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Title: Which would you buy
Post by: Walkerman on January 16, 2017, 04:41:46 PM
What "other maker" guitar would you buy.  Key word is buy ... so not like a pre war Martin, etc, but something you would spend your money on.

Me, I would like to get a Santa Cruz Firefly.  Someday I may.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: George on January 16, 2017, 04:48:22 PM
I would like to make a trip to the Collings factory and see if I could find one that excelled and then buy it...  I already have Martins, Northwoods, Morgans and lots of Larrivee's, so I would like to buy something even more excellent... 


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: ducktrapper on January 16, 2017, 05:31:31 PM
The list would be pretty long depending on whether you use the word could buy or would buy.  But if money were not much of an issue, after getting a J-05 or other Larrivee jumbo, I'd look at the "Authentic" Martins, Goodall, Collings, Santa Cruz among others probably too numerous to mention.    :beer


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 16, 2017, 05:36:46 PM
J05 again,OM09 12 fret 12 string in maple,RI made JF30 in sunburst,JF30/12 in natural and sunburst,another OM03PA as a backup,my old OM10Koa an OMV03Koa.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Caleb on January 16, 2017, 06:15:14 PM
I'd genuinely like to own either a Collings or a Huss & Dalton.  Or both.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: tuffythepug on January 16, 2017, 07:32:22 PM
What "other maker" guitar would you buy.  Key word is buy ... so not like a pre war Martin, etc, but something you would spend your money on.

Me, I would like to get a Santa Cruz Firefly.  Someday I may.

Having met Richard Hoover and toured his shop with him, I got the feeling that his feelings about using the finest wood and dedication to detail  would be similar to Jean's.  There  is a 13 fret guitar, maybe an H13 ?  that I would love to try and maybe buy someday.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Mikeymac on January 17, 2017, 04:18:11 AM
Have bought Martins, and plan to again. Have a Gibson J-45.  But would definitely like to own a Collings... haven't ever tried a Huss & Dalton, but assume they're wonderful as well. Also wouldn't mind having a Lowden, and, while we're dreaming, maybe an Olson... and one nice lefty composite guitar - but those are rare or non-existent.



Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: eded on January 17, 2017, 04:26:21 AM
Anything I liked and could afford with a 24" scale, body I can hold comfortably, and sound I like.  So far, Larrivee has that tied up.  Having recently acquired a boat, a plastic (carbon fiber) guitar has made me reassess the sound I'm willing to work with.

Ed


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: AZLiberty on January 17, 2017, 07:43:04 AM
I am pretty much done with wooden guitars.   Possibly a Martin 00-15, one of Ted's special orders with tort. binding.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: B0WIE on January 17, 2017, 10:59:17 AM
For a couple years, I've been interested in finding the right Tippin or Froggy.  Problem is, I'm really happy with what I have and getting beyond (or parallel to) that is expensive. Two of my 3 high end acoustics were bought for less than 1/3 their new street price (I always keep an eye out for rare, incredible deals). My next will likely be whatever crazy deal I come across next.  I WANT a Froggy H, but no way do I feel I deserve to spend that, so I won't unless something amazing happens. Which it sometimes does due to a blend of luck and diligence.

I know what I'm not getting, and that would be Taylor or Martin (or anything composite).  Not that they're "bad", just that I like Larrivee better so if I'm going with something in that range, it's almost certainly going to be a Larrivee.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Mikeymac on January 17, 2017, 01:52:44 PM

I know what I'm not getting, and that would be Taylor or Martin (or anything composite).  Not that they're "bad", just that I like Larrivee better so if I'm going with something in that range, it's almost certainly going to be a Larrivee.


Nothing wrong with that - it's always good to know what you like and want. That's why all these different companies are in business - someone likes/wants what they're offering.

 :thumb


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Strings4Him on January 17, 2017, 03:50:43 PM
Wayne Henderson or Jayne.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: 247hoopsfan on January 17, 2017, 04:35:17 PM
Along with my Larrivees, I have a Goodall Rosewood Standard.  Every time I look around I just can't seem to find anything that floats my boat.  I just spent a few hours at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette ( San Francisco East Bay).  He has all sorts of high end guitars on consignment.  I played a lot of boutique instruments, many brazilian rosewood.  Doerr, Sexauer, Hamblin, Goodall, etc. Some of these were over $10K.  Of course they all sounded great, and were beautifully finished.  But I brought my JCL 40th and my D10 Brazilian so I could compare, and decided I have guitars that sound as good as most anything out there.   I guess that's a good thing.   :smile:


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: ducktrapper on January 17, 2017, 05:09:58 PM
Along with my Larrivees, I have a Goodall Rosewood Standard.  Every time I look around I just can't seem to find anything that floats my boat.  I just spent a few hours at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette ( San Francisco East Bay).  He has all sorts of high end guitars on consignment.  I played a lot of boutique instruments, many brazilian rosewood.  Doerr, Sexauer, Hamblin, Goodall, etc. Some of these were over $10K.  Of course they all sounded great, and were beautifully finished.  But I brought my JCL 40th and my D10 Brazilian so I could compare, and decided I have guitars that sound as good as most anything out there.   I guess that's a good thing.   :smile:

Considering what's available, imho, paying 10K for a new guitar is merely a sign that you have too much money.  :beer


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: AZLiberty on January 18, 2017, 01:31:25 AM
Actually, given the current US/CAD exchange rate, my next wooden guitar might well be calling up Ed Bond and ordering a Halcyon.

Maybe Walnut/Engelmann 00  ?


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 18, 2017, 06:21:15 AM
I would like to make a trip to the Collings factory and see if I could find one that excelled and then buy it...  I already have Martins, Northwoods, Morgans and lots of Larrivee's, so I would like to buy something even more excellent... 
I've been to Collings three times. I also play at a once a month jam where they have more Collings guitars than I've ever seen. I bought a Larrivee OM-10e from them a few years ago.
    But in my view Collings is top shelf,  no mistakes leave their factory.  I'd like to have one and have been checking out some at Hill Country Guitars.  They also stock some Huss and Dalton guitars.  I've been to there facility as well,  very fine guitars and a flawless build.
     But with so many guitars that never even get played around my place,  I'm hesitant to pull the trigger.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 18, 2017, 06:25:14 AM
Have bought Martins, and plan to again. Have a Gibson J-54.  But would definitely like to own a Collings... haven't ever tried a Huss & Dalton, but assume they're wonderful as well. Also wouldn't mind having a Lowden, and, while we're dreaming, maybe an Olson... and one nice lefty composite guitar - but those are rare or non-existent.


don't you mean a J-45? Yes,  Huss and Dalton are right up there with Collings and SCGC.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 18, 2017, 06:28:24 AM
What "other maker" guitar would you buy.  Key word is buy ... so not like a pre war Martin, etc, but something you would spend your money on.

Me, I would like to get a Santa Cruz Firefly.  Someday I may.
I  had a 1939 Martin,  wasn't as impressed with it as with my 1992 OM- 21, which I never should have let go.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 18, 2017, 06:50:15 AM
Like many of you, I am pretty happy with what I have, and since I'm only a mid-level player, I would find it hard to justify another guitar, especially a relatively expensive one.  If I played professionally and felt a need for a certain sound and comfort level of playing, I might be more apt to buy one to fill a need I couldn't already meet now.

That said, there are some body styles I haven't played and would like to try.  I'm particularly interested in trying some 000 guitars with both 12 and 14-fret necks to see what they are all about and if they are noticeably different from my 2 L models and my OM-03.  Brands I would try would be Larivee, Martin and Collings.  I've heard nothing but good things about Collings guitars so I would investigate any of their models except dreads.  I'm not a huge dreadnaught fan.

I'm hoping to satisfy my curiosity about the 000 size by trying to make one later this year, after I complete my "tele-gib".  It will have khaya back and sides, sitka top, 14-fret neck in a Gibson scale length.  Not sure what bracing pattern it will have but I'm leaning toward cloning a classic martin bracing pattern.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 18, 2017, 06:56:58 AM
Like many of you, I am pretty happy with what I have, and since I'm only a mid-level player, I would find it hard to justify another guitar, especially a relatively expensive one.  If I played professionally and felt a need for a certain sound and comfort level of playing, I might be more apt to buy one to fill a need I couldn't already meet now.

That said, there are some body styles I haven't played and would like to try.  I'm particularly interested in trying some 000 guitars with both 12 and 14-fret necks to see what they are all about and if they are noticeably different from my 2 L models and my OM-03.  Brands I would try would be Larivee, Martin and Collings.  I've heard nothing but good things about Collings guitars so I would investigate any of their models except dreads.  I'm not a huge dreadnaught fan.

I'm hoping to satisfy my curiosity about the 000 size by trying to make one later this year, after I complete my "tele-gib".  It will have khaya back and sides, sitka top, 14-fret neck in a Gibson scale length.  Not sure what bracing pattern it will have but I'm leaning toward cloning a classic martin bracing pattern.
That's a good plan. I think you know I took apart a 000 all hog Harmony and rebuilt it, from the inside out.  It's becoming a regular in my rotation and I do play it at jams.  Looks nothing like a Harmony now and folks ask me if I made it.  In a way I feel like I did.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: KK17 on January 18, 2017, 09:56:28 AM
Bourgeois OM (maybe)

but since finding Larrivee I've found the sound I'm looking for. Honestly with everything a Larrivee offers I don't see the need in paying any higher than the higher priced Larrivee's because honestly at that point your nuts spending more. I guess maybe if you have money to blow, your a collector, prefer a design or prefer a distinct sound that another brand might have.

But like I said I think with what Larrivee does just can't be beat. Some people suffer from a serious condition known as FOBO - Fear of Better Options lol. Seen a commercial over the holidays saying this and couldn't help but laugh.



Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 18, 2017, 10:11:56 AM
Bourgeois OM (maybe)

but since finding Larrivee I've found the sound I'm looking for. Honestly with everything a Larrivee offers I don't see the need in paying any higher than the higher priced Larrivee's because honestly at that point your nuts spending more. I guess maybe if you have money to blow, your a collector, prefer a design or prefer a distinct sound that another brand might have.

But like I said I think with what Larrivee does just can't be beat. Some people suffer from a serious condition known as FOBO - Fear of Better Options lol. Seen a commercial over the holidays saying this and couldn't help but laugh.



Don't be a victim of "overthinking syndrome"?


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: rockstar_not on January 18, 2017, 12:24:47 PM
Taylor 8 string Baritone
Rainsong 12 string


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: kwakatak on January 18, 2017, 09:23:48 PM
I've had my sights on a Taylor 12 string for a few months now, either a lowly (but hopefully sturdy) 254ce DLX or (if the planets and stars align and angels come down from Heaven Above) a 458e-R.

I'd like another Martin dread in rosewood, either a GC MMV, HD-28V or HD-35. Someday...

Finally, on my bucket list is to commission a McKnight custom. I need to work HARD to make that happen.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: George on January 18, 2017, 10:55:00 PM
I've had my sights on a Taylor 12 string for a few months now, either a lowly (but hopefully sturdy) 254ce DLX or (if the planets and stars align and angels come down from Heaven Above) a 458e-R.

I'd like another Martin dread in rosewood, either a GC MMV, HD-28V or HD-35. Someday...

Finally, on my bucket list is to commission a McKnight custom. I need to work HARD to make that happen.

The GC MMV custom models made for Guitar Center are very often overlooked and under-rated guitars.  I have both the Dread and the OOO and I believe they are the best value to be found in any Martin model under 2k and even better when on sale.  The mortise and tenon neck set does not bother me a bit and does not seem to impact the tonal quality nor projection any differently from every other Martin I have heard or played...


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: kwakatak on January 20, 2017, 04:32:01 AM
The GC MMV custom models made for Guitar Center are very often overlooked and under-rated guitars.  I have both the Dread and the OOO and I believe they are the best value to be found in any Martin model under 2k and even better when on sale.  The mortise and tenon neck set does not bother me a bit and does not seem to impact the tonal quality nor projection any differently from every other Martin I have heard or played...

I agree. I've tried several of the dreads and they always outshine the HD-28s hanging nearby. I have a D-16GT with the (now old style) MT neck joint (they now use a "simple" dovetail) and have no qualms about it. I've also rarely seen an MMV come up on the used market anymore. Back in the day they could be found for under $800. Now, the only option is for new at nearly twice that.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: KK17 on January 20, 2017, 05:21:49 AM
Don't be a victim of "overthinking syndrome"?

 :thumb


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Caleb on January 20, 2017, 03:20:16 PM
I have a D-16GT
Back in 2003 when I bought my Larrivee D03BW, I almost bought one of these.  I really loved the feel and the huge sound it had, and the gloss top was cool too.  But the road-less-traveled appeal of the Larrivee finally grabbed me and my wallet.  The D16GT was almost $1000 even then, and I only gave $600 for the Larrivee.  But still, I've thought of that Martin often.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: ducktrapper on January 20, 2017, 04:19:53 PM
From my point of view and experience the 16 series (and I'm not saying they're bad) and below, for the most part, are Martins in name only. Unlike Larrivee, no high end guitar makers know how to make, or would even conceive of making, a less expensive guitar that is as good as their best guitars.  


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Mikeymac on January 21, 2017, 10:44:45 PM
don't you mean a J-45?

Yep. Corrected - thanks, Danny.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Bosco Bear on January 27, 2017, 05:54:49 PM
If somebody had asked me this question a year ago, I would have told them that I've always wanted a Larrivee.  Now that the dream has been fulfilled, my next move will be to a classical guitar to upgrade the one I bought in 1979.  I'd be starting at square one on that... not sure who's product I'd go for.  I'd put a cap on the price at around $2000 CDN.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Mikeymac on January 28, 2017, 12:08:35 AM
If somebody had asked me this question a year ago, I would have told them that I've always wanted a Larrivee.  Now that the dream has been fulfilled, my next move will be to a classical guitar to upgrade the one I bought in 1979.  I'd be starting at square one on that... not sure who's product I'd go for.  I'd put a cap on the price at around $2000 CDN.

You might be able to find a used Larrivee classical for that price. I saw an 03 series Larrivee classical listed somewhere recently (Reverb or E-bay?) for $1,000. That's a great deal.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: broKen on January 28, 2017, 01:25:26 AM
I'd still like a plastic guitar to leave in the truck.


Title: Re:
Post by: Crocefan4life on January 28, 2017, 06:18:26 AM
I'm very impressed with the older Alvarez Yairi guitars from the 1980's and early 90's. I wouldn't buy one made after 1996.  They are OK, but the vintage ones were made when  Kazuo Yairi was actively involved in production.

Here's a DY 74 made in 1992. Nearly identical to mine. Except mine has a cut away.
https://youtu.be/bwzen_YbOe4

A vintage one from that era will cost between $600 to 900. Depends on the condition, model and year. I have a DY 74C from 1990. The tone is the best I've heard in this price range. Plays like butter. I'd never sell it.

I love my Larrivee D-09, but it costs a lot more. It's a premium guitar and sounds like one.

🍩🍩🍩

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Title: Re:
Post by: Caleb on January 29, 2017, 03:17:47 PM
I'm very impressed with the older Alvarez Yairi guitars from the 1980's and early 90's. I wouldn't buy one made after 1996.  They are OK, but the vintage ones were made when  Kazuo Yairi was actively involved in production.

Here's a DY 74 made in 1992. Nearly identical to mine. Except mine has a cut away.
https://youtu.be/bwzen_YbOe4

A vintage one from that era will cost between $600 to 900. Depends on the condition, model and year. I have a DY 74C from 1990. The tone is the best I've heard in this price range. Plays like butter. I'd never sell it.

I love my Larrivee D-09, but it costs a lot more. It's a premium guitar and sounds like one.

🍩🍩🍩

Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
I always thought Yairis were great guitars, though pretty rare to come across in person.  I'll see a gem of a deal on them at a guitar show now and then.


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: B0WIE on January 31, 2017, 09:53:07 PM
For a couple years, I've been interested in finding the right Tippin or Froggy.  
Well.... this happened a lot sooner than expected....   :whistling:
I wasn't particularly itching for a new guitar, just decided to sell my SD50 because I have 3 SD/DS types.  Told myself that I'd someday replace it with a smaller body, maybe that Froggy I always wanted.  Saw a good deal and before I knew it, whoops...  Now, it's time to start selling any extra stuff I'm not using.  A couple guitars, microphones, car parts, a kidney.  :crying:


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 31, 2017, 09:56:58 PM
Well.... this happened a lot sooner than expected....   :whistling:
I wasn't particularly itching for a new guitar, just decided to sell my SD50 because I have 3 SD/DS types.  Told myself that I'd someday replace it with a smaller body, maybe that Froggy I always wanted.  Saw a good deal and before I knew it, whoops...  Now, it's time to start selling any extra stuff I'm not using.  A couple guitars, microphones, car parts, a kidney.  :crying:
Well, what did you get?


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: B0WIE on January 31, 2017, 10:58:56 PM
Well, what did you get?
An H12 Deluxe.  2003 (I like my adirondack to have some age on it).  It's essentially a 000 in Adi/EIR.
I got it from Gryphon but I found an ad on Reverb from last year where it sold for $500 more than what I paid so I feel better about the purchase.  Apparently, it was sent to Froggy Bottom last year for a check-up and they worked the frets and gave it a new nut and saddle.  $400 in work.  Can't beat that!  Nice to know that the maker himself went over it 13 years later and gave it his thumbs-up.  I had that experience once before with a used guitar and it takes a lot of the uncertainty out of buying used.
(https://gbmedia.azureedge.net/usercontent/gear/3422187/p6_u3fjoafwd_so.jpg)


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: ducktrapper on January 31, 2017, 11:07:30 PM
Nice grain! The picture is bigger than the guitar, however.   :smile:


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: Danny on January 31, 2017, 11:13:37 PM
 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Which would you buy
Post by: B0WIE on January 31, 2017, 11:36:11 PM
Thanks guys!  And, yea, lol. I couldn't find any smaller pics and it won't be in my hands until later this week.