What would you choose and why? Money is no obstacle for this discussion!
Remember, just one ... for the rest of your life. Period.
PS: I know it's a hard question, LOL. But, that's why it make an interesting point of discussion.
I finally got my hands on a Martin Custom Handcrafted 000. It is just 10 years old and the voice is really coming out. The projection is amazing for a guitar this size. I have been using it on my winter tour and the sound has been well received.
I got a real good deal on it too and that makes it even sweeter. I replaced the Martin SP strings with D'Addario--just a taste thing.
The intonation is more on than my ears can hear. If humidity or temperature changes any tuning, all the strings are relatively changed--probably due to the custom saddle--never want to lose that.
I am spending so much time on it my other guitars are filing for alienation of affection.
I'd definitely get a custom made guitar. I'd have to do some research before a final pick but at this point I'm impressed with McPherson's.
Welcome to my Club! I can see most people choose factory made guitars, but there's nothing like a custom-made suit made by a good tailor. It fits better. That's why I'd choose a luthier-made instrument. Since money is NOT an obstacle...
The one that is in my picture, an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE would be my choice for a steel string. It's the only steel string I've ever liked except for a Gibson Dove, mainly because it has a cedar top with rosewood sides and back and a flat fretboard like a classical. But really there would have to be 2 guitars because as nice as the EF-500RCCE is, it is not classical. So I would have to also have my old Horabe classical I bought back in '81 when I was in college. One for strumming, flatpicking and finger picking and one for playing solo classical pieces.
I'm with you. Would be nice to have both. I can't imagine myself without a Portuguese guitar ( by the way, i could use also an American steel-string and a bass...). But, the discussion being about choosing one, ONLY ONE, voilá, which one would you choose? The answer would be easier if the question was "only one ... at a time", but it isn't. So, I personally would go for a classical. But it would have to be a real good one made by a real master luthier.
Classicals are most versatile, hence my choice.
But you have all my sincere understanding....
And, besides all that... it's beautiful!
That will work for me. I promise to play it for the rest of my life.
Hi Jud another thought provoking topic as always.After reading all the postings I would have expected more Classic Gibson choices.The Martin and Taylor choices were not unexpected.I was surprised and interested in the Ovation and the Rainsong seems to hold much clout.I think my choice would be a custom built guitar by an American guitar builder that I could work with to build me a guitar along the lines of my 1979 Yamaha CJ838S. An instrument I collaborated on to chose tone woods, colors, size and set up would be a life time experience. More than a musical instrument it would be unique and an heirloom I would proudly pass on to my grand son with pride. Thanks for askin'.
Adamas' are American built and they will build custom for you. Unless you've played one, you don't know. I am partisan though.