots of confidence. I must give these people my money.
  7. Just accept that there will always be other guitars out there that "sound better." Then get back to work on your writing, playing and your technique. No one cares nearly as much about tone as guitarists do. For normal people, it's all about the song. I completely agree with this, but at the same time I've accepted that I will always be GAS's bitch. I'll always covet "other" guitars -- not because they sound *better,* but because they'll always sound different. Who wants to eat the same meal three times a day, every day? As others have said, strings make the greatest difference. Ultimately, the guitar is the guitar, and there's really not much you can do to make it sound significantly different unless you want to get truly radical and start hosing around with the bracing, etc. In my case, I just buy/make/steal a new guitar whenever the opportunity presents itself.
  8. With Waverly tuners it's just because they're so amazing. Next time you're in a music store go to the top shelf and try an acoustic with them on an all will be revealed. I think it has less to do with the open back and all to do with quality materials, smart design, and tight manufacturing tolerances. I agree completely. I really like Grover Sta-Tites because they offer a great combination of aesthetics, quality and price. But if I could afford Waverly tuning machines, I'd go with them almost every time. I say "almost" because on some guitars I actually prefer heavier [enclosed gear] tuning machines - believing (correctly or not, I really don't know) that greater mass at the headstock yields enhanced sustain. Manufacturing tolerances really are the key. The difference between Waverly and Grover open backs is chiefly the qualitative and aesthetic difference between turned and die-cast parts. The Grovers give themselves away, aesthetically, only in the parting line on the keys and the slightly skinnier shafts. I was tempted to go with Waverly machines for my kit, but recognizing that the guitar may turn out to be a piece of shit (and I really won't know until I've strung it up), I just could not justify the expense. One other reason for going with open-gear tuning machines is that they are somewhat easier to maintain, for whatever that's worth. I put a drop of machine oil in my gears maybe once a year.
  9. You forgot about the latest and greatest 21:1 ratio used on many high end guitars. I don't care about the gear ratio as long as the tuners are good quality. I worry about backlash. I don't mind turning a tuner an extra 1/8 th of a turn either way as long as the post holds true with no backlash. I have open back tuners on my 000-15M. They are Martin brand tuners. They work perfect. I'm not sure what the gear ratio is because I never counted the teeth. My guess without looking is 14:1. I am a big fan of the Grover Sta-Tites. I had them on a few different guitars (not sure if they were 14:1, 16:1 or 18:1). They are probably the best tuners you can get for the money. If all I know about the difference is that one is 14:1 and the other is 18:1, I'd go with 18:1. The higher gear ratio means that you can make smaller turns/adjustments. In general, the higher the better, although smoothness is also a huge factor and this does not relate directly to gear ratio, but rather to manufacturing. Hud, the machines on your 000-15M are made for Martin by Gotoh. They're excellent, IMHO. I've got them on two guitars now - one of them being a custom. I just bought a set of Grover 18:1 open gears (Sta-Tites) for the kit I'm working on. At something like $37 a set (for the nickel finish), they're kind of impossible to beat. And I think they look awesome. I like pretty much everything made by Grover, including the big heavy 18:1 Rotomatics, which I like on larger gits. They've always worked great for me.
  10. Why/How in the fuck does this inane thread keep coming back to life???
  11. Lada Gaga is bizarre and awesome. This. Talented woman. Graduated from Tisch, which is definitely not a bubblegum academy. I had to get her CD for my wife, and shocked the shit out of myself by loving it. There is a LOT of tongue-in-cheek in her shit, and I think she's pretty hilarious at times.
  12. My experience with Gibson acoustics hasn't shown me the kind of scary variance you hear about on this forum - which I think gets pretty exaggerated. I like buying online because I pretty much always get a better deal by doing so. If you can save some significant buckage, I'd say go ahead and order. Risk of a dud is, IMHO, minimal. Otherwise, why not buy the one you've tried out and KNOW that you like? If your mint guitar is any good, it won't be mint for long anyway...
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