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Your most prized guitar

Troll 27 Mar 02 - 10:43 PM
53 28 Mar 02 - 10:17 PM
jeffesh 30 Mar 02 - 12:12 AM
Melani 30 Mar 02 - 12:26 AM
GUEST,chouxfleur 30 Mar 02 - 02:20 AM
MichaelAnthony 30 Mar 02 - 02:57 AM
53 03 May 02 - 01:30 PM
Lonesome EJ 03 May 02 - 02:02 PM
Dave T 03 May 02 - 05:49 PM
GUEST,Fogie 04 May 02 - 05:13 AM
Midchuck 04 May 02 - 10:03 AM
53 04 May 02 - 10:47 AM
GUEST,larry rhindress 27 Sep 04 - 01:43 PM
GUEST,Scone Fairy 27 Sep 04 - 02:06 PM
Juan P-B 27 Sep 04 - 02:11 PM
Once Famous 27 Sep 04 - 02:22 PM
Neighmond 27 Sep 04 - 03:44 PM
Juan P-B 27 Sep 04 - 05:38 PM
Mooh 28 Sep 04 - 09:23 AM
black walnut 28 Sep 04 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,tarheel 28 Sep 04 - 10:19 AM
Midchuck 28 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM
Deskjet 28 Sep 04 - 05:15 PM
mandotim 28 Sep 04 - 05:43 PM
GUEST,Don 28 Sep 04 - 07:59 PM
GUEST,Sam Cloutier 29 Sep 04 - 02:33 PM
Once Famous 29 Sep 04 - 03:00 PM
wille d. elmore 29 Sep 04 - 04:22 PM
Juan P-B 29 Sep 04 - 05:31 PM
Once Famous 29 Sep 04 - 05:53 PM
Blissfully Ignorant 29 Sep 04 - 08:47 PM
GUEST,Sam Cloutier 29 Sep 04 - 08:54 PM
GUEST,not prized, but first! 29 Sep 04 - 11:45 PM
GUEST,tarheel!!! 29 Sep 04 - 11:46 PM
GUEST,tarheel 29 Sep 04 - 11:49 PM
Juan P-B 30 Sep 04 - 12:57 PM
Little Hawk 30 Sep 04 - 01:16 PM
Richard Bridge 30 Sep 04 - 04:12 PM
Justa Picker 01 Oct 04 - 01:27 PM
GUEST,Scouse 01 Oct 04 - 02:22 PM
Little Hawk 01 Oct 04 - 07:28 PM
Mooh 01 Oct 04 - 08:37 PM
Margret RoadKnight 01 Oct 04 - 08:54 PM
biglappy 02 Oct 04 - 02:04 PM
Justa Picker 02 Oct 04 - 02:50 PM
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Little Hawk 02 Oct 04 - 06:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Troll
Date: 27 Mar 02 - 10:43 PM

There are Four. In descending order they are;
a pre-WWII Recording King. According to Roy Bookbinder, it was built by Regal in '37 or '38.
A Levin (they made Goyas) which was given to me by the widow of a good friend.
a Yamaki. It's a D-28 clone from the late '70's and is my workhorse. a no-name 12-string that Memsahib bought for me as a surprise. It's patterned on a Gibson and it rings real nice.
There are others but these four are the ones that would get saved from the fire first.

troll


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: 53
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 10:17 PM

Refresh,maybe someone else would like to comment on this thread.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: jeffesh
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 12:12 AM

My most prized guitar is a Martin OM28-V that I just bought about 2 months ago. A few weeks after I bought it the owner of the music store called and said that someone else had been close to buying it before I did and now was offering a "premium" to buy it from me because he remembered the one that I bought sounding better than the next one the store got. So I went down and played them both and told the owner, "He's right - mine does sound better and I'm keeping it."


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Melani
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 12:26 AM

The one my dad made specially for me. It's a lot better than the one he made for himself, which I also have. It's got great bass tone; he was fond of bass.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,chouxfleur
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 02:20 AM

From my small collection, I would have to be buried with just two:

My old Martin OM-28 herringbone, and my Tom Mates custom built 12 string built of Brazilian back n sides with cedar top. Unusual combination of woods = colossal sound.

chouxfleur


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 02:57 AM

chouxfleur,

I am very curious about that particular combination. How are chords?


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: 53
Date: 03 May 02 - 01:30 PM

I checked out a Larivee the other day but I'm still trying to stop myself from buying one just yet as my playing seems to be on a decrease right now and I hate that cause I'll have to build callouses back again and that's a pain in the arse.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 03 May 02 - 02:02 PM

Bob, if playing your guitar is giving you a pain in the arse, you might be holding it wrong. :>}


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Dave T
Date: 03 May 02 - 05:49 PM

Had a few over the years but right now I've got two & in this order:
#1 Oskar Graf cutaway, sitka top, ziricote back & sides that's just had its 1st birthday and sounds better each time I pick it up. If you've never heard or played one of his guitars you gotta try!!!

#2: 1967 Martin 000-18 that's always ready, sounds great, has it's share of dings, smells a bit musty, loads of character.

I can't honestly see myself parting with either of them in this life.

- Dave T


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Fogie
Date: 04 May 02 - 05:13 AM

The prettiest and most resonant is the Manson that appears in "The ultimate Guitar book" which is a pickers dream. Im sorry to say that I dont use the slide slammer, although I have elevated the strings for DAGDAD at times. Its as light as a feather and probably took half the Brazilian rainforest in the making, I never did have the B-bender. Im still not sure exactly what shape it would be if it was a Martin, but its beautiful and he calls it a Magpie


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Midchuck
Date: 04 May 02 - 10:03 AM

Guest Fogie: Here is pretty conclusive proof that guitar makers are not the real problem with the Brazilian rain forest.

Here (if it works) is a small picture of my most prized guitar - A 1993 or thereabouts Collings D2H that Jack Lawrence played on stage with Doc Watson from '93 to '99 or so, when he upgraded and sold it on the flatpick list, and I jumped fastest.

I Am Not Worthy - and I don't give a s***.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: 53
Date: 04 May 02 - 10:47 AM

Sometimes a pain in the ass is a good one, EJ, just keep on picking. Bob


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,larry rhindress
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 01:43 PM

I've had a Martin D-28 for about twenty years. I heard so many wonderful stories about this guitar, but couldn't really get that world class sound. Last year I bought a Gibson j-40 (1979), and it has incredable sound quality. The Martin doesn't stand a chance. So sad!!!!!!!!! I love Martins.
Last week I bought a Gibson sj-200. Move over Rover, this is the ultimate axe. No more looking and listening. There ain't nothin better.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Scone Fairy
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 02:06 PM

My favourite is a 1982 Martin M38 - the best Martin I have ever heard, but sdaly, and for some unknown reason, no longer made. I think it was based on the body of the old F9 archtop,.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 02:11 PM

Back in 1976 I went to buy a coupla sets of strings and came away with a Suzuki 3S (copy of a Martin D28) for £126.00 - I sold it once (when I gave up music) and bought it back again soon after.

I have a hand-made 'Vince Hockey; cut-away which is heavenly, two Takamine FP400S 12-Strings (One in open 'D' Tuning') and my original 1967 Eko Ranger 12.

I still love the Suzuki best of all! It played me when I married my Shirley, When my Jenny & my Kaite were born and we played & sung together to my mum the night before she passed away.

It's been all around the world with me and I still love it to bits -

I have only ever seen one other 3S and offered the guy my Top-of-the-range Yamaha and flight case just for the 3S but he wouldn't trade (but he did offer to buy mine)

I've tried (and owned) other Suzuki guitars but none matches the 3S.

When I die it may well be going with me.
Juan P-B


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Once Famous
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 02:22 PM

I have many fine vintage guitars, but for "prized" it would have to be the 1962 Gibson LG-3 I bought new in early 1963 after my bar mitzvah with my father.

Though I used it it exclusively for the next 35 years or so, it now is semi-retired but is as sweet a player as ever.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Neighmond
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 03:44 PM

I guess I have three-none of them real valuable-

Alverez RD 30, an old Ovation Applause, and my Grandpa's Gibson archtop.

The Applause I got on vacation in KY and it is a good reminder of all the fun I had there, and my Gibson is a good momento of Grandpa, even though I never saw him play it. The Alverez is one I got to play out at fairs and that because it has a pickup in it.

First favorite would be Grandpa's, the other two would tie.

Chaz


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 05:38 PM

.......but it don't have to be financially valuable for it to be 'prized'.

They come up rarely on e-bay for about £400-500 but I wouldn't part with my old Suzy-Whacky for a mint - It's part of me and my history.

The lovely Shirl once said, "I'd never ask you to choose between me and that guitar - I couldn't stand the rejection!"

Juan P-B


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Mooh
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 09:23 AM

I just reread this thread, having forgotten about it. I still would have to consider the Beneteau 6 string my "most prized" and sentimental favourite, but it's not the most versatile. The baritone by the same builder is the most versatile because it handles low tunings well with heavy strings considering the 27' scale, yet can be tuned to D easily with medium strings. It's loud and clear and beautiful. Perhaps it would be the desert isle guitar.

Funny, if I still had my first decent flattop I might value it the most. It was a rare solid top Giannini from the early 70s which provided a lot of company and comfort to me in my youth. Wish I had it back.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: black walnut
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 10:12 AM

The Larrivee that isn't mine but JeffM's and he plays and I sing and so it's sort of mine, isn't it?

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,tarheel
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 10:19 AM

my most prized guitar is the one i own now. it's a Martin D-41.
according to the Martin folks,it was made during the early to mid 90's and was an attempt to help folks own a Martin guitar that wasn't too expensive!
expensive or not,this baby really rings once the new strings on it get broken in ...i mean ,dang! i love it and it's played in performances at least twice a week in mt.airy,n.c.,and several days at home just pickin' and grinnin' around the farm!
i actually bought it with money from my 401k,when i retired in 1999!(my wife said i could!..heheheh)anyway,it's a real gem and wonderful tone! dang,i love that ring it has!i feel lucky to have found it!


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Midchuck
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM

Not my "most prized," but changed a lot of my preconceptions in a hurry:

Ruminations on a "Plastic" Guitar

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Deskjet
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 05:15 PM

A custom built guitar by Derrick Nelson from Dublin. Great stuff.Two years old now, and gettin' better and better.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: mandotim
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 05:43 PM

Some wonderful instruments mentioned so far. There's a difference for me between most prized guitar and favourite guitar. Favourite guitar is my 20 odd year old Takamine EN20, cedar and mahogany jumbo size guitar. Made in Japan just after the Martin lawsuit, and is sweet and thunderously loud. Gets better all the time, and is a real Martin killer. Most prized is the 1975 Rob Armstrong doubleneck acoustic, built in 1975. Spruce and blonde maple, full of great woods and 'unnecessary workmanship'. I found it in a junkshop in Stoke-on-Trent for £300 or so, complete with a handmade case, also by Rob. It's huge, with a matching voice, but needs to be played sitting down because of the weight! I play mandolin mostly these days though...
Tim


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 07:59 PM

My favorite one has to be a 1976 Epiphone twelve string I bought in Pensacola, Florida while stationed there in my Navy "A" school. I carried that puppy with me all over Italy and the Mediterranean on a variety of submarines and ships. It made me drinkin' money sitting on a bar stool at Bobby's in Glayfada Square, Athens in 1977, and a whole lot of other memories before and afterwards. I've been through a variety of other acoustic and electric 6-strings since then, but only a 1984 Yari Alvarez that I have now can make me as happy as that old 12-string. It plays good, holds it's tuning well, and makes an old man sound halfway alright.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Sam Cloutier
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 02:33 PM

Mine's a Kent that I got at the local Woolworth's 25 or so years ago. It's very cool, and it has outlasted the store that sold it. It has a heavy, plastic pickguard that's a copy of a Gibson Hummingbird, I think, and it's a red sunburst color style. The neck on this one is solid as a fence post...I used it to break open the front door one time when I lost my keys. The wood for the sound box is some special kind of laminate, I think, judging by the hole where I put a machine screw to hold on the strap. It's in layers of thin wood, and is tough as hell. You have got to hear the tone of this beauty to believe it! I have played a lot of other guitars, but no other guitar can match this one. It seems to be waterproof too, because I took it on a few canoe trips and got dumped one time on Lake Scugog, and that guitar saved my life! Most people can't get very clear notes out of this guitar, because they've got weak hands. I don't have that problem. I can play this beauty ax like Paul Bunyan. I usually put on a new set of strings about once a year or if I break one. That's kind of extravagant, I know, but I figure it's worth it in the case of a guitar this good.

I would not trade my Kent for the best damn Martin or Gibson in the 48 states. Those guitars are way overrated.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Once Famous
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 03:00 PM

If you like your Kent fine, but I suspect that you probably can't afford to buy a Martin or a Gibson.

There is probably good reason why you do not see any pros playing a Kent, but if you like it for the purpose of a crowbar and a life saving raft, it has to be the Swiss Army knife of All guitars!


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: wille d. elmore
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:22 PM

Well to be perfectly honest,
It would have to be my Epiphone. I it got new in March of 1964 I was 11 years old. I carried it with me on the handle bars of my bicycle and had or should I say still have dillusions of musical grandour. Hey the British invasion. I have a D35 Martin, a F5 style mandolin, banjo(open back),old Regal 12 string and most recently, ahhhh should I speak this ?? a Fender Strat.
Back to the Old Epiphone Its got a great neck easy to finger pick the Blues or flat pick bluegrass. It had a quartz rock dropped on its top, the finger board has divits but hey,put on a cappo it will play in tune. It does'nt get the playing time it once did but its still my first love.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 05:31 PM

Ouch!!

Martin Gibson replies to Guest Sam

"If you like your Kent fine, but I suspect that you probably can't afford to buy a Martin or a Gibson"

Jeez! What a twat!! Sounds like a "Nair-Nairny-Air-Nair' moment.

If your old Kent guitar does for you Sam, all to the good

At least you can take yours out and about and have a good time with friends without standing around posing & waiting for someone to take your photograph with it!

Juan P-B


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Once Famous
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 05:53 PM

Well, Juan P-B, sorry your as sensitive as a little girl.

I admitted it was fine with me if the guy liked his Kent. But please get real, it's a piece of Japanese junk compared to "any" Martin or Gibson that he says are way overrated. Saying that they were overrated compared to a Kent warranted some koind of reply. but, I'll say it again, if it is his most prized guitar, that's just wonderful by me.

I play Martin and Gibsons because I have standards that require me to use American quality instruments. Matter of fact was just playing my D-18 with some friends around last Saturday night and was not posing for any pictures. We were just having a good time singing some songs.

So, I hope that one day you save up some dough and experience one of these fine American made instruments before you are quick to criticize what many consider top quality, and who don't pose for pictures or pose with it. We just like playing what many pros play. play.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Blissfully Ignorant
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 08:47 PM

I have three and bit guitars- the bit because it is an old nylon-stung classical that belongs mostly to my mother (and unfortunately i haven't been able to 'borrow' it permantly) That was the first guitar i ever played, so it holds a certain sense of nostalgia for me. The second is an acoustic Fender that i saw in a second-hand shop for £60 and stared at pathetically until my mother bought it for me as a combined birthday and christmas present, for which i am eternally grateful! It's old, won't stay in tune for more than a day, and has several bizzare burn-marks, blisters in the varnish and scratches. Those injuries were there when i got it, and i put some stickers on it to cheer it up a bit!
The third, and the one i use the most, is an electric Westfield (no, i hadn't heard of it either...)again bought second-hand, this time by my grandmother, god bless her, at a furniture auction for around £70. It's easier on my tiny fingers and sounds ok even when i play it badly! I swear electric folk shall inherit the earth...
I can't choose a favourite from them, they all mean different things to me and they all sound different. I love them all! :)


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Sam Cloutier
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 08:54 PM

Look, man, if I can afford to take Brooke Radcliffe out on a date once a week or so I can afford any damn guitar there is. Trust me. That girl is expensive.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,not prized, but first!
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:45 PM

my first guitar was a small sized instrument with the name Stella, on the top of the key board of the neck
it was 1948, and i was 12 years old that christmas morning when i discovered it under our chrismas tree(a real honest to goodness,cedar tree!)oh well, that's another story! anyway, the little stella guitar came with a Bob West, song book that would teach me the chords,etc., and i could be playing within a week or two! simply amazing, the little ads would say, found on the inside back covers of comic books and men's magazines in those late 40's early 50's years! anyway, i tuned the guitar to open "g", or something that i knew sounded like a major chord! then i grabbed a table knife from my mom's kitchen cabinet and used the back part of the solid metal handle to glide up and down the fret board to change keys as i sang all kinds of songs. how i figured that out is beyond me, but i found out that the standard tuning of "e,a,d,g,b,e" sure didnt sound like a chord of anykind to me and how could you sing to a sound like that?
i remember about 6 months later sitting on our front porch steps, playing the fire out of that little Stella guitar in that fashion. suddenly, an old black man walked by on the side walk. he stopped, looked and listened and then asked me if he could play a tune. being stuned that he was even there, i hesitated for a moment, but i finally said yes! he grabbed that little Stella and quickly tuned it to normal tuning and began to play some old blues music! man, did he have rhythmn! he could even hit the "chet atkins" licks! wow, was i impressed! but before he left, he showed me how to play the g, c and d chords! of course my fingers were tender at the time, but i tore into trying to play a few songs that way. my fingers muffled the strings most of the time, but i kept at it all day and, to hear my mom put it, most of the night too! my tender fingers swelled and i remember crying a few times from the pain! to this day, i never knew who the ole black gentleman was, where he came from or where he went! never,ever saw him again. i also sold newspapers on the street corner in downtown Winston-Salem,n.c.,at that time and many a day i saw lots of ole back gentlemen sitting on tobacco trucks as the vehicles left the warehouses downtown. it seems there was always one of the workers playing an old guitar of some kind as the rest of the workers sang in unison while the the trucks rolled down trade and 5th streets of the camel city.(it's nick-name because r.j.reynolds tobacco company,made and sold camel cigarettes in winston-salem,n.c.). each day i was on that corner i looked for the ole black guy but never spotted him amoung the workers singing those ole blues, spirituals,gospel and just good rhythmn tunes as each truck rumbled by carrying tobacco from the warehouses to the factory, downtown!..... so,now you know... the rest of the story!...except for the fact that i still have that little stella guitar,that now tends to sound like an old washboard,but at that time in my life...it was a martin,gibson,you-name-it,all rolled up into one!


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,tarheel!!!
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:46 PM


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,tarheel
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:49 PM

dang!!! sorry,mr offer,but i messed up there...that's my story about the little Stella Guitar and the ole black gentleman!!!thank you always,for straightening this out for me! regards,tarheel


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 12:57 PM

Still sounds like "Nair-Nairny-Air-Nair"

Sorry Martine,

Had one - D28H, loved it to bits - had to part with it to fund kids etc - When I could afford to replace it I went for hand-made by the guy who maintains MArtins here in the UK - Lovely guitar!

I still think yer a poseur

Juan P-B


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 01:16 PM

I have a Martin D-28H and it's very nice. Also have a Yamaha dreadnought that I like better than the Martin for some reason. It's very comfortable to play and has the perfect tone for my playing style. So the Yamaha remains number one at this point.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 04:12 PM

Well, the one that speaks to my tuning experiments is the Mugen THE78, and I play it most.

When I want to be regarded as "serious" by the likes of Martin Gibson, it'd be the Martin.

If the house burnt down, it'd be my late wife's Hagstrom J-45. I can find another guitar that plays, but not another one that was hers.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Justa Picker
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 01:27 PM

This would be the one I'd grab if there was a fire and I could only grab one.
Custom Martin OM-42


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Scouse
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 02:22 PM

My old 1984 ?japanese Lowden and my dear old 1935 Gibson arched top Tenor.. J.P.Cormier and Tim Robbins went ape shit over the Old Gibbo!
As Aye, Phil


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 07:28 PM

Wow! Pretty guitar, Justa, and I bet it sounds great. I had an OM-38 which I later sold thru the 12th Fret. Same body as yours, I think, but less decoration. It was darned good too. It had previously belonged to Beverley Glen Copeland.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Mooh
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 08:37 PM

I was thinking about this thread again today when a young student appeared at his lesson with a brand spankin' new Gibson SG. Pro set-up, great tone, and that great SG swagger! Shit, if I'd had that good a guitar earlier in my development I'd have taken it more seriously (not that I'd likely been a better player necessarily, mind you).

Then I got to considering my students' guitars. Several good Strats, a better Taylor, nice Seagull, a new House, two very good Godins, top end Washburn, many solid top Yamaha, S&P, Norman, and La Patrie guitars. Most of the rest are mediocre instruments at best, but the good ones make a big difference to the students...and I bet they end up as "the most prized" someday.

Makes me wanna go guitar shopping again!

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 08:54 PM

One of Malvina Reynolds' guitars - a Washburn 'parlor", about 90 years old - came from San Francisco to Sydney with me in the '80s.
Apart from its history, it's most prized 'cause I pick it up to play more often than my other full-sized guitars.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: biglappy
Date: 02 Oct 04 - 02:04 PM

I mostly fingerpick in the living room so I like small guitars. I live in Martin/Gibson country so there aren't any other brands around much. I play a Martin 00-18 and keep a Gibson LG1 with appearance problems for guests and variety. The skinny Gibson neck is good for me cause I have stubby little fingers. The Gibson has a nice treble register, too. It is kind of flimsy. The Martin has a nice feel and a well-balanced tone. Both guitars are 40-50 years old and the Martin seems to have held up quite a bit better.

For kids and folks who carry a guitar around I buy old Yamahas. My son has a very fine FG-160 with bad finish that I bought for $60. My daughter has a FG-180 that I got for $100 and had to put new tuners on. The FG-160 is a much better instrument.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Justa Picker
Date: 02 Oct 04 - 02:50 PM

Thanks LH.
At the risk of being pedantic, you had an M38 not an OM-38 (no such animal.) The M-38 was based on the Martin jumbo body and OM body depth. They ARE fine guitars! (Originally they started out as conversions of old b.r.w. F series of archtops from the 30s, retopped with spruce tops. Thanks to Mark Silber, Matt Umanov and David Bromberg (all who had initially had conversion instruments made) Martin brought out the M-38 (and M-36 with a 3 piece "35" style back) in 1977 - later renamed the 0000 series till the late 90s when they were discontinued from regular production.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Midchuck - just had to reformat, not yet sig
Date: 02 Oct 04 - 03:10 PM

Actually, JP there's a couple of 0000 models in production now, according to the Martin Web page.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Oct 04 - 06:35 PM

Ah, yes, you're quite right, Justa. An M-38 is what it was. A friend of mine has another one of those which he got at Elderly Instruments, and it's his favourite guitar without question. He's a darned good fingerpicker, flatpicker, and banjo player.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Terry K
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 03:32 AM

Guest Sam Cloutier - great posts - keep 'em coming! Liked the humour behind the tarheel one too.

cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 06:30 PM

Just treading water here as this one is thread-post 99 and the next one is.........................


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Juan P-B
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 06:36 PM

.........Number 100!!!!

I have just spent a wonderful evening in the company of the wunnerful Mr Mike Silver at Woolston & Netley Folk Club with my 'prized' Suzuki 3S and the present Mrs P-B.

I sang two songs by Ron Trueman-Border and one by Richard Thompson and drank a few scotches and I am in love with the world.

I also want to apologise to Martin Gibson - If I still had my Martin HD28 I'd probably be very proud of it too.

Hasta Lumbago
Juan P-B


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