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urbtone



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Jim O.
Aug 19th, 2016 04:02 AM        

I've become quite interested in these lately. I've heard many good things online about 'em, but a few more testimonials would be welcome. They are quite expensive, I know. I recently saw Arlo Guthrie at a small venue, and he played a couple of songs on one. It sounded great, and as a bonus, it looked beautiful.



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

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Aug 19th, 2016 05:05 AM        

Rainsong guitars have been discussed quite a bit in the past (see link).<br /> <br /> Member Kego has (had?) one, a dreadnought model IIRC. He brought it to an acoustic jam, and it's distinctive sound could be heard even when he was playing with three other players playing traditional wood acoustics. In a good way.<br /> <br /> I'd love to find a Rainsong 12s model for a good price to surprise my wife.



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 19th, 2016 05:35 AM        

"...I recently saw Arlo Guthrie at a small venue, and he played a couple of songs on one. It sounded great, and as a bonus, it looked beautiful."<br /> <br /> Was it a Rainsong? The reason I ask is:<br /> <br /> After I posted I searched for Rainsong 12s guitar. One thing that showed up was Arlo playing CA (Composite Acoustics) 12s. But that's not to say he doesn't play a Rainsong.<br /> <br /> Ah ha!! I found images of him playing Rainsong and CA.<br />



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Aug 19th, 2016 07:47 AM        

I have two and love them. I'm primary a bass player but dabble in guitar.<br /> <br /> One is a six string - a special version of their 12 fret Shorty model with their traditional cosmetics instead of the more stripped down Shorty appearance. It's a great, intimate fingerstyle guitar. <br /> <br /> The other is a twelve, a WS3000. Sadly they discontinued the twelves a few years ago because of the way the necks were made became obsolete for their production process. Hopefully they will develop a new 12 string neck some day because CF makes for an amazing, shimmery twelve.<br /> <br /> I can't justify it but if I ever win the lottery I'm going to find one of their jumbo bodies with the "black ice" patchwork top. Yum!<br /> <br /> LMK if you have specific questions and I'll try to help.



kego

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Aug 19th, 2016 12:44 PM        

The one I have is either the WS1000N2 or the OM1000N2 (can't remember which, and it's not handy at the moment). At any rate, it's not a dred, but rather one of their smaller bodied cutaways. It sounds very piano-like, and is loud - especially for it's size. <br /> <br /> I want to find a used Rainsong Dred, I've played a few and they are absolute *CANNONS*. They definitely sound a little different than a pre-war Martin, but for fireside jamming it doesn't get any better, and they ain't bad for recording either!



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Aug 19th, 2016 03:05 PM        

Awesome tune, great chops and wonderfully voiced guitar. Nice!



kego

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Aug 19th, 2016 03:11 PM        

Thanks! I recorded that the day after I bought the Rainsong. Two one-take tracks: one rhythm and one lead. Might be the only time that ever happens to me...lol



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 22nd, 2016 04:05 PM        

Nice playing, Kego!



kego

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Aug 23rd, 2016 03:31 PM        

Thanks Tony! Did y'all ever get a copy of the CD that's on?



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Aug 23rd, 2016 04:26 PM        

"Thanks Tony! Did y'all ever get a copy of the CD that's on?"<br /> <br /> No, but I did see a CD listed on the SoundClick site.<br />



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May 23rd, 2017 06:33 AM        

Very odd. This thread popped up but when I view it there's no page two and the most recent post visible is Tony's from 8/23/16. Maybe posting another will cause the second page to pop up? Let's give it a try...<br /> <br /> (Edit) Nope. There's at least one missing post.



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May 23rd, 2017 07:09 AM        

^There was a cleanup on aisle 6. You'll see it in a few other threads. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.



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May 23rd, 2017 12:16 PM        

I'm considering a local used/nr mint Composite Acoustics OX in Carbon Burst w/ a Fishman Element pup for sale. Can anyone comment on quality differences between Rainsong and CA offerings? I understand Peavey Corp bought CA a while back. Is one considered significantly better than the other?



kego

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May 23rd, 2017 05:53 PM        

I can't speak for all of them, but so far all the CA's I've played have been really heavy. My Rainsong is pretty light. I'm not a fan of the small CA's tone...ymmv, etc.



nuke



USA

Dec 15th, 2017 12:23 AM        

I bought a Rainsong for my vacation home in Las Vegas to leave there in the 0.001% humidity. <br /> <br /> It was the entry-level, OM size cut-away with electronics. Nothing fancy. Neck feels a bit chunky. My Martin OMC-PA1 sounds better acoustically and has a much nicer neck - but the Rainsong is no slouch on tone. The OMC-PA1 (discontinued) was the first series of Performing Artists and is a top of the line acoustic/electric, rosewood/sitka. I'm fond of the OM size.<br /> <br /> The upside is the Rainsong ain't going to crack from lack of humidity. It is very stable and even after a month or so while I'm away, is generally still in tune right out of the case. <br /> <br /> All in all, nice guitar about on par with similarly street-priced US made acoustic/electrics made from wood. The fancier models are probably better - but I didn't spend much time on them. I was looking for a good player, impervious to humidity or lack thereof, for a good price. Had I touched the more expensive model, I'd probably have spent too much.



urbtone



USA/Massachusetts

Jim O.
Dec 19th, 2017 08:09 AM        

I'm the guy who started the OP, and I just realized that I never thanked anyone for responding. So, - thanks! And I still don't have a Rainsong, but it's still on the GAS list.



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Dec 19th, 2017 09:52 AM        

I recently ordered an Emerald X-20 Artisan - you might want to check them out too (just to expand your GAS!).<br />



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Dec 19th, 2017 09:54 AM        

Forgot to say - mine won't be here till February or March, since it's a lefty, so being built from scratch...



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Dec 19th, 2017 11:28 AM        

You are going to love the Emerald - I had an X7OS for a bit, and I had them build me a Balor five string ABG this year. Magnificent stuff!



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