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« on: September 13, 2003, 04:38:46 AM »

Are there differences in the wood? Design? Manufacturing? or just extra eye candy?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2003, 02:50:12 PM »

All eye candy,but what eye candy
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2003, 09:47:53 PM »

A good question!

I used to be convinced that the sound quality of both were identical since (presumably) they supposedly use the same quality wood.

However, I ordered an L-10-12 about a year ago and it was very late in coming. So, I was offered an L-09-12 to use while mine was being made.

I was a bit underwealmed by the L-09-12 but used it without great enthusiasm for about 6 months.

Then my L-10-12 arrived and "WOW!" What a difference! I nickname my new L-10-12 "The Bell Tower." It is simply the most impressive 12-string guitar I have ever played.

I'm not saying that an L-10 will always outperform an L-09, but it certainly is the case in my (albeit limited) experience.

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2003, 08:37:08 PM »

I guess it's like gold tuners over chrome ones. One hype from Martin owners I read once is  that the 40 series resonate better than the others due to the top being able to vibrate more due to the routing for the body inlays...but I chalk that up to a mind game rationalization for spending twice the money. afro

I opted for the series 10 Presentation Models in my koa collection. Tonally, there is really no difference IMHO but picking up a 10 and playing it over a 9...I always thank my lucky stars for spending the extra dime...it's a vibe thing for me. ;)
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2003, 11:11:45 PM »

I think there is a difference. My friend plays an L09 and I have an L10. Mine seems a lot brighter sounding regardless of strings used.  
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2003, 11:20:27 PM »

Nah. The differences are in the individual guitars. I had an OM10 for a while. It was nowhere near as good as Larry's OM10. And before that I had an OM09 that was much better than my OM10.

It's just eye candy difference. An L09 is as likely to be better than the L10 as vice versa. You have to play them to see which is better!
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2003, 02:40:40 AM »

You may be right JasonA. But I have tried other L10's and there is a marked difference. Either my friend got a lemon (L09) or I'm suffering from a hearing impairment (maybe both). In any event, I'm glad I chose the L10. There is at least a psychological benefit to owning one of these beauties.
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