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Thread #62621   Message #1362501
Posted By: GUEST,Cumbrian
21-Dec-04 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: Gibson question
Subject: RE: Gibson question
Hi Peter,

I'm with you all the way as far as Larrivee goes. I have owned an OM10 for the last few years which was for a long time my main stage guitar. Apart from being very well made and looking fantastic, it sounds very good indeed.
I know what you mean about some in store set up's, the Martins you tried being a key example. The official line on the factory set up tends to be that they leave them set fairly high to account for all styles, assuming that it is easier to lower an action than to raise it, unfortunately, this also has the effect of putting off some potential customers on account of initial playbilty issues. This issue of initial factoey set up has probably being a huge factor in the success of larger output companies like Taylor and Larrivee, who do a great job of presenting their guitars with an fairly low action and excellent playbilty straight out of the box.
Whether Martin give more attention to this factor on different models within the range, I am not sure, but while I had to do quite a bit of work to get a good set up on my D28 and D41, I have an 00028VS and an 00028EC ( both from the vintage range ) which were beautifully set up right from the factory.
It would be true to say that there has never been a better choice of great guitars at all price points and from a vast number of makers, than we have at the moment.