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Ragtop
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Apr 2nd, 2017 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played guitar for 40 years without having a single one. And now I've got 2, with a third arriving on Tuesday.

1)Eastman E10P
2)Martin D-18VS
3)Martin D-15SM

I love 'em. I'm not sure what it is, exactly, about them?

Anybody else? Help me out here.

Viera
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Apr 2nd, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like 12 fretters but prefer peg heads, so I got

this

SandBagger
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Apr 2nd, 2017 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like 'em.

Just don't enjoy playing my dreadnought any more. Sounds great but too big & bulky.

Recently played a Breedlove 000-M, 12 fret slot head. Very comfortable.


P.S.

Thanks for bumping the acoustic forum back up from the bottom. No posts in over 6 weeks.

Ragtop
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Apr 2nd, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I noticed that, SB, glad to have it back to the top- for a little while, anyway.

Ragtop
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Apr 2nd, 2017 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Viera, the one I've got coming might be similar to yours, in a dreadnought size.

It is one of those L.A. Guitars customs, basically a D-15 but with tortoise binding and a gloss finish. Mahogany top, too.

That one of yours is very nice!

Viera
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Apr 2nd, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Ragtop. It's actually a one off custom made for Acoustic Vibes. The bracing is Golden Era style forward shifted scalloped. It packs much more of a wallop than on might expect from an all mahogany 000.

Those L.A. Guitars customs are very nice also. I almost pulled the trigger on an OM a few years back. Enjoy yours.

Ragtop
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Apr 2nd, 2017 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm told by the seller (or trader, actually) that the one coming to me has ladder-style bracing.

Between that and the mahogany top, it should be interesting.

I'll keep you posted.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm totally into slot head acoustics. Not 12 fret always as I like to play some licks up there. My Taylor GC6 is just an awesome player.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some folks claim the sharper angle of the strings over the nut improves the tone - who knows?

Don't currently have a steel string one; I have several nylon string ones, including a very nice recently purchased '68 Martin 00-16C. What a beautiful sounding guitar! So small and light, yet so much volume and tone!

Ragtop
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Apr 3rd, 2017 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H101, I played a used Taylor GC-something that was a 12-fret SH at the GC down in Lincoln. I'm not usually a huge Taylor fan, but that was one sweet guitar. I thought about buying it, but never got around to it and then it was gone.


"Some folks claim the sharper angle of the strings over the nut improves the tone - who knows?"

Who knows is right, mikey. I think it might have more to do with the fact that the bridge ends up further towards the bottom of the body that gives them that big, rich tone.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the "12 fret neck" thing - I agree; that's more obvious and well documented.

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Apr 6th, 2017 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It seems to me centering the bridge gives the guitar a big bump in volume if nothing else. Iv'e played some older Martin guitars built this way and they would rattle windows.

Ragtop
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Apr 10th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed, thumbpicker.

I've been out of town, haven't touched a guitar n several days. When I picked up my little Eastman parlor last night, I was surprised once again by how loud that little thing is.

Tony Salieri

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Apr 10th, 2017 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not a slot head (note-I love the SH look)...

My wife recently added a 12 fret, her first, a Larrivee 000-40R. It can get loud and still sound great, but it responds very well to her finger picking.

She started off seriously considering the Martin 000-15SM (a 12 fret slot head), but decided mahogany wasn't her sound, at least at that price level. A more affordable ASW mahog 12F such as an Alvarez Masterworks or Eastman might be in her future.

Ragtop
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Apr 10th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I love my Eastman parlor. But so that you know, they have a massive neck on them, the chunkiest I think I've ever played.

I like it just fine, but am not sure that your wife would if she's got small hands.

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Apr 10th, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My favorite guitar is a Taylor 512 solid mahogany. I would love to have the 612-E maple with spruce top too. I've played a few and they are amazing guitars.

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Apr 11th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2011 GC6e which is basically a 612e slot in todays numbers. I love the way this thing plays and sounds. Build quality fit/finish is better than my 814ce. The slot head Taylors seem to have a slightly woodier tone to my ears. It's no cannon but is a very balance instrument.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Apr 11th, 2017 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Tony, I love my Eastman parlor. But so that you know, they have a massive neck on them, the chunkiest I think I've ever played.

I like it just fine, but am not sure that your wife would if she's got small hands."

She doesn't have small hands, and years of playing the oboe has given her strong hands and fingers. She also loves 12s guitars, so neck size is almost moot. In fact, the only guitar neck I've ever seen her immediately reject was what I'd describe as a hard V (a Breedlove model, IIRC, it was many years ago).


Ragtop
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Apr 11th, 2017 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I sent you an email.

Tony Salieri

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Apr 14th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Tony, I sent you an email."

Thanks for the link. My wife is looking for something a bit bigger in all mahog.


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