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  1. For comparison, I've only had Youtube videos. I had read on some forums where people had asked what was the Gibson that sounded closest to a Martin. Answers were: Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard; Gibson J-60; Gibson J-29; Gibson Advanced Jumbo; Gibson J-45 Rosewood; and even the Gibson J-15. I listened to all these on Youtube, where they even had a few comparison videos with a Martin. I liked the Martin sound better. I also listened to/watched some Youtube videos of Guild, Alvarez, Eastman, Aria, Blueridge. The only one that sounded as good to me as a Martin was the Blueridge BR-260, but since it costs as much as a Martin, I asked myself why not get the Martin.
  2. Yes, it looks like I'll need to get my traveling shoes on soon.
  3. Okay, I prefer a dreadnought. Nut width -- I'd say more than 1 11/16. Scale length, frets -- no preference. Prefer no cutaway. With my budget, I'd prefer to buy used, would even have to do so with the higher end models. Been playing 50 years, am a songwriter. I haven't played any Gibsons or Martins or other big name brands in person -- no music stores within 90 miles that carry those brands. But I do have a Sigma SDR 28, and it sounds a lot like the Martins that I have heard in Youtube videos. From listening to those videos, I like the way Martins sound compared to other brands. I also have a Norman ST68, all solid spruce/rosewood, great guitar -- but I like the Sigma better, so i have put the Norman on the market. I like some Gibsons a lot, but not quite as much as the Martins I've heard -- again, all of these from Youtube videos, where I know the sound quality varies considerably. I want to play all these guitars in person, but I'll have to make a 4-hour round trip to do that.
  4. Yes, I'm looking for a Martin.
  5. I should have added this in my OP: I prefer spruce/rosewood instead of spruce/mahogany. I am sure about that much anyway.
  6. I know this is subjective, but I just want opinions anyway. What is the best sounding Martin guitar, considering both low-end and high-end price-wise?
  7. This is a great deal on a guitar that retails for $1100-1200!
  8. Thank you for the suggestion. I've played several Yamahas and didn't like them. But of course there may be one I didn't try that I would like.
  9. I decided to get a Norman ST68. I received it and have played it today. It's a fine guitar, well-made, excellent condition, and I like it a lot. But I believe I like my Sigma just a little more. I want to sell the Norman. I'll offer it with a gig bag included. I'm asking $800 USD. I will consider paying the shipping.
  10. I agree, although a lifetime for me now is not nearly as long as it used to be.
  11. Thanks for the detailed and informative post, and the pics. I'll be looking at some Larrivees. Thanks for the tip.
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