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If you could only own ONE acoustic for the rest of your life ...

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. 



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Funny thing:

Many people here say they would choose some guitar THEY ALREADY OWN...

Why so?

Do they own (or do they believe they own) the best guitar in the world?

Are guitar players afraid of trying new things?

Are they unaware, or unconvinced, of the quality of the instruments they don't own?

I don't think so. In my opinion, they are just playing safe: "If I am to own only one guitar for the rest of my life, let me choose the one that, for the time being, suits me the best - then I won't be disappointed".

Is that so?
I think you may have something there Luis.

I don't really think it's that, at least not for me. I'm always dropping in on the local music stores in my area and of course, the acoustic room is where I head right away. I've played a lot of different acoustics - brands, sizes, laminate and solid wood, different types of tonewoods, etc., as well as all the guitars I've had the opportunity to play during my lifetime, some which are now considered valuable, vintage models (in my day, they were just called 'old' guitars!). So, I'm not afraid to trying new things. I also don't think for one minute that I already own the best guitar in the world. Now, this might sound smug and I don't mean it to, but I'm pretty content with what I've got. If I had the money (and a bigger house), I might be tempted to buy another instrument but I don't feel like I'd be missing something if I didn't. I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I treat all my guitars as gems.

Hi, Lyle!

I do understand your point of view. However, at the beginning of this discussion, there was a statement: Money is no obstacle.

Now, did you have some specific instrument in mind, that you would be temped to buy? 

Or - cruel question - if you had to choose only one, which one of your guitars would you choose ? 

Or - still worse - having chosen one (only one, that is the starting point of the discussion), do you think that particular guitar is the very one that really suits you best or, on the contrary, have you already heard, or tried, other instrument that you'd rather take "to honor and respect until death will part you"?

I'm not that surprised that people choose the guitar they already own.  I think that a good guitar and player sort of adapt to each other, the wood adapts to the frequencies we play the most and our ears adapt to expect the sounds the guitar makes.  The neck of my guitar used to be a matte finish but is now polished from use, my fingers find the notes most easily on that neck than any other, and the tone is great.  I've had my Taylor 714 for nearly 15 years and it suits me very well.  Of course, I can't help myself, when I visit my favorite guitar shops, from picking up very expensive small shop guitars and the truth is that while they are nice, very few of them wow me.  There's always something, the string spacing, the neck shape, the way it sits in my lap, it's out of tune, the balance (tonally and physically), etc...   My guitar and I are familiar.  I have others, and they're fine, but I'll be hard pressed to replace my Taylor with something that is as satisfying as that one.

Because they are already comfortable playing their own guitar.  I understand totally.  It takes a long time(sometimes years) to become totally comfortable with a new instrument.  I have a carbon fiber Adamas that is tough as nails and I love how it plays.  There are lots of more expensive guitars, but for the way I play, mine is the best.

Good and interesting questions Luis.  I don't have the answers.  I'd *like* to think that a lot of acoustic guitarists are not so much afraid of the unknown but are basically just happy people, content with what they already have in a guitar and perhaps in life.  Playing our guitars makes us happy.  


This thread certainly has me curious about Rainsong - never even seen much less played one.  I would love an indestructable version my Martin OM-21. None of the local dealers around here carry Breedlove either which I've heard good things about and would like to play someday.  I guess I fall into the category of "unaware, or unconvinced, of the quality of the instruments they don't own".  Cheers.



I have tried Rainsong guitars and I must admit they sound great. It proves, as with both Bob Taylor's pallet guitar and Bob Benedetto's pine guitar, that the material the guitar is made out of is not as important as how the guitar is built. The high price tag of the Rainsongs are beyond my budget for the moment but, if I had the money, I'd love to have one. I don't really care so much for the patterns impressed in their graphite construction but, I'd live with it considering how good they sound and play.

From what I've played so far I'd have to go with my Martin OM-28V.  Everything, tone, smell, playability, fit and finish, etc.  I liken playing it to having a good conversation with a stranger.  Every time I take it out I learn something new about myself or the instrument.

I'll second that!

Hey Jud,

Interesting discussion here....I too own the one guitar I would want for the rest of my life but for very different reasons....Its a custom Taylor 610, plays and sounds like a great Taylor and is getting better and better with age. the 610's are flamed maple with a sitka spruce top. I got some custom inlay work and it has an ebony fingerboard with flamed koa binding. One sweet guitar but what makes it special for me.....I am a forester, work for a timber company in Washington state and we harvested a figured maple tree and my friends at Pacific Rim Tonewoods turned that same tree into a back and sides set and they gave me a very special bear claw spruce top and Taylor turned that into my own guitar. Sweet....I play a guitar made from a tree we harvested. This definitely will be a treasured family heirloom.... I am a blessed man!





Ahhhh... are you sure I can't have two? Never mind the money part, it would be a real tough decision - a toss up between two I already have, my Gibson and my Fullerton. On one hand, the J50 is an old friend that's been with me since I was a kid, through many coffeehouses and late night writing sessions, not to mention the huge sentimental value it has. On the other hand, my Fullerton has the same sort of value to me, although I've only had it for about 6 years. It's sound and beauty is amazing and the fact I literally stumbled across it by chance makes it a very special instrument, the gold nugget everyone hopes to find sometime in their life. I think you've opened up a real can o' worms for me with this question...


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